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Publisher's Summary

One decision can end everything...or lead to unlikely redemption.

Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.

On October 8, 1978, a Canadian national by the name of William Dyson stepped off a plane at O'Hare International Airport and proceeded toward customs and immigration.

Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist.

The identity was a KGB forgery, used to get one of their own - a young, ambitious East German agent - into the United States.

The plan succeeded, and the spy's new identity was born: Jack Barsky. He would work undercover for the next decade, carrying out secret operations during the Cold War years - until a surprising shift in his allegiance challenged everything he thought he believed.

Deep Undercover reveals the secret life of this man without a country and tells the story no one ever expected him to tell.

©2017 Jack Barsky (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Very interesting story, well read.

Fascinating story of a life lived in parallel time to my own, but completely different. Raised in East Germany after the War, this brilliant young boy finds a pathway to success in a most unusual way: by agreeing to be a spy. Lots of twists and turns. And a surprising ending.

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Amazing

Loved it. The ending is so good. Definitely listen at 1.5x or 2x speed. Reader is way too slow.

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Outstanding

Loved this true story. I couldn't stop listening. I definitely recommend you give this book a chance

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Loved it!

A very fascinating inspiring story and well done audio book. Couldn't stop listening. Loved it!

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Great real life story!

Great spy book with an even bigger surprise at the end. Amazing and well read.

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Interesting story of an unusual man.

This book is worth checking out! Fair warning, it gets a little preachy towards the end, but this man led a very interesting life.

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not much of a spy story<br />

probably a fair and accurate story about how a young man was led to becoming a spy for the KGB, but I continually found myself wanting the story to get interesting. there was never any real tension in the book nor did one learn much about spy craft other than the tedium involved.

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good book

The best book I ever read. a great read. well written. 'Left me wanting more

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This is not an spy story

Would you try another book from Jack Barsky and Cindy Coloma and/or Stephen Bowlby?

No, they are naive and non sensical

Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Barsky and Cindy Coloma again?

No

Did Stephen Bowlby do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Narrator voice is smooth and puts you to sleep

Any additional comments?

This is a story of an East German man that came to US several times under several fake passports manufactured by KGB. However one of his biggest challenges here was to get a library card.?!?!?! You go through 70% of the book and not one US secret was stolen, not one american recruited. Bad fiction, very naive.

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  • Garret
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  • 10-02-17

Great book, great narrator

The book was a great listen. Progressed very well and was detailed but flowed very smoothly. The narrator was Excellent. Did a great job with dialogue throughout the book, excellent work.