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  • Published: 15 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845967673
  • Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

The Underworld Captain

From Gangland Goodfella To Army Officer




The explosive account of a soldier's secret involvement in Glasgow's violent gangland

In The Soldier’s Secret, army captain Alex Shannon reveals how he escaped his shady gangland past to enjoy a glittering career in the army, only to find himself back in the thick of criminal activity.

His time as a soldier saw him posted to the Falklands, took him on several tours of Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles and to war-torn Bosnia, where he witnessed extreme cruelty and violence up close. The rigours of army life took their toll and almost ruined his marriage, and he found himself drawn back into a series of ruthless gang wars.

Shannon was something of an enigma amongst Glasgow’s gangsters. Few on the streets knew that he was a highly trained weapons expert, but before long the secret leaked out and he found himself involved with the criminal underworld whilst on leave from the army. He utilised his skills as an undercover intelligence gatherer to hide weapons, work for drugs racketeers and plot a massacre, and he was offered a fortune to work as a Mafia-style contract assassin.

Once back in uniform, he was questioned over brutal gangland killings and was accused of a triple murder attempt, yet his dedication and determination to succeed in the army brought him accolades and a series of promotions.

In The Soldier’s Secret, Shannon unveils numerous underworld secrets, details of attempted murders and assassination plots. He reveals how he managed to combine his successful army career with dangerous gangland dealings for so long and how he finally broke free for good.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845967673
  • Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Alexander Shannon

Captain Alexander Shannon has been a member of HM Armed Forces since 1983. He has risen through the ranks to become a captain and currently works as a Permanent Staff Administration Officer. David Leslie is the author of the bestselling Crimelord, about Tam McGraw, as well as The Happy Dust Gang, Mummy, Take Me Home, The Hate Factory and The Gangster's Wife.

David Leslie

David Leslie worked for the News of the World for over four decades before retiring and is now a freelance journalist and true-crime author.


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