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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 16 September 2014
According to some, spies are often highly trained individuals who are able to worm their way into situations that most would find impossible and then to obtain information and pass it back to their principals by whatever means are available or possible.

Dusko Popov, known in Britain as 'Tricycle' was not a trained spy but a capable amateur. A lawyer by profession but a ladies' man and playboy by preference, he initially agreed to spy for germany against Britain but he immediately then offered his services to briotain to spy against Germany; he was a double agent. He obtained factual information about German troop movements, shipping and their other activities and passed it forward while at the same time feeding to Germany a similar amount of carefully manipulated information which was a mixture of truths, out-of-date or redundant data, lies and nonsense all of which was supplied by Allied military to cause minimal damage to the Cause. As a spy, he was successful and higly-rated by his British employers.

Germany never doubted his allegiance. Had they, he would have been quickly eliminated.

The story has been told before and by other authors but with considerable enforced brevity due to an official reluctance for many years post-War to release certain documents or facts. Even now, as with other similar stories, it is impossible to know whether all facts have been or will ever be fully released to the public. This book adds much to that which was previously told probably in the late 1950s or 1960s and represents the closest we shall ever be to the whole story.
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on 25 July 2017
This is an excellent book to read outlining the depths to what some people are prepared to go to fight for freedom when the odds are stacked against them. A good easy to read true spy story of ww2, this man is also mentioned in a big way at Bletchley Park
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on 17 March 2017
Having read all Fleming Bond books I can easily believe they were based on Popov's so incredible life as told
in this riveting biography. My thanks to Russell Miller for such pleasant Reading.
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on 9 January 2015
Yet to read it but know the story, expect this to be good
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on 2 October 2011
Who would trust a Balkan playboy? Well, not J. Edgar Hoover for a start! Read the book to find out what could have been avoided if he had.
This is really the inspiration for James Bond, a man who lived a sybaritic life of luxury with casinos, beautiful women and danger at every turn. Even his name "Dusko Popov" is as good as a Flemming creation. In war time Europe he spent money like it was going out of fashion, but risked his life as a double agent, even going back to his German handlers after the FBI had bungled his cover. As with all double and triple agents of WWII, it is hard to sift legend from fact, as deception at every level was intrinsic to the game. Popov's story is amazing even if only half of it is true.
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on 6 May 2013
Dusko Popov; suave elegant womaniser, playboy and triple agent. "Codename Tricycle" tells the story of the real life James Bond, complete with glamorous women, exotic sets and an abundance of danger. However Popov is not a character from a spy novel but one of Britain's most extraordinary secret agents, whose story is unbelievably true.

Played out against the backdrop of a Europe darkening under the shadowy clouds of Nazi domination, we follow Popov, an international jet-setter of the 1930/40s, from Yugoslavia across Europe to the United States skillfully playing a cool and calcualted game of deception, that might easily end in disaster.

Popov's unheeded warning about the attack on Pearl Harbour is just one of the tragedies in this book, while his vital contribution to the D Day deception is no doubt a triumph. This book is indeed thought provoking, equally so with the inclusion of the black & white period photograph section, that not only enhance Popov's romantic image, but allows the reader to relate to the key events and personalities.

Tricycle is indeed a remarkable individual. We have a lot to be grateful to him for, as well as his handlers. Let us not forget also his fellow agents, on both sides, who were working towards the common cause.

Russell Miller's Codename Tricycle is essential reading for any armchair historian or collector, or in fact anyone that loves a good thriller. Filled with excitement, suspense and intrigue, the book is thoroughly well researched and beautifully written. I found it gripping and very hard to put down, and was honestly disappointed when I had reached the end. How shall I fill my evenings now?
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on 18 January 2008
I have already reviewed Popov's own memoir, Spy Counter Spy. This book leans, inevitably, heavily on that work, while also drawing on other sources, both open and once-secret, now "declassified".

The writing keeps the interest, for the most part and tells the tale of Dusko Popov, Serbian playboy and WW2 double agent, who kept the Abwehr guessing as he funnelled rubbish and disinformation from British intelligence (rather, counter-intelligence) while picking up what information he might from the German side. The Abwehr, in my opinion, very likely knew or strongly suspected that he was working for the British, but who knows what that master of intrigue, Admiral Canaris, might have been up to in his most secret and labyrinthine plottings? Wheels within wheels etc...

The book relates (as does Spy Counter Spy) how Popov, in the immediate aftermath of war, tried to find his Abwehr friend (and, in the end, British agent) Johnny Jebsen, whom he had known since university at Heidelberg, only to have to track down Jebsen's Gestapo killer. Unable to kill him in cold blood, he beats him up in a wood. Popov's horror at the massive devastation in Germany caused by British and American bombing (and far far worse than the London "Blitz" and other attacks on the UK) is also chronicled.

This book goes beyond Spy Counter Spy (published in the early 1970's) and tells a little more about Popov's postwar business wheeling and dealing and his two wives (the first, an 18 year old, when he was about 50...). He died in the Balearic Isles not so long after his memoirs appeared; he was survived by his still young and beautiful Swedish second wife.

This book is worth reading, especially by those with an interest in the Abwehr or WW2 espionage generally. The typeface is far too small but that is its main, perhaps only fault. Recommended.
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on 4 November 2011
Not quite sure how, but I have found that I'm reading book after book on the 2nd WW. Some are rather too detailed but 'Codenamed Tricycle' is one of those that sails along at a significant pace with only relevant information necessary to tell the true story. A damned good book which offers a few surprises about the 'backroom war' which we were never made aware of. A good read for those interested in subtefuge/war.
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on 14 January 2015
A fantastic book relating the true story of 2nd world war spy Dusko Popov, who is supposed to have been one of Fleming's model for James Bond.


Livre absolument passionnant, qui relate l'histoire vraie de l'espion Dusko Popov, qui aurait été l'une des sources d'inspiration de Fleming pour son personnage de James Bond.

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on 17 October 2015
Superb account of double and triple dealing by a master-spy in WW2. Russell Miller is a great story-teller and this is one of his best. Fully demonstrates that J Edgar Hoover was warned by Popov about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor but did nothing about it. Russell has nailed it.
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