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Publisher's Summary

Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.

Agent Storm takes listeners 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 training in extremist gyms in Britain and performing supply drops in Kenya. The book also provides a tantalizing look at his dangerous life undercover, as Storm traveled the world for missions targeting its most dangerous terrorists, and into the world’s most powerful spy agencies: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, as well as their ruthless use of a beautiful blonde in an ambitious honey trap. Agent Storm is a captivating, utterly unique, real-life espionage tale.

©2014 Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Extremely interesting and revealing

What made the experience of listening to Agent Storm the most enjoyable?

The way this book was written was straight forward, clear, not complicated at all. Due to my unfamiliarity with Arabic names, it was hard to follow them but the authors did an excellent job to talk about each of the persons referred to as "This is Mr. X, that later on bombed A in 2009" for example which you can note down and google it later.Also, the narrator did an excellent job as well.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the events described in the book are very recent and they are currently happening around the world. Also, the inner works of security agencies as well as the glimpse of how the mind of extremists work, make this book extremely enjoyable to listen.

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Amazing!

What did you love best about Agent Storm?

Unbelievable how one man could make such a connection with so many involved in world wide events, giving not just a perspective of why those involved went to such lengths on both sides. The best history of post 9/11 non-Afghanistan, non-Iraqi events ever written.

What does Neil Shah bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Arabic accent adds personality to the book.

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Fascinating!

What made the experience of listening to Agent Storm the most enjoyable?

It felt like I was listening to fiction. It was very interesting to know that this actually happened and I knew some of the names in the book. It is very relevant in light of all the recent happenings in the Middle East. I highly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in the politics behind Jihad.

What about Neil Shah’s performance did you like?

Again, he does a fantastic job bringing all the characters to life. He is such a versatile narrator.

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Good listen... maybe not so good of a guy.

I listened intently from beginning to end but found myself struggling to find the good in this guy. His story still leaves me with a sick feeling to my stomach.... To go from applauding and damn near aiding viscous, appalling acts of violence then turning himself to being a self serving savior of the west is hard for me to swallow. This guy is no hero. Fear and money are the only reasons this guy came back around. If he would have spent as much time in this book regretting what he did... for loving the videos of be-headings,for supporting and encouraging violence as he spent criticizing and berating agents..... maybe then I would feel differently. Read it and decide for yourself... just wish no more money where going his way.

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Very compelling!

This book has a slow start--for the first couple of hours I thought it was rather tedious, but it becomes hugely exciting. Extremely up-to-date content, stuff that was in the news just a few years or even months ago. Utterly fascinating!

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This part isn't covered in the news!

Where does Agent Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5%.

TOTALLY AWESOME!

What did you like best about this story?

Perhaps one of the most informative books I've listened to. This book truly opened my eyes to so many aspects of the past decade. There's a brief and informative lesson on Islam, a lesson on the inner workings of terrorism, and a peek behind the curtain of the sometimes sleezy CIA and the agencies of counter-terrorism.

What does Neil Shah bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His pronunciation of names and places within the text was extremely helpful. Had I read the book, there would have been a disconnect as I would have undoubtedly struggled with the language.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was in awe anytime the CIA was mentioned. From Storm's narrative they operate much like you'd imagine, dark and shadowy, but seldom hear about in the first person. TOTALLY AWESOME!

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Terrorists, and often the people chasing them, are disgusting. I can't believe this really happened!

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A must read

If you could sum up Agent Storm in three words, what would they be?

A MUST READ

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agent Storm?

The change of heart

Which character – as performed by Neil Shah – was your favorite?

Storm

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Excellent book! Opened my eyes to why we are still threaten by the middle east.

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Good story

I listened to this book in four days. Was amazing tale especially given current events. Sorry our country left you hanging. Many thanks for what you did.

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Riveting memoir!

Riveting is not a adjective normally used with memoir, but in the case of Morten Storm it fits. The story begins before Storm's conversion to Islam and jihadism and follows as he becomes a double agent for western intelligence agencies.

This is a must read true story.

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Fascinating account!

This account of a courageous hero offers keen insights into the mindset of radicalized Muslims. This is a must read for understanding the terrorist threat in today's society.

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