A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain’s most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas.
Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn’s daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?
John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
©2013 John le Carré (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
"One of those writers who will be read a century from now" (Robert Harris)
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A well executed story, characters superb, and wonderfully read by John le Carre as one would expect.
"Wonderfully plotted, well read by le Carre"
I very much enjoyed the book. Great characterisation, complex plot well put together. Have not had great experiences with books read by the author but le Carre does a great job. He's great at all his various accents!
"Some authors should stick to writing"
The narration. The breathing was really distracting
Not sure as could not get past the narration
Should have left it to a professional actor
The many excellent reviews are well deserved! The story is clever and compelling. The narration of John le Carre a treat.
"Le Carré at his best"
Brilliant and cynical beyond measure. Le Carré's reading is a bit hesitant at the beginning, I thought, but once he got into the story he is brilliant. He's particularly good because he created the characters so he really knows how he wants them to sound. The story is pure Le Carré, and digs deep into some of our greatest fears of government and its links with the United States and with business. And of course basically, like a lot of Le Carré's books, the story is about personal betrayal and loyalty. The story unfolds very slowly and if you like high drama this is not for you. But if you worry about how the government spends its money and whether Britain is involved in extraordinary rendition and its consequences for our consciences this is the book for you.
"Gripping story overall"
This was a gripping and chilling story, with tense events told with great expression. Every character was beautifully realised in voice and description. However the conclusion was unsatisfactory. Having invested time really wrapped up in the story the final exposition left us up in the air. Of course you could argue that now it was the turn of the reader to complete the story, but that's a bit of a cop out. However that said it was a terrific story.
"Needs all concentration levels"
Beware, this does not come close to an expert review. I have recently started to listening to audiobooks and i have to say this book did not allow room to multitask! La Carre's style require full attention which i am not skilled at. for this reason alone, in futute I will purchase the hard copy of Mr La Carres' books. In hindsight, I should have done this after watching Tinker Tailor Soilder. It is probably a very good story, I do not doubt its skillfully written, but I suspect I lost most of the detail.
"pity that the download was scrambles ."
a very good yarn.
i was surprised by the ending.
I would buy this author again.
pity about the tangled download
maybe the wifi faded out again
Good story, beautifully written, extremely well read. Gripping, had to keep listening to it at every opportunity after the journey.
"Lost without a map."
Tried and failed about five times or more to listen to and follow this but ended up lost every time. I gave up in the end. John LeCarre is a great narrator, perfect for the narrative (if only I could follow it).
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