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Two stories are told here, one of the all-but-forgotten British master spy, Paul Dukes, and the other of his rescue from Petrograd in 1919 by a Royal Navy team led by Lt. Gus Agar. Both are told with an insider's expertise and enthusiasm that keep the pages turning. Ferguson, a former MI6 officer and former undercover agent for the National Investigation Service, is not afraid to note the fumblings, mistakes, and infighting perpetrated by Britain's intelligence services during this, their formative period (1918-20). Dukes, the only British spy in Bolshevik Russia at this period of the Russian Revolution, managed to infiltrate the government and come away with important top-secret information. Next, all he had to do was get back to friendly territory. Enter Agar and Agar's hand-picked team of seven men and the fastest naval vessels in the world-made of plywood and powered by aircraft engines! Add to this mix the Soviet fleet and the Baltic island fortress of Kronstadt, and you have a totally engaging true story. Highly recommended.
—David Lee Poremba