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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"I think he must have forgotten the final chapter.."
I was thoroughly enjoying the book then It just stopped. May be a sequel on way but a bit frustrating.
I felt it was similar to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer...
The irish wife of the Welsh soldier. Very clearly drawn. I was dreading listening to the author ruin a good book (Think of Poor Bill Bryson narrating his Shakespeare's biography and I have listened and enjoyed nearly all his Audible titles) but I have to say that JLC did a smashing job.
Great read until the disappointing end.
Having said all that, I'd buy sequel if there was one, but as I haven't read many of JLC's novels, I wish I would have tried some of his others before this.
Toby Bell - because he was so determined.
It was excellent. It was so well read that I kept on listening to it on trips out in the car - I usually listen to Classic FM. I was really gripped by the story - and I had no idea where it would go to. Le Carre made the characters seem more real because the accents were appropriate.
In such a tense book, there were some episodes that made me smile - but not many.
I loved this book and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The only thing I didn't like was the ending - which I don't want to spoil for anyone else by saying why!
"Excellent. Great to see Le Carre as narrator"
John Le Carre's narration: highly effective and quite humorous in parts.
I have always been a great Le Carre fan and have followed the subtly changing nature of his work. I love them all and revisited the Smiley books as audiobooks.
"Could become a classic"
Very believable characters who quickly draw you in, as the pace quickens it is hard to stop listening. As always John Le Carre knows his subject and narrates very well indeed. When you get to the end, you hold your breath and hope it isn't true.
"Too believable conspiracy"
listening was enhanced by the narrator being the author. but it was also intense and needed seriously listening to, Well worth the time spent.
It made me download my next le carre novel
What an ending
"Not his best"
Probably not, it is a bit too conspirational for my taste. Lately le Carré seems to suggest that all the world is a conspiracy against everything non-Western.
Yes, he is a very good writer.
Beautiful speaking voice.
"Another outstanding story from the master"
No one tells a gripping and realistic story quite like the master spy writer Le Carre. He is so understated and expressive you can not fail to be captivated by the story. For me ever more interesting as it is based in recent time 2011. Listen again and again
Toby Bell, is enormously likable and interesting charismatic character, who Le Carre likens to himself.
I have listen to many Audiobooks in my time and the secret to an true hit is the narrators voice. The author is usually able to bring so much more of the meaning and nuisances behind the words that often don't come through. I am sad that the other Le Carre books I have heard didn't have him reading.
His endings always leaves you wanting more
The setting of this book in the modern day, with realism and no ridiculous violence. Is refreshing.
"Gripping, intelligent, thrilling..."
A superb thriller, read by the author who -despite a peculiar pronuncation of the word 'plaaaaaaastic' and his Welsh accent morphing into Pakistani from time to time - really adds gravitas to the tale.
It's my first Le Carre audiobook and I would like to thank him for making my morning 5 mile run seem easier while listening to The Delicate Truth. It's the sign of a gripping story and excellent narration when the audiobook makes me actually want to get out and run, just so I can listen to another 45 minutes or so. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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'?
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