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The Unlikely Spy | [Daniel Silva]

The Unlikely Spy

"In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.
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Publisher's Summary

"In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

Handpicked by Churchill himself, Vicary must stop an unknown spy from uncovering the Allied battle plans for D-Day. The Nazis, however, have also chosen their operative carefully. Posing as a war widow and hospital volunteer, Catherine Blake is under direct orders from Hitler to seal the German victory - no matter what the cost.

©2009 Daniel Silva; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Brian Andover, NJ, United States 04-08-09
    Brian Andover, NJ, United States 04-08-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Riveting"

    This story has an excellent plot revolving around counterintelligence operations during WWII. The character development is excellent. Also, the narration is superb - English accents, American accents, Scottish, Irish, German (and multiple voices of each) even an excellent Winston Churchill. The story has many characters and Michael Page makes each of them different and brings them to life. Highly recommended.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Dublin, CA, United States 12-14-09
    Margaret Dublin, CA, United States 12-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "The Unlikely Spy"

    I read/listened to this book as a "test" of Daniel Silva. It suffices to say that after this one, I went and read/listened to all of this books in one shot. The strength of this books are their characters are believable, story lines are complex, and most of all, writing is good. I like his mastery of the language and descriptive phrases. I often want to read the same book twice. This book in particular is good for any WWII spy novel fans, since it does a good job mixing real historical events and fiction.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    whynot? Maui 04-25-11
    whynot? Maui 04-25-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Not Typical. Or That Good."

    Sorry, but this is just not his best. Must've bought this one on sale after having listened (or read in print) some of his others. Let's say it was his first, and therefore he was young and inexperienced (and randy), but WAY too much focus on the physical and not enough on the plot. His other (Gabriel Allon) books are much more developed and better written. Not much to recommend this one: if you like WWII there are much better books, and if you like Daniel Silva, well, that TOO.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    david everett, WA, United States 10-17-12
    david everett, WA, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazingly well done!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Spy the most enjoyable?

    After 200+ audiobooks, FINALLY! This one was far and away the best listen ever. Period. What an amazing job. The voices were done perfectly. It was like listening to a play, or a movie. The story was really good, but made spectacular by the way it was produced. Scott Brick could take lessons from Mr. Page! I was not so sure I wanted to get this, took the chance. So glad I did. Cudo's to Mr. Silva and Mr. Page, as well as to those who worked on making this a total joy.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Vashon, WA, United States 03-19-10
    Derek Vashon, WA, United States 03-19-10 Member Since 2006
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    "My first Daniel Silva book. Many to Follow"

    This was my first Daniel Silva book and I very much enjoyed it. I love it when I can learn about a piece of history while reading a great book. Such was the case with The Unlikely Spy. These qualities made me remember The Company by Robert Littell which is one of my all-time favorite listens. After completion I immediately started Silva's The Confessor which is also good. In sum, I recommend this book and I recommend Daniel Silva.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timmer Nashville, Tennessee 10-09-09
    Timmer Nashville, Tennessee 10-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Naration is a "Tour De Force""

    As we've come the expect with Daniel Silva, the plot is fast paced, the characters well developed and plenty of twists and turns.
    The naration is probably the best I've ever heard during my 3+ years with Audible.com. Michael Page is incredibly talented with the ability to create some of the best character voices and accents I've encountered. Bravo performance!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    stephen kerrville, TX, United States 01-17-11
    stephen kerrville, TX, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding fun!!!"

    If you like WWII spy stories then look no further. The good and bad guys are both interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. E. JONES USA 07-23-09
    J. E. JONES USA 07-23-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good once it got going"

    The first part of the book is a rehash of WWII, which, if you know about WWII history, you probably don't need. Once it got into the characters the book was built around it got much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Cordova, TN, USA 05-06-09
    Stacey Cordova, TN, USA 05-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Creative story but a little rushed in the end"

    I typically enjoy Daniel Silva's books and I certainly enjoyed this one as well. However, there was a fairly long, drawn out build up to the climax of the story that, in the end, felt rushed. After listening to hours and hours of background, plots and subplots, the climax of the story came so fast that I thought surely I had missed something.
    The narrator does an excellent job as usual. I just wish the ending could have been a bit more satisfying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 04-17-14
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Just as good as the Eye of the Needle."

    I had read some of the other reviews and was a little worried when I bought this book. I was not disappointed at all. I found it as good any of Follett's work. The Eye of the needle was a very good book and I found Silva did as well if not better with The Unlikely Spy.

    I will listen to this book a second time. The Unlikely Spy is one of Silva's best works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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