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)
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.
"A Delicate Truth"
A wonderful book, written and beautifully narrated by John Le Carre. As usual with Le Carre, it is thrilling and full of suspense, but more than that, it is a story about human decency, about temptation an honour.
I have listened to it twice and will do so again.
"First time le Carré listener"
Being introduced to this author first through the BBC's make of Night Manager, and then this, as a book group book, I came with an open mind.
I liked the narrative and thought the author's reading was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The author made his characters come alive. And indeed they did come alive, which is why I felt let down by the ending. I'd invested in them.
I would recommend it as a decent read, a lovely listening experience, but if you like tied up loose end finishes, like I do, it may not be the book for you.
"A Delicate Truth"
This story and its presentation fully justified four stars and perhaps five. It was almost impossible to switch off. My only sorrow is that I have come to the end of it
Not only is the plot gripping but the command of the English language a joy to listen to
"Good Yarn, or perhaps even very close to the truth"
Well read by the author. Touches on many aspects of recent international involvements and at the same time evokes feelings of days gone by.
"John Le Carre At His Very Best"
A wonderful story told by a master of suspense. The detail and background are very authentic.
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