Anthony Price ingeniously combines the machinations of British Intelligence with the legend of King Arthur in an extraordinary thriller that crackles with suspense from start to finish.
A US Air Force plane mysteriously vanishes on a flight from its base in Britain, and its ace pilot with it. The CIA investigates the missing pilot, and makes some odd findings; findings that will take British intelligence officer David Audley back to the sixth century in an absorbing battle of wits with the Soviet secret police.
Anthony Price is the author of 19 novels featuring Dr David Audley and Colonel Jack Butler, which focus on a group of counter-intelligence agents. Approximately 20 years elapse between the first and last novel in the series, and most of the plots are connected with one or more important events in military history.
The first three novels were adapted into a six-part BBC TV drama in the 1980s, and The Labyrinth Makers and Other Paths to Glory have both been produced as BBC radio dramas. All 19 titles will be reissued in e-book format through Orion’s ‘The Murder Room’ project.
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Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Be warned though, Simon Schatzberger does American English poorly. That is the three stars rating. The story is quite enjoyable,and Schatzberger is good with the British English and narrative.
Apart from some excellent references for the Arthurian mystery, there are lovely little references to Tolkien too. If you know your Hobbits and how Bilbo came to find the One Ring, then you can appreciate that there is a double trick being played. As an aside, Anthony Price was the first jouno to review 'Lord of the Rings'.
This is Cold War and it seems the Americans (allies) do not want the British to know what they are up to in the UK.Yet they also want help. It ia lighthearted look at the maxim 'enemies of my enemies are my friends' and in this period no one believes the CIA.
In order of writing this is the 6th book (1975) in the series. It seems to me though that each novel is a stand alone.
No. Brit Simon Schatzberger's American voices were jarring at first, and there are a lot of American characters in this book. At first I thought that was going to make it a difficult listen, but he actually manages to pull off most of them. The leads are from the South, and I think it's easier for British actors to do a convincing Southern accent than any more generic "American."
Absolutely! But it's for a certain kind of reader. If you're into Cold War spies AND you're into Arthurian lore, then this book is PERFECT for you! But be warned that there isn't a lot of action. There's a lot more of characters with names like "Sir Thomas" and "Handforth-Jones" discussing Malory and the Venerable Bede. Personally, I love that stuff! Price's books almost always tie in a (then) contemporary espionage investigation with archaeology and/or military history, and the way that he finds to make the CIA interested in searching for an Arthurian battlefield is quite brilliant. Our Man in Camelot will probably appeal to fans of Dan Brown (though Price is a better writer) or The Historian (though this book is much shorter) as much as fans of Deighton and Le Carre who would probably enjoy Price across the board.
Schatzberger is generally quite a good narrator with a knack for making each character distinctive; he just threw me a bit at the beginning with his somewhat jarring American accents.
For sure. And it's not that long, so I guess conceivably you could.
This is one of my favorite David Audley novels that I've read. The Alamut Ambush is also terrific. Both deal with conflicts arising between the espionage agencies of supposedly friendly nations.
"Camelot meets the Cold War"
Yes I would. This is one in a long series with regular characters but each books stands alone. This book does take a while to get going but once it did I found the tension almost unbearable and I had to listen long into the night to finish it. The first part does consist of a lot of talk about King Arthur and the legends that surround him and research into him but it all hangs together well and by the end I knew that as usual Price hadn't wasted a word.
This book has a magnificent interrogation scene with constantly shifting ground. I thought it was superb.
I generally like his narration and his gentle, almost languid, delivery suits the tone of Price's books really well. However, this is not my favourite amongst his performances of Price's books and I have listened to many of them. There is a lot of dialogue between American characters and I didn't feel he was quite comfortable with that. I would still give it four stars though.
Every now and again I come across a piece of writing that is so good it's exhilarating and the denouement to this novel is one.
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