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Something for the long weekend: the name’s Hyman… Tim Hyman

So long-time stalwart of the UK legal IT directors’ scene Tim Hyman innocently posts on Facebook “Some people clearly have too much time on their hands, the amount they write on this place, so… have a look at my new book, you can get it on Amazon.” It is called Queen and Country and you can buy it as a paperback or Kindle edition.

So long-time stalwart of the UK legal IT directors’ scene Tim Hyman innocently posts on Facebook “Some people clearly have too much time on their hands, the amount they write on this place, so… have a look at my new book, you can get it on Amazon.”

It is called Queen and Country and you can buy it as a paperback or Kindle edition – we think the first copy was bought by legal IT consultant Neil Cameron. Oh yes, and appropriately enough for a book about spies and the secret intelligence services, Tim has published under the nom-de-plume of Finn Maedan (the surname is made up of the initials of his children, in case you were looking for an anagram). Anyway, here is the blurb from Amazon…

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If you’re looking for an expose into the inner secrets of the Intelligence Services this isn’t it. If you’re looking for the twisting plot of a new Bond film this isn’t it. 



My name is Finn Maedan and this is my story.



In the autumn of 1982 at the age of 17 and at the height of the Cold War, I joined a training scheme at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Following two years in The Park training school I spent the next 11 years travelling the world as a member of the ultra secret Operational Security Department. 



Three decades on, with most secrets declassified and my memory fading rapidly, now is the time to pass on a few stories to whoever cares. Like most jobs, 90% of what we did was run of the mill, mundane even, and up until now I have never really shared much of what went on.



This is the other 10%…

 

You can find the book here – something new to read just in time for the holiday weekend… http://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-and-Country-ebook/dp/B00CV9IAEG/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1369038141&sr=1-1

And here is the author – heavily disguised as a member of Her Majesty’s Blues Brothers we think.

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2 replies on “Something for the long weekend: the name’s Hyman… Tim Hyman”

Queen and Country – First Review

A book about the adventures of a spy released on the expiry of the 30 year rule. It made me wonder whether the first secret to be revealed was that Tim Hyman – or Finn Maedan as he chooses to be known was going to be announced as the literary son of Maeve Binchy. I suppose it was ‘ae’ that raised my suspicions. But no, Tim, or Finn’s, book is made of sterner stuff and my failed deductions ensure that I don’t have what it takes to be a spy.

The story begins in 1981 to the sound of Shakin’ Stevens as our hero Tim was a lost boy on a desolate Milton Keynes estate wondering what life would offer him. With no clear career goals, and only wanting to escape school to earn some money Tim ended up applying for a job which he thought he had little hope of getting. An odd interview reminiscent of a scene from Men in Black pitched him against other candidates who didn’t know what the job was, or what was needed to get it. Tim won through on ingenuity.

Fast forward a year and the sound of a dodgy taxi engine is dramatically interrupted by the smashing of the rear window as he came under fire in dusty Khartoum from a group wielding AK47’s. This was the 10% excitement of the job that the book is all about ! Tim travels the world spending time avoiding foreign honey traps, chased by spies across Cold War Berlin, being entertained by a would be Prince as well as hanging out with Mrs. T when the occasion demanded it. It wasn’t all stiff upper lip exotic James Bond stuff either – as crossing Check Point Charlie dressed as a ballerina was evidence of, or having to send his irradiated clothing to a London hospital for disposal having sampled the Chernobyl atomic cloud proved.

Queen and Country is a real page turner, taking you from one dangerous location to another at a frantic pace. Having read the book twice, the one thing that was never revealed from the former spy – was the purpose of his entanglements. Then it struck me – preparation for the dangerous world of being an IT Director in a law firm; for which Tim is clearly better prepared and trained than most of us !

Duncan Eadie

Author of “Cold Feat” the true story of an IT Director, four lawyers and one loaded rifle left to survive in the High Arctic.

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