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.
©2011 Cameron Addicott (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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.
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...
I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.
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.
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.
Good performance, but the style of the book (1st person narrative),
"Fly on the wall documentary meets Strike Back" is actually quite good, no?
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.
On the whole I found this book a great listen. It has some good story's and left you wanting more. just wish I didn't feel so let down by the ending. A book like this deserves a blockbuster ending ( reality aside of course ).
The insight into the workings of the customs guys is intriguing and clearly outlines how finance and politics can ruin a good team.
Improvements to the narrative should have been clear in early drafts. The continuous use of bad language became tedious. Swear words can easily be placed into narrative for effect and impact, but instead were used as verbs, adverbs, nouns and....well you get the message.
The author clearly holds a grudge yet can craft a good story. It is a shame no one was there to guide this title into a more honed account.
Read or listen this book if you are a fan of true-life accounts of jobs and departments. I was not disappointing in that sense. If you are after a more crafted account, try Terror Cops instead.
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