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The setting is 1950s London, at the height of the Cold War. Kit Fournier is ostensibly a senior diplomat at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, but is actually CIA bureau chief in London. The Arms Race informs much of the action in this fast-paced story which sees Kit go undercover to meet a dissident KGB agent, lose a loved one, have a crisis of soul and get blackmailed into becoming a double agent for M16....

©2016 Edward Wilson (P)2016 Oakhill Publishing

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  • Cam1lla
  • 02-03-2019

Clever, Devious, Well Wrought, Ultimately Sad

Clever convoluted plot. Some is guessable but later found to have another layer. Very well worth listening to. Very well read, good accents, range of voices etc.,

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  • Trish F
  • 04-06-2019

John Le Carre fans will enjoy this.

A well written insight into the machinations of the US secret service and its personnel as it operated in London during the years of the UK attempt to develop its own nuclear defence system, the Buster Crabbe affair and the lead up to the attack on Egypt known as the Suez crisis.

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  • Jonah
  • 11-08-2019

The Envoy

Wonderful book, well narrated. I enjoyed it so much I listened to it in one day and I’ve just bought 3 more by Edward Wilson with Richard Attlee narrating them. I hope The Catesby series is as good. 5 stars from me and I thoroughly recommend it

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  • Mark
  • 26-12-2018

Pathetic narration and story

Oh please. I have never heard a book so poorly narrated. A jobbing English actor senses his chance to play a spy type, rather ironically since the subject of the book is an American. His attempts to create intrigue and suspense by in turn mumbling and shouting make this tale almost impossible to listen to. Ham dram at its teenage worst. And as for the plot, blah blah American spy with conscience blah blah hates his work blah blah falls for woman blah blah ooh surprise twist. Any book that requires an epilogue to explain the intrigue absent from the narrative is admitting its failure.

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