Follow-up to the New York Times best seller Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life - revealing high-stakes techniques and survival secrets from real intelligence officers in life-or-death situations around the world
Everyone loves a good spy story, but most of the ones we hear are fictional. That's because the most dangerous and important spycraft is done in secret, often without anyone even noticing.
In Survive Like a Spy, best-selling author and former CIA officer Jason Hanson takes the listener deep inside the world of espionage, revealing true stories and expert tactics from real agents engaged in life-threatening missions around the world.
With breathtaking accounts of spy missions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Korea, Japan, and elsewhere, the book reveals how to:
Too many spook stories, attempts to make the case stories sound “real” like when he lists time and month (but not year) , brief descriptions of subjects - attempting to appear to read from a case file
You can also identify in advance when he talks up some ultra cool spy tool - and then proceeds to advertise it available on his web site. All you have to do is give him some personal and credit card info - stuff he warns you about giving away in the book. Many items are “free”you just have to pay for shipping (Credit card details grabbed, monthly, expensive “newsletter” subscription added)
That said, author appears qualified on the subjects covered and has to make a living.
Book does come with some occasional useful info.
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I chose this to enhance skills and knowledge I've gained over the years regarding self-defense and world travel. This delivered!
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Got it in hopes to get some ideas for a screenplay, but the book has no more useful info then one of episodes of "Burn Notice", just plain common sense. "The Black List" TV show provides more inside details.
if this book saves your life, you should really read more. the spy anecdotes entertained.
What did you like best about Survive Like a Spy? What did you like least?
I enjoyed hearing some of the techniques and stories from the field. Author's performance was good. I was disappointed by all the sales pitches, they might be great items but it's not very helpful if I have to listed to links to items all the time. I agree with another reviewer, a link at the end would be helpful and help keep the stories flowing freely.
Has Survive Like a Spy turned you off from other books in this genre?
Big issue is the infomercial feel, breaks up too much of the story. Perhaps it's Ok in print but doesn't translate to spoken word.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Narration was good save for website info.
Was Survive Like a Spy worth the listening time?
Could take it or leave it. Having 4 hours to commute each day I didn't find myself wanting to turn it back on to see what's happening.
Any additional comments?
Love the concept of real spy sharing real spy stuff, this just didn't flow as well as I'd hoped. If I give it a try again I will go with the paper copy.
Maybe it’s because I’m former military, or that I’ve read a lot in general, but none of this was really more than common sense with pseudo sensationalization mixed in (Ex: “phone number: classified” well I hope you wouldn’t put anyone’s phone number in a book). Maybe I’m not the target audience, but I kept waiting for something educational, and it was just broad common sense generalities sensationalized.
The first time the author mentioned a website where you could get a free tactical bag I thought “oh cool!” Then I realized he was trying to sell me more stuff. As the book progressed more websites than I can count were mentioned trying to sell stuff. While I appreciate the info it got a bit overbearing and felt like an infomercial at times. Just leave a master list at the back please!
That said, I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone! It has interesting spy stories and is loaded with practical tips anyone can put into action to stay safer in this crazy world we live in. I’d give it 5 stars were it not for the infomercial tone in places.
It felt like 30% of the book was interesting stories about agents doing creative work in the field, and the other 70% was irritating fear mongering, using “your family” and “ your kids” as a way to toy with your emotions and get you to purchase products.
There were some good points. I thought the section about water and water scarcity was absolutely brilliant, but it was more than offset by the number of times I had URLs read out loud to me, references to his other book (which I had not read), and spy survival courses advertised as a way to learn how to do an effective “brush pass”.
I never got the feeling that the author was actually out to scam paranoid people into purchasing unnecessary products / sign up for self defense classes that no “regular” person would need. I got the sense that he genuinely cared about the safety of his readership, and was really trying to help them in the best way he knew how. I believe his intentions were mostly pure (he tried to sell his website/ classes to us at least 25 times so obviously profitability was in his mind as well, if not a driving factor). Still, at best his many years of service in the field have taken him a bit out of touch with the lives of boring people such as myself, and at worst he is trying to stir up fear to sell tickets to his spy survival workshop (again, I don’t believe this is the case, but I would not be surprised in the slightest if a “tell all” validated this 30 years from now).
Very interesting bits about real spy tradecraft, and some very good survival points, but too interspersed with common sense, fear mongering, and (and I cannot stress enough how much this bothered me) READ OUT LOUD URLS OFFERING SPY PRODUCTS. Overall I would not recommend this book, except to a VERY interested readership (which I was not).
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It was recommended to me by a Vietnam Navy Seal friend. I already knew quite a few things since I'm fortunate to be around Men who often share safety tips with me. It was great to listen to the Missions and how he worked around obstacles as they arose. The computer info was useful and I already do about 50% of it but will put in to practice the other 50% for added security.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Survive Like a Spy?
Hard to say but enjoyed the Missions and each Story the best. The tips are great of course but following the details on the Missions were quite fascinating. This is the real deal and not a Hollywood Movie so it makes it more exciting. We owe a great deal to these Men and Women for putting themselves in harms way to keep us safe.
Have you listened to any of Jason Hanson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, I have not. I was just referred to read his latest book but it's not on Audible yet. The other book seemed too similar so I bought just the one.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Think Like a Spy"
Any additional comments?
Jason has a great voice to be telling these stories, facts, etc. Easy to listen to and speaks precise. Looking forward to more stories....
Jason's books teachers how not to become victims of our own unpreparedness. Thanks for another great book!