'Martin Bengtsson is one of the last examples of an endangered species - the old-style buccaneering gentleman adventurer.' -- Manchester Weekly News
'The extravagantly-bearded Bengtsson is a man of many talents.' -- The Brighton Argus
From the Inside Flap
Martin Bengtsson's story contains all the ingrediants of a best-selling fiction - murder, intrigue, sex, royalty, and espionage. And yet it is all true.
Having started out as a bank clerk, he soon made his escape and began smuggling cigarettes for the Mafia along the Mediterranean coastline.
Among many subsequent adventures - some legal, some not so legal - he worked as a bodyguard for a Saudi prince,partied with Errol Flynn and Gracie Fields, was part of a CIA hit squad and smuggled guns for African rebels.
His story has many threads which are sewn together in a wonderful narrative impossible to replicate.
Bengtsson's voice - witty, debonair and emphatically non-conformist - sings from the pages, whether he is describing his career as a stuntman on Spaghetti Westerns, or revealing his secret life as an MI5 spy.
Looking back he says he was never motivated by politics or patriotism. 'I can honestly say I did it for the money.'