- The Greatest True Tale of Espionage to Come Out of the Early Years of MI6
- Narrated by: Gideon Emery
- Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-11-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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Part Blackhawk Down, part The Riddle of the Sands, former MI6 officer Harry Ferguson has written an extraordinarily gripping non-fiction thriller. Operation Kronstadt not only reveals the early days of intelligence services but also uncovers a truly dramatic story from the Russian Revolution involving a daring rescue attempt and a "mission impossible" against the best defended naval target in Russia.
By May 1919, when the power struggle between former Tsarists and Bolsheviks hangs in the balance, the only British agent in Russia is trapped and in mortal danger. Mansfield Cumming (alias "the first C") dreams up an audacious - probably suicidal - plan to rescue him, and a young naval officer is sent with a specially selected team into the jaws of the Soviet fleet. This is the remarkable true story of the spy Paul Dukes (the only MI6 officer to be knighted for work in the field) and Gus Agar, whose extraordinary escapade won him the Victoria Cross.
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By Michael on 06-19-11
A hidden gem is discovered...
A great description of a little-known chapter of the times of the Bolshevik revolution. The research is excellent and gave life to the events and characters that not only shaped but also were shaped by them. The pictures of the people, politics and events in London and Russia are matched by vivid descriptions of the challenges of running networks in a hostile and difficult place.
I admit to a special curiosity, having visited the island of Kronstadt in 1992 as so much of the Former Soviet Union changed. Even then, Kronstadt was a "special" place with a proud and special history. This book and the excellent narration are worthy of the actual events.
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