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Survive Like a Spy

Real CIA Operatives Reveal How They Stay Safe in a Dangerous World and How You Can Too
Narrated by: Jason Hanson
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Follow-up to the New York Times best seller Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life - revealing high-stakes techniques and survival secrets from real intelligence officers in life-or-death situations around the world

Everyone loves a good spy story, but most of the ones we hear are fictional. That's because the most dangerous and important spycraft is done in secret, often without anyone even noticing.

In Survive Like a Spy, best-selling author and former CIA officer Jason Hanson takes the listener deep inside the world of espionage, revealing true stories and expert tactics from real agents engaged in life-threatening missions around the world.

With breathtaking accounts of spy missions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Korea, Japan, and elsewhere, the book reveals how to:

  • Achieve mental sharpness to be ready for anything
  • Escape if taken hostage
  • Defend yourself if detailed by foreign cops
  • Set up a perfect safe site
  • Assume a fake identity
  • Master the "Weapons of Mass Influence" to recruit others to build rapport and make allies when you need them most

With real-life spy drama that sounds like a novel paired with expert practical techniques, Survive Like a Spy is the perfect listen for fans of espionage as well as anyone who wants to stay safe in a fast-changing world.

©2018 Jason Hanson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Decent but not great

Too many spook stories, attempts to make the case stories sound “real” like when he lists time and month (but not year) , brief descriptions of subjects - attempting to appear to read from a case file

You can also identify in advance when he talks up some ultra cool spy tool - and then proceeds to advertise it available on his web site. All you have to do is give him some personal and credit card info - stuff he warns you about giving away in the book. Many items are “free”you just have to pay for shipping (Credit card details grabbed, monthly, expensive “newsletter” subscription added)

That said, author appears qualified on the subjects covered and has to make a living.

Book does come with some occasional useful info.

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Fantastic book, practical tips, too much marketing

The first time the author mentioned a website where you could get a free tactical bag I thought “oh cool!” Then I realized he was trying to sell me more stuff. As the book progressed more websites than I can count were mentioned trying to sell stuff. While I appreciate the info it got a bit overbearing and felt like an infomercial at times. Just leave a master list at the back please!

That said, I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone! It has interesting spy stories and is loaded with practical tips anyone can put into action to stay safer in this crazy world we live in. I’d give it 5 stars were it not for the infomercial tone in places.

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Awesome

As always Jason Hanson doesn't disappoint. I sure would like to meet him one day.

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Very interesting book

While the delivery sometimes feels a little dry but don’t let that fool you; Hanson’s straightforward delivery of the material is definitely captivating and will keep you hooked from start to finish. This book gives great pointers for how to keep yourself and your family safe by framing the skills and tips in real situations.

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Practical and Fascinating

I chose this to enhance skills and knowledge I've gained over the years regarding self-defense and world travel. This delivered!

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Interesting

Some of this material, most notably the technology/computer usage section, seems like "common sense" to me but it might not be for many people. Overal, there is good information to be found here.

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Very basic but a fun read either way

Definitely worth a read for anyone just starting to learn about traveling and acting safely but lots of common sense and basic knowledge. Also lots of self-serving items where the book tries to sell you more stuff or other books.

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interesting

the book is very detailed in ways that operative were successful, makes you think about incidents that you can prevent in your life.

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Listen close. There's great information in here.

Absolutely loved it, like I did its prequel Spy Secrets that can save your life

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If you have nothing else to listen to

Got it in hopes to get some ideas for a screenplay, but the book has no more useful info then one of episodes of "Burn Notice", just plain common sense. "The Black List" TV show provides more inside details.