The Volunteer: The Incredible True Story of an Israeli Spy on the Trail of International Terrorists

The Volunteer: The Incredible True Story of an Israeli Spy on the Trail of International Terrorists

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: B00A16JL26

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“[It’s] James Bond in a T-shirt and slippers . . . a page-turner, filled with well-observed, convincing detail.” —George Jonas, bestselling author of Vengeance (the book that inspired the film Munich)

In 1982, a twenty-something named Michael Ross left home to backpack across Europe. Little did he know that his vacation would set in motion a chain of events that would hurl him into a career where the bosses are seasoned spies, and the work is tracking the world’s most dangerous terrorists. The Volunteer is a fast-paced memoir that provides insight into our world, both pre- and post-9/11, told by a man on the front lines in the war against terror.

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legend? Perhaps. But there’s a lesson in it either way. Refining your cover to the point where you can fool true experts means becoming something of an anthropologist, or at least a connoisseur of national stereotypes. If a spy’s adopted identity is British, he may tend toward politeness and a reserved persona. If Irish, he might spin his drinking companions a soulful tale or two while quaffing a Guinness (served warm, if he can bear it). If American, he might be slightly louder and less bashful

contents—Scud missiles of the type being launched at Israel—needed to be diverted to the bottom of the ocean. The mission would be neither gradual nor gentle. A ship would be sunk and its crew would likely die in the process. The missiles were destined for shipment not to Iraq, but to its neighbor, Syria, another country ruled by Baathist tyrants. And there was little doubt what Damascus planned to do with them: aim them south at the hated Zionist enemy. Israel has defeated Syria in several

middle-aged American diplomat named Dennis Ross. As part of my liaison work with the Mossad in the 1990s, I met Ross on various occasions, and found him to be intelligent and thoughtful. At the time, much was made of the fact that Ross is Jewish. But by my observation, he was impeccably even-handed. If the peace envoy had any flaw, it was that he was too gullible when it came to swallowing Yasser Arafat’s cynical promises. As I will demonstrate, neither Ross nor Clinton was willing to

plan. He eyed me closely. Nothing in his face suggested he was frightened or put off, but he looked concerned, I suspect about me. He had the good manners to keep his worries to himself. We left, wandered around the mall in Sandton Square, found a sporting goods store, and bought some neoprene workout gloves, the kind weightlifters wear. Then I went back to the hotel and had a swim. I didn’t sleep well that night, but managed a few hours. Russ picked me up in the morning, both of us wearing our

that one of my assets who worked in the Thai banking industry had uncovered a year earlier. My contact had noticed that a small group of Middle Eastern men were transferring funds to a Jordanian Barclays Bank account believed to be controlled by Hamas. I asked my asset to photocopy all the available documents relating to the suspicious transactions. At great risk to himself, he gave me everything, which I sent home for my colleagues to analyze. They eventually traced the money to Afghanistan,

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