Read this book in one sitting, fascinating and compelling stuff Having read Cruikshankâs previous gripping book âAgent Stormâ about a Danish Jihadi turned spook, I knew this story would be equally compelling and it didnât let me down. How the protagonist has emerged relatively unscathed from his almost impossibly complex life initially as a young jihadi, then as a disillusioned trainee bombmaker before turning into one of the âWestâsâ most valuable double agents is totally remarkable. The moral dilemmas he had to navigate were heart rending and heart…
We in the west owe him a great debt. I have known Aimen in the ME for the past 7 years or so. He is a very brave, highly skilled, very learned and unassuming man and his book reflects this.He has a prodigious memory and his huge catalogue of names, events and his knowledge of the Koran and Islamic studies total as I well know. His reading of likely events over the past 4 years or so has been very astute and entirely correct.We in the west owe him a great debt.
Nine Lives v. Agent Storm: My Life Inside al-Qaeda Aimen Dean of Nine Lives is a likeable character. His journey to make sense of the world takes him into jihad, trying to save fellow Muslim’s lives in the Bosnian civil war and then out again as his sense of humanity recoils from the misguided and murderous plots being hatched by al-Qaeda.I enjoyed Nine Lives much more than Agent Storm: My Life Inside al-Qaeda – and the writing style is better by far.
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