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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Gripping story - read masterfully by the author.
The way it pulls you in slowly, twists, makes you think and excites your thought processes.
Having the author read the book brings you closer to the experience he wants you to have.
Be ready...the truth may be bad for your health...
A thrilling read...John le Carre doesn't disappoint.
"A Delicate Truth"
As expected this was a complicated story with a set of complex characters. The audio version is difficult to follow and perhaps better as a book to actually 'read'?
I don't know how Le Carre remains consistently good. He rarely disappoints. This was a great listen. with each ' flash back' more secrets were revealed. I was totally immersed in the world he created as he jumped from one location to the other.
"Tight, lean and plausible story convincingly read"
There's no flab in the narrative and it's intelligent. If you like le Carre this is an especially good listen. Hope it becomes a film at some point.
"Another Le Carre Winner"
Great author, great narrator!
All the characters had a part to play in contributing to making the story compelling and very listenable. I think i'd pick Sir Christopher as my favourite character as he was touchingly naïve and very believable because of it.
Rewards and Regrets
Carre continues to deliver an elegant writing style with great characterisation
I am a bit of a Carre fan and this is my most recent audiobook
No one scene makes this book but rather the follow through the whole story which is subtly building throughout.
It ended up annoying me. Having build empathy with characters, bought into the guilt they feel and seen the tempo increase Le Carre ends the story in a thoroughly unsatisfactory way.
It's the Authors privilege I suppose, but one of his accomplishments should have rounded out the the novel far better.
"Wonderful disturbingly believable story"
Its a fabulously told tale, read brilliantly by author. Its as intricate and detailed as John le Carré's books always are but in a way which is completely engaging and draws you on into the novel. The lead character Toby is totally believable and the lesser characters link through to develop the story. John le Carré voices the characters so convincingly and I found that his knowledge of his own characters added so much to the reading.
Toby, he was engaging realistic, charming and believable.
No but I would
The ending. Its stayed with me since I finished listening.
I am now going to buy it as the best books I like to have the book too.
Wonderful to hear it read by the author himself. The writing is, as always with Le Carre, excellent. He creates a totally believable world and characters. I was gripped throughout. In terms of plot, this centers on an interesting moral dilemma that is bang up to date. I've struggled with other Le Carre narrators, but this worked brilliantly.
"Le Carre magic"
Another piece of magic from the master of behind the scenes political big brotherhood. The hero, Toby, doesn't appear until later in the book, but when he does one becomes totally embroiled in his efforts to uncover the truth. The first part of the book is exciting and once the connection with the hero is made, listening becomes compulsive. The other characters on the side of good are masterfully and sympathetically portrayed whilst those on the side of darkness are frighteningly immoral and vicious. The story is narrated by the author himself and his portrayal of the characters, including his use of very believable accents, is brilliant.
"Le Carre on top form again!"
This is the best audiobook I've heard so far.
This is a thrilling book written by an author who knows how to breathe life into those 24-hour rolling stories that make us immune to the most appalling news items. His combat-weary, traumatised ex-soldiers can't live with their war crimes. Whistle-blowers find out the hard way how arms traders and politicians cover their tracks while the reader can't quite believe how they get away with it as the crimes stack up one on top of the other. I didn't want this book to end.
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