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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"Not my type of story"
I didn't like the movie Tinker tailor soldier spy and this book by the same author is very much along the same lines. Great if you're into that type of thing but I found it very slow. Overall a very average book
"Subtle and engrossing"
Le Carre's tale a of a man with a conscience is intriguing and subtle. Toby Bell, an ambitious civil servant in the foreign office, is drawn into a cover-up that feels topical and could be realistic. Bell's character is interesting, but I was left feeling that I didn't truly understand his motivation. The character that I found most compelling was Jeb, and the description of his emergence, and meeting with 'Paul', is fantastic as le Carre gives a wonderful impression of the suspension of time in those moments. The novel is written with le Carre's usual mastery, and builds to a crescendo that engages. Le Carre reads extremely well, and I was very impressed by his range of accents!
"Decent Story, Brilliant Narration"
The story was well-written and enjoyable, but I felt a bit let down by the abrupt end (as others have mentioned). The narration, however, was superb. I wish John le Carré did more narration - he managed it all, male, female, many accents, and not one of his voices seemed OTT or annoying to me, which is very rare! I'm impressed. All in all, well worth a credit.
his best novel in years and I loved the author's reading even more than Peter Guillam's
"Took a while to get going."
To me it took a while to get going, Then I started to really enjoy it.Unfortunately it ended too abruptly. I'd have like to have known more..
"Le Carre has not been blunted."
In the upper ranks
All of JLC's work. But I think it also has an original tone.
JLC's narration was excellent and a revelation. He has a great and convincing range of accents. Perfectly narrated drawing one onto the story.
Clumsy Kit's well meaning actions.
Convincingly set in very recent past.
I liked the end.
I would happily read more about the hero.
The author, as usual, reads his work with total conviction. It's an excellent plot too!
"between a rock and a hard place"
Le carre is back to his very best with his new thriller
this book is a lot like his earlier book The russia house
Le carre uses a lot of different nationalities in his books and it was enligthening to hear different voices which is something i don't do when i read a book
I'd have liked to but i couldn't
I love john le carre books
"First class thriller, expertly narrated."
A joy to listen to, this is a true thriller in the best sense of the genre. Intriguing political tale of government, espionage and the establishment engaging in a complex game with expertly drawn central characters and plausible shadowy extras. The voice of the author suits the story, fully engaging the listener as the plot unfurls.
"Another well timed book"
Yes, I like the detail and the back story with the usual dash at the end.I also worked and lived in Gib and Cornwall.
I am very in tune with the dislike on the privatising of HMG and in particular the armed forces. The vile politicians and senior civil servants treatment of the main protagonists is similar to my own experiences of the these groups. The naively of "Kit" and the integrity and bravery of "Toby" is encouraging, a few honest people will be the saviour of Great Britain in the end ( I hope) or am I being naive?
Sometimes he carries of accents well sometimes not, I think (with respect) that Mr Square was over stretching it in this book! However, I do still like his reading of his stories.
No, my experience is that with his style of writing, it is better to listen in 3 parts.
Always waiting for his next book, it strikes such a resonance with my own feelings and experiences of integrity or in some cases the complete lack of it by our masters and mistresses.
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