NOC: Nicholas Anderson







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(Anecdote: Miura is the fighting bull that faces matadors in the bull rings of Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, among others. When they are the victors they become revered and live in peace at the ranch for the rest of time as they have passed through death, and into a life of fresh air, good food and plenty of sex (used as studs for breeding). Italian automaker Lamborghini has a tradition of naming its cars after Miura bulls.)

Introduction to the Secret World of the SIS (MI6)

“Military Intelligence” is an oxymoron,
just like “Government Organisation” is.
A bloody game with no rules.

The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland doesn’t have a logo though verification of staff on its dark green triangular badges clearly states “Semper Occultus” (“Always Secret”); doesn’t have its name on the door though it works from a crystal palace on London’s River Thames; doesn’t have to report its cheques and balances to any government ministry nor to the denizens of the Houses of Parliament it stares at across the water; and is largely unknown even to its own country’s citizens, much less the rest of the world. The only external notion that it even exists is that its personnel’s salaries are paid by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office through Hambro’s Bank. And much like its famous American cousin, the Central Intelligence Agency, its employees are sworn to never talk or write about their work and are bound so by signing the UK Official Secrets Act.

When I first joined SIS (also known as MI6 for Military Intelligence Section Six, its original name) from the Royal Navy in 1973, following extensive training, I was originally assigned to the Special Political Action section. But within a few months it was closed down.

Most of SPA’s younger officers were then integrated into a newly formed secret sub-division with no official name (to this day it still cannot be published) but was later externally known as “Operational Support Branch”, an updated version of the old Section D in World War II, which specialised in sabotage. For American readers the US equivalent of the UK’s now defunct SPA and SD is the Special Activities Division of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, which is under the dominion of its Directorate of Operations. I was one of the few who were actually SIS officers and not special forces-trained, so I used my head more than brawn. We were institutional killers* that undertook disruptive actions on the black, that is to say we made illegal entries across borders to perform dirty work then returned home mostly without the knowledge nor connection to the local British embassy’s staff assigned to other covert affairs.

– Nicholas Anderson (pseudonym)

(CONTINUED in the eBook and printed book of NOC – Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations)

*A licence to kill is known at SIS as “supreme breach of law” was written in the employment contract as: “In extreme situations of summum jus, summa injuria, laws may be disobeyed if said disobedience is deemed legitimate and in furtherance to the cause.”

Disclaimer: the UK’s Official Secrets Act


In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland it is mandatory that manuscripts of any kind by former professionals from the security, intelligence services and special forces be submitted for clearance to the Ministry of Defence, per Official Secrets Act requirements and other Secret Intelligence Service confidentiality covenants. Every state in the world has its version of same.

Likewise, a DA-Notice – assumed to stand for “Defence Advisory” – is a voluntary edict of self-censorship by British nationals who are authors of any subjects pertaining to the nation’s military- and intelligence-related matters, and are similarly reviewed by the 13-member Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee. The UK is the only country to have such a decree.

British government policy is never to confirm nor deny its espionage operations, past or present – until it has been declassified.

I, herein, confirm that the content of this book is a fictional memoir and based on OSINT (Open Source Intelligence), and duly swear that because I believe in a truly democratic constitution – as it is my human right to do so – I therefore willingly refused to defer my script for analyses to both the aforementioned MOD and the DPBAC. However, if existing ops, systems, codes and individuals lives were possibly to be endangered by my actions I censored myself by replacing the word with asterisks or changing the details. For obvious reasons this was applied too for likely legal suits and other blocking devises.

I also hereby authenticate that the author’s name is a nom de plume, which I so chose to do to protect my family.

Symbolically, in writing my “autobiographical tale” you are walking in my invisible footsteps. – NA

About the paperbacks and eBooks in The NOC Trilogy series

The NOC Trilogy Timeline:

The original manuscript submitted for clearance by a British literary agent, who was unauthorised to do so, at an unknown date had more than half its content redacted and was banned. The title appeared in a top 100 banned book list that itself was later banned in 1998.

The re-edited printed book, NOC – Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-0-9 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-1-6) by Nicholas Anderson, was first published worldwide by the Perseus-distributed (now Two Rivers Distribution) Enigma Books’ spy-oriented imprint in July 2009. Due to the rapid onset of eBook downloads globally, the publisher and author amicably agreed to terminate their agreement with the original edition going out of print in June 2011.

The exclusive electronic download service with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select commenced in July 2011 reflecting both the promising advancement of eBooks and the stark decline of traditional paper books, at the time, within the same industry. That same year the title won the first ever Global eBook Award for Historical Literature Fiction. Later, the author’s first book also reached number one in the Australian digital charts for the same genre.

Coming around a full circle, due to readying the release of the trilogy’s second instalment, NOC Twice: More UK Non-Official Cover Operations (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-2-3 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-3-0), in both eBook and paperback, a decision was made to make the first book available again in printed form from KDP’s print-on-demand division, Createspace. Both in tandem were re-released and published in April 2014.

The third and final installment, NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect (Last of the Trilogy) (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-4-7 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-5-4), was published in all markets and formats in May 2016. Note: the Chilcot Inquiry, the investigation that commenced in 2009 into how the illegal Iraqi War was instigated, was released to the British public on 6 July 2016. Such government reports’ only look above a certain line, while Anderson’s book addresses what went on below it. At this stage the books became known as The NOC Trilogy.

The agreement with Amazon/KDP/Createspace was terminated in November 2018 and migrated to Ingram and their partners worldwide for printed books and Kobo and their global partners for eBooks.

Due to the success of the trio of titles in The NOC Trilogy, a fourth book NOC4: Addendum (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-6-1 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-7-8), features stories that did not get included in the earlier publications. The title was published on 7 January 2019.

To be announced for publication in 2023 is the fifth and final version entitled NOC5: The Last Non-Official Cover (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-8-5 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-9-2), mostly features intelligence-related stories that were accepted after retirement (known as overcover).

Note: All Nicholas Anderson’s writings are purposefully faction (literary works that present factual contents in the form of a fictional novel) in order to circumvent legal restrictions on the most secret of former secret intelligence officers.

