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A Delicate Truth: A Novel | [John le Carré]

A Delicate Truth: A Novel

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.
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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

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    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 05-23-13
    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and author of Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices, and The Bombast Transcripts.

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    "Le Carré just gets better and better"

    I didn't want this one to end. Le Carré is so refreshing after all the pointless schlock the espionage genre seems to kick out these days - mostly a contest to see how many bad guys can get blowed up in the shortest possible time. in contrast, this is an actual novel, with actual characters who actually develop! the only problem is that you'll find yourself wishing this was more like fiction and less like how the world is actually being run. if the novel doesn't make you uncomfortable, you might want to check if you still have a working conscience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DiK 01-08-14
    DiK 01-08-14
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    "Awful Reader Quality"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. If you want to listen to the story then forget this book. Le Carre is a great writer but nearly unintelligible as a reader.


    What could John le Carre have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Speak more clearly. Avoid mumbling.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Totally.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Who knows. I could hardly understand a word. Only could stand listening for a half an hour.


    Any additional comments?

    Le Carre needs to have someone else read his wonderful books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-22-13
    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Love to Bungee!!

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    "le Carre At His Best!!!"

    I had been a devote le Carre reader for years, but have to admit after Smiley's retirement I was a bit dissappointed with the new characters and themes. Luckily, I saw a prepublication installment of A Delicate Truth in Harper's. The plot was intiguing and slightly reminiscent of the earlier novels. I am very glad I decided to download the books. The story only got better and better. Le Carre's narration was masterful and kept me riveted to the book. I finished it in two days. Definitely recommend and look forward to the next book.

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    William 05-22-13
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    "One of Le Carre's best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Delicate Truth to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I cannot comment on audo vs print. The audio edition was captivating.


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    At age 81, Le Carre has written what is for me one of his best books. A complex story, beautifully told and beautifully read by the author. Very timely and with no "they lived happily ever after" ending. I found myself going back to hear parts of the story over again to clarify details and just to enjoy the author's voice. I have no doubt I will listen to this work many times, as I have so many of his novels. Most highly recommended.

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