Soldier Spy - Tom Marcus

Soldier Spy

By Tom Marcus

  • Release Date: 2016-10-06
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 485 Ratings


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 full 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 sixty 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 back-up. 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 first-hand 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-seen 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.'


  • Spy solider

    By Very disappointed 321
    Great book. Really makes you think about what's going on behind closed doors. I was hooked from the beginning
  • Security service?

    By Cordilleras Kid
    Unbelievable tosh!
  • Awful

    By 8-------- ...
    Just awful
  • Couldn't put it down!

    By rian951
    Great read, really eye opening to the secretive world of MI5 and other such security agencies! Always made time to read it and finished it in two days!
  • Awesome

    By Bareassalona
    Could not put this book down! The job I thought I'd have liked to do all of a sudden doesn't look so appealing! Reading this made me realise just how special our security services are.
  • Amazing story of life in MI5

    By Bukitima
    Marcus shows us the professionalism and dedication of MI5 operators and the versatility they need to show in handling the different types of threats to the UK. It's also a riveting and exciting page turner
  • Great read

    By Idmvaugusta
    Read this book in a day, one of those books that you really empathise with the author but also get great peace of mind from. I read this a week after the Manchester bombings and after reading it feel that we are safer for the work MI5 do.
  • Great book.

    By Benno1881
    What a a great read. Loved it. So much so I read it again a few months later whilst on a long flight. Highly recommend this book. Best I've read in a good few years. Would like more of the authors story's.
  • Fantastic read

    By Burlington 13
    What an amazing person a true hero I couldn't put this book down .....
  • Thanks

    By MessSKi
    Amazing read... was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Thanks to you, and those that keep us safe and let us continue our lives without a care in the world.