2011 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards Winner in the Historical Literature – Fiction

INSIGHTS INTO MI6 by Joseph Dowdy (six interviews on You Tube)

3 February 2012: E Squadron

8 February 2012: Stem Cell Transplantation

9 February 2012: The SIS

23 February 2012: Operation Gladio

23 February 2012: Assassination of a British Ambassador

12 March 2012: About Nicholas Anderson

Acclaim for Nicholas Anderson

  • Highly recommended.

    The Spectator (UK)
  • He is entertaining.

    Playboy (US)
  • Rarely has the average Joe been able to see the life of the secret agent in such vivid candor. NOC – Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations takes us across the globe in the shoes of the most dangerous professionals on the planet – a must read for any fan of espionage.

    The Daily Beast (US)
  • I liked the style of the author. All in all I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in ‘real life’ espionage and cloak and dagger operations.

    Amazon customer review (Canada)
  • One of the best books I’ve read and have recommended to others.

    Waterstone’s customer review (UK)
  • Nicholas Anderson’s exploits alternately teem with tension, drama, humor and wry resignation to the ways of the world. Of particular interest to this reader were the thrilling operations staged in Moscow, Cairo, and Cuba. While the author’s caveat that ‘factual accounts of real happenings have been much more bizarre than fictional storytelling,’ is for any intelligent reader indeed worth pondering, as a professional fact checker, I have deduced that the exploits he describes are firmly rooted in truth. This is the real deal. James Bond, prepare to be shaken, not stirred. A superb read.

    Barnes & Noble customer review (US)
  • My other half once said when I was reading in bed, ‘For goodness sake breathe!’ I thought that summed it up beautifully. Five stars!

    Review Scout (US)
  • Due to censorship restrictions, a veteran of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service tells a fictionalized version of his covert action experiences.

    Publishers Weekly (US)
  •  Nicholas Anderson has rare insight knowledge. 

    Daily Mail (UK)
  • Licence to Thrill: gritty spy novel.

    The Scotsman (UK)
  • While MI6 did not have a specific department to deal with assassinations it did have access to the necessary expertise through its ‘Q’ Ops section of the Technical Services Division, and to qualified personnel in the SPA (Special Political Action) section. It could also call upon the SAS, whose NATO remit included undertaking special operations and assassinations. 

    MI6: 50 Years of Special Operations
  • Unable to publish as non-fiction because of the (UK) Official Secrets Act, he decided to fictionalize what really happened to him of his undercover operations spanning almost two decades, from tracking terrorists and insurgents to hunting down gun-runners. 

    Sunderland Echo (UK)
  • Scarcely a day passes without an example of how the absence of a (United Kingdom) Freedom of Information Act denies our so-called free society knowledge we are entitled to have. Under our current system the political deceptions and lies of history remain undetected and undisclosed. 

    British Journalism Review
  • I love this book! 

    e-mail from Ryan T. (US)
  • I read lots of spy genre material – both fiction and non-fiction. Nicholas Anderson has a more devout view in his ways than most, which allows you to draw conclusions with possibilities that fired me to illicit more thought about events like the Beirut bombings (in NOC Twice). From him I get the ‘no bullshit, here are the facts and this is my opinion’. To compare Anderson to the US intel community, he is one-part CIA SAD (Special Activities Division) / one-part Operations / one-part Case Officer / two-parts lone wolf.  He is a type of a hybrid that greatly differs to others in the same field. He grabs us by the throat and says ‘listen… THIS IS WHAT FRIGGING HAPPENED!’ (with elegance).

    e-mail from Akram A. (Palestinian Territory)
  • Ian Fleming (1908-1964), Graham Greene (1904-1991), John Le Carré (1931- ), Nicholas Anderson. Nice to finally see someone else British maintain the tradition of fine spy writing.

    e-mail from Wayne B. (New Zealand)
  • This is a memoir that shows intelligence on every page, demonstrated in the observations, conversations, and reflections on what Anderson participated in and learned from. In equal measure, it is a well-paced narrative making it indeed a “documentary thriller.” So NOC should appeal to a wide variety of readers—those enjoying modern history, non-fiction espionage, and the more realistic breed of spy novels.

    Dr Wesley Britton's Spy Wise for Book Pleasures (Canada)

Frequently Asked Questions – answered by the author

J’écris ma vie (I write my life)

(Translated from French from an interview in Nice-Matin)

When did you start to write?
I got my General Certificate of Education A-level in English Language at grammar school in northeast England as well as passing O-levels in both English Literature and Greek Literature, among other O’s achieved. In Britain the GCE’s are what all 16-19 year old’s sit before entering college and/or university. A is advanced, O is ordinary. We modestly just say we passed or we didn’t pass it. We only use the word graduate if you pass the final university exams, never before. I did indeed graduated university. As an intel officer in the field of ops I spent my downtime writing philosophical thoughts and observations of life in small pocketbooks (it means exactly what it says – small books that fit in the pocket – and how this word describes a handbag in some parts of America is puzzling). I still refer to these small books that I kept from so long ago. I was told I wrote good detailed reports though one senior chap once pulled me aside at headquarters and whispered, “Listen, we don’t need to know what colour eyes the bloke had.” For my manuscripts I write directly into the computer, no longhand for me. My style, I was once informed by an editor, and I agree with, is described as staccato mainly because I often never had time to fully explain and it was a case of “this is living in the moment now out here, sir”.

Do you any have one major insight you can proffer about your time in SIS?
Before I joined the SIS George Blake was an officer who betrayed us and spied for the Soviet Union before exfiltrating (defecting) there. In his own book he wrote something that I always thought was true in the almost two decades I served. I quote him: “MI6 is one of those types of organisations that once they have taken a decision on a subject then tries to interpret everything thereafter to so confirm that decision and subsequently also tends to discount matters which is contrary to that decision.” His statement could well apply to the British government and other governments of today.

Which books have influenced you most?
Most of those by Noam Chomsky, who is a disciple of George Orwell, but not all. This world we live in needs to change and he is radical in his presentation on how to do it. While I am not remotely religious, there’s another two books that have influenced me a lot, which I have taken the time to read – the Bible and the Koran. They explained to me why certain people believe what they do and why they conduct themselves so. I didn’t say I agree with them, mind, but I like to think I’m informed. The problem is a lot of personalities want to convert you over to their way of thinking, which is unacceptable to me. Why not accept what others believe in without resorting to force? Simply agree to disagree and move on. Harder than you think though, because the gospel and hadiths are interpreted differently by different cultures to mean different things. Anyhow, other books I’ve also enjoyed are by authors’ John Le Carré (David Cornwell) and Andy McNab (Steven Billy Mitchell). Their lives and backgrounds are quite similar to mine, even though we’re each from different generations.

