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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!
What a great read. I had to take this book to work to finish it off in one go. Its as if you are sitting in the car with Harry Ferguson while he tells you the story at a breakneck speed. He takes you with him on his very steep learning curve and you find yourself trying to take in as much information as he must have done. You begin to feel his frustration at leads...
Published on 12 July 2005 by Mr. A. Harman

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
The problem with many warts-and-all accounts of what seem to be exciting jobs is that when it comes down to it, most of the job isn't actually that exciting. In this book you get the impression that it is about to build up to a big climax, but it never gets there and just sort of peters out at the end. If it was fiction, you would definitely suggest a rewrite of the...
Published on 10 Sep 2004 by CJ STOKES


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!, 12 July 2005
This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
What a great read. I had to take this book to work to finish it off in one go. Its as if you are sitting in the car with Harry Ferguson while he tells you the story at a breakneck speed. He takes you with him on his very steep learning curve and you find yourself trying to take in as much information as he must have done. You begin to feel his frustration at leads that fizzle out into nothing and a judicial system that thwarts his efforts to gain a prosecution at every step of the way. I can hardly wait for the next instalment. Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Halo Harry, 7 Nov 2004
This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
This is a great book... It's written by an Ex-customs and excise officer, Harry Ferguson... (he was one of the men who presented the TV show SPY.) He is now a full time writer but was in the Cannabis Division of Customs during the 80's, where he used to set-up and tackle people importing large amount of cannabis from abroad. He explains the different ways people have tried to smuggle it in. He also tells the story of how he became to be in customs and excise and what it is like to work there, how it is run and some of the missions he undertook and the problems he encountered. It is another one of my all time great books I have read and I can't wait to read his next one called ' Lima 3'. Keep em up Harry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kilo 17, 13 Jan 2005
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This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
Harry Ferguson tells a really good story about the dark world of HM Customs Investigations Team.
The story starts with Harry at MI6 & his recruitment into that Organisation. After changes in his circumstances he moves to Customs.Very much the new boy he maintains a low profile using many of his skills from MI6 & soon he becomes a member of the Kilos Investigation Team.
Multiple plots and raids take place on drugs smugglers and the story moves with a pace that makes it very difficult to put down...
Needless to say I cannot wait for Lima 3 and I have pre ordered it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, funny and true, 19 Feb 2008
This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
This is a great book - a fast paced narrative that would be good as a work of fiction, but it really happened. Harry Ferguson writes amusingly of being a fish out of water as part of a little known customs team chasing drug smugglers. I really enjoyed it and I'm off to find the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 11 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
This is the prequel to Lima 3 and in my opinion, it's a better read. The story of how Ferguson moved from MI6 to Customs is interesting and there's more story and character than you get in Lima 3. Recommend...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 10 Sep 2004
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CJ STOKES (Bracknell, Berkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
The problem with many warts-and-all accounts of what seem to be exciting jobs is that when it comes down to it, most of the job isn't actually that exciting. In this book you get the impression that it is about to build up to a big climax, but it never gets there and just sort of peters out at the end. If it was fiction, you would definitely suggest a rewrite of the last few chapters to make it more interesting and believeable - but unlike fiction, true accounts are often a bit disappointing.
Also this book seemed very short at just under 300 pages - may have been better to combine it with the promised sequel to make something more substantial, and also to give scope to cut down on some of the more boring material.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sat waiting in cars, 20 Aug 2004
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Mark Hughes (Worsley, Lancs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
This book is just okay, All the chapters are about sitting in cars watching targets, i understand that this is job that the author is telling us about but it is just boring not enough action and very little humour or anything else for that matter.
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1.0 out of 5 stars poor show, 28 Jun 2007
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This review is from: Kilo 17: The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers (Paperback)
The book offered very little in terms of excitement and anything above a fiction equivalent. Failed to retain my interest and it went in the bin. Long periods of the book are quite dull. written in a very ordinary style.
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