PositiveThe Guardian[A] perceptive, useful book on an important topic … Poonam is clear-eyed on the challenges the youth of the Indian population present … These young people are hitting adulthood with the cultural values of their grandparents―socially conservative, sexually timid, God-fearing―but the life goals of American teenagers: money and fame, Poonam points out. They are the most global young Indians ever, but with the narrowest ideas of what it means to be Indian.
RaveThe Guardian...an extraordinary story ... It is unprecedented that any such individual publishes a detailed memoir of more than a decade of his activity at very nearly the highest possible levels of Islamist militancy ... Aimen Dean – not, inevitably, his real name – tells the story well. He has been ably assisted by Paul Cruickshank, a US-based researcher and journalist who has both a deep knowledge of the subject and the ability to transform the raw material of an agent’s memories into something digestible to the general public ... Nine Lives works on many levels: as a human story of faith, violence, trauma and eventually a form of redemption, a deep dive into the inner workings of one of the most infamous terrorist organisations of all time and as a short history of the threat that we still face ... a fascinating glimpse into the reality of spying.