Who represents you?
I’ve had three literary agents, one in Berlin, another in London and the last in New York City. Unfortunately none delivered an agreement with a publisher after a reasonable time had passed so I went out and got my own deal eventually. The way the book publishing world has evolved is if you’ve got a half a brain for the business of it then you can do it yourself. So to answer your question, I represent myself. I am also able to write my own contracts, within reason, as I attended law school after my first retirement from SIS. More complicated documents are best run by a legal expert that specialises in the subject matter. So I have a literary, a film, a music and a business expert in the wings minding over me. I have four solicitors (lawyers) each in different continents who take care of the governmental problems I’ve had over the years. I also never went to journalism school so I don’t write in an established formatted way, and this perceived disparity was probably the cause for rejection by traditional book publishers. I’m glad I don’t though. Why be like everybody else?

Is there a downside to not having representation?
Many. In some companies they won’t talk to you without having a rep. Before the 11 September 2001 I once offered Vanity Fair the opportunity to interview Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar and a bunch of other terrorists and revolutionaries – and showed the associate editor how I could ably undertake the assignment and deliver – but they declined because I didn’t have a literary agent at the time. I still have the refusal copy on file. Naturally though with a competent agency behind you, you can avoid missteps and detours and compress the time between book conception and publication. You can concentrate on your writing and not be distracted by editing, marketing, etc. But I feel in control of my destiny more the way I’m doing it.

Will you read my manuscript or book?
Unfortunately I want to concentrate on my own writing and cannot be distracted by having to read other people’s manuscripts. But depending on specific circumstances I will consider occasional paid editing assignments. The subject matter would have to be of interest to me, obviously. I could never do justice to a romance novel or sci-fi, for example. That would be like a heavy metal rocker listening to reggae or flamenco – a square peg in a round hole!

Will you reply to my emails?
Yes, eventually. Usually within 48 hours of receipt. I do look in my Spam box too! I’m stunned how many people in business say they don’t bother checking there. They must lose a lot of potential work.

Where do you live?
Villefranche-sur-Mer between Nice and Cap Ferrat in France. I’ve been residing here on and off since 2000, and permanently for the past seven years. It is a quarter of an hour driving from Monte Carlo, Monaco.

What is your motto?
‘Mediocrity is worse than failure.’ Not everybody agrees with that though.

Lastly, aren’t you worried about an iris security check on the photo image at the top of the website?
What you don’t know is that’s not me. It’s been doctored. I’m blind in one eye anyway from a conflict zone injury. My real eyes aren’t that colour either. This discussion reminds me that long ago I double black taped over the ‘eye’ camera looking at me on all my devices. I recommend people decreasing their digital footprints as their identity is being eroded right in front of their eyes in this internet age.

– LIRE NUIT GRAVEMENT A L’IGNORANCE (Reading seriously hurts ignorance) –



Nicholas Anderson has also been featured in the following media outlets:

Daily Mail UK, Daily Beast US, The Spectator UK, Publisher’s Weekly US, The Independent UK, Playboy US, CNN International US, The Scotsman UK, Scotland on Sunday UK, The New York Times US, TRT – Turkish Radio Television, BBC Spotlight Northern Ireland UK, Channel 2 News Israel, among others



“Separate from the reviews by the public, which I welcome, I get e-mails from readers that have completed or are in the middle of reading my books. Most of them say in their own words that the book cover states fiction but this must have happened in real life because how would I have known pertinent details. At the onset the legal advice was to switch the descriptive from non-fiction and change certain details, so I’m content to leave it at that. The best letter ever was from someone who said that he was reading my book in bed and his wife told him to breathe!”


“Often in the preamble with journalists they ask me why I wrote what I did in faction. My answer always remains the same. I’m not allowed to tell the truth but a lot of what I know becomes heavy on me as I age, so I wrote what I did ‘mainly for closure.'”


“Two music fans have written from the opposite ends of the earth asking the same question, to enquire what track was I humming to myself as we advanced up the slopes on the border of Iraq and Iran towards extremists waiting for us at the top (in my third book, chapter two)? The answer is, it was ‘All Together Now’ by The Farm from the album ‘Spartacus’. . .# ‘all together now in no man’s land’. . .was very fitting.”


“Most authors suffer from a rare disease. In German it’s called Ludswigssyndrom, which translates in English to mean ‘discovering an indecipherable note in your own handwriting’ (sic).”


Contact the author Nicholas Anderson or his representatives

NOC – Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-0-9 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-1-6) is the first issue of a trilogy by Nicholas Anderson.

His follow up is: NOC Twice: More UK Non-Official Cover Operations (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-2-3 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-3-0).

The final installment is titled: NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect (Last of the Trilogy) (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-4-7 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-5-4).

A supplement to The NOC Trilogy was published on 7 January 2019 entitled: NOC4:Addendum (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-6-1 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-7-8).

Coming in 2023 is NOC5: The Last Non-Official Cover (paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329661-8-5 / eBook ISBN: 978-1-7329661-9-2).

© Copyright by Nicholas Anderson – all rights reserved

® The MI6-NOC-UK triangle logo is an international registered trademark

Books edited by Pat LoBrutto (Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, the DUNE series) with consultation and additional editing by Jimmy Peress, author of Forgotten Memories…and other stories and Sophie: A Woman’s Fight to Survive and the Heroes Who Protected Her.

Government legal affairs: The author is personally represented by  the Manhattan-based International Legal Defense Counsel’s Michael Jeffrey Griffith, Esq.

Filmed entertainment legal affairs: Donald E. Cameron, Esq., attorney-at-law, The Law Office of Donald E. Cameron, 139 Fulton Street, New York City, New York 10038, USA. Mobile/cellular: +1 212 233 3348. E-mail: .

An option agreement for worldwide filmed entertainment rights to The NOC Trilogy that was signed to Albertann Films, 188 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5LZ, England, expired on 2 September 2020 and is open for renegotiation. Industry professionals please refer to: .

