The story of the "real life" of a SAS soldier in stopping the assassination of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is dismissed by the commander as "total garbage"
- The new publication & # 39; Pilgrim Spy & # 39; from & # 39; Tom Shore & # 39; has been discarded as & # 39; garbage & # 39;
- Quantifiable passages of the book are lifted from Wikipedia or fictional thrillers
- The former head of SAS said "I suspect it will make a lot of money to publishers"
Mark Nichol for the mail on Sunday
They are the sensational memories of James Bond in real life, a SAS soldier who reveals how he alone thwarted a plan to assassinate President Mikhail Gorbachev in the last days of the Cold War.
But the newly published book Pilgrim Spy by Tom Shore & # 39; – a pen name – has been discarded as & # 39; total garbage & # 39; by an officer who commanded the regiment of the Special Air Service.
Some readers have already noticed a similarity between the "real story" of the events in East Berlin in 1989 and the plot of a totally fictional thriller, Quiller KGB, by author Adam Hall.
A new book has described a SAS soldiers' account that has frustrated on its own a plot to assassinate President Mikhail Gorbachev (pictured with Margaret Thatcher in 1989) & # 39; total garbage & # 39;
In addition, considerable passages of Pilgrim Spy are taken from Wikipedia, including a description of the terrorist group behind the assassination plot, the Red Army Faction.
Former SAS boss told The Mail on Sunday: The referral [Pilgrim Spy] it's absolute nonsense, but I suspect it will give publishers a lot of money. "
The former head of SAS also attacked Shore's decision to dedicate the book to one of the most respected figures in the elite regiment, the late Brigadier Andy Massey, who is credited with developing the anti-terrorist role of the SAS.
Shore refused to reveal his true identity, but said he is 66 years old.
He said he was chosen by SAS and the MI6 chiefs for secret missions in Eastern Europe from 1985 to 1989. Editor Hodder and Stoughton endorsed the author and said he had verified that he had served on the SAS.
The editors described their use of Wikipedia as "careless but not criminal".
The author and the editors claimed not to have heard of the Quiller KGB book. The Ministry of Defense refused to comment.