Bookended by the start and finish of Fox’s attempt to prevent a nuclear terror attack, the material in between is no less fascinating ... Without disclosing any classified information, Fox provides an entertaining account of her training, including the kind of tradecraft that most readers are used to only seeing in movies. But what is truly riveting is the emotional rollercoaster that comes with working as an analyst, privy to the truth behind a multitude of impending threats, and then later as an officer with a non-official cover ... Life Undercover reveals the rewards that serving the country provide as well as the toll this service extracts with an intimate and compelling portrait of a woman who literally comes of age in the CIA.
Written with the feel of a spy novel, the former spy’s book offers a salient and dynamic window into who works to keep America (and the world) safe ... As with most things related to the CIA, clarifications and confirmations are tough to come by, so there’s no official response to Undercover ... a timely, compelling story. As fellow citizens, we’d all do well to better understand what that vital work entails.
Fox escribes her path to a career in the CIA in riveting detail ... Relating her experience of being a young woman in the CIA and balancing family life while undercover in a hostile country is invaluable to readers ... Fans of Showtime’s Homeland and espionage novels will devour this highly recommended memoir, as will readers interested in counterterrorism, nonprofileration, and peacemaking.