Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox
Published March 5, 2022
- Title Life Undercover
- Author Amaryllis Fox
- Year 2019
- Genre Memoir
Amaryllis Fox was recruited by the CIA at the age of 21 in the aftermath of 9/11. After an intense training period – where she learns how to master a Glock, get out of flexicuffs while in the trunk of a car, withstand torture, and commit suicide in case of captivity – she is sent undercover to keep nuclear, biological and chemical weapons out of the hands of terror groups. Posing as an art dealer, she is sent on countless dangerous missions around the globe. Each time, the stakes become even higher and the risks more terrifying. Determined to stop the masterminds, Amaryllis’s quest will almost destroy her, until she realises that the only way to actually defeat the enemy is to have the courage to sit across from them… and listen.
This book is a memoir about life undercover in the CIA by one of the youngest female participants in such active missions. You have to go into it with a huge pinch of salt because the intelligence agency has distanced themselves from it, but even so, it’s an interesting read. How you sort of fall into that kind of work, the training that goes into it, and how being undercover for an extended period of time can really mess with your head. It was a relief when she moved on to other things at the end!
Rating: 3 / 5