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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"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
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!
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.
"Classic Le Carre!"
I almost stopped listening at the beginning, but persevered and REALLY enjoyed this clever story, thank you again JLC!
"Brilliant Story Brilliantly Narrated"
First of all, the narration: John Le Carré has done a masterful job in narrating his own novel - the pace, the accents, the diction are all perfect and it is a joy to listen to his elegant English. Secondly, the story itself: it is Le Carré in vintage form - and all the more extraordinary for having been written so late in his career (he was 82 when the book was published). There are enough outlines of the story here and elsewhere for me to bother doing so but I can assure fans of Le Carré and others that they will not be disappointed: it is among his very best.
it ended and I thought...Oh is that it? Le carre just treading water here. dont waste your money.
Mr le Carre seems to whistle through his teeth on every "s" sound. I abandoned this book after 10 minutes.
I admire his writing and his skill as a story teller. I fail to understand why his publisher allowed him to narrate this book.
"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.
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