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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Soldier Spy by Tom Marcus, read by Jason Langley.

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target.

Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

'My world was dark, no colour, no right or wrong and no backup. People like me exist to fight those no one else dares face. I wasn't the last resort; I was the only option.'

Tom Marcus was recruited by MI5 in the wake of the 7/7 attacks on London. After five years spent undercover as part of a covert British Army special operations unit, he offered the Security Service the edge they so desperately needed. Following months of intensive training, Marcus was thrown into a world of relentless, unimaginable pressure, a never-ending struggle to prevent terrorist atrocities on our city streets, foil devastating strikes against the nation's infrastructure, and keep our country's secrets safe from foreign spies. Split-second decisions carried life or death consequences. And not all his colleagues would survive the fight.

In this explosive firsthand account, Soldier Spy lifts the lid on the war being waged by MI5 to keep us safe in our towns and cities for the first time - a blistering, visceral insight into life on the front line against terror, revealed in never-before-heard detail.

It was a job which would inevitably exact a heavy price. But when it came down to it, Marcus knew he didn't have a choice.

'Some people join the service out of a sense of duty, some out of wanting to do some good by removing the evil. I did it because it's all I knew. I'm a hunter of people, and I'm damn good at it.'

©2016 Tom Marcus (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

The best book I've had for a few years and the narrator was superb. Highly recommended.

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Such an amazing read

As real as real gets, such dedication to duty. There is so much given on a daily basis. Thanks T.C

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Don't be fooled

Gave up on it in the end. If you're looking for a book that will open your eyes to the hidden world of MI5 espionage and methodology, this isn't it.
It is a book about a self obsessed man, completely devoid of humility, who believes he is always right and everyone else is wrong, and never hesitates to remind you of this.
More swear words than a redneck barbecue dont add to the narrative either. Tried to persevere to the end but had enough of the f's and c's, and unrelated rambled events, the majority of which I'm confident are imaginary.

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A badly written fairytale

The vast majority of what’s written here is pure fantasy. The passage about urinating on the policeman in a Scottish pub is an insult to the intelligence. There are plenty of decent books on the security services that are actually true. This is 90% BS.

Don’t waste your money.

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Eye opening

I've never wanted to write a review before but with this book I've had to. The book had me gripped from the start just the intense sty of what they go through on a dad to day basis is a big eye opener and I thank them .

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Tiresome and tedious

Little plot, tedious storylines - what might have been a good subject became dull and repetitive

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Fantastic Book - Highly recommend to everyone

What did you like most about Soldier Spy?

The content, storyline and factual resources were outstanding, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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Dissapointing, another factual fantasy

Why would an author go to great effort to describe one aspect of their life, but completely skim over significantly related (so he says) other? Worked for MI5? Potentially. Worked for 'Special Ops' in UK Army? This is where the story falls apart. Firstly the term 'Special Ops' is not generally used within the UK Army - typically the terms UKSF, SAS, SBS, SRR or at a push 'the Det' are used. This so called aspect of the authors career is skimmed over, and as he suggests he was not SAS, we can assume he was not SBS also - which leaves 'surveillance' either SRR or 'the Det'. The author suggests he was selected for this work - which is strange as these units are typically entered through a voluntary selection process - 'you select yourself' (or not) during their rigorous selection processes.

If you wanted people to believe you were 'hand picked' and recruited from this unit you would would think you had nothing to lose by saying so, especially if you were about to 'lift the lid' on MI5 Surveillance. Ultimately, those Special Forces units and their history are pretty much open source these days after other authors have blown the lid on them. This aspect, this lack of detail suggests hints of Walter Mitty fantasy at times regarding the authors so called 'Special Ops' background.

Sadly, the author fails recognise the link between their unfortunate childhood situation and links to their ultimate diagnosis with PTSD.

Potentially entertaining to your average Joe, but the endless self importance drone on like a Duracell battery.

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Good yet frustrating

The story content and performance is compelling. However his lack of responsibility of his actions and people blaming for his behaviour wears thin.

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Interesting insight!

Was interesting to get an insight into this world that we never really know about. Found it repetitive in parts and his arrogance annoyed me as the book went on.

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  • Jamie DeAngelis
  • 03-02-18

best book in a long time.

i really wish they would make this into a movie. this was a amazing story that i couldnt step away from

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  • Dred
  • 04-07-21

A must read reminder of the sacrifices that go into public safety

A reminder of the burden and sacrifices that are made by people that most will never know exist in an endless conflict they will never know is happening on a daily basis all around them. Solid technical insight into a rarely discussed field of surveillance. A Excellently read, you can feel the emotion.

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  • Erica J. Conway
  • 10-04-21

Unexpected

An in-depth psychological look at the mind of an MI-5 operator. Didn’t expect that. Loved it. Thanks “TC” for everything you’ve done and do. Semper Vigilat.

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  • Laura Altmann
  • 01-01-21

Excellent

Riveting book and great narration. Couldn’t get enough of the intense stories. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Scott
  • 21-12-20

how did I not know about this book? i

this is the best book I've read in several decades. it's honest and true. this is what it's all about.

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  • Joshua R
  • 12-08-19

Fantastic

Easily one of the best books I have read (listened to) the dialog gets you right in like you are a member of the teams. I'll definitely relisten again and again!

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  • Aaron G.
  • 01-05-19

Dangers of PTSD

Interesting first hand account of an MI5 agent and the tense surveillance missions he would go on. The later part of the book though delves into the PTSD he acquired while undercover. Well worth a listen but the story does become incredibly personal and a touch sad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-18

Excellent

Excellent book, well worth the read ,gave great insight to a different world.
There is so much going on in the world that we will never here about this book gives us a small glimpse of it.

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  • Hendrick
  • 09-07-18

Great book

Loved this book. This book shows that there are alot of people working hard to keep us and our families safe.

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  • james byrne
  • 19-01-18

Interesting book

If you could sum up Soldier Spy in three words, what would they be?

Interesting , unsung hero

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom is a unsung hero

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Great book , I wish Tom and his family all the best for the future