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14 JUNE 2016

By: FSWL team
Publication of Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov, a new book written by Larry Loftis about a World War II Spy, Patriot, and possible Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond.

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James Bond has nothing on British double agent Dusko Popov. As an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II, Popov seduced countless women including agents on both sides, spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat...

On a cool August evening in 1941, a Serbian playboy created a stir at Casino Estoril in Portugal by throwing down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent. The Serbian was a British double agent, and the money which he had just stolen from the Germans belonged to the British. From the sideline, watching with intent interest was none other than Ian Fleming...

The Serbian was Dusko Popov. As a youngster, he was expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters: the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI.

On August 10, 1941, the Germans sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and gather information on Pearl Harbor. The FBI ignored his German questionnaire, but J. Edgar Hoover succeeded in blowing his cover. While MI5 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-Day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German Secret Service Headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anyway...

Into the Lion's Mouth is a globe-trotting account of a man's entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge and seduction, patriotism, and cold-blooded courage. It is the story of Dusko Popov the inspiration for James Bond.

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(At the age of 50, Dusko Popov wedded Swedish student Jill Jonsson with whom he was married until his death in 1981. Together they got three sons. For more, check out the 2007 documentary True Bond.)

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Book details:
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425281817
ISBN-13: 978-0425281819
Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

"Gripping ... This one will keep you planted in your reading chair from start to finish." – Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author

“Who needs fiction. Truth is a thousand times better, and this true-life adventure has it all. Action, history, secrets, conspiracies — a sizzling piece of entertainment that’s real.” – Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“An intriguing and fascinating book describing the life of a real spy and Britain’s most successful double agent…Shocking.” – James A. Lyons Jr, Admiral, United States Navy (retired)

"Gripping, thrilling, and too crazy to be true — except that it is...Reads less like a biography and more like a thriller...One of the most fascinating things I've read, period." – The Real Book Spy

"Packs the punch of a cyanide capsule." – Joshua Hood, author of Clear by Fire and Warning Order

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