Fighting on the frontline of the war against crime, Cam Addicott was one of the very few hard-boiled and highly experienced surveillance operatives to get called up to the secretive and elite Alpha Projects unit - a group of dedicated undercover customs officers. Alpha Projects unit hunted the UK's most dangerous criminals by extraordinary means – starting with the interception and decoding of their phone calls.
Cam soon knew the lives of the people he hunted better than they knew each other. The team shadowed gangsters as they mixed with celebrities, as they brokered huge drug deals in nightclubs and airports, until finally, it was time for Alpha to strike. In this riveting and brutal true story, a cast of unforgettable Mission Impossible characters go far beyond the call of duty to take down their most elusive target, as the lives of the hunted and hunter weave together in an explosive narrative.
An amazing account of crime and police activity in the UK by an undercover officer that reads like a thriller. Listening to it is like actually listening to the man telling you his story. You won't be able to stop.
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The book is written in a very similar style to Andy McNab's 'Immediate action' The problem here is it isnt a story about elite special forces and their life and death struggle, but about a customs officer who follows people and listens in on their phone calls. It therefore reads like a 10 year old telling his friends what he got up to at the weekend and wildly exaggerating in the manner that school boys will.
The book devides into 3 parts. Part one is a poor attempt to make surveillance work more interesting than it actually is and was like a bad chapter from an Ian Fleming novel.
Part two is about listening into phone conversations of criminals and is quite interesting although the author is very keen to impress on the reader how clever he is and how stupid the criminals are.
Part three is the Author 'bigging up' the role of customs officers in law inforcement and telling the reader that every other law inforcement agency is comprised of incompetent cretins ( a theme that repeats throughout the book). When he's not doing that he's whining about his own bosses,his salary,and his colleagues.
The narrative is a one man ego trip that I suspect is more fiction than fact. Its a negative and bitter view tinged with sadness written by a man completely obsessed with his job at the cost of everything else in his life...
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What did you like most about The Interceptor?
Law enforcement as seen on the ground. I like the first person perspective, with all the gritty details, the hiccups, the bouts of luck (or not) ... you feel as if you are in the car with the other officers.
Have you listened to any of Chris Pavlo’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Good performance, but the style of the book (1st person narrative),
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"Fly on the wall documentary meets Strike Back" is actually quite good, no?
Any additional comments?
It is a side remark but an editor should have sat down with the author and improved the parts about his personal story (the author mentions several times in the book the impact his work has on himself and his family life). The way it is written, it is a bit too superficial and formulaic. It could have been brought out better. These parts actually made me feel less close to the author while I felt really engulfed with him when he honestly talks about his investigations.
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Nice to read a true account of the War on Drugs. Would sit in car longer than needed to finish the dhapter
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An absolutely excellent account of backstage Policing. A must read, well,a must listen.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
absolutely loved this book thrilling read very well written and full of twists and turns
Interesting insight into a phone tapping, crim listening police unit. Really enjoyed the book as it's well written, has a good narrator and it's really interesting. Recommend
Amazingly read book that takes you on an amazing journey through the passion of someone's hard work
Having read 'Crime Factory' (Officer A) I find this account based on fact much the same. Obviously the content in this book has been declassified or it wouldn't have been allowed to be written. The narator does a pretty good job of telling the story which is fascinating though more for information than anything else. To some it might apear shocking not to me though. Nothing this dustbin of a world and its people can throw up surprises me. Not that I've seen it all before but face it, humanity sucks and it always has done and it always will. Where there's money there's greed, thrill seeking and crime. Deal with it. it's not going away any time soon.
really enjoyed this insight in to the covert world of alpha and soca.
exciting very well presented