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I will probably not read a more controversial book.
on 13 October 2014
I first became aware of Michael Shrimpton when a clip of an interview he had with Bristol Community Radio came up on Youtube. He is certaintly an engaging speaker and had been promising to write Spyhunter for a few years. The publication of Spyhunter was delayed by a number of alleged circumstances which he alleges in the book. He also write a column on the website Veterans Today.
Now, other reviewers have pointed to the somewhat explosive nature of what Shrimpton describes. A post-war Nazi intelligence continuum which is to blame for everything from 9/11 to the credit crunch to the demise of British manufacturing to a number of airline disasters, drug running, people trafficking, child molestation, manipulation of the money supply…. you name it. He is clearly knowledgeable in certain areas, mainly to do with military equipment and military and civilian aircraft. There are moments when he shows an ability to explain intelligence methods and terms to ordinary folk, and to make things make sense in his argument.
However, the two questions for me are 1) is it believable, or is Shrimpton a hoaxer who can think extremely broadly to hoodwink the reader? 2) If it is true, then why is he so flippant in his tone and why does he think the quasi-struggle with the DVD is not a serious crisis? Surely this draws from the power of his argument just a bit. If a German spy agency was causing natural disasters, kidnapping children, running drugs, murdering civilians and politicians and corrupting our leaders and it is not a serious crisis, could he care to tell me what is?