Global marketing & promotion and non-exclusive literary representation: Cull & Co., London, England. Contact: Thomas J. Cull at mobile/cellular +44 (0)7760 999216 and at e-mail .

Representatives of the author and his publishing imprint MIURA! attend many international book trade events. Opportunities in the The NOC Trilogy project currently available include:

  • Filmed entertainment rights
  • Foreign/translation rights
  • Audiobook rights
  • Video game rights
  • Brand licensing of the registered trademark (logo)
  • Braille rights will be donated to a suitable charitable organisation for the blind

To contact Nicholas Anderson, please write to:  (please allow 48 hours for a response).



NOC – Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations – reviews from the US


The truth about spy craft; If you can handle it.

November 5, 2013

If you love the gritty details of real special operations, I think you will love this revealing chronicle of the mostly true life of a genuine MI-6 operative. Nicholas Anderson spins an engaging fictional tale based on his real life. I am the sort of reader that puts a book down if it doesn’t grab me early. I did not have that problem with NOC. The author’s style is unconventional, but very compelling at a visceral level. The editing is a little rough around the edges, but it so fits with the story line itself that it works well. It is not a speed-read. The level of detail and the use of a lot of Russian names and phrases requires some concentration. However, it will reward the patient reader. Now, only about 2/3 of the way through the book, I am settling into the writing style and looking forward to each evening’s episode. It is a good read. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

G. Forth


More Fleming than LaCarre

August 11, 2014

Great fun but more Fleming than LaCarre. Author makes out it is a hidden biography but then he was in every covert action over three decades plus being a long term deep cover operative (cough cough). Also many facts are wrong – subtle things like equipment and geography but significant enough. But the environment is authentically represented and most events map on to real situations. Most annoying is the amateur philosophy and spruiking soviet (who needs rigorous testing) medical ‘science’. But when ‘Anderson’ sticks to black ops stuff its fun though towards the end the scent of Munchausen is a little overwhelming. Maybe it should have been two books with some professional editing and fact checking. Still some parts were interesting enough to make me read a little further and query some more knowledgeable folks. Good at half the length.



Amazing. I'm Already On his Second Book NOC Twice

September 5, 2014

In ancient Sparta, when King Leonidas would receive a plea for help from neighboring allies he would send one lone Spartan soldier. If Sparta existed today, that lone Spartan would be author Nicholas Anderson. I have read Navy SEAL books (No easy day, lone survivor, The red circle, American Sniper)… I’ve read John Le Carré (The Spy Who came in from the cold, Tinker Tailor, A most wanted man)… I’ve read books on generals,(The Operators, David Patraeus by Gericke)… I’ve read books on Delta (Kill Bin Laden, inside delta force)… All these books are amazing but to me NOC is a book that’s in a genre of its own. As I got close to the end I started savouring chapters like fine wine! All the other negative reviews on here are BS. I went against the grain and purchased it and just bought NOC TWICE his second book.



lovely book must

March 3, 2014

should be on the shelf of anyone who wants to know more about how governments work for their own gains

mandar udupi


pretty good book about the usual spy stuff

November 21, 2012

You need to be into the spy stuff to enjoy this one, for those it’s a decent read. For others, don’t bother, this not one to get you hooked.



ja in va

November 13, 2014

Sorry for fhe author’s loss explained at the end of this book and in the next. It’s odd how people die from a long, nasty illness. Some wait for the assembly of loved ones, some wait until everyone has left the room, some seem to need permission. It is never easy. As is said been there, done that, there are no t-shirts. But the author’s seeming reaction? Dealing in fetal tissue and buying body parts wholesale from Chinese criminals condemned for thievery to murder in the no doubt fair justice system in China? I’ll die when my time comes without any of these miracle cures, thank you. Not sure how even an atheist can accomodate the moral/ethical acrobatics involved. The writing is good. Somtimes the author seems to be channeling Graham Greene. But the content. Did it really take so long for you to grow up Mr. Anderson? Why do I hear that voice and Rage Against the Machine in the background ? , but I digress… I didn’t trust the govt. much in the 60’s and don’t now. And this Greene-like growing hatred of the US. Your govt. was playing the same or worse game of silly buggers with any country or territory it could get it’s greedy hands on, Mr. Anderson, before we were dragged into it through 2 world wars and said enough, now we will play too. Which led to Presidents like Reagan and Bush and things like the mess in the near East. So look a little closer to home while casting stones. Does the evil world system suck? The Bible has been telling us that for millennia. Perhaps an atheist doesn’t realize that.



Fascinating and Full of Action

October 10, 2012

I found this book hard to put down from the moment I started reading. It’s kind of hard not to do that when the book opens with a parachuting sequence and then followed by the intrigue of a spy on a mission in a foreign land. Each step and every turn detailed with explanation and anecdote. It’s clear to me that the novelist is the real deal telling his own story with the red-tape wrapper that it’s fiction because it would be illegal for him to tell his story as non-fiction (and that’s explained convincingly as well). Regardless, it’s a fun and exciting story worthy of any James Bond fan who doesn’t mind the grit and grime of real espionage instead of fancy fortresses with no explanation as to who really builds mountain fortresses…Is there a company that makes these gigantic nerve centers of doom, anyway? The reality is much more mundane but the detail is what builds a story and the detail in this book is quite rich and thought-provoking. You can easily lose yourself in this book and find that time has flown. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to read when traveling because the locations are far flung, the backdrops in the story are fascinating and the action doesn’t let up. It’s a great and fast-paced read!

Joseph Dowdy


NOC – Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations – reviews from the UK


Five Stars

27 September 2017



A +

25 June 2017

A + I couldn’t put this book down.


Great Read

14 December 2017

 A fascinating book which explores the secret world of Mi6.



30 December 2013

 The book is excellent and would recommend it to all people who like real life stories. so post this book up on your site.


NOC Twice: More UK Non-Official Cover Operations – reviews from the US


Deserves to be read, BOMBSHELL revelations!

August 3, 2015

Amazon seems to have lumped two separate books by Nicholas Anderson, NOC and NOC Twice, together as one book so I will review them separately below. Both books come from a disillusioned former U.K. intelligence officer writing on his experiences from a position of political asylum in France and labeling it as “fiction” to avoid the wrath of the U.K. Official Secrets Act. For the record, he fully admits to passing U.K. secrets to a French official in the first NOC book, which most anyone in the intelligence business would consider an admission of treason and probably relates to his eventual political asylum in France. He rationalizes it as just desserts for an SIS that allegedly tried to set up his friend as a patsy in Ambassador Christopher Ewart-Biggs’ assassination, but I don’t think any intelligence officer would view that as a valid excuse for passing state secrets. That being said, plenty of regular folks would and he fully admits to it!

