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Double Agent

My Secret Life Undercover in the IRA
Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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Summary

'I am a British soldier,' I told my reflection. 'I am a British soldier and I'm saving lives. I'm saving lives. I'm a British soldier and I'm saving lives....'

Kevin Fulton was one of the British Army's most successful intelligence agents. Having been recruited to infiltrate the Provisional IRA at the height of the Troubles, he rose its ranks to an unprecedented level. Living and working undercover, he had no option other than to take part in heinous criminal activities, including the production of bombs which he knew would later kill. So highly was he valued by IRA leaders that he was promoted to serve in its infamous internal police - ironically, his job was now to root out and kill informers.

Until one day in 1994, when it all went wrong....

Fleeing Northern Ireland, Kevin was abandoned by the security services he had served so courageously and left to live as a fugitive. The life of a double agent requires constant vigilance, for danger is always just a heartbeat away. For a double agent within the highest ranks of the IRA, that danger was doubled. In this remarkable account, Kevin Fulton - former intelligence agent, ex-member of the IRA - tells a truth that is as uncomfortable as it is gripping.

©2019 Kevin Fulton (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Gripping

A very interesting look inside the workings of the IRA. Kevin Fulton seemed to enjoy the violence whilst using the excuse that he was saving lives. I as the reader felt like it didn't really matter which side he was batting for, as long as he got to play with bullets and bombs.

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A really great listen! Gripping

A gripping story. Gives great insight into the troubles. A most enjoyable listen. The accent is a terrribly poor take-off of a Northern Irish accent, really bad, you'd wonder why they wouldn't just have hired a Northern Irish Narrator?

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bad fake accent but content excellent

would have given 5 stars, but the fake northern ireland accent was very hard to listen to, especially being from Ireland and close to the border. could hear the UK accent coming through a lot. great insight into the troubles though!

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the narrators fake northern accent is annoying

decent book but the narration is very hard to get past...awful fake northern irish accent

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An amazing book

Makes me ashamed to be British reading how they treated this guy. Leaves me feeling I want to know more.

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  • 30-09-19

Gripping and Outstanding!

Rare l write a review, this is a fantastic insight into a war That was dictated as much by terrorist as it was staged by security forces. Another poor individual that was manipulated by his intelligence handlers! An epic account of an informer

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Worth it

Well written & narrated. Exciting but also disturbing to know that this is the way the government and its security forces operate

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Absolutely gripping

This man’s accounts are both thrilling and saddening. I actually purchased it thinking it was the true accounts of a different informant within the IRA, a man known now as Stakeknife, but was still equally as gripped, and also a little pleased suspecting he may well have been mentioned within it. The narrative is also superb and spoken with clarity and enthusiasm... I massively recommend this book if you have any interest in the IRA or its dirty secrets and dealings.

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Amazing, revealing must read!!!

A real insight into the undercover world of a British Army Soldier infiltrating the IRA. We really have no idea what exactly went in during the troubles however Kevin Fulton gives a genuine insight. A truly addictive listen, providing a real insight and revealing how his led a double life. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Please give it a go you’ll not be disappointed

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brilliant. so good. would recommend

will listen again. such a good book. "I only ever wanted to be a British soldier"

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  • 20-08-20

After a Second Try...

I reviewed this book harshly the first time I tried to listen. Once again, this is just further proof that sometimes you need to stop a book and delisted later. It can be a mood, whatever that makes all the difference. And I found this book to be a most compelling read after taking another look. Kevin Fulton's story is very complicated and sad. How he was abandoned by his British handlers, while infiltrating the IRA, is shocking. The Omagh bombing in 1998 could have been prevented had authorities acted on his tip. He literally was abandoned by those he trusted. He committed some atrocious crimes as a part of the IRA, but it is plain he felt deep remorse for what he did. He did it with the purpose of informing for British intelligence. But this came with a steep cost. Stephen Armstrong's narration is incredible. What a story. The IRA's violence and cruelty know no bounds, and he captures Fulton's anguish perfectly.

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  • Buretto
  • 26-10-19

Dupe or sociopath?

Listening to this audiobook, one is meant to believe that the author is an incredibly gullible dupe, motivated not by ideology or religious zealotry, but by a tenuous rationalization of the patriotic duty of a soldier. Which conveniently allows him to skirt any responsibility for his atrocities (notwithstanding the legal constraints outlined restricting what he can say). It's apt that the first line of the book is "All I ever wanted was to be a British soldier". It has the faint echo of Henry Hill in the film "Goodfellas" who says "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster." Like Hill, this author, is short on credibility, and has trouble recognizing his own culpability in his crimes, preferring to blame his handlers in British intelligence for the crimes he "allegedly" committed for the IRA. While there's little doubt of the truth of the despicably immoral activity of intelligence agencies worldwide, it leaves the author in the position of seeming to be either incredibly stupid, or a sociopath. My impression is the latter. There is half-hearted relief expressed at near-misses (of course, the hits are coyly referenced through legalese), but little in the way of recognition of his own behavior. He even rationalizes his activity in body counts, pro and con, people he's killed versus people he's saved (though I don't know if NOT killing someone is the same as saving them). All his energy seems focused on placing blame on others for putting him in that position. That being said, it is an engrossing listen. It's not particularly well written, but it delivers what it promises, the secret life of an undercover agent, though lacking a bit in self-awareness and accountability.

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