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  • Deep Undercover

  • My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America
  • Written by: Jack Barsky, Cindy Coloma
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Deep Undercover

Written by: Jack Barsky,Cindy Coloma
Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
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Publisher's Summary

One decision can end everything...or lead to unlikely redemption.

Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.

On October 8, 1978, a Canadian national by the name of William Dyson stepped off a plane at O'Hare International Airport and proceeded toward customs and immigration.

Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist.

The identity was a KGB forgery, used to get one of their own - a young, ambitious East German agent - into the United States.

The plan succeeded, and the spy's new identity was born: Jack Barsky. He would work undercover for the next decade, carrying out secret operations during the Cold War years - until a surprising shift in his allegiance challenged everything he thought he believed.

Deep Undercover reveals the secret life of this man without a country and tells the story no one ever expected him to tell.

©2017 Jack Barsky (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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GOD??

Interesting until he started talking about God and misplacing random chance to the power of a non existent "higher being". The contradiction and self-righteousness made me want to throw my phone into a brick wall. Stop listening once he marries his assistant. Clearly lost his marbles.

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Great until the last three hours

I loved the performance of this book and generally I enjoyed the content as well. I thought it was an interesting story and told of a true life that is pretty crazy. With that said, I wasn't as happy with the last three hours where it was mostly about religion.

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ehh

starts meh, and keeps getting worse and worse, kills it with bible thumping in the end

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Excellent book

Excellent book. Interesting that the far right republicans remind me of the Soviet propaganda of the KGB . It’s unfortunate that the Russian leadership is cemented in the old ideas of hate and jealousy. Bravo to Jack for questioning his early path and finding the truth in love and faith.

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Loved it

Very well written. Very well read. And I loved the ending very nice surprise that I never seen coming.

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Hard to put down

I found myself listening until 4 am to finish this book. It is well written and moves along at a good pace.

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Become an interest and end awkward

It is a great book until the final few chapters. Up till that point, his story was incredible and on point, following a predictable line where his real life built up to a climax that you would expect from a great fictional story. I cannot stress enough that this section of the book is interesting, thought provoking, challenging and best of all, fun to read!
However, the final few chapters see a shift to him just talking about god and Jesus. It was at this point that I saw that Jack was just someone who was love lust. Throughout the book it is a common trend that Jack thinks about his current wife in the most devoted way but was unable to do anything for them. But once he was out of the spy game, it’s like he chose religion as an awkwardly strong gesture to his wife to prove she is different than the other families he left behind.
I do not have a problem with the concept of this section but it all feels unnatural, forced and just a way for him to prove to his wife that she impacted a KGB trained agent. It seems as if everything was dramatized for a build up to believing in Jesus. So in one of my most conflicted reviews, this book is awesome and equally awkward & forced.

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Wow!

What an amazing book! It’s a detailed story of espionage, political views, ordinary people, and Christ’s Salvation.

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Les dernières heures d'écoute sont décevantes

Histoire captivante sauf pour la fin très décevante qui est une apologie de la religion.

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GREAT book, gripping tale

Wow, wow, wow…. one of the best books I’ve ever read. Told right from the moment he was approached by Soviet operatives in college, every detail of this young man’s preparation to become a spy is revealed. His initial forays and close calls are truly gripping. It’s all fascinating. His integration into USA society after 10 years is so thorough that he begins to think and truly live as a Westerner. How his identity is ultimately uncovered is stunning, and the outcome surprising. Well narrated. A GREAT listen.

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  • Tomita Silvestru
  • 2018-08-25

I listened to this crap so you don't have to

Please save yourself hours of your life instead of wasting it on this. If you're looking for something thrilling (think The Americans, Homeland or The Bureau), this is absolutely not it. You won't even find any significant spy tradecraft. Long story short, nothing interesting happens. For all intents and purposes, it's the story of a KGB agent who infiltrates the USA (kinda) but achieves nothing. You've been warned.

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  • Chad J Cargill
  • 2017-03-30

Amazing

Loved it. The ending is so good. Definitely listen at 1.5x or 2x speed. Reader is way too slow.

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  • MVF
  • 2018-07-24

interesting life story

The narrator was very good, and kept my attention throughout the book as he read.

The story itself, was intriguing. A man born in East Germany who became a KGB spy. He describes himself as self-sufficient, a fairly harsh and cold upbringing, and a casual way of looking at people throughout his lifetime.

The author, would like you to believe that he is now fully American. He even became a born-again Christian. Which is wonderful, if this is true. Like with all stories, especially Memoirs of this ilk I am more of a trust but verify type of person. I hope he is a Christian. I hope he has come to love America. But who knows truly but himself and even our government.

He tells of him coming over here in establishing his credentials. He went to school here even as he tried to keep a family and East Germany. The wall fell and he decided to stay here with his new family.

This is a good read, and I am sure there are many truth elements in there, but it makes me uneasy that if there is one there must be many more.

I do recommend this book.

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  • Rúnar
  • 2018-07-05

good until end

i loved this book untill it came to the religious part. it felt like he was preaching the word of god instead of finishing a spy story.

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  • clay williams
  • 2017-05-11

Outstanding

Loved this true story. I couldn't stop listening. I definitely recommend you give this book a chance

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  • Mikedubyaa
  • 2018-04-13

setup to be prostilitized

beginning and middle of the book are good. the end is very unrelated and preechy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-05-08

Didn't expect it religious aspect

Performance was solid, great narration.

The story was ok, although it becomes very preachy. I didn't want an advertisement for Christianity, but maybe I'm being too harsh on the story.

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  • Nessa Warmath
  • 2021-03-30

Christian apologist

Ugh. I thought he was getting a little heavy handed with the religion in the beginning, so I googled the author. He's a Christian speaker. If you want a good spy novel, look elsewhere. If you want religion shoved down your throat, have a go at this one.

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  • Scott Kuhl
  • 2019-05-03

Not as much detail as expected

I was hoping for a lot more adventure and descriptions of the KGB and his story of operations. This book was heavily focused on his personal life. Although interesting. I was really hoping for operations and adventure.
Still good.

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  • KathrynVB
  • 2017-04-28

Very interesting story, well read.

Fascinating story of a life lived in parallel time to my own, but completely different. Raised in East Germany after the War, this brilliant young boy finds a pathway to success in a most unusual way: by agreeing to be a spy. Lots of twists and turns. And a surprising ending.

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