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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Maverick House (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954870727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954870720
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,073,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

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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.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Langley on 10 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
Martin Bengtsson’s autobiography charts an unconventional life. It is entertaining, witty and easy to pick up as it reads like a collection of short stories.
The only criticism I have is that the very nature of his exploits means that the photos are not really that relevant to the story and some of the name dropping is tenuous to say the least. It would also have been nice to have had a better timeline of events so that you understand them in the context of his age and the state of the world at the time.
You get the impression of a loveable rogue, a kind of modern day Robin Hood who never really harmed anyone who didn’t deserve it.
I really enjoyed reading this book, some of it is pure escapism, and I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Pryce on 13 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I had this book for christmas (after making a note of it from a "sixty second interview" in The Metro) and found it easy to read. As another reviewer put it "it's like a collection of short stories" and in that sense it's easy to pick up and put down. The book does tend to jump from one story to another without explaining how Martin knew certain people for them to trust him well enough to do some of their "jobs" so it does sometimes leave you feeling that some of his adventures should be taken with a pinch of salt. All in all it IS a very entertaining book and one that I would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 23 July 2005
Format: Paperback
What a read, perfect to the core. I recently toured europe and unfortunately finished the book very quickly, this is probably attributed to the fact that you just can't put it down. The author has had a life that would inspire anyone, the detail mixed with the commedy mixed with Martins ability to put it all together to such an interesting and riveting read. This is possibly the best read ive had in a long time. Well done to the author and roll on his next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book,made even better by the fact that I know this bloke as he lives on my land and have heard some of the stories contained within the pages of the book first hand!! Martin is a gentleman is the truest sense of the word though im sure there are many husbands,customs officials and police officers around the world who would disagree! Good on you for finally getting this lot down on paper Martin. Cant wait for the next two books.
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