Soldier Spy

Narrated by: Jason Langley
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Soldier Spy by Tom Marcus, read by Jason Langley.

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target.

Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

'My world was dark, no colour, no right or wrong and no backup. People like me exist to fight those no one else dares face. I wasn't the last resort; I was the only option.'

Tom Marcus was recruited by MI5 in the wake of the 7/7 attacks on London. After five years spent undercover as part of a covert British Army special operations unit, he offered the Security Service the edge they so desperately needed. Following months of intensive training, Marcus was thrown into a world of relentless, unimaginable pressure, a never-ending struggle to prevent terrorist atrocities on our city streets, foil devastating strikes against the nation's infrastructure, and keep our country's secrets safe from foreign spies. Split-second decisions carried life or death consequences. And not all his colleagues would survive the fight.

In this explosive firsthand account, Soldier Spy lifts the lid on the war being waged by MI5 to keep us safe in our towns and cities for the first time - a blistering, visceral insight into life on the front line against terror, revealed in never-before-heard detail.

It was a job which would inevitably exact a heavy price. But when it came down to it, Marcus knew he didn't have a choice.

'Some people join the service out of a sense of duty, some out of wanting to do some good by removing the evil. I did it because it's all I knew. I'm a hunter of people, and I'm damn good at it.'

©2016 Tom Marcus (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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best book in a long time.

i really wish they would make this into a movie. this was a amazing story that i couldnt step away from

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Fantastic

Easily one of the best books I have read (listened to) the dialog gets you right in like you are a member of the teams. I'll definitely relisten again and again!

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Dangers of PTSD

Interesting first hand account of an MI5 agent and the tense surveillance missions he would go on. The later part of the book though delves into the PTSD he acquired while undercover. Well worth a listen but the story does become incredibly personal and a touch sad.

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Excellent

Excellent book, well worth the read ,gave great insight to a different world. There is so much going on in the world that we will never here about this book gives us a small glimpse of it.

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Great book

Loved this book. This book shows that there are alot of people working hard to keep us and our families safe.

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Interesting book

If you could sum up Soldier Spy in three words, what would they be?

Interesting , unsung hero

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom is a unsung hero

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Great book , I wish Tom and his family all the best for the future

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A view into a life that is both amazing and scary


The story is told in a series of linked events that seem random and individual at first but are eventually tied together in the culmination of a tale that, when one recalls this is a true story, is both oddly intimidating and absolutely reassuring. Tom is real life hero on the order of Hollywood's finest. It provides a perspective on world events, terror and law/security services that the general public not only needs to hear but should reflect and ruminate on for full mental effect.
I think it also gave me, perhaps unintentionally, a better understanding and compassion for PTSD victims. Overall the text is not necessarily remarkable on its own but the subtext certainly is. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works behind the scenes to keep us safe. Your service is invaluable and appreciated. Thank you. and your families.

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Ideal for people seeking an understanding of working for MI5

This is a true story of a young man with a rough background who is recruited by MI5 after a turn in the army. A slightly built person he pushed himself to become the best he could be in all dimensions. This resulted in his ignoring the signs of PTSD..Unfortunately , he was distrustful of everyone except his immediate family. Reluctant to follow the recommended treatment he decides to treat himself his way. The fast paced quality of the story will appeal to many but I found the endless foul language both unnecessary and abrasive. But it is his life, not mine.

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  • Gareth
  • 01-11-17

Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

The best book I've had for a few years and the narrator was superb. Highly recommended.

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  • Rufus the 1st
  • 01-11-17

Such an amazing read

As real as real gets, such dedication to duty. There is so much given on a daily basis. Thanks T.C

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  • stephanie
  • 04-25-17

Eye opening

I've never wanted to write a review before but with this book I've had to. The book had me gripped from the start just the intense sty of what they go through on a dad to day basis is a big eye opener and I thank them .

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  • Zoe
  • 01-10-17

Fantastic Book - Highly recommend to everyone

What did you like most about Soldier Spy?

The content, storyline and factual resources were outstanding, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all

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

No

Any additional comments?

none

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  • BigPhil
  • 01-05-18

Don't be fooled

Gave up on it in the end. If you're looking for a book that will open your eyes to the hidden world of MI5 espionage and methodology, this isn't it. It is a book about a self obsessed man, completely devoid of humility, who believes he is always right and everyone else is wrong, and never hesitates to remind you of this. More swear words than a redneck barbecue dont add to the narrative either. Tried to persevere to the end but had enough of the f's and c's, and unrelated rambled events, the majority of which I'm confident are imaginary.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-18

Good yet frustrating

The story content and performance is compelling. However his lack of responsibility of his actions and people blaming for his behaviour wears thin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-30-18

Interesting insight!

Was interesting to get an insight into this world that we never really know about. Found it repetitive in parts and his arrogance annoyed me as the book went on.

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  • Robert
  • 08-27-18

Hmmmm.

Not the most captivating book I’ve ever listened to. I was waiting for it to ramp up but it never did. Just didn’t light me up as much as I’d hoped. Decent but not brilliant.

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  • H R Clayton
  • 01-01-18

Tiresome and tedious

Little plot, tedious storylines - what might have been a good subject became dull and repetitive

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-17

A badly written fairytale

The vast majority of what’s written here is pure fantasy. The passage about urinating on the policeman in a Scottish pub is an insult to the intelligence. There are plenty of decent books on the security services that are actually true. This is 90% BS.

Don’t waste your money.

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  • Phil Parker
  • 07-26-17

Fantastic story. Superb narrator.

Fantastic story. Superb narrator. Unlike any story I've heard previously. Really insightful and interesting. I really enjoyed the narration, perfect for this audio book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-20

Gripping

Absolutely fantastic. A raw and emotional true story that has you glued from the first sentence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-20

Dramatic

Although some of the content is interesting, too much hype, bravado and arrogance comes through. The writer even calls this out as something his peers and employers think about him and you’d have to agree. The work these guys do is amazing, but I think articulating in a more pragmatic than dramatic & hyped up way would have resulted in a better read/listen.

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  • Michael Velsigne
  • 12-20-19

Absolute Perfection

This book and it's contents are gripping. You won't want to stop listening, the perfomance is undeniably perfect for the content and I could not recommend it more. if you aspire to join the world of intelligence or are an avid fan of counter terrorism this is a book you will need to read at some point in your life. It's contents are relatable and harrowing as well as inspiring.

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  • Genoa Foods
  • 03-26-19

One of the best books I’ve ever listened to

Firstly, the narrator should get a standing ovation for his performance. He definitely made the book. Now to the story. It gripped me from chapter 1 and I just wanted more. I am gutted it finished. Such a great read to learn about the secret world that goes on around us.

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  • Kevin
  • 01-18-19

excellent read

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to all as a tribute to the secret World few know.

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  • Tony Smithson
  • 09-11-18

Worth a read!

First 5 chapters were gripping but tailed off towards the end. Would recommend listening to it however. Narrator was very good indeed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-18

gripping

absolutely loved it. makes you feel like your actually living the story. I couldn't stop.

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  • Dominic Wells
  • 07-06-18

Real Insights

Clever narration with distinct and subtle use of pace and emotion. Authentic representation of undercover security work

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  • Britpop
  • 07-27-19

Excellent account, honest and inspiring

Fantastically engaging from the outset; lived the raw and brutal honesty. Delighted there are books like this that go against the current attack on masculinity by feminist identity politics. Men like the protagonist in the story are the men saving our lives daily.