A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.
Cornwall, UK, 2011: A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be - or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ("Kit") Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit’s beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?
©2013 John le Carré (P)2013 Penguin Audio
This book needs a proper epilogue. It's present conclusion is abrupt and most unsatisfying. Had I known how inconclusive and unfulfilling the end would be I never would have purchased this book.
Just another great thriller by a master writer. The fun part is that John le Carre is the narrator and does a fantastic job. He cracked me up a number of times.
I have already listened to it twice. It's like visiting friends. A good story is worth hearing more than once. I'll be ready to listen to it again in about a year... just long enough for the details of the story to get a bit fuzzy in my memory. There are not many authors that I re-read, but John le Carre is one that I do.
I couldn't stop listening. Had to choose tasks to do that allowed me to listen... both times.
He knows how he meant the people to speak and the atmosphere he meant to convey.
I wanted to listen to it all in one setting, but I had to go to bed and start again the next day.
John le Carre is one of my favorite authors. I read The Little Drummer Girl in my late teens, then I got hooked on Smiley and look forward to each book. As I've said, I've read a few of them more than once. I think it's time I went back and visited Smiley again. It's been a while.
Rich, layered and interesting.
The normality of the characters.
The audio was tough to listen to as every "s" was a sibilant whistle in my ear. It was a significant distraction from the story. This was a problem on 2 of 3 audio devices I tried.
le Carre shows why he's so highly regarded. I'm always concerned when a book is read by the author, but he's superb. It's hard to classify this book, but it's realism is such a relief in contrast to the exaggerated plot lines and actions too often seen in spy/thrillers.
Le Carre is a wonderful author, and I have enjoyed his books in the past. I suspect there is in fact a good story in this one, somewhere, I have just found it impossible to listen to. With the author as narrator, I expect the accents and inflections are genuine and accurate, but it strikes me as listening to an aged relative recounting a story from their youth that you've heard a hundred times before. You love them dearly, but sitting through the story makes you want to scream. I've made it through an hour or so, and can't go any further. Can't recommend it.
A Fabulous Treat! Thank you Mr LeCarre. I look for your genius in print and the wait is always worth the while. Now in Audio you deliver the package of your brilliance as the Master of all masters! Encore! Encore!
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