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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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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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  • Dave O
  • 07-05-18

Unbelievable literally

The Secret Services never confirm or deny anything written about them giving people like Marcus the perfect unchallenged platform.
All “me me, me” and “ I, I ,I “ this “I save you all “ narrative has some pretty ridiculous scenarios recounted in it. Yes, I’m confident he’s served in the Service but it’s clear the many hours of boredom on surveillance has led to a great deal of fantasising. He uses the word s**t quiet often which is apt given this book is in my view full of it.

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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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  • Jing Jongu
  • 12-09-16

My favourite book of 2016

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This book grabbed me by the scruff of the neck from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the very last. Brilliant.

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  • Nabeela
  • 12-13-16

One of the best books I've read

This was the first book that I've read in a while which had left me completely captivated until the very end. I enjoyed the way the narrator told the story, many other audio books sound too robotic but this was a great book overall & the narrator did it justice. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • James
  • 11-19-16

good to learn how Mi5 work.....but

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the author is totally self obsessed, so the book is all about him bigging himself up - which is boring....guy needs to learn some humanity, maybe let others tell us how awesome you are?

but great to learn how the service work. a good book.

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  • David
  • 05-15-17

Thank goodness for people like this

I have always been aware of people behind the scenes that are looking after our safety. The man who wrote this book was one of these people. He dedicated a large part of his life to protect us and our way of life. For this I thank him. Reading this book gives you an insight to the sacrifice he and others in the security services give. Please read this book and when you arrive at the end of the last chapter, you will understand why I think everyone should read it. Thank you to Tom Marcus. TC.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-09-17

Brilliant action throughout!

The book gives you an insight to the trauma that real agents go through protecting their country and keeping us safe, but at what cost. Excellent book I was hooked from the 1st chapter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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
  • 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