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As one of al-Qaeda's most respected bomb-makers, Aimen Dean rubbed shoulders with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden himself.

As a double agent at the heart of al-Qaeda's chemical weapons program, he foiled attacks on civilians and saved countless lives, brushing with death so often that his handlers began to call him their spy with nine lives.

This is the story of how a young Muslim, determined to defend his faith, found himself fighting on the wrong side - and his fateful decision to work undercover for his sworn enemy. From the killing fields of Bosnia to the training camps of Afghanistan, from running money and equipment in Britain to dodging barrel bombs in Syria, we discover what life is like inside the global jihad, and what it will take to stop it once and for all.

©2018 Aimen Dean, Tim Lister, Paul Cruickshank (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Exceptional first hand account of the Jihad ideology

An exceptional first hand account from someone who has lived the life of a Jihad and fought for something bigger than himself. Some may argue that what he done was wrong but having listened to this book, and others like it, I get the distinct impression that Aimen was devout and merely wanted to contribute to the war in an effort to protect his brothers and sister - it was the corrupt and evil that perverted the honourable Muslims intentions.

Listen to this and understand that it’s not simply black and white good and bad but a complex world of ideology.

Brilliant!

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I iz in to da book boi

I likeie likeie da book mon it makea ma feel guud bout them bean luoked in da door mon.

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Awful

How did this attract so many 5 start reviews ? Reads like a Daily Mail serial. Awful

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Incredible

A must read.

Informative and interesting.

Exciting but without hyperbole.

Simple language on a very complicated topic.

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Amazing

What a thrilling book with a fantastic insight into another world. Incredibly exciting and a story that makes it hard to believe that it is actually an autobiography.

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Brilliant listen.

Loved it. Very interesting and enlightening. Thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely recommend to anybody interested in the Middle East.

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Intriguing insight into the Jihadist mindset

The author affords a pretty in depth exploration of not only the Jihadist mindset, but also sheds light on the underlying ideological foundations of Islamic terrorism, found within the Koran and the Hadiths, in particular the powerful motivation provided to devotees of the interpretations of various prophesies. The sincerity of the authors rejection of Al Quaeda is clear, but later on in the narrative at times (especially regarding Syria) , he appears to revert to some of his old ideological ways. It is unclear how he was able to survive after his exposition as an MI5/MI6 double agent, his 'luck' holds he suggests , but he appears to be able to maintain reasonably cordial relations with close family members and other jihadists. His new identity seems pretty thin and it appears to this reader that we are not really getting the full story of what happened here. If an apostate can be killed, surely an MI6 informer would have been hunted down relentlessly? Perhaps different rules apply, but one is left wondering if this is completely on the level , sorry Aimen, I think the tale raises some questions, but in fairness it does answer a lot more regarding the whole subject of jihadist motivation.

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Amazing book covering broad and detailed topics

One of the best books I have read. it does a fantastic job of covering both broad topics like the theology behind Al Qaeda, ISIS etc. and smaller details on specific events like 9/11 and the laptop battery bomb attempts

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Interesting insight into taliban, extremism

A sad yet interesting insight into an individual intellectual child who's Mind was Warped by extremist islamists. Saudis Arabias whabbism and how the extremists twist the rules of Islam to suit their goals. a useful intro into Islam as a whole and the 'jihad' thats been fought not as defence as originally meant but as a offensive act against the west.
Got a bit bored and lost focus about 8 chapters in, the names are hard to recall and the connections a Bit tenuous at times.

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So well written, interesting and informative

Loved it so interesting and wonderful narrative throughout, analysis was super informative, so well structured

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  • 08-09-18

Good, not great

An interesting story of a jihadi turned spy turned erstwhile reformer. As an in-depth and up close look into the mindset of the Islamist terrorist movement, it is pretty compelling. There is no doubt that this is a brave and good man who has significantly contributed to the cause of preventing terrorist plots and action.

It’s not exactly a swashbuckling spy story with lots of action or close calls. My guess is that is probably the pretty typical life of a true spy.

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  • OOnne
  • 31-03-21

A great start to the understanding of Islam.

Aimen is an inspiration to all who need clearer lenses as to what our world is coming to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-20

Exceptional

Discovered this book after listening to the podcast "Conflicted" which I definitely recommend also. Amazing account of events that we all think we know about, but things look different when you are in the 81mm pit in Bosnia, in the jungle with MILF, or walking the rope with terrorists and MI6. Credit worthy!

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  • K R D
  • 19-08-19

An excellent and profoundly informative book

This was an excellent and profoundly informative book, which was both exciting and frightening in equal measure.
Sadly, in its realistic description of the underlying roots of Jihadism, it leaves the reader depressed for the future of Islam’s relationships with the Civilized World.

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  • 15-03-19

Hooked

This book takes a while to get into, but once you do, you will not be able to put it down.