Terror Cops

  • by Harry Keeble, Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by Damian Lynch
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Terror Cops is a white-knuckle ride into the battle against extremism; the story gives unprecedented insight into what it's like to fight terrorism in Britain today. In his two-decades-long career with the Metropolitan Police, Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble has hunted child murderers and child abusers, drug dealers and hit men.
And then, in response to the call to arms in the wake of the July 2005 London bombings, he transferred from Hackney's Child Protection Team to S-Squad, an elite counter terrorism unit. From day one he was thrown into the front line of a number of heart-stopping operations that involved deadly armed hunts for suicide bombers and bomb factories. As Harry won respect for his bravery and commitment, he was asked to lead increasingly complex and sensitive missions. Terror Cops covers, among other subjects, the Haymarket bomb, the Glasgow airport attacks, the liquid bomb plot, how terrorist cells are created, the use of terrorist training camps in the UK, and working in tandem with the Muslim community.

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Disappointing

I was very disappointed in this book. I had really enjoyed Crack House an excellent book which was exciting, informative, had a narrative drive and really reflected the author's front-line role in the Met.

In contrast I found this book only sporadically interesting and definitely got the impression that the author was struggling to find something dramatic to say about a role (surveillance) which is obviously extremely important but yet often tedious. As well as lacking the excitement of his drug squad days it also lacks the `whole picture' involvement that one might get from an investigator's tale.

I found that the attempts to create artificial drama really got on my nerves too - training, random encounters in the street etc all got the James Bond treatment, which probably tells you as much about the co-author/publisher as Harry.

The narrator is a bit laddish too, but that probably was thought to suit the genre by the publishers.

I wanted to like this book, but ultimately I'd not bother with it.
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- Andrew

Good listen for an intro to anti-terror policing

The book describes some recent terrorist convictions in the UK, the life of an anti-terrorist officer and background on the global intelligence operation. There are a few rather clunky chapters where the author has chosen to make points via a conversation. I was talking to so and so and said “These damn fundamentalists”, so and so said “They are not fundamentalist, a fundamentalist is …” but these didn't bother me too much.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It is certainly not a work of literature but I felt that the writing style worked well given the subject matter and that the narrator did a great job. I proved a real eye opener for me as much of what is covered doesn't make the news headlines and I have already recommended it to others.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-07-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios