Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.
As part of the proceedings, four of Sam's key operations are reviewed: a clandestine mission into East Germany in 1985 to contact the top Russian spy General Pankratin; a KGB colonel who wants to defect; an audacious Qaddafi-inspired plot to ship arms to the IRA; and the occasion when McCready presided over the aftermath of political murder and mayhem in the Caribbean....
©1992 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"superb short stories"
Again this is Fredrick Forsyth at the top of his game. Each story is really well crafted. Very different from each other and full of excitement. All to do with the secret service and the cold war.
The main character in all the short stories McCready was my favourite. He triumphs in all the stories, and so he should he was very, very good
Really, really good. He has the ability to change accents so well. Because it is short stories each story is in a different location and Christian Rodska is brilliant at each and every voice. It makes the listening so much more enjoyable, rather like listening to a play rather than a book.
I would love to have listened to it in one sitting, but it is 17 hours long, as it is I stayed in my kitchen cooking and baking far too much so that I could listen for longer.
I have over 200 audio books and Fredrick Forsyth is so near the top of my all time favourite books, I listen to them several times and always hear something I missed first time round.
"Best of British"
Desmond Hannah, because he is so beautifully written and a perfectly described member of the