The Unlikely Spy

The Unlikely Spy

Book - 1997
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In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agent imaginable-a history professor named Alfred Vicary, handpicked by Churchill himself to expose a highly dangerous, but unknown, traitor. The Nazis, however, have also chosen an unlikely agent: Catherine Blake, a beautiful widow of a war hero, a hospital volunteer-and a Nazi spy under direct orders from Hitler to uncover the Allied plans for D-Day...
Publisher: New York : Villard, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679455622
0679455620
Branch Call Number: FIC Silv
Characteristics: 481 p

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This was a great read. We know the outcome so Da Sliva has set himself a challenge to engage the reader in the subplots of the WWII plot. Pacing is slow because spy work is slow. Characters are devious and we follow some protagonists through insurmountable dilemmas balancing smaller goods for greater goods. Da Silva does a masterful job and I could hardly put the book down.

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zipread
Oct 15, 2016

The Unlikely Spy. --- by. --- Daniel Silva.
If you didn't read this novel you've missed out on something. The previous review notwithstanding, reading this book was not a waste of time and how I wish I could write like this.
This is a thrilling chilling novel set in the days nearing the end of the second world war. It's a story of espionage. You will wish you could read the story faster than you can .
Silvas turn of words almost has you hope the German spies will make a successful escape.
The story will keep you hanging on until the very end and then, you'll be sorry the story is at its end.

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Blakeepmn
Sep 24, 2015

The start to a great series by Daniel Silva.

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silverbookworm
Jun 29, 2013

coarse language and outright swearing, sexual content--as a result I didn't read this one.

gruessgott Jan 24, 2013

What a waste of time. Could have written the whole thing with half the words. It was fast reading, as I simply read the topic sentences in paragraphs and skipped the rest. In many case, I skipped whole paragraphs and didn't miss a thing.
Obviously, Silva got his act together in later books, which I have read.

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rahmmie
Mar 07, 2011

I thought this book was very well written but also extremely boring. The pace is quite slow and it only picks up almost at the end

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

A bit formulaic but an ok read.

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