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One of his best

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Reviewed: 03-12-2020

A captivating and contemporary story Wow ...the ins and outs of the legal mind , cat and mouse, never ending twists and turns . May the Lincoln lawyer live on for many more legal cases

Another le Carre masterpiece

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-06-2020

A cutting , sad but inciteful insight into the murky world of the smiley era ,and of its many victims but also of the shining light eminating from those who refused to be totally drawn into the quagmire . I had really never given much serious thought from my totally isolated antipodean viewpoint to anyone actively being a post WW2 Europeanist . This to me was perhaps finally the lost part of the jigsaw for understanding the justification and motivation behind the whole thing . We maybe had a window of chance with Russia post glasnost Gorby but methinks that bird has well and truly flown now plus Brexit and so we wait for perhaps another George to try to fit the pieces together once more . I wish there could be more books like it

Never too late !

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Reviewed: 15-05-2020

I’ve only really just discovered Le carre in recent months but he has changed completely my view on writing style . I thought de Silva had nailed it in recent times and he is terrific but Le carre has this ability to turn absolutely purile , grey people into personalities of great interest within a fantastic and believable plots. Only an Englishman of his vintage and experiences could introduce us in such an unapologetic way to the so English class laced commentary of each of his characters . I am reading all his books and rereading the pigeon hole to get it all back in perspective and then going to Graeme Green for comparison but fear I might be disappointed . Let’s hope there is more to come from Le carre . Do We really need a new Cold War to get more from him ?, But that might not be all that far off anyway ? Please Sir Cornwell don’t get older just continue writing !

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Now I almost understand !

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Reviewed: 20-04-2020

Truly amazing insight to the enigma that is LeCarre So many formative stories and insights into a time past that means so much to those of us boomers who lived thru it . I guess the main takeaway for me was that he is living proof that true genius can flourish out of the chaos that was his family and early life.

Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-01-2020

This is the worst of the series so far the story and actions and comments of our 2 hero’s are pretty unbelievable Hope the next one is better

getting better better better better

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-2019

I've listened to every one of Desilvas book and this one is just fabulous Very topical subject and a great story bringing back many of his established characters I am amazed at Desilvas ability to involve the reader in his characters personality ,you really feel you know them and Guidall's typical breathless style and delivery adds so much to the intrigue. So many typical Jewish one liners,so much humour ,amidst a totally deadly scene. Oh that it could all be true and we could see some hope of a solution to the middle east quagmire . you will love the book But was it....... a sedan or a street car ?

massive Work

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Reviewed: 26-08-2019

a great story covering all of my lifespan in all things espionage and counter espionage from both sides of the fence.

Don’t bother

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Reviewed: 07-12-2018

This is like some sort of marvel comic supposed to be a realistic story, but filled with unlikely characters,very unlikely dialogue “oh my gosh ,Oh darn I missed seeing that nuclear device in the corner “ I remember in other Reilly books this totally annoying habit he has of listing out totally boring and irrevelant detail like listings of waypoints ,Gps references launch times, and repetitive countdowns in 6 digit tone format ??over and over again , who does he think is the slightest bit interested in reading that sort of totally boring and often impossible to follow detail throughout the novel , I just dont get it unless it’s an obvious way to pad the book out but it only detracts from an already weak presentation Totally unbelievable sorry !

The best so far

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Reviewed: 30-09-2018

I think this is his best ,there were sections in it that were so real I really connected with felt I knew Gabrielle

Where is the next one ?

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Reviewed: 30-09-2018

An amazing story but can’t believe there has been no follow up as certainly the ending indicates a lot more to come I certainly hope so