Here are reviews of his two books:

In NOC, Nicholas Anderson (a pseudonym) details a time in the early 1990s when Her Majesty’s Secret Service yanked him back into the spy games he angrily quit without notice nearly a decade prior and then intermixes this story with disparate flashbacks of his past life as a non-official cover (NOC) covert action-focused case officer for the U.K.’s Secret Intelligence Service. Some real-life James Bond-esque derring do is described in exciting detail, such as parachuting into denied areas for special reconnaissance and ex-filtrating defectors. In other words, Anderson was not one of the prissy nancy boys under diplomatic cover sipping cocktails at the embassy parties, but actually one of the few, proud (and possibly insane) covert-action focused deep cover NOCs with no diplomatic immunity to save him from the Fingernail Factory. He risked his neck for Queen and Country, was even tortured for days by sadistic Bulgarians, and ultimately came to feel his courage and loyalty had been abused and misplaced.

The real focus of the book is Anderson’s relationship with ingenious Russian doctor and scientist Michal Molody (a pseudonym), who serves as the reason SIS coerced Anderson into one last unofficial mission. Back in the `70s, Anderson had ex-filtrated Dr. Molody and his wife as they defected from the Soviet Union to the West. Now that the oppressive Soviet system had been replaced with an attempt at capitalist democracy in the early `90s, Molody returns to Russia and notifies the British Embassy that he has special secret information to share, but he will only give it to his trusted old handler Nicholas Anderson. SIS sends Anderson on one last unofficial mission to Russia to find out what Dr. Molody has to say, and as earth-shattering as it is to Anderson and the reader, it falls on deaf ears back in the West.
NOC makes for a great read for its memorably poetic yet tough prose, richly detailed real-life suspense and excitement, and most of all for the following bombshell revelations:

-U.K. Ambassador to Ireland Christopher Ewart-Biggs was NOT assassinated by IRA terrorists, but instead by the U.K. government and deliberately pinned on the IRA as a false-flag attack! If Anderson knows all the real motives, he chooses not to make them clear, though he hints it was done to prevent Ambassador Ewart-Biggs from brokering a peace between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland. Apparently, there was too much money to be made from selling weapons to both sides, or something along those lines.

-HIV/AIDS was created as a biological weapon by the U.S. government in the late 1950s! While this was a familiar Soviet propaganda line, Anderson does not let the Soviets off easy either. According to Anderson, the U.S. government created HIV as one of its attempts at a fast-acting cancer-causing virus in the late `50s, tested it on a handful of African villagers, and for reasons unclear it didn’t balloon into an epidemic across the continent until the late `70s. As for the HIV/AIDS epidemic among gays and blacks in the U.S., Anderson alleges that an American doctor who was secretly a Soviet agent deliberately infected scores of black and homosexual Americans in New York under the guise of a vaccination program. A woman that was arguably the love of Anderson’ life was killed by HIV/AIDS from a dirty blood transfusion so the issue is deeply personal to him.

-The Western medical establishment has too much profit to lose from admitting that Eastern so-called “alternative medicine”, which genius Russian doctor Michal Molody endorses, can be very effective and so discredits it and is uninterested in his potential cures for HIV/AIDS and other major diseases!

-Anderson went to college with the infamous Marxist terrorist (and Soviet agent) Carlos the Jackal at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow! And he had a friendly run-in with him decades later while he was an international fugitive (and claims he contributed to his capture)!

-Disparate terrorist and criminal groups that seem ideologically incompatible often collaborate! Anderson claims to have seen IRA terrorists in Libya meeting with Qaddafi’s intelligence service and likewise palling around with Islamist terrorists!
While I can’t independently verify these bold claims, the book is certainly worth a read and can spur on some of your own further research into matters where the official story doesn’t quite add up.

In NOC Twice, Nicholas Anderson sticks closer to chronological order and details his original 1970s and early 1980s career in SIS as a non-official cover covert action-focused case officer on the political action staff and the gradual disillusionment leading to his angry exit without prior notice. Anderson endures numerous gruesome traumas throughout his career, which include being shot down as a young Royal Navy helicopter pilot in the not-so-secret war in Laos and killing scores of guerrillas in self-defense, giving cavity searches to corpses in search of a key piece of intelligence from a courier killed in West Africa’s senseless wars spurred on by oil-seeking Brits, and being captured and tortured by the Bulgarian security services.

The two main straws that seem to have broken the camel’s back for Anderson are his early `80s return TDY to Bulgaria and a brutal tour in Lebanon during the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the worst of the Lebanese Civil War. Anderson is disgusted to learn that many U.K. politicians and high-ranking intelligence officials profit from drugs, guns, and even human trafficking conducted by a shell company called Kintex, which is a front for the intelligence services of communist and Soviet-allied Bulgaria, a country that is supposed to be the U.K. and NATO’s enemy! Then caught in the middle of the horrors of Lebanon’s religious and sectarian war spurred on by foreign powers with expansionist designs, Anderson begins to feel like an imperialist intruder and can stand his line of work no longer.

NOC Twice comes more highly recommended than NOC for those curious to learn the dark secrets of U.K. intelligence operations or even gain insights into intelligence training and the overall mindset. However, NOC Twice does not flesh out any of its characters to three dimensions the same way that Dr. Michal Molody was in NOC, so the sequel is probably inferior on the human level. NOC Twice gives you a better sense of Nicholas Anderson’s philosophy and worldview, however. Here, Anderson comes across as a populist leftist who has slight Marxist sympathies, but is still no fan of the Soviet Union. He calls for a “third way” separate from both communism and capitalism, is a staunch atheist, despises organized religion, yet maintains a quasi-Buddhist spirituality and interest in psychic phenomena and a sense that certain things are meant to be. To Anderson, the U.S. and the Soviets were indistinguishably evil in the Cold War and he laments the fact that his native U.K. remains the U.S.’s loyal lapdog. Though I disagree with Anderson’s politics, worldview, and moral equivalency mental gymnastics, he never shoves them down the reader’s throat and spends more time presenting the facts and letting the reader decide how to feel about them. And like its predecessor, NOC Twice has some highly explosive revelations of its own:

-NATO countries feature highly secret and illegal shadow versions of their own legal and congressionally accountable intelligence services in joint operations, ultimately run by the U.S. , that are funded by guns, drugs, and sometimes even human trafficking! There is also a parallel structure of disturbing levels of cooperation in generating profits by officials from countries that are supposed to be enemies! The main example cited is communist Bulgaria’s Kintex front company sharing profits with NATO countries, which was probably more NATO corrupting Bulgaria away from its Soviet allies than some sort of Illuminati running both sides of a phony Cold War. Still, it raised my eyebrows!

