' A Soldiers Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness'
"Milos Stankovic served longer in the Bosnian war than any other British soldier… He was the outstanding liaison officer of his time. He did for Britain in the 1990's what Fitzroy MacLean had done in the 1940's, and in the same turbulent corner of Europe… ['Trusted Mole'] is the best book yet written on the Bosnian war, certainly including my own. It is more than that. It is the most extraordinary soldier's story that I have ever read."
MARTIN BELL, M.P.
This is the powerful, disturbing and highly acclaimed account of how a British officer in the Parachute regiment, of part Yugoslav origin, became painfully embroiled in the savage maelstrom of the Bosnian war. Milos Stankovic's work as interpreter and go-between for senior British commanders propelled him from one nerve-racking crisis to another as he helped to negotiate ceasefires between rival warlords, secured the release of UN hostages and organised the escape from Sarajevo of stricken families.
Yet his close contacts with the Bosnian Serb leadership of Dr Karadzic and General Mladic bred suspicion and paranoia on all sides – not just in the Bosnian Muslim and Serb ranks (who thought he might be a British spy – General Rose's 'trusted mole') but in the minds of the Americans as well. In a final, horrific twist, the author was arrested by the British authorities on suspicion of being a Serb spy – two and a half years after returning from Bosnia.
"Stankovic's book is far more than the outcry of an innocent man foully accused. He has a wonderful eye for detail and a natural storytellers gift, and passion… This man was a hero, caught in the middle and discarded by a military bureaucracy that should be shot at dawn for its betrayal."
JON SWEENEY, 'Observer'
"Well written, gripping and highly informative… a fascinating account of an experience that would leave most people shattered."
ADRIAN WEALE, 'Daily Mail'
Milos Stankovic was born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia in 1962 – a British citizen with Scottish and Royalist Yugoslav parents, themselves refugees from Yugoslavia. Educated in England, he enlisted in the Parachute Regiment in 1981; the Army sent him to university where he studied Russian at Manchester and in Minsk in the Soviet Union. He has served with the British Army in Belize, Northern Ireland and Africa, and with the UN in post-war Kuwait and Iraq, and two long tours in Bosnia between December 1992 and April 1995.
Prior to his arrest at Staff College in October 1997, Major Stankovic served as a company commander with the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment.
An excellent book well worth reading. Written by an officer of the First Battalion The Parachute Regiment; Utrinque Paratus. GreatPublished 2 months ago by MR ANTHONY J LAKING
Well worth a read. I learned a lot about peoples and a conflict almost forgotten.Published 9 months ago by casp
An honest, great-hearted man's experience as a peacekeeper during the war in Bosnia, bringing insight and compassion - and sometimes humour - into the mess that war is and the real... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dionysia
An amazing book - showing the horror, corruption and general hell of war - and what a pointless war it was . Read morePublished 18 months ago by B D Bose
A fantastic read. Hard to put down. A definite must read for anyone interested in the Balkan wars of the 90's. I can actually picture the scenes described so vividly. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr G
this is a very intense insight o the Balkans war detailed and well written,persevere for the first couple of chapters and you get the bigger picture,of the UN jockeying for point... Read morePublished on 31 May 2013 by peter ridyard
Superbly written, engaging and a must read. Describes the horror of the war in Bosnia in great detail and makes you feel you were there.Published on 23 May 2013 by steve
Fascinating book - would very much like to know where the author is today and how he got on in his trial.Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by Mrs K E Rowbottom
This is a gripping read. It's the only biography that's ever left me trembling from being transported into the author's world (in this case, a war zone!). Read morePublished on 5 April 2011 by PenB