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Pilgrim Spy

My Secret War Against Putin, the Kgb and the Stasi
By: Tom Shore
Narrated by: Luke de Lacey
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Summary

This is one of the great untold stories of the 20th century. 

It is a firsthand account of a mission by an SAS soldier sent behind the Iron Curtain by MI6 to find someone who didn't necessarily want to be found and how, on a follow-up mission, he found himself manoeuvring against a mysterious KGB officer and a murder plot by Kremlin hardliners. 

If the plot had succeeded, it would have given the Russians the excuse they were looking for to roll out the tanks across East Germany, the Berlin Wall would not have fallen - and the map of Europe would look very different today. 

It tells of rooftop chases, the interrogation of terrorists to gain vital information, a beautiful East German female (who he suspected of being a Stasi spy), betrayal by people he trusted, and an escape through forests pursued by enemy agents and ending in a climactic gun battle at Colditz castle, formerly used by the Soviets as a psychiatric hospital to detain dissidents. 

In James Bond novels, it is MI6 operators who carry out this type of work, but in reality, when facing a committed foe in an isolated and deadly environment, the intelligence agencies call upon members of the British Special Forces. This is the first insider account of how UK operators working undercover do what needs to be done in order to protect the UK's interests abroad - revealing their hidden hand in world events.

©2018 Tom Shore (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Couldn’t Finish

Listened to five chapters but, couldn’t listen to anymore. Just sounded either extremely exaggerated or flat out made up.

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Do not buy this book - Total rubbish!!!

Save your money. This book does not contain a shred of truth. Tom Shore is a Walter Mitty of the highest order. The story is weak and totally unbelievable. It labours on for far too long and I never made it to the end. Walt's catch-phrase of, 'no women, no children', grates beyond description. This is stolen valour. Shameful...

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Did this really happen?

Claimed as a true story, I found this book less and less believable, and now reading some critical reviews I think it belongs in fiction based on sketchy facts, rather than a useful historical memoir.

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utter nonsense.

waste of a credit. clearly fabricated. utterly fantastical. decent narration but a terrible book. skip it.

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Great story. Shame about the cloud of doubt

An enjoyable read that could be recommended to others if there wasn’t doubt over this non fiction being fabricated.
I’m not sure how the publisher confirms the authenticity of any spy story. But some acting soldiers from the same period appear to draw great doubt over the content. Some content also appears to have been plagerised.
Bit disappointing to find this out after a promising start.

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Unbeliveable....absolutely

I had previously listened to The Spy and The Traitor, this was an exciting enthralling experience, I saw the similar cover of the Pilgrim Spy, and assumed it would be a similar experience, As we use to say in the military never assume anything....and that was a quote I didnt hear in the book..

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Awful

Disappointing and poorly written. Is this really a genuine account of what happened? It reads more like a James Bond novel that a true account of events. It would be interesting to see if it stood up to vetting.

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Excellent, but what percentage is true?

Ripping yarn, or truth being stranger than fiction, you have nearly 12 hours to decide!
I know my decision.

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Mmmmm

This is clearly not a true story but a fanciful plot by someone with a knowledge of military procedure

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Implausible Guff

Story lacks any credible thread, the characters are wafer thin and the dialogue is cringeworthy. Not sure I could really recommend this.

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