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This is the absolutely riveting story of a modern day spy, a real life James Bond, although, as she notes, Bond is ridiculous; in the real world of espionage, "one street chase and my cover is blown for life." This is the story of how Ms. Fox became a spy, what that life cost her and what it gained, and why she left.
This memoir exposes so many secret lives, all at once. Ms Fox talks about being recruited by the CIA while still ...more
I wassopleasantly surprised by this book. Usually, with 'memoirs' surrounding war and violence, I find that I lose interest quickly either out of repetitiveness or because the events are tough to swallow.Life Undercover was nothing like that at all. It was very much about the strain that being an undercover agent had on Fox's relationships with colleagues, with men, and with her family.
It was moving in every way, particularly from the halfway point where she talks about her decision to ...more
Quickly moving, well written, intriguing story.
The author has an amazing story to tell. And tells it masterfully. So much better than the typical “I did all these great and dangerous things in my career, but due to national security, I can’t tell you about them” book of this type. No, she tells the stories, warts and all. And bares her soul, telling of her own struggles, mistakes, and misgivings. And the ...more
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I wasn't exactly expecting Sydney Bristow and Alias or anything like that, but that's kind of what I got (minus the Rambaldi Device). Fox led a most impressive and unique life. At 21, she was recruited by the CIA and fast-tracked into ops training. I could almost see the film montage of that particularly grueling training. I was keenly fascinated by the chess-like maneuvering that Fox employs juggling intelligence, contacts, classified info, and targets. What I really wanted more of was ...more
In an October 2019 NPR article, “The War on Terrorism, Through the Eyes of 3 Women in the CIA,” this was one of three books recently published and cited. I chose The Targeter by Nada Bakos (to be reviewed later) and Life Undercover because I was curious about not only on how does one become a spook but what does a foreign intelligence officer actually do? Has this position been glorified by ...more
I mean, obviously, this may not apply to all, but isn't peace what some/most religious sects, etc. purport to want to ...more
Added bonus, author reads for the audio version. Well done.
The book was very readable, and felt like a thriller at times. And with thrillers, there is a lack of character development as it slows down the story. Here I wanted it to slow down and provide us more. I wanted more of her personal relationships, particularly with the husbands, and why with the second one they ...more
What a great book. The author is a special person. Bearing the gift of a special childhood, she brings it to fruition within the CIA. This memoir is about how she does it, how the CIA enables her to do it, how difficult it is to balance her personal and professional life, how difficult it is to effect change with lives on the line, and how to know when the job of a CIA operative is done both personally and professionally. The book provides great insight into the world of espionage, the risks ...more
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From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .
Amaryllis Fox's riveting memoir tells the story of her ten years in the most elite ...more
The work is heavy with the author's thoughts and emotions, especially those involving her ...more