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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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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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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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Fascinating story

I’m not one to read novels but this audiobook somehow attracted me. And I couldn’t stop listening. Highly recommend it.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jeff
  • 2017-04-22

Loved it!

A very fascinating inspiring story and well done audio book. Couldn't stop listening. Loved it!

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  • Courtney Cowan
  • 2019-04-11

Great story but preachy

The story was great until reaching near the end when the author starts preaching about how atheists can't have any morals because they don't believe in god. He says at one point he would have more than likely followed Hitler because of the fact he was an atheist.

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  • Caroline D.
  • 2019-03-11

Great insight into the mind of a spy

This improbable story gives great perspective on what it was like to grow up in East Germany in the shadow of the USSR and with the close memory of Hitler. A rare look at the heart and upbringing of a spy in real life. Encouraging and stranger than fiction.