The follow-up to Jack of Spies, Soho's lead spring '14 title. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman who moonlights as a spy for His Majesty's Navy, takes listeners on an epic adventure across the world on the eve of World War One.
India, 1915. Jack McColl is on a reconnaissance mission to better defend the British Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, Jack's former lover, Caitlin Hanley, witnesses the execution of her brother for a treasonous plot that Jack helped foil. His execution has only intensified Caitlin's involvement in the cause of Home Rule. An uprising in Dublin will bring Caitlin and Jack back together as lovers - and enemies.
Follows the paperback release of Jack of Spies as well as a specially commissioned and designed paperback reissue of all six of the Station series books. Primed by David Downing's upcoming first-ever US tour, getting him into more stores and augmenting his fan base. David Downing is not only one of Soho Crime's cult best sellers, with sales of his Station series mushrooming every year, but also a critical darling.
Set in a provocative moment in history and depicts the Irish Republican movement, the American suffrage movement, Indian uprisings against the British Raj, the rise of German antagonism, and other fascinating historical handles.
©2015 David Downing (P)2015 Recorded Books
"[Downing] is a master at bringing the past to life through the careful and often loving observation of even minor players and through the artful deployment of specific detail." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Moves along briskly and offers interesting facts about events now a century past.... Always entertaining." (The Washington Post)
"I can already see Gerard Butler in the lead role of the film version." (Parade)
The narration of the first book in this new series, Jack of Spies was really good. This book's narration was not the same quality performance. The reader seemed to struggle at times with the different accents so eventually it was hard to tell the Irish, Scottish, and English apart. The main character sounds like an emotional high school student much of the time. I recommend going back to the first narrator.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
Interesting plot moving between India and UK in the early part of the XXth century. However the book is absolutely not engaging with dialogues and characters too plain and too flat.
Jack of Spies and One Man's Flag give an overview of the years around the First World War through the eyes of two lovers; a developing Scottish/British spy and an Irish American journalist. Their political and psychological differences, their travels to and adventure in many a hot spot makes for a most interesting read. I hope to meet Kaitlin and jack again.
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