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Street kid turned undercover cop.

This time he wasn't getting up. Neither were the two young women he'd just murdered. The two unarmed young police officers he cut down in a hail of 32 bullets and the fragments of a grenade, ending their promising lives so savagely, so senselessly. I felt empty. Cold. How had it come to this?

Shay grew up on a tough Manchester council estate where drugs and gangs were rife. A life of crime would have been an easy path to take. So it went against everything that was expected of him when he joined the police.

It wouldn't be long before Shay's prodigious talent caught the attention of the top. Then came the call that changed his life: an offer to join the secret level one undercover unit known as Omega. And it was easy to see why they wanted him; he wouldn't have to stray too far from what he already knew. He had all the attributes of a professional criminal - the athletic physique of a cage fighter, the talk, the walk. Streetwise and fearless, he'd be a match for the most hardened villain. He was given a new identity; his DNA and fingerprints were removed from the national database and so began the life of Mikey O'Brien.

In a distinguished covert career spanning 17 years, former solider Shay infiltrated Moss Side gangs, was part of a hand-picked team hunting Dale Cregan and was brought in to break up a gang war wall of silence after the murder of Salford 'Mr Big' Paul Massey. But there would be a heavy price to pay for a life in the shadows, where any mistake could have lethal consequences....

©2022 Shay Doyle (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Fantastic gripping listen

One of the best audio books I have listened to.

Highly recommended, wish I could get my hands on similar listens.

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Excellent listen

Really enjoyed this. Kept the interest up all the way through and didn’t want it to end

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  • 15-06-22

Brilliant !!!!

Couldn’t stop listening. So brave and open about mental health. Good luck in everything you do 🙏

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truly astounding

absolutely thrilling from beginning to end. a stark reminder that not all is what it seems, especially in successful people. Not all efforts are respected and certainly respected.

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Outstanding

A funny, honest and sometimes violent account of one man’s journey in the UC world, and the disturbing effects it can have by being in that high pressure environment for long periods of time.

Narration is by far the best I have heard to 👌

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Brilliant Read

Intriguing from start to finish and could not believe the mental health issues you described were a mirror image of how I felt in every detail. Keep up the good work 👏

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Simply brilliant

First time in ages I’ve had an audio book so gripping, did extra cardio just too keep listening

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Amazing

Absolutely amazing story portraying the life of a selfless hero. Good luck with your future endeavours and stay safe

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Loved it ! True story - well read - insiteful.

Narrator brilliant ; as are his acting skills. Hope you're on good ground at the moment Shay.

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Raw , gripping and told with such a realistic tone, you genuinely feel like your part of the book.

Powerful, gripping, raw, intelligent,robust,emotive and a real life look through the lens on the other side of the dirty track , standby for a ride through our naughty sub-cultures and night time trade, life and economy of our British villages, towns and cities here in the Uk)
“Deep cover” has it all, but I would urge you to listen to his “ shay Doyle’s” podcast with “Chris Ryan” first! Then this book / audible (read & listen) will blow you away even more, as it’s like something from Hollywood and more likened to scenes from “ the wire “
Nothing but respect to this amazingly well wrote and read ( awesome narration btw) story.

Keep safe and keep up the great work 🦏 😉

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Manchester’s Donnie Brasco

Fascinating and honest account of the personal price paid by a cop under deep cover in the criminal world of Northern England. American ears will be a bit challenged by the heavy Manchester accent of the narrator. Stick with it. The color and authenticity of the place and time are so embedded in the sound of the reader’s speech that I wouldn’t want to hear it any other way. Good read!