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A Delicate Truth | [John le Carré]

A Delicate Truth

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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"One of those writers who will be read a century from now" (Robert Harris)

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  • George
    Cambridge UK
    9/8/13
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    9/5/13
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    "Some authors should stick to writing"
    What disappointed you about A Delicate Truth?

    The narration. The breathing was really distracting


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure as could not get past the narration


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Should have left it to a professional actor


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suz
    Utting, Germany
    8/4/13
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    "An Enjoyment"
    Any additional comments?

    The many excellent reviews are well deserved! The story is clever and compelling. The narration of John le Carre a treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lakeskip
    UK
    4/4/14
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    "I think he must have forgotten the final chapter.."
    What disappointed you about A Delicate Truth?

    I was thoroughly enjoying the book then It just stopped. May be a sequel on way but a bit frustrating.


    What other book might you compare A Delicate Truth to, and why?

    I felt it was similar to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer...


    Which character – as performed by John le Carré – was your favourite?

    The irish wife of the Welsh soldier. Very clearly drawn. I was dreading listening to the author ruin a good book (Think of Poor Bill Bryson narrating his Shakespeare's biography and I have listened and enjoyed nearly all his Audible titles) but I have to say that JLC did a smashing job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Great read until the disappointing end.


    Any additional comments?

    Having said all that, I'd buy sequel if there was one, but as I haven't read many of JLC's novels, I wish I would have tried some of his others before this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Heathfield, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Compelling book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Delicate Truth to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toby Bell - because he was so determined.


    What about John le Carré’s performance did you like?

    It was excellent. It was so well read that I kept on listening to it on trips out in the car - I usually listen to Classic FM. I was really gripped by the story - and I had no idea where it would go to. Le Carre made the characters seem more real because the accents were appropriate.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In such a tense book, there were some episodes that made me smile - but not many.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The only thing I didn't like was the ending - which I don't want to spoil for anyone else by saying why!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    1/24/14
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    "Excellent. Great to see Le Carre as narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    John Le Carre's narration: highly effective and quite humorous in parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been a great Le Carre fan and have followed the subtly changing nature of his work. I love them all and revisited the Smiley books as audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Crediton, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "Could become a classic"

    Very believable characters who quickly draw you in, as the pace quickens it is hard to stop listening. As always John Le Carre knows his subject and narrates very well indeed. When you get to the end, you hold your breath and hope it isn't true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    INVERNESS, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "Too believable conspiracy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    listening was enhanced by the narrator being the author. but it was also intense and needed seriously listening to, Well worth the time spent.


    Did A Delicate Truth inspire you to do anything?

    It made me download my next le carre novel


    Any additional comments?

    What an ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gunnar
    Portugal
    12/16/13
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    "Not his best"
    Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

    Probably not, it is a bit too conspirational for my taste. Lately le Carré seems to suggest that all the world is a conspiracy against everything non-Western.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John le Carré? Why or why not?

    Yes, he is a very good writer.


    What does John le Carré bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Beautiful speaking voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Reading, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Another outstanding story from the master"
    Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

    No one tells a gripping and realistic story quite like the master spy writer Le Carre. He is so understated and expressive you can not fail to be captivated by the story. For me ever more interesting as it is based in recent time 2011. Listen again and again


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toby Bell, is enormously likable and interesting charismatic character, who Le Carre likens to himself.


    What does John le Carré bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I have listen to many Audiobooks in my time and the secret to an true hit is the narrators voice. The author is usually able to bring so much more of the meaning and nuisances behind the words that often don't come through. I am sad that the other Le Carre books I have heard didn't have him reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His endings always leaves you wanting more


    Any additional comments?

    The setting of this book in the modern day, with realism and no ridiculous violence. Is refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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