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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

What the Critics Say

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

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  • George
    Los Angeles
    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
  • Scampi20
    7/20/15
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    "A great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to A Delicate Truth the most enjoyable?

    John le Carre's narration was fantastic and good story.


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

    Any of John Le Carre's novels, they are all great reads or listens


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear more narrations by John le Carre himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr d r p taylor
    7/20/15
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    "Solid Spy Stuff Excellently Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Delicate Truth to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version but the story lends itself well to being an audiobook


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

    Excellent pace and poise


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

    Not really but I wasn't expecting to. A solid spy story, well told. Perfect for the beach.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek wright
    7/8/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Very good listen, rattled along very nicely. One of those books I listened to out of the car!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    6/19/15
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    "Good old traditional espionage!"

    The story is a slow builder and to begin with I struggled to maintain interest however once the background is done and you get to realise the intrinsic links between the characters, it's a excellent book. The author is an excellent narrator, and it's a terribly bondesque espionage, with modern technological twists. Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    London, United Kingdom
    5/29/15
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    "Fine book fine production"

    One of Le Carré's best books, very well read in a very sensitive production. It doesn't matter if you have read the physical book. It is still a great experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    United Kingdom
    5/6/15
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    "Great story, terrible ending"

    This is classic John le Carré: an intense, gripping thriller which doesn't need Michael Bay style action to keep you on edge. A 'spy procedural' if you like, and nobody does it better.

    What a shocking ending, though! Without revealing any specifics, there are several ways the plot could go at the end of the book. He didn't pick one; he just stopped. I'm sure he would argue that it's down to the reader to decide what should have happened next, but if I wanted to write my own story I wouldn't have bought his book. After an otherwise top-notch book I found it intensely annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    4/27/15
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    "Superb"

    Loved it.
    Narration by the author was fantastic
    Hopefully more to come from these characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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