Listen free for 30 days

Terror Cops

Fighting Terrorism on Britain's Streets
Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (179 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Terror Cops is a white-knuckle ride into the battle against extremism; the story gives unprecedented insight into what it's like to fight terrorism in Britain today. In his two-decades-long career with the Metropolitan Police, Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble has hunted child murderers and child abusers, drug dealers and hit men.

And then, in response to the call to arms in the wake of the July 2005 London bombings, he transferred from Hackney's Child Protection Team to S-Squad, an elite counter terrorism unit. From day one he was thrown into the front line of a number of heart-stopping operations that involved deadly armed hunts for suicide bombers and bomb factories. As Harry won respect for his bravery and commitment, he was asked to lead increasingly complex and sensitive missions. Terror Cops covers, among other subjects, the Haymarket bomb, the Glasgow airport attacks, the liquid bomb plot, how terrorist cells are created, the use of terrorist training camps in the UK, and working in tandem with the Muslim community.

©2010 Harry Keeble (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What listeners say about Terror Cops

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    87
  • 4 Stars
    43
  • 3 Stars
    35
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    6
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    72
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    16
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    5

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Boring Politically Correct Drivel

Well narrated but this is the memoir of someone who had a very uneventful stint as a 'terror cop'. The most exciting part was probably when a cigarette weilding youth asked him for a light, closely followed by the temporarily mislaid radios drama. Though who can forget the hitman who arrived, did nothing then went home or the race against time to get a twig out of the way of a CCTV camera. On top of that this is preachy, right on PC garbage. I don't want condescending lectures on Islam from some muslim officer in a book like this any more than I would want a load of bible bashing if they were after the IRA. It is irrelevant and annoying. Crack House was a great book and I'm guessing the author made a lot of money from it which encouraged him to write another when he really had nothing to say.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

I was very disappointed in this book. I had really enjoyed Crack House an excellent book which was exciting, informative, had a narrative drive and really reflected the author's front-line role in the Met.

In contrast I found this book only sporadically interesting and definitely got the impression that the author was struggling to find something dramatic to say about a role (surveillance) which is obviously extremely important but yet often tedious. As well as lacking the excitement of his drug squad days it also lacks the `whole picture' involvement that one might get from an investigator's tale.

I found that the attempts to create artificial drama really got on my nerves too - training, random encounters in the street etc all got the James Bond treatment, which probably tells you as much about the co-author/publisher as Harry.

The narrator is a bit laddish too, but that probably was thought to suit the genre by the publishers.

I wanted to like this book, but ultimately I'd not bother with it.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

poor follow up book

The first book was really good and the reason I bought this one. However, this is a disappointing rehash of terror and racism statistics which are in the public domain, stories that were not related to the author and potential terror plots that never materialise, like the time that we lost our radios....and then found them again or the time we were called in and then nothing happened....the time we were watching a guy who turned out not to be a terrorist. it's fairly obvious that compared to the previous book, this one lacks material and has been stretched paper thin to just publish another book.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Good listen for an intro to anti-terror policing

The book describes some recent terrorist convictions in the UK, the life of an anti-terrorist officer and background on the global intelligence operation. There are a few rather clunky chapters where the author has chosen to make points via a conversation. I was talking to so and so and said “These damn fundamentalists”, so and so said “They are not fundamentalist, a fundamentalist is …” but these didn't bother me too much.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It is certainly not a work of literature but I felt that the writing style worked well given the subject matter and that the narrator did a great job. I proved a real eye opener for me as much of what is covered doesn't make the news headlines and I have already recommended it to others.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love these!

Listened to all of them. Enjoy the way the story is relayed. Narrator is great also

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Comes across as arse kissing

Fascinating book but very suspect accents and a slightly smug tone throughout. A bit too PC....

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

another great book

love this, I have now listened to all three of these books by Harry and I wish he'd entered a different department after this so that I could learn some more. my style of informal writing and narrated so well.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a fantastic insight into an exciting role

a fantastic insight into an extremely exciting role. It doesn't matter whether you're interested in the Police, or counter-terrorism - this is an enthralling listen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

good listen

really good book, but not as good as previous title, Crack House!
. . .

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

not bad

not quite as good as crack house one of these story's that doesn't really go anywhere but I guess that is the life of a terror cop crack house was much better read. very interesting and well told informative but not thrilling