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Noc - Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations

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"WE WERE INSTITUTIONAL KILLERS in disruptive actions on the black, that is to say we made illegal entries across borders to perform dirty work then returned home mostly without the knowledge or connection to the local British embassy's staff assigned to other covert affairs. The main job description was called deep cover within SIS, though the U.S.-led NATO preferred NOC or non-official cover - either description was undeclared. I served in various SIS divisions in charge of different continents, often living like a mole..."
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Overview

"WE WERE INSTITUTIONAL KILLERS in disruptive actions on the black, that is to say we made illegal entries across borders to perform dirty work then returned home mostly without the knowledge or connection to the local British embassy's staff assigned to other covert affairs. The main job description was called deep cover within SIS, though the U.S.-led NATO preferred NOC or non-official cover - either description was undeclared. I served in various SIS divisions in charge of different continents, often living like a mole..."
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Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Writing under a pseudonym, a former spy irreverently dissects his work for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), where he worked between 1973 and 1993, in this "documentary thriller." Scoffing at the glamorous James Bond image, the author summarizes the world of intelligence as a dismal struggle among predators. Despite his conscious straddling of the border between fact and fiction, Anderson presents scenes vividly, including his break-in to a Libyan chemical weapons plant and his encounters with famed terrorist Carlos the Jackal. The author moves from the intricacies of espionage to the money-hungry machinations of pharmaceutical companies. His theme here is not espionage as such, but rather his life as a spy. And, the experiences he describes in the first person infuse his work with an informed, if disenchanted, perspective that will appeal to anyone interested in the world of intelligence operations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492978473
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

A 19-year veteran of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (known by its media name, MI6). The Ministry of Defence stipulates that all current and select former British intelligence officers of his security clearance level cannot be seen in public. In the few book-signings and television interviews he has granted he has donned a black balaclava to circumvent this legal restriction. In 2002-2007 he was recalled to active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now retired and resides in the French Riviera where he continues to write his fictionalized covert action stories based on true life experiences. To go down the non-fiction route would invite more legal restrictions so it is recommended that readers read between the lines to the best of their ability. To learn more about him please visit: www.NicholasAnderson.info
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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    A MUST READ FOR INTRIGUE-LOVING INTELLECTUALS

    Had Ian Fleming's James Bond been a real person born after the end of the cold war, into a new world order, and imbued with an existentialist bent, he'd have been Nicholas Anderson, the figure at the heart of NOC: Non Official Cover. It covers over 20 years in a life spent behind the scenes of some of the most covert actions by world governments; the vast majority of whose citizens would never believe happened- or wish to.
    NOC is a travelogue into both the palaces of the rich and the seediest, impoverished hellholes imaginable, as the author recounts his stints as a mole for, most notably, Great Britain.
    Written stirringly in the first person, Anderson treats the reader with a stream-of-consciousness internal dialogue to the actions and events as they unfold
    around him, and peppers his tale with flashbacks of an exotic childhood, intriguing characters who float around him as either nemesis or bit player, and a global perspective that's always bracing, searingly honest and often witty.
    Along the way there's enough sex, real danger and drama to make this one of the most pleasurable reads in years.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    A Gripping, Fascinating Read

    Nicholas Anderson's exploits alternately teem with tension, drama, humor and wry resignation to the ways of the world. Of particular interest to this reader were the thrilling operations staged in Moscow, Cairo, and Cuba. While the author's caveat that "facual accounts of real happenings have been much more bizarre than fictional storytelling," is for any intelligent reader indeed worth pondering, as a professional fact checker, I have deduced that the exploits he describes are firmly rooted in truth. This is the real deal. James Bond, prepare to be shaken, not stirred. A superb read.

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