Praise for Into the Lion's Mouth
"For those wanting to know the real-life inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, here it is. ... A work of non-fiction that's more thriller than biography. It's well-researched, but provides just enough historical background to prep us for Popov's dangerous exploits into espionage, politics and warfare."
"Loftis recounts the exploits of the model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character with great skill. ... Will have readers on the edge of their seats and immersed in this sometimes unbelievable tale."
"Spectacular—incredible research and writing. Nonfiction that reads like a page-turning novel. Riveting and moving." —Parade
"Sifting through declassified documents from World War II — as well as hotel bills, letters and long-forgotten memoirs — Loftis painstakingly pinpoints the exact moment Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, first encountered this real-life 007." —New York Post
"Excellent integration of primary and archival sources ... Impressive evidence ... Highly readable."
—Naval Historical Foundation
"Sometimes truth is not only stranger, but more exciting than fiction. If one is an Ian Fleming aficionado and a World War II history buff, you will find Into the Lion’s Mouth a merger of the most exciting and fascinating aspects of both genres. '007's' exploits in the fourteen James Bond books almost pale in comparison to the actual exploits of Dusko Popov."
—Four-star Admiral Ronald Zlatoper
Fmr. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
"Into the Lion’s Mouth is an intriguing and fascinating book describing the life of a real spy and Britain’s most successful double agent. Part of the success of the 6 June 1944 D-Day invasion can be directly attributed to the deceptive information Dusko Popov provided the Nazis. The description of UK’s successful attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto and how that served as the model for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor provide an interesting insight. Most shocking, however, is the fact that J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI Director, was provided this key intelligence by Dusko Popov four months before the Japanese attack, and apparently didn’t tell anyone. Many thousands of lives could have been saved and the war in the Pacific could have been brought to a successful conclusion much sooner.”
"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 best-selling author
"The real-life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming's creations ...One of the most remarkable books we've read all year... Although Into the Lion's Mouth reads more like an intelligence caper than a biography, the book is impeccably researched and cited, making it an excellent read for even the most discriminating history buffs."
"His prose is stylish and supple, with fine character renderings and qualities befitting a novel. His research is amazing, providing material as obscure as high society notes from foreign newspapers. ... The descriptions of period tradecraft are absolutely fascinating. ... A rock-solid foundation of research."
—America in WWII magazine
"Gripping, thrilling, and too crazy to be true—except that it is. Reads less like a biography and more like a thriller novel—proving that sometimes even Hollywood can't top real life. One of the most fascinating things I've read, period. If you love spy stories, you have to read this book!"
—The Real Book Spy
"A true tale fraught with danger, suspense, beautiful women, and a fateful summer encounter at a certain Casino Estoril in 1941. ... Loftis makes the strongest case yet for why Bond fans should consider Popov as Fleming’s true inspiration."
—James Bond Radio
"A history book that reads like a fast-paced spy thriller. You’ll learn a ton about WWII espionage while anxiously wondering what’s going to happen next to Dusko."
—The Art of Manliness
"An espionage book that seems so highly improbable it could only be true. ... Even without the Fleming/Bond connection, Into the Lion’s Mouth is hard to put down and the exploits ... incredible."
—The James Bond Dossier
"James Bond is not the amalgamation of several bits and parts from people like Frankenstein’s monster, but based on one individual ... Reads much like a novel, and a thrilling one at that."
—The Big Thrill
"Definitively reveals the truth behind what happened in 1941 at Casino Estoril to inspire the iconic baccarat scene in Casino Royale, and to provide Fleming with a prototype for Bond—Dusko Popov.
"Finally puts to rest the mystery of who inspired Fleming's iconic character."