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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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nonsense

Lewis is full of crap
Described 3 unarmed people as terrorist but described a man who bombed their funeral as an extremist.
more propaganda than real events

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drivel

what a boring load of biased British numbskullery. every Irish nationalist is a crazed terrorist...every mercenary British soldier is a "good bloke" ...even if he's an alcoholic lunatic that pulls his gun on civilians at the drop of a hat. Michael Stone, a loyalist murderer ..is a "protestant extremist" ...but unarmed Nationalists are dangerous terrorists. Apart from the biases...this is just more boring British Army chest thumping.
yawn.

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Don’t just don’t

Author full of his own self ego , not interesting or educational a definite miss . Ireland is a problem due to people like this

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Poor on all levels

Disappointing to the extreme. Will certainly not be recommending. From story itself to the tone of the narrator.

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worst audibbook I've listened too in 7 years of us

This is undoubtedly the worst Audible book I've listened too in the 7 years of using this system. shockingly bad.

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Fishers of Men

Probably the worst book i’ve read on the subject of northern ireland intelligence ops,
Very little information of interest in this one.

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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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Well narrated, need to work on local pronunciation

Interesting account of what was a vital contribution to the fight again terrorism. Pronunciation of the likes of Omagh and Tyrone aren’t true to the local dialect. I guess it’s the equivalent of me trying to recite Hamlet in a Belfast accent 😏

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