"My Life as a Spy."
Jack Beaumont is the pen name of a Sydney-sider with an intriguing background. A fighter pilot for the French air force, Beaumont was injured when his 60 million Euro, single-seat Mirage 2000 (Dash 5) crashed during dogfight training.
He was then recruited by French intelligence to work for the DGSE, their foreign secret service. For eight years, he balanced life as a loving husband and father with the darkness of clandestine foreign operations. Eventually, the toll was too great, and his Australian wife convinced him to walk away.
Now living in a beach-side suburb of Sydney and working for a big city firm, he’s a world away from the life he left behind in France, and has written a thriller, The Frenchman, based on his life as a spy, and the experiences that changed him forever.