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KILO 17 gives the inside story of a close-knit Customs team during a major drugs investigation. Like all investigations it mixes long and often frustr...

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"Kilo 17. The Secret War Against the Drug Smugglers"

Harry Ferguson decided at university that he wanted to become a spy. So he allowed himself to be recruited into MI6. This seriously annoyed his tutor, who had wanted him to join HIS branch of the Secret Service, MI5.

Despite this, Harry starts to do well, until conflicts develop between Harry and his wife, who has a promising career in international banking.

So Harry decides to take a two year career break to look after his children. Although this is cleared by his superiors at MI6, a remote and shadowy figure further up the chain (with even more real power than "M") decides he does not want Harry back, as he had shown disloyalty to the service.

As a sort of a compromise Harry is offered a transfer to another civil service job. But after being trained as an MI6 agent, he really does not fancy the Ministry of Agriculture, the Welsh Office or any of the other departments on the list he was shown.

But on the bottom he noticed Customs and Excise, Investigations Division. Almost on a whim, he asked to be transferred to that department.

He was granted his wish and immediately he was landed in the middle of a war against some particularly evil drug dealers.

Harry Ferguson pulls no punches. His story has the ring of truth to it, because he reports not only his successes but his failures. Including the embarrassing ones!

Harry finds himself learning to drive cars at dangerous and illegal high speeds, on the wrong side of the road, on pavements, the wrong way down a one-way street, all in order to ensure that their target, the drug dealer or their courier is kept in sight to ensure that the eventual "knock" as a Customs bust is called is successful.

Harry was in a team called Kilo, based in the south East, and had the code number Kilo 17. He found himself in some instances possessing powers that dated back hundreds of years that not even police officers possess.

He also found himself facing men who, although they like to give themselves a veneer of respectability, not even their own family members were safe from their wickedness and perversions...

Although Harry was based in the south east, he saw action all over the UK and abroad, working with other officers from different and rival ID offices and the police, at times.

He introduces us to the other members of his team, former SAS officers, hardened ID investigators and The Widow, his mysterious and tougher than nails boss. Some of his colleague resented him because of his MI6 background, others he got on with well.

Harry pulls no punches about the terrible strain that his job (often being on call via pager 24 hours a day) put on his marriage.

He meets informants, and the strangest of these is a private pilot with an apparent death wish who, despite being somewhat deranged, helped them bring one of the top drug importers in the south east of England to his knees. But one of the informers had some very personal reasons for wanting that same drug dealer destroyed…

Eventually Harry decides he wants more. And moves on up to a special unit dealing with Heroin trafficking.

It is a gripping and exciting book and as it is now available at the extraordinary price of 99 pence (at least from WH Smiths) I shall say no more!

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  • dempsey_review published 03/09/2006
    well for 99p you really can't go wrong, good review, dempsey :-)
  • patriciat published 23/08/2006
    Sounds a real bargain buy. Pat.t x
  • Amazingwoo published 22/08/2006
    Blimey, sounds like a gripping read. Next time I'm near a WH Smiths I'm going to see if they have it.
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KILO 17 gives the inside story of a close-knit Customs team during a major drugs investigation. Like all investigations it mixes long and often frustrating bouts of patient observation with exhilarating moments of high-speed action and fear. It is also the story of how the 'Kilo' team's initial hostility to an outsider in their midst turned to acceptance and friendship. As an Oxford-educated, former member of MI6, Harry is promoted straight over the heads of more experienced officers. But with no previous experience of the drugs world, the Kilos think they need Harry like a hole in the head. Traditionally working in a team of 15, the Kilos give him the call-sign number '17', partly out of respect for a colleague killed in the line of duty, partly to make sure Harry knows his place. But Harry sticks at the job and begins to make progress with his investigation into the affairs of Frank Davies, the local Mister Big. And in the long desperate hunt for evidence, involving a transit van smashing through the front window of an Indian restaurant, chance tip-offs, a moonlit search for a missing ex-SAS soldier, a dawn raid on a fortress-like country house and barely legal flights by light aircraft to Holland, the Kilos begin to chip away at Frank Davies's criminal empire. See all Product Description

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Author: Harry Ferguson

Title: Kilo 17

Genre: Biography

Type: Non-Fiction

ISBN: 0747563195; 0747568561

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