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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, British
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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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  • Upminster, United Kingdom
  • 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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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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Incredible

On one the best books I’ve ever read. Incredible story about the NI troubles
Amazing

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Wonderful insight

Excellent insight into a period of Irish history I know very little about. Well told and very enjoyable

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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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  • 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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