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Summary

Fishers of Men is the true account of secret operations in Northern Ireland carried out by the British Army's most clandestine unit. It tells the unique story, through Rob Lewis' own extraordinary experiences, of an essential instrument in the fight against terrorism, that of covert intelligence gathering. The men and women who work in this field are a special breed who undertake hazardous risks with unflinching tenacity and professionalism - the price of negligence is high and the need for secrecy must be preserved even at the expense of personal relationships.

The sheer determination and single-mindedness required to achieve selection to this secret world is graphically described, as well as how, against seemingly impossible odds, the operators of the FRU managed to persuade terrorists and their close associates to turn informer. The methods the unit used to target, recruit and handle their contacts, how they protected their informants and the terrifying life their agents led are all told by an agent handler, using many of his cases to illustrate the sharpness, intelligence (and sense of humour) essential to the job.

Fishers of Men fills a gap in the available information about the secret war against terrorism in Northern Ireland. It is a gap that has so far remained largely unexplored - until Rob Lewis' informative and explosive audiobook.

©2020 Rob Lewis (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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an interesting insight

rob provides a wonderful insight into the special unit selection procedure and his tales of training are funny and insightful.

I did feel it later became a bit repetitive however overall enjoyable.

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brilliant

worth the read. as someone from northern Ireland its brilliant to know a bit of our history from a bit of the country not much is known about.

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Excellent

One of the best books of its type, well written and engaging, he writes like he is a seasoned writer and not a soldier. I really enjoyed it

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not great

the narrator needs to learn the pronunciation of town names in Fermanagh and how to say poteen...

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Basic Knowledge of the main contentious issues.

Would be a great soft introduction to ‘The Toubles’. More focus needed on the actual op details where possible. Not a full disclosure, but some more meat needed around the ‘action’.

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Shocking Truths and very interesting

Some of the things exposed in this book are stories that have been told before but never verified. I have heard some of these stories about this unit during the early years of the troubles but this is the first time I’ve read/heard it from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Great book. If you are interested in the troubles in Northern Ireland then you will find this book very interesting. The stories do not reflect well on the British army but it’s about time the truth was told instead of the cleansed versions you get from British soldiers that served in Northern Ireland

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Boring

I don’t know weather it’s the narrator or the story but this was hard to listen to as nothing really happens

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more training tails

a reasonable book but loads of build up and back story to not a lot of on the ground action in NI

dozens better NI intelligence books out there

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Great book

As soon as I saw this advertised I knew that I had to have it and I was not disappointed.
This book follows the life, Army Career and clandestine adventures of Rob, A really great book full of intrigue and covert operations. If there was one negative, I wish it could have been a lot longer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that there will be more from Rob Lewis. I definitely recommend this book.

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I purchased this anticipation it would give an insight into an undercover army intelligence operative. Sadly this story is lacking any detail and doesn’t actually give any insight at all. Very disappointing