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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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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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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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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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A Book Not About Spying

This guy was so deeply embedded he never achieved anything as a spy; he never stole any secrets. Its just a sad life story about a failed spy. He spurned the KGB to stay with his daughter he loved so much but by doing so happily abandoned his son and wife in East Germany. He is a poor example of a man.

The narration was as dull, bland and lack luster as the book.

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Intense, gripping, intelligent...

This was an amazing book. The story line was intense and I enjoyed every bit of it. Each next chapter was better than the last. My best book so far this year....

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setup to be prostilitized

beginning and middle of the book are good. the end is very unrelated and preechy.

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great book

I enjoyed this greatly it was a great history lesson told by someone that has lived on both sides of communism and Christianity.

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Awesome story

It was so good! Its hard to find a stopping point, because it's so captivating.

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Memories of the Past: The Jack Barsky story

Would you listen to Deep Undercover again? Why?

I definitely would read this book again. This book has quite a linear story line from the author's (Jack Barsky) childhood growing up in Eastern Germany in the 1950's, to his progression through-out his college career, and up to his career as a spy with the KGB. Every moment with-in the book seemed very similar to an American childhood (minus the whole living under the Iron Curtain). I am certain that anybody that enjoys spy novels will enjoy this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep Undercover?

One memorable moment with-in this book was when Jack Barsky explained his mother and father's divorce, he explained how he never saw his father again, except one time after the divorce. Another moment that was memorable was when Barsky had... a fling with a girl named Rose in college. He was infatuated with her, but she was only looking for fun (sex). I truly can relate to this, as I am currently a college student as-well and have had the same scenario happen to me as it did to Barsky.

What does Stephen Bowlby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A strong male voice with perfect tonality that pronounces every foreign text from different characters, be it from German to Russian is pronounced very accurately. This gives the aurora that the book is almost being read by multiple characters, like a script in a film.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

This book is an extremely good read. The setting that are explained to a point that they could painted with vividity in anyone's head that is to pick up, or listen to this book. This book also gives similar scenarios, especially in childhood, that are very similar and relatable to anyone's childhood, from happy to distraught moments alike.

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  • Agata
  • 03-29-18

Enjoyed it very much.

Well written, understandable language. Interesting story that sucks you in very quickly. I'd recommend even to people who aren't necessarily interested in this topic, because it was a pleasure to listen.