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    DescriptionAgent Storm - My Life Inside al-Qaeda by Morten Storm. Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadist. A 6'1" red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens with a biker gang or in jail. But after converting to Islam he embarked on a transformation that led from a militant madrassa in Yemen to a close friendship with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric who would emerge as al-Qaeda's greatest threat to the West. Then Storm's story took another dramatic twist. He lost his faith and was recruited by the CIA, MI6 and MI5, becoming a double agent. His ultimate mission: to bring down his mentor al-Awlaki. This is the searing memoir of a man who sought purpose in a community of believers before rejecting their extremist ideology. In a quest for atonement he lived undercover for five years, travelling the world to complete high profile missions. As well as single-handedly thwarting multiple terrorist attacks, he led the intelligence services to some of al-Qaeda's most dangerous terrorists, all the while knowing his own life was expendable. Agent Storm takes readers inside the Jihadist world like never before, showing the daily life of zealous men set on mass murder: from dodging drones with al-Qaeda leaders in the Arabian desert to Jihadist gyms in Birmingham. It also gives a rare look inside the world's most powerful spy agencies, including their tradecraft, after-hours carousing - and their ruthless use of a beautiful blonde in a honey trap. Filled with hair-raising close calls, coded messages and chilling duplicity, Agent Storm is a captivating real-life thriller.


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    Title
    Agent Storm
    Subtitle
    My Life Inside Al-Qaeda
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Morten Storm, By (author) Tim Lister, By (author) Paul Cruickshank
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 720 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780241003770
    ISBN 10: 0241003776
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM, JPWL, JPSH
    BISAC V2.8: POL037000, POL036000, BIO026000
    DC23: 327.12092
    Thema V1.0: JPSH, DNC, JPWL
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    VIKING
    Publication date
    03 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    Revelatory, extraordinary ... There are not others [books] in which the main protagonist has also played such an extensive role for western security services, and, more crucially, is prepared to reveal so much -- Jason Burke Guardian A rollicking read and a rare insider's account of Western spying in the age of Al Qaeda, where the risk if exposed is not Cold War-style expulsion but gruesome execution New York Times Explosive Independent You couldn't make it up ... Agent Storm couldn't really be less like Bond -- Christina Lamb Sunday Times Gripping Publishers Weekly Reads like a screenplay for a James Bond movie written by Joel and Ethan Coen Washington Post Morten Storm's account of his nerve-wracking life spying on Al Qaeda for Western intelligence gives us the most detailed, compelling, and human look at modern espionage in the lethal world of jihadist terrorism that we are likely to get' -- Mark Stout, former CIA officer and Director Opens a unique window onto bleak interlocking landscapes-the radicalization of European Muslims that has now been energized by the Syrian civil war, the leadership and organization of global jihad, and the twilight struggle waged by western intelligence agencies against an elusive and implacable enemy." -- Steven Simon, bestselling co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror and The Next Attack Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, and Tim Lister tell an astonishing and unknown tale of the exploits, change of allegiances, double crosses and inner workings of both al Qaeda terrorist groups and the Western intelligence agencies charged with stopping them. Hard to put down -- Mitch Silber, former Director of Intelligence Analysis at the NYPD and author of The Al Qaeda Factor Remarkable. As a true spy-story, this book brings you incredibly close to what it actually takes to be an extremist and get into a terrorist group while balancing loyalty and treachery in the world of intelligence. Essential reading for everyone interested in how the war on terrorism is actually fought in the shadows. -- Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, a leading expert on international terrorism