Hugely interesting book, unlike certain other books focused on 14th Int and The Det this really does provide a frontline view from an agent who goes out to successfully recruit informers, burgle houses etc focusing much less on the training and much more on operational experience. Extremely heartening to know the successes, skill and bravery of such `operators' risking their lives to protect others. If I were to draw a fault with it the author dwells too much on his own run-ins with authority, he has a serious chip on his shoulder to the extreme detriment of his career. I must confess I am just lost with admiration for the fact that he managed to get out of his initial army basic training and I love the fact that he was able to pass his tests for the Intelligence Corps by burgling an office and stealing the exam answers. You wonder if he'd been caught would he have been reprimanded or commended? His story of life in the armoured corps is revealing, the idea that on a night exercise you leave a couple of guys to stand sentry and man the radio then head off down the pub takes some beating. Like JEB Stuart said, if you want a good time join the cavalry! I recommend you also read The Operators by James Rennie which covers the same subject from an officer's perspective, Former Soldier Seeks Employment by John Miller and Stakeknife by Martin Ingram (although take the latter with a large pinch of salt) .