-The most secret and trusted intelligence officers from NATO countries no longer work for their respective countries’ intelligence services per se, but instead for a joint NATO black ops group that is associated with Operation Gladio right-wing terrorist false flag attacks! Anderson claims to have been promoted into this group in the early `80s and to have become disgusted with it, prompting him to quit.

-Pope John Paul II’s would-be assassin was NOT a Bulgarian communist working for the Soviets as commonly reported, but was actually a right-wing Turkish Grey Wolves terrorist most likely working for NATO’s Operation Gladio in a false-flag attack!

-Late British media tycoon Robert Maxwell, long known to be an Israeli agent of influence, was ALSO involved in sharing guns, drugs, and human trafficking profits with communist Bulgaria’s Kintex front company and pressured British politicians to keep the illegal parallel structure Gladio networks going!

-Syria and Soviet Russia secretly instigated the Lebanese Civil War so that Syria could steal lucrative oil off the coast of Lebanon with Russia’s help and profit-sharing without any resistance from the Lebanese government!

-Many U.K. SIS officers are forced to undergo an electro-convulsive therapy forgetting process when they retire so there’s no risk of them blabbing about some of the most sensitive operations! Anderson claims he managed to avoid this process.

But the real juicy stuff will come with Anderson’s upcoming third NOC book, where he describes how the SIS sucked him in yet again in the mid-2000s in the Iraq War and he became more disgusted with U.S. and U.K. foreign policy than ever before and even lost an eye! This chapter in his life allegedly ended with him essentially defecting to France and receiving political asylum. Whatever the U.K.’s Chilcot Inquiry fails to reveal about the true origins of the disastrous Iraq War, Anderson’s third NOC book will surely unearth for the betterment of all who seek the truth.

Will Nichols


Transcendent, genre-smashing, and a damn good read

January 29, 2012

Nicholas Anderson’s book `NOC Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations’ would make a most remarkable achievement of fiction — a protagonist who is a former MI6 officer and, latterly, a “freelance” British agent with a licence to kill, whose conscience about working for an organisation believing themselves to be “above the law” leads him to reveal the nefarious deeds he committed in the name of national security — except that the enigmatic author claims every word is the God’s honest truth and that he himself is the agent in question. Like paprika in a well-seasoned goulash, the ambiguity is what gives this exceptional book its added spice and lifts it head and shoulders above the normal run-of-the-mill spy yarn.
Anderson (presented as a pseudonym, like the majority of names in the book) tells us in the first few paragraphs about his signing of the Official Secrets Act, which forbids all employees of The Secret Intelligence Agency of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of ever talking or writing about their work. This necessitates his choice of presentation of his memoir as “informed fiction.” Anderson’s frustration at having to adopt this ruse is obvious in his, somewhat defensive, introduction. But is this a double bluff? When he throws out the challenge to investigative journalists “… to closely follow my story: They will see the truth emerge…” is he merely piling on the mystery to tantalise us?
As one progresses through the text — resisting the temptation to run to Google every other paragraph to check on Anderson’s facts — we soon realize it doesn’t matter a damn if this is a true story or not. What matters is it’s an intriguing and informed narrative that grabs the reader and pulls him along for a fascinating, insightful and sometimes philosophical glimpse into a world of which few of us are even aware, but that is totally credible by virtue of Anderson’s exceptional writing skills. There are tense and hugely entertaining scenes. Characters are finely drawn. Anderson’s own personality and character is gradually revealed as a fully rounded, sympathetic individual with definite opinions, with which the reader might not agree but can’t help but concede have been formed by experience that is extreme and rare.
As Anderson writes: “In the end there’s not a lot of difference between history and fiction because the former has been written with the latter in mind.” By book’s end we know this for a fact because we’ve been taken beyond mind-boggling events to a greater understanding of their underlying significance, regardless of their veracity. Like all good books, fiction and non-fiction, we emerge from Anderson’s pages with a world empathy we may not have had before we started. An awesome (in the true sense of the word) read for more than just the cloak-and-dagger spy book fan.

Andrew Smith


Extremely rare insiders account of Covert Operations

June 7, 2014

Most of the spy books out there today are mostly two accounts. One being a culmination of a researchers information of events on covert operations, but no details of the actually events, and two being a memoir of a case officer that goes from point A to point B collecting Intel from informants. None off these show the dark side of intelligence collecting under a non official cover, where your life is in the hands of knowing to blend in and not get compromised because if you are compromised you do not have diplomatic immunity. Only one author out there has truly lived in this environment of a NOC and that person is Nicholas Anderson. Whether he’s jumping out covert planes to do a Halo insertion or flying a sterile helicopter over south-east Asia he’s been there. These books are necessary reading for anyone who wants to go into covert operations!



This Book is a bit Boastful and Rambling, but it's Cool for Aspiring Spies

June 7, 2014

Hey. I’m an aspiring spy (read: I like James Bond a lot). I went on a date with a girl who’s dad is this guy. She told me that her dad was a spy and that he wrote this book, so I bought it and read it. Cool story, right? The problem is that the book is only okay. He’s not the best writer and most of his stories reek of “check out how cool I am”. Plus, his daughter is dating someone else now, so that’s a total bummer.

Evan Barden



July 10, 2009

The book is a memoir of a British undercover agent who served in the Secret Intelligence Service from 1971 to 1983 and was then recalled to active duty after the fall of communism. In a series of flashbacks the author provides a broad account of some of his exploits and weaves them seamlessly into his own life. Because of censorship requirements, the author had to publish his book under an assumed name and as a ‘fictional autobiography’. Despite this disclaimer, I was impressed that the book describes events that actually happened and that the author was actually a witness and participant in those events. The author takes great pains to include details that only an agent who lived through the events described would know. At times the additional details slow down the narrative but overall I liked the style of the author. All in all I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in “real life” espionage and cloak and dagger operations.

