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Me. I read SpyTalk.

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I read it and I was once a spy. Along with my friends, we try on a pro bono basis to help promote crime and espionage books (especially non-fiction) where the profits from publishing go to noble causes related to the authors' experiences. The Burlington Files ticks all those boxes and just as happened to Mick Herron's now famous Slough House series, the series was rejected for spurious reasons by mainstream publishers in pursuit of profit.

Many authors create fictitious stories about make-believe spies without so much as a nod or a wink to acknowledge the real spies who risk their lives for the very countries the authors live in. Those authors, famous names included whether dead or alive, simply exploit and mislead for their own advantage. Most of them can’t even realistically depict what espionage is about. It’s time authors in the fictional espionage genre put warning labels on their misleading products and gave credit to those in the real world who have to face down daily dangers for their fellow compatriots including those authors who do them such disservice.

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Larry Brown

Another guy named Brown who was once a spy. Like Ilana Berry, I'm a big fan of Spy Talk.

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Not a colleague, but my eldest brother in 5th SF in Vietnam worked with several. I greatly appreciate SpyTalk’s forum and shared realities of the Intelligence world, and I just ordered the book. There is always a gift here.

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Thanks so much, Donald!

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Career Foreign Service Officer, now a couple decades retired, but those 30 years included several tours in State's Intelligence and Research Bureau as an analyst and a Watch Officer.

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