Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spy Training Tips with Matthew Dunn

Matthew Dunn, author of Dark Spies and former M16 spy, sent us some tips on how to spot if someone, or even an entire surveillance team, is following you. Especially on shopping trips. Since I am always looking for tips on how to avoid capture, I thought I'd share...

  • While walking between shops, be highly aware of your surroundings and make mental notes of the people you see. Surveillance teams may deploy tricks such as constantly rotating team members following you and even changing clothes. Remembering faces is vital. Subtlety is important when observing anyone who may be following you. 
  • Any shop you enter should be chosen carefully. Ideally it should be large and feature more than one exit. 
  • If you suspect you are being followed, select a shop that enables you to watch anyone who may be following you. A shoe shop could work, and as you try on shoes you can naturally observe other shoppers. 

Here's a little about Matthew's latest paperback:

"On the run from the CIA, intelligence operative Will Cochrane heads to the U.S. to uncover a diabolical spymaster at the center of an international conspiracy in this thrilling follow up to Slingshot.
"When Will Cochrane encounters a Russian spymaster—codenamed Antaeus—who everyone believes is dead, he is thrust into a deadly game set in motion by powerful players deep inside the U.S. intelligence community. Will has worked with the CIA for years and knows them all. But now he knows there’s no one he can trust.
"His orders from Langley are clear: ANTAEUS MUST NOT BE TOUCHED. FURTHER INQUIRIES REQUIRE PROJECT FERRYMAN CLEARANCE. But as Antaeus and his men then attempt to execute the CIA’s best agents, Will decides to take his own shot at the spymaster, knowing it will make him a marked man.
"Now, the only way to save his career—and his life—is to get into the U.S. and expose the truth about Project Ferryman. But to accomplish that he’s got to outmaneuver four deadly Russian assassins and an elite FBI team controlled by shadowy officials who will stop at nothing to keep their sins and secrets safe."

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