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Soldier Spy Audiobook

Soldier Spy

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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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    Gareth 11/01/2017
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    "Fantastic account, fantastically narrated. "

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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nabeela 13/12/2016
    Nabeela 13/12/2016
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe 10/01/2017
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    caroline taylor 06/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I've ever read!"

    I know that's a bold statement but I was heartbroken to finish this book. Absolutely brilliant from the first second. I will be telling everyone about this. The narrator nailed it as well! 10/10

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jing Jongu 09/12/2016
    Jing Jongu 09/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    Amazon Customer Ramsey Cambs UK 11/10/2016
    Amazon Customer Ramsey Cambs UK 11/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A fascinating insight into another world"

    This book gives a rare real insight into the dark world of MI5 surveillance....really well performed too...excellent.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 12/01/2017
    Richard 12/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but could have been great"

    Loved the theme and some of the content. However is very patchy in really gripping stories, and the more you gain insight into his character the more you start to dislike him bizarrely. Still, immense job for the country and more commitment than most will ever give.

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    Chris Mann 24/07/2017
    Chris Mann 24/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Expected better"

    I was drawn to this by the positive reviews, expecting something akin to Spooks or Jason Bourne in biographical form. The book isn't really one story arc, but rather a series of disconnected anecdotes which all shed new light on the life of the average MI6 field operative. For me it doesn't work. The short story format doesn't build enough richness or colour about the character, I didn't get drawn in and start empathising with him. The author has an annoying habit of repeating exactly the same phrases numerous times. If it's deliberate and for effect it doesn't work, just looks like lazy writing. The performance is average; the regional accent changes during the story, which is unrealistic, and the reader has a habit of over dramatising parts of the book that are completely unimportant. Recommend looking elsewhere.

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    David 15/05/2017
    David 15/05/2017
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    "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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    "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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