James Bond has nothing on Dusko Popov. A double agent for the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI during World War II, Popov seduced numerous women, spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslavian diplomat....
On a cool August evening in 1941, a Serbian playboy created a stir at Casino Estoril in Portugal by throwing down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent. The Serbian was a British double agent, and the money - which he had just stolen from the Germans - belonged to the British. From the sideline, watching with intent interest, was none other than Ian Fleming.
The Serbian was Dusko Popov. As a youngster he had been expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters: the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI.
On August 10, 1941, the Germans sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and gather information on Pearl Harbor. The FBI ignored his German questionnaire, but J. Edgar Hoover succeeded in blowing his cover. While MI5 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German secret service headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anyway....
Into the Lion's Mouth is a globe-trotting account of a man's entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers - including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge and seduction, patriotism, and cold-blooded courage. It is the story of Dusko Popov - the inspiration for James Bond.
©2016 Larry Loftis (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"Never Thought James Bond Could be Boring"
Reads like a history textbook. I usually try to push thorough slower chapters in books that cover exciting subject matter, but this was a complete snore-fest. If you want to know more about all the people standing in a room when Popov enters rather than a story about espionage, then this book is for you! Wish I didn't waste one of my credits from my Audible trial on this, I ended up deleting it halfway through.
I had heard the author interviewed on a podcast which inspired me to listen to the book. No complaints about the narration, but the story seemed fragmented. Interesting material, but just ok delivery.
It's a bit hard to follow as an audiobook. I think it would be easier to read instead of listening to it. It did whet my appetite to learn more about the inspiration for James Bond and espionage in general during WW2.
"interesting piece of history"
Great story of a side of ww2 i wasnt aware of. The only criticism i have is it is quite hard to follow sometimes as the author constantlt switches between codenames, first, and last names. still great story well read.
A little challenging to keep up with the players in an audio book format. Interesting story.
"Reads Like A Novel"
Loftus is to be commended for the way in which he takes a subject that might easily become dull with detail and causes it to read like a spy thriller.
"Makes me wish Ian Fleming wrote it"
A very accurate Bio of Dusko Popov who was Ian Fleming's true to life inspiration for James Bond. Larry Loftis' portrait is in depth and accurate at a level even beyond scholarly. But for me this work doesn't have the color and passion of Fleming's writing. It's good to read though for a view into this amazing life of a very real spy, for yet another WWII experience and perspective, and for an appreciation of Fleming's ability to create his character and settings from this real person and actual places.
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