As far as Colin Berry s family were concerned, he d gone to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban to market the low-cost modular housing that his engineering company manufactured. The truth was much more complicated. In fact, Berry, a former soldier, had been recruited by British intelligence to join an operation to secretly buy back weapons systems which had been delivered to the Mujahideen during their struggle against the Soviets. But, in February 2003, it all went terribly wrong. Concerned for his own security, Berry made preparations to leave the country. He was packing his bags when two armed Afghans showed up at his hotel room. He agreed to a final meeting but by the time it had finished both Afghans were dead and Berry himself was seriously wounded. In The Deniable Agent, Colin Berry finally reveals the truth about what happened in the Intercontinental Hotel that night and how he spent nearly a year in a stinking Afghan jail, being beaten and tortured, before his release was finally negotiated.
Colin Berry spent several years in the British Army before leaving to follow a civilian career. He now works as a project manager for a major civil engineering company and lives with his family in Essex.