Soldier Spy is the first true story told by an MI5 officer. A shocking, honest account revealing never-before-seen detail into MI5's operation.
'I do it because it is all I know.
I'm a hunter of people and I'm damn good at it.'
Bestselling author Tom Marcus is the first MI5 officer to tell the true story of British counter terrorism operations on our streets. Recruite...more
Tom (aka TC) has issues, you can tell that from the outset. He doesn’t realise how tightly wound he is and all he can think about is two things. Work and family. There is no inbetween for TC and that makes this book a rollercoaster thriller.
I couldn’t put this book down, it’s genuinely on the edge of your seat stuff, the way he recall ...more
Also - Best closing paragraph of a book I've read in a while. #godblessMI5
What an ego maniac. A low level surveillance operative telling us how he has saved us from the bad guys in this terribly written repetitive yawn fest.
I normally love these type of true crime under cover books, but Tom Marcus cant stop telling us what an amazing guy he is on so many levels. Here is a quote from his book so you can judge for yourself
"I was the person who hunted the scum of the earth and was ready to eat their faces off if the ...more
This is reportedly the first biography to be penned by a former MI5 surveillance officer. It's been vetted by the Security Service who gave it their blessing, so I guess no secrets have been divulged. That said there's much here that in the context is surprising, the Security Service not always coming off well.
Tom (not his real name) was unusual in that he was recruited direct from army special forces - the unit is not divulged but one gets the impression that it was not the SAS but some type of ...more
Reading this I was awed by how much is going on all around us that we just have no clue about.
The book takes a turn and becomes an emotional exploration of PTSD, mental wellbeing and anxiety.
It's not that well written but it's honest, from the heart and if it had been written in any other way it just wouldn't have conveyed the character of Tom Marcus correctly.
The book has been read and agreed by MI5 and this may have affected the content that TC was able to include. There's a bunch of different stories here, and TC is very open... about his lack of openness, and he's right there's not a lot of a real man in the book, and a lot of macho posturing and toug ...more
'Soldier Spy' is supposedly the real life account of various operations carried out by a surveillance officer in MI5, spanning from the covert surveillance of Muslim extremists to Russian spies. Our narrator, who is predominantly referred to as "TC", is a bit of a brash fellow who ...more
A much more visceral account than most contemporary espionage fiction writes would have us believe!
The chapters didn't seem to have an end and then the next one was straight into something else. The book just didn't flow at all.
On the positive though it's clear tom Marcus has an excellent sense of humour and ...more
It is unique in its genre and certainly the first and only I've ever read on this topic.
Some people complained it feels "too vetted" at times, others that it does not really tell the whole story. What I personally found was a lot more information and insights than I would expect from a book about one of the best kept secrets in the world: what goes on in MI5's daily life.
With a honesty often disarming, perhaps supported by the shelter offered by the an ...more
Over the course of my reading I have from time to time found myself diving into the fictional world of my countries spy's, They have been stories I have enjoyed greatly, but each time I have been left wondering how close to the real world they get. So while looking for something new to read I came across Tom Marcus's book in the nonfiction section, I felt the time was right to answer this question.
It doesn't take long with this book to realize that the harsh realities of the intelligence worl ...more
Sadly and disappointing ...more
'Soldier Spy' is not the typical genre that i usually like to read, but this book has changed my perception of this Genre and i want to read more. As this book was non-fiction and based in England, it was surreal and hooking to read about operations and targets that 'TC' and his team ha ...more
He was hand picked from the Army into MI5 as a Surveillance Officer. He left the Security Service recently after a decade on the frontline protecting his c ...more