Tom Shore - Author Walt. You are the judge

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"Tom Shore joined the British army in 1970, a few days after his eighteenth birthday. By 1987 he had completed 17 years' service, most of it with the Airborne and Special Forces. He was now a warrant officer, and like so many of his calling, following years of physical abuse, military parachuting and trudging over mountains carrying far too much weight while wet and cold, resulting in a raft of lower limb injuries, he was headed to the British Army of the Rhine in West Germany. But in July 1989, having been called back to London to attend an early morning meeting in East London's Victoria Park everything changed….."

That is the bio for former ‘SAS soldier' turned author Tom Shore who has just published his memoirs as Pilgrim Spy (Hodder & Stoughton). which have been described “one of the great untold stories of the Cold War”.

It is the tale of “roof top chases, a beautiful East German female suspected of being a Stasi spy and betrayal … ending in a climactic gun battle at Colditz castle” – all told by the lone SAS man who took “lethal action” to thwart the 1989 plot to assassinate Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev. A certain Major Vladimir Putin of the KGB, also appears in the events depicted.

All well and good apart from some rotter stating that large chunks of Shore's story have been lifted from Wikipedia and an entirely fictional 1989 thriller Quiller KGB by the prolific author Adam Hall.

In the fictional Quiller KGB, a plot to assassinate Gorbachev when he meets East German leader Erich Honecker in late 1989 is foiled by a lone British agent – Quiller.

In the "true story" Pilgrim Spy, a plot to assassinate Gorbachev when he meets East German leader Erich Honecker in late 1989 is foiled by a lone British agent – SAS man Shore.

There are also other similarities between the relatively obscure novel and the memories Shore, who uses a pseudonym.

In Quiller KGB there is a rogue MI6 agent, Pollock. In Pilgrim Spy, there is a rogue MI6 agent, Scott.

Mr Shore is also accused to have copied liberally from Wikipedia: On the Baader Meinhof Shore writes: “The group is often talked about in terms of generations. The first ‘generation’ consisted of Baader, Ensslin, Meinhof and others. The ‘second generation’ came about after the majority of the first generation was arrested in 1972. The ‘third generation’ RAF existed in the 1980s,1990s and up to 1998.”
The Wikipedia page reads: “Sometimes the group is talked about in terms of generations:

• the "first generation", which consisted of Baader, Ensslin, Meinhof and others;
• the "second generation", after the majority of the first generation was arrested in 1972; and
• the "third generation" RAF, which existed in the 1980s and 1990s


Was SAS man's 'great untold true story of the Cold War' actually lifted from pages of spy fiction?


His author profile on the publisher’s site for his first work makes no mention of his service although the subject matter is connected:

"Tom Shore was educated at Woolverstone Hall school in Suffolk and Birmingham University in the 60s and 70s. He currently works as a legal assistant in Singapore. History, especially of the Second World War has always been his passion. This is his first book."


Can the truth ever been known and more importantly will it effect sales?

You are the judge.
 
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Mr Shore is also accused to have copied liberally from Wikipedia: On the Baader Meinhof Shore writes: “The group is often talked about in terms of generations. The first ‘generation’ consisted of Baader, Ensslin, Meinhof and others. The ‘second generation’ came about after the majority of the first generation was arrested in 1972. The ‘third generation’ RAF existed in the 1980s,1990s and up to 1998.”
The Wikipedia page reads: “Sometimes the group is talked about in terms of generations:

• the "first generation", which consisted of Baader, Ensslin, Meinhof and others;
• the "second generation", after the majority of the first generation was arrested in 1972; and
• the "third generation" RAF, which existed in the 1980s and 1990s

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You are the judge.
Er, I think we may have Stefan Aust to thank for the B-M Gang generation descriptors which was then copied/used by lots and lots of other people. No point re-inventing the wheel when someone has already done the hard graft, Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex refers...
 
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Er, I think we may have Stefan Aust to thank for the B-M Gang generation descriptors which was then copied/used by lots and lots of other people. No point re-inventing the wheel when someone has already done the hard graft, Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex refers...
In which case I imagine an acknowledgment would have been appropriate if only to avoid accusations of plagiarism.
 
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17 years in special forces and now a legal assistant in Singapore?

If I remember correctly there was a walt outed on here some time ago who touted his wares in Singapore as a security consultant or some such, Can't remember his name but I am sure that someone posted his LinkedIn profile and he was selling his services as a motivational speaker and/or consultant.

Anyway, Singapore is a small place so perhaps there is a connection.
 

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