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Queen and Country [Kindle Edition]

Finn Maedan
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If you're looking for an expose into the inner secrets of the Intelligence Services this isn't it. If you're looking for the twisting plot of a new Bond film this isn't it.

My name is Finn Maedan and this is my story.

In the autumn of 1982 at the age of 17 and at the height of the Cold War I joined a training scheme at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Following two years in The Park training school I spent the next 11 years travelling the world as a member of the ultra secret Operational Security Department.

Three decades on, with most secrets declassified and my memory fading rapidly, now is the time to pass on a few stories to whoever cares. Like most jobs, 90% of what we did was run of the mill, mundane even, and up until now I have never really shared much of what went on.

This is the other 10%...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 148497798X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 29 May 2013
By Kileen
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I really enjoyed this book. Very readable. A fascinating and humorous glimpse of what was really going on behind the headlines of the Cold War and an insight into a part of the Intelligence Services that i didn't know existed -the Operational Security Department. Finn was only seventeen when he joined the training scheme at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the job & travel that followed gave him an eyewitness view of history. I particularly enjoyed his account of what happened in Yemen but there is lots more of interest in this book. I think Finn must have more stories from that time & I hope he will share them in a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 15 Jun. 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable book and for anyone who lived through the 80's this is an interesting behind the scenes insight into government activities during the Cold War. A good value holiday read. I am currently enjoying the US hit The Americans and it was good to read a British perspective of similar times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 17 Dec. 2013
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I really enjoyed reading about life in the diplomatic service back in the 70's. The only thing that spoilt it for me was the gratuitous use of strong language which I didn't feel added any value to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen And Country Review 5 Jun. 2013
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Queen and Country - First Review

A book about the adventures of a spy released on the expiry of the 30 year rule. It made me wonder whether the first secret to be revealed was that Tim Hyman - or Finn Maedan as he chooses to be known was going to be announced as the literary son of Maeve Binchy. I suppose it was `ae' that raised my suspicions. But no, Tim, or Finn's, book is made of sterner stuff and my failed deductions ensure that I don't have what it takes to be a spy.

The story begins in 1981 to the sound of Shakin' Stevens as our hero Tim was a lost boy on a desolate Milton Keynes estate wondering what life would offer him. With no clear career goals, and only wanting to escape school to earn some money Tim ended up applying for a job which he thought he had little hope of getting. An odd interview reminiscent of a scene from Men in Black pitched him against other candidates who didn't know what the job was, or what was needed to get it. Tim won through on ingenuity.

Fast forward a year and the sound of a dodgy taxi engine is dramatically interrupted by the smashing of the rear window as he came under fire in dusty Khartoum from a group wielding AK47's. This was the 10% excitement of the job that the book is all about ! Tim travels the world spending time avoiding foreign honey traps, chased by spies across Cold War Berlin, being entertained by a would be Prince as well as hanging out with Mrs. T when the occasion demanded it. It wasn't all stiff upper lip exotic James Bond stuff either - as crossing Check Point Charlie dressed as a ballerina was evidence of, or having to send his irradiated clothing to a London hospital for disposal having sampled the Chernobyl atomic cloud proved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing memoir of cold war era British counter-intelligence technician 25 Aug. 2013
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Reading these anecdotes was fun. Learning a little bit about counter-intelligence techniques was a bonus. There are a fair number of Britishisms in the text. I was able to infer meaning of most of them from context.
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