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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (24 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552159476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552159470
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating insight into how the Met responded to the 2005 terror threats, and to Alexander Litvinenko's death in 2006 . . . The Terrorist Hunters is crisply written and an engrossing read" (News of the World)

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The first definitive inside account of the key terrorist events of our generation

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Millard on 21 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
This book, like Spycatcher and a number of others, was, in effect, "banned" for a while supposedly for reasons of "national security" but really because of a few undiplomatic claims about politicians or police/security bods. Also like Spycatcher, this book is mostly a pretty dull read. Quite an achievement bearing in mind the dramatic subject-matter.

The former Assistant Commissioner at New Scotland Yard, i.e. only two ranks down from the top, has used much of the book to write an essay as to how the anti-terrorist effort (mostly against the Muslim Jihadists and their attempt to make Britain part of a crazy Islamic Khalifate) might be done better. There may be merit in some of his views, but I have to question, if only qua citizen, his opinion that, for example, suspects should be held for 90 days without having to be charged or released (the period was set a few years ago at 28 days for "terrorism" suspects, but is far less for ordinary criminal suspects). Also, he seems happy that CCTV is so widespread in the UK because it assists the police, albeit that he does describe the UK CCTV regime as "Orwellian". Difficult.

Most of us as citizens, want lawbreakers to be caught, most of the time at least, but at what cost? Personally, I think that even 28 days is excessive. If the police cannot get enough evidence in a lunar month, then too bad; they should try more surveillance. Not for nothing did Vernon Kell, the founder of MI5/Security Service, have a little pennant depicting a tortoise on his official car. Slowly slowly catchee monkey? I accept, though, that it is difficult for the police and MI5 to endlessly watch people who might well explode bombs etc at short notice, causing huge hurt.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Holden on 27 Nov 2009
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I enjoyed this book more for its content than anything else. It was interesting to read about recent terrorist events that have taken place within the UK and the links between them, the way they were investigated, and the many problems that were faced by the authorities. I was less enamoured with the author's ego. It was all me, me, me, and perhaps ought to be entitled "The Terrorist Hunter". Andy Hayman has successfully managed to give his own views of what was good and what was bad about the investigations, but has unsuccessfully managed to give a balanced account taking into consideration other peoples views. Overall an interesting book, but I would like to hear other's views expressed as well.
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By Kelso on 24 May 2013
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Topical book fast action maybe a bit predictable in places but worth a read I would recommend it for the money.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Mcconville on 9 Feb 2010
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sooo many better 'wart's n all' accounts out there. unfortunately, this will sell on the back of the controversy its generated. one to avoid, or borrow it from the library if you must!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Mccloskey on 16 April 2010
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Unfortunately, this book suffers from the fact that the author seems to have written it as his retort for the blame he got for the disgusting murder by the police marksmen of Jean Charles Menendes, in the hieight of the terror attacks in the summer of 2005.

Because of this it is a boring account of the endless meetings and politicization someone of his status had to put up with, and the author moans and moans about how everything went against him, and he was a scapegoat, its all me, me ,me.

He shows little sympathy for the innocent man slaughtered, and of the little regard the police had for him and other underground users at the time, and most of the book goes on about internal politics and endless meetings, he had to go to, Boooorrriiinnngg.

How can someone with such insight have written such a boring book, I thought when I ordered the book it sounded a great subject matter, about the current police/ terrorist climate in the UK, but how was I was dissapointed, the author is only interested in getting his own agenda out there, just a whole book on why he has been treated so harshly by the authorities, and how everyone is against him.

Dont bother reading it, unless you have trouble falling asleep
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