Amazon Customer


Wow! Wow! Wow!

May 22, 2014

Since I read the first NOC, I was very much looking forward to reading NOC Twice and it did not disappoint. This work is not just for men, but there is a strong appeal for women in these stories. It was a page turner. In each chapter, Mr. Anderson relates what seem like impossible missions. All the time, these involvements are supposed to be for the greater good. I truly feel that each chapter could be made into a feature film or an HBO series.



NOC Twice: More UK Non-Official Cover Operations – reviews from the UK


Double below the belt foul hits going on here.

25 October 2010

I like to read Amazon’s reviews a lot! Opinions on this title are at opposite ends – like New York City, you either will love it or hate it. Yet when you research both the admiring and the criticism you soon realise – even an idiot can figure it out – that clearly Messrs Waller and O’Shea (who inescapably seem to know each other) have an peculiar bee in their bonnet about the most minor of the same evidence they’ve jointly presented. I have a PhD – it took me many years to achieve it as did the author – and I have a relative in the Royal Navy who was “fast-tracked” and with whom I have consulted. From what I can gather this writer’s career from 1971 to 1992-1993 (the timeframe of the book) went from a Lt. to a Lt-Cmdr. – like my cousin did – and, much later, possibly during his recall to active duty reached the rank of a Cmdr. (at some point before the book was published in 2009 as it clearly states on the back book cover). This is a point of contention to bother to write in about? Based on the unwarranted slam downs I would almost be inclined to believe there is an organised motion to discredit going on here. As a student of history I can confirm that individual accomplishment, threats to changes in society and those progressive others on the fringe – what the book is actually largely about – are subjects that are always heavily knocked down by the meek, blinkered and supporters of the realm with such negative propaganda. It’s a dirty feeling too, to mock…it swings in favour of the clean, sterling account of his life in action, which it was. I look forward to Nicholas Anderson’s next now. Thank you for the obvious “ridiculously bad” reviews that instigated me to seek out, read it and find for myself how wrongly slanted down these reviews can sometimes be and as if hell bent on some obscure agenda!



A gripping read, raising uncomfortable questions about the world.

November 15, 2015

Mr. Anderson has written a complex book, which has rattled a few cages. He clearly makes a disclaimer in his foreword that the events in the book were based on real experiences rather than statements of fact, therefore it is a problematic book to review. The genre of ‘faction’ as the name suggests, falls betwixt and between, so right from the start the reader must decide how he or she wants to approach it. I decided not to question the accuracy of the details, since I have no military or intelligence background and am vastly under qualified to critique the book on those fronts. However, from a layman’s perspective, one can’t fail to be swept up in the narrative, which Mr. Anderson writes with effortless energy, fine prose and a sprinkling of philosophy which was ingrained in him during his upbringing in China. This in particular, adds a spiritual context to a usually very macho book genre. This book calls out the deadly hypocrisy of world affairs in the intelligence community and the tragic human cost of governmental policy. Particular highlights include his association with Ilich Ramírez Sánchez (Carlos the Jackal) and his campaigns in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. He also sheds light on the origins of the HIV virus, the dirty politics of the Big Pharma industry and the ghastly Chinese labour camps “a bonus way to cull the flow of criminals” for their organ harvesting programme. At the very least, this book and its sequels will raise many questions for the reader and prompt further examination into the dark little corners of the world, which one has to presume is one of the books main goals. As Mr. Anderson says at one point, “At the end of day I have always survived no matter what”, and doubters will doubt but this book is a powerful piece about a man on a personal, professional and spiritual journey that is his, and no one can take that away.



Word-of-mouth recommendation, addictive reading.

4 September 2010

Sneering reviews that shrivel in the process of defending the most indefensible of attacks only serve to irritate the fair-minded. Instead I have a preference for intelligent free constructive critical nuance. A few pages in I sensed that this particular author’s story falls under the unusually iconic – where you don’t ever expect to be told the real thing as there’s clearly a lot of reasons to keep it secret. Wish more like this was available as it makes you actually think. I found myself frequently reading between the lines because it’s not right there in easy black on the line itself (probably due to obvious legal restrictions). A thesis of action mixed with philosophy to read again to really get a handle on it, and I’m going to too!

Ms F. Mackechnie


Great book

15 August 2009

This was a great book i really enjoyed reading it well done Nicholas Anderson. I only bought this book as there was an article on it in my local newspaper. Haway the Lads

Mrs. Marie Lamb


NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect – reviews from the US


Like the previous two books in the NOC trilogy

July 22, 2016


The disastrous implications of the U.S.’s bizarre and heinous misadventure in Iraq are ongoing (ISIS, anyone?), but unfortunately, very few truly tell-all, insider memoirs exist for public consumption. This is one of those few and therefore deserves its place in history. Like the previous two books in the NOC trilogy, this is officially classified as fiction… only because the author doesn’t feel like going to prison for violating the U.K. Official Secrets Act. Make no mistake: save for changing a name here and there and hiding a few others… this is TRUE. While I don’t agree with some of the author’s opinions and big-picture analysis and speculation, I did not remove a star in this review because this is not book is not an opinion piece or an analysis. This is a memoir; a window into one’s man life on the tip of the spear in deniable covert operations in the Iraq War for the U.K. Secret Intelligence Service.

After “Nicholas Anderson” (a pseudonym) finds his Belize bank accounts looted by a wealthy British financier and politician connected to secret societies behind globalization, and after the U.K. government threatens to throw him in prison for showing his un-redacted SIS memoirs to a literary agent, his Israeli lawyer negotiates a deal: the disillusioned Anderson will be dragged back into the cold hard spook world he fled angrily decades earlier for one last mission in order to earn legal forgiveness for his sins. Anderson’s mission is to lead a team of British special ops warriors disguised as Chechen Islamic militants as they mingle undercover amongst what would become ISIS and other extremist jihadis in the Iraq War and the Afghanistan war in order to rescue hostages. Before they’re through, they also do stints in Somalia, Yemen, and a daring covert mission to Iran’s nuclear facilities! And they may or may not have killed Osama Bin Laden years before he died (or “died”) with no body shown!

Like the previous two NOC books, it is unusually well-written and poetic in its prose for an ex-spook, many of whom need ghost writers (or should have had them) for their memoirs. Or if it was ghost-written, he should give him a raise! Of Anderson’s three NOC books, this is the one with the tightest and most sequential story-line making it the most suitable for film adaptation. The male bonding amongst the undercover platoon members and wandering adventure with diverse characters encountered along the way reminded me of the classic World War II film The Big Red One. Someone should mail this book to Ralph Fiennes and see if he could get this project moving and play Anderson on the screen! They could pitch it as The Big Red One in Iraq or Bitter, Washed Up James Bond in Iraq!

Here are some of the book’s important revelations:

The Iraq War NEVER really had anything to do with WMDs or al-Qaeda links and was planned at PNAC and other think tanks years before 9/11. The Neocons in the Dubya Bush administration started B.S.’ing their way there immediately after 9/11 and Tony Blair played lapdog to the lies. (If you didn’t already know this, you probably need to turn off your boob tube and wake up!)

Anderson and his platoon found someone they were 90% sure was Osama Bin Laden while undercover in Af/Pak circa 2005 and reported his whereabouts to SIS HQ. Bombs were dropped. Jihadis died. And Anderson’s U.K. intel contacts who searched Bin Laden’s supposed house in Pakistan after his “death” was publicly announced told him that none of those clothes fit a man as tall as Bin Laden…

An international secret society of fascists called Le Cercle has a parallel structure above the various governments of the world!

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the elite families that run the Bilderberg Group and sit on the boards of the major multi-national corporations bribed the new class of Russian oligarchs into creation as a means of recruiting them into their club!

The war in Afghanistan was about building a natural gas pipeline that the Taliban wouldn’t build. It was never truly about 9/11 and catching Bin Laden.

Anderson tested the soil around Iran’s nuclear facilities and found them nowhere near as close to weaponizing as publicly reported!

And while Anderson emphasizes oil as the most likely true reason for the Iraq War, I think he makes it sound like par for the course for “perfidious” American imperialism (more perfidious than PERFIDIOUS ALBION?!) when it truly was perpetrated by a FRINGE group of NEOCONS who were later PURGED in the 60 year-old BOY KING’s second term by the mainstream American imperialists. But again, I don’t fault him for what I believe to be misleading analysis because the real center of this book is his personal memories in all this skullduggery and not some academic paper on the game of nations. The book succeeds far more in the former than it does in the latter.

Deserves far more attention that it is currently receiving. A best kept secret that should no longer be kept.

Will Nichols


Knock-On Effect is a Knock-Out Success

July 23, 2016

The 3rd installment in the NOC trilogy could have been called Knock-Out Effect as this book pulls no punches. Don’t bother reading the Chilcot Report and read this instead. Many questions surrounding the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq are answered here, with many more alarming questions raised about the insidious influence of shadow governments. This book compared to the previous two, is perhaps more linear and as one previous reviewer stated, suited to a filmed adaptation. There is strong verisimilitude created as Nicholas describes his team of specialists’ rapport, humour and difficulties they experience on their missions. As before, Nicholas’ strengths as a story teller are remarkable. He is able to cram in huge amounts of detail that in no way slow down the narrative thrust but rather reinforces his authority on his subject matter, with a seemingly photographic memory of events. I have particularly liked his internal thought process, which he italicizes in his prose, that adds another commentary to events as he sees them. One can only hope we have not heard the last from Mr. Anderson.



NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect – reviews from the UK


funny business-smoke'n'mirrors in The Ukraine under Putin

5 March 2018

11/10: Absolute cracker of a book. Nick is a man of the world, and he takes you for a walk across geographical and cultural borders. The first section tells the story of Nick’s knife-edge deep cover work with his paramilitary unit in post-invasion Iraq, might I add this section does not lack any value in entertainment or engagement thanks to the larrikin-like and hard nosed operators that made up the unit. Following this, there are a few more sections with the same/similar units on hostage recovery ops. A final extended essay spanning last chapter and few sections throws the knock out punch at the UK/US establishments (executive governmental, legal and corporate circles of those nations); quite pointedly at the UK intelligence community, understandably so given the author’s experience with the latter.

This third installment of the trilogy focuses more heavily on international corruption and treachery than in the previous two. I found this to be particularly relevant given its topical focus on the Iraq war. How can anyone honestly write about the Iraq war without first mentioning Bush-Cheney’s financial interests?

One particular highlight for me was how Nick writes to his audience as if they are rational animals who harbour reasonable suspicion of the information that is fed to them. And, that is a topic central to the whole trilogy: Perception Management (PM). Too much non-fiction is written under the cover of the narratives that mass media corporations float. This book bursts through that umbrella. As another reviewer said, “Forget the Chilcott Report, this is it!”

I have recently finished reading the whole trilogy, and can write with my hand on my heart, that they are some of the most engaging pieces of writing I have read. Not only is this book the well written memoir of a fascinating life, it too is a honest, realistic and well informed indictment of the US’ actions post-9/11. Halliburton, the TAPI Pipeline, inflation of the Iranian nuclear threat, incongruency in the narrative of UBL’s assassination, funny business-smoke’n’mirrors in The Ukraine under Putin… it has it all.

Pete James


THE best insight into real life deniable ops out there bar none

12 October 2017

You should have named this book ‘NOC-OUT’ because that is exactly what it is, a knockout read. I’m starting to sound like a scratched record after completing this authors books, however i have to be honest and give praise & respect where it’s due. OUTSTANDING READ!!

Mr J Jumaye


How a spy really operatives--a rare look at the process and the results. A must read.

June 27, 2016

Excellent book written by a real person who was deeply into international spying. If you are a James Bond,, fan, this book brings you the real thing. A must read.

Amazon Customer



13 May 2016

Nicholas Anderson’s Trilogy NOC has been a fascinating, informative and profound read. I have learned so much from these three books and admire the courage, intelligence, insights and humanity of this man. It must have been a long and lonely road travelled endeavouring to expose injustice in its many forms and help to make a difference somehow by telling his story. Albert Einstein said “Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act” and indeed NA has done so to his cost. An unsung hero in my heart!

Amazon Customer