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Publisher's Summary

As one of al-Qaeda's most respected bomb-makers, Aimen Dean rubbed shoulders with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden himself.

As a double agent at the heart of al-Qaeda's chemical weapons program, he foiled attacks on civilians and saved countless lives, brushing with death so often that his handlers began to call him their spy with nine lives.

This is the story of how a young Muslim, determined to defend his faith, found himself fighting on the wrong side - and his fateful decision to work undercover for his sworn enemy. From the killing fields of Bosnia to the training camps of Afghanistan, from running money and equipment in Britain to dodging barrel bombs in Syria, we discover what life is like inside the global jihad, and what it will take to stop it once and for all.

©2018 Aimen Dean, Tim Lister, Paul Cruickshank (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Good, not great

An interesting story of a jihadi turned spy turned erstwhile reformer. As an in-depth and up close look into the mindset of the Islamist terrorist movement, it is pretty compelling. There is no doubt that this is a brave and good man who has significantly contributed to the cause of preventing terrorist plots and action.

It’s not exactly a swashbuckling spy story with lots of action or close calls. My guess is that is probably the pretty typical life of a true spy.

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Impossible to put down

What a atory! Great insghts and very well written.....the book provides some serious education on religious extremists and how we can all do our part to avoid them.

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Phenomenal

This is one of the best spy stories out there. The philosophical pontificating at three ends is amazing too.

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Impossible to put down!

Quite possibly one of the best books I’ve listened to and read! From being a terrorist to taking down terror plots for British Intel, Mr. Dean shares a personal account that rivals that of almost anybody living today. I’d definitely go out on a limb to say that! As for drawbacks, this book is a pretty long and time consuming audiobook with over 500 pages. I just broke up the book into 5, 100 page sections instead of looking at the book as 500 pages to get through the book easier and it helped. Plus it gave me more time to absorb all the info in this book! Thumbs up on Nine Lives!

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Amazing book

Can only imagine how many more lives would have been saved if not for times magazine revealing his identity.

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A great start to the understanding of Islam.

Aimen is an inspiration to all who need clearer lenses as to what our world is coming to.

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Exceptional

Discovered this book after listening to the podcast "Conflicted" which I definitely recommend also. Amazing account of events that we all think we know about, but things look different when you are in the 81mm pit in Bosnia, in the jungle with MILF, or walking the rope with terrorists and MI6. Credit worthy!

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An excellent and profoundly informative book

This was an excellent and profoundly informative book, which was both exciting and frightening in equal measure.
Sadly, in its realistic description of the underlying roots of Jihadism, it leaves the reader depressed for the future of Islam’s relationships with the Civilized World.

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Hooked

This book takes a while to get into, but once you do, you will not be able to put it down.

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  • 03-17-19

Exceptional first hand account of the Jihad ideology

An exceptional first hand account from someone who has lived the life of a Jihad and fought for something bigger than himself. Some may argue that what he done was wrong but having listened to this book, and others like it, I get the distinct impression that Aimen was devout and merely wanted to contribute to the war in an effort to protect his brothers and sister - it was the corrupt and evil that perverted the honourable Muslims intentions.

Listen to this and understand that it’s not simply black and white good and bad but a complex world of ideology.

Brilliant!

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  • 08-28-19

Awful

How did this attract so many 5 start reviews ? Reads like a Daily Mail serial. Awful

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  • Aaron Irvine
  • 04-16-20

I iz in to da book boi

I likeie likeie da book mon it makea ma feel guud bout them bean luoked in da door mon.

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  • Rich
  • 07-05-22

Great listen

Very informative book about one man’s journey with lots of very useful insights
If you like this book, also listen to “Conflicted” by Message Heard podcasts, you’ll gain a lot of knowledge on Middle Eastern and even global conflicts

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  • alexmills80
  • 06-01-22

Outstanding

What a great book and insight into many current challenges facing us all. A remarkable story!

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  • matthew hartell
  • 01-14-22

Nine Lives

I never expected this to be as good of a listen as it was. I was gripped from the start to finish. It has also give me a completely different outlook on some of the world's most modern conflicts. Trust me you won't regret it.

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  • Richie P
  • 01-09-22

Extraordinary

A fascinating account by a brave man who followed both his heart and mind.
Terrifying, sad, exciting and very informative. Complexity was explained and put in context. The last chapter was both hopeful and hopeless. A lot to take in but worth the effort.

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  • 12-19-21

A man that has lived a fascinating life….

It is undeniable that this is a fascinating story but I struggled with the story telling. The narrative and “interesting” accents provided were sometimes distracting
The detail was missing in places for me and it didn’t clearly explain(I appreciate the security implications) of how certain decisions or twists in the story were established
This was recommended by a friend and I had very high expectations, but it did not live up to them. I found myself often distracted and off making to do lists in my head….

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  • IanL
  • 10-05-21

very informative.

a very interesting account of Aimen Dean's time as a spy , and the inner workings of Islamic terrorism and what motivates those who carry it out.

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  • Stackasaurus
  • 05-25-21

Incredible

A must read.

Informative and interesting.

Exciting but without hyperbole.

Simple language on a very complicated topic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-19

Great

Was a crazy story!! Hard to believe even half of this is true!

Great voice that Aussie accent tho....

Would recommend

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  • J. Hickson
  • 07-05-19

Brilliant

This is not just a gripping story about a guy who has lived an incredible life, but a deeply insightful book into the worldview of extremists and potential remedies.

If you like this I'd also recommend Aimen's podcast - Conflicted.

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  • 09-03-18

fascinating look into islamic extremism

Very topical subject about Islamic extremism and one mans journey to discover the true meaning of his faith. I found this book educational and marvelled at the courage shown by the main character after becoming a spy for the British Secret Service . The narration was excellent. I would definitely recommend this highly entertaining book.

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