Morten Storm was an unlikely jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.
Agent Storm takes readers inside the jihadist world like never before, showing the daily life of zealous men set on mass murder, from dodging drones with al Qaeda leaders in the Arabian desert to training in extremist gyms in Britain and performing supply drops in Kenya. The book also provides a tantalizing look at his dangerous life undercover, as Storm traveled the world for missions targeting its most dangerous terrorists, and into the most powerful spy agencies: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, as well as their ruthless use of a beautiful blonde in an ambitious honey trap. Agent Storm is a captivating, utterly unique, real-life espionage tale.
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It's hard to know how much to trust a man with such a penchant for extremism - but if even of half of Mr Storm's assertions are true - there's an incredible story here. He has surely put himself at great risk tell it - undoubtedly infuriating every global jihadist group and no less than 4 govt. intelligence agencies in the US and Europe. Because of the subject matter and some serious accusations it makes, there is a necessity for a lot of information to be delivered, giving things the flavor of a legal deposition at times. But in the end, the book offers rare insight into two very distinct and secretive worlds only accessible to a double agent. Above all, there's an important critique of western intelligence that deserves more discussion.
Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA is a worthy read; if it was fiction it might be called "a good yarn." The book is instead straight-up non-fiction, making it all the more interesting as a window into the world of modern espionage.
The book is the "as told to" autobiography of Morten Storm. Storm grew up on the dark side of Denmark, a tough, a brawler, a street gang member who always looked for a fight and usually found one. He did some jail time, and lived on the outskirts of society, surviving well enough off Denmark's generous social welfare system. Socially and spiritually adrift, he was a quick convert to Islam, driven into his new faith by a chance encounter with a library book on the life of The Prophet. The descriptions of the built-in camaraderie of the mosques shows their appeal to disenfranchised youth.
Storm quickly found a way to combine his street smarts with his new faith, gravitating into the growing European jihadi...
This is an excellent book--well written and riveting! I highly recommend it to get into the terrorist mind--particularly of European converts to the militant jihad. It uncovers many of the inner workings of militant jihadi circles and even more troubling, of intelligence services. Storm goes into great detail about the "honeypot" laid out to catch Anwar Awlaki--a plot that the UK services refused to be part of because it involved sending an unsuspecting European into harm's way. According to Storm, the CIA had no such compunctions and then later refused to pay his reward fee because the Danes could not endorse it after the fact...Not sure if everything there is as it really happened but it rang true to me. Likewise having interviewed over four hundred terrorists, terrorist close family members, associates and supporters and hostages of terrorists (reported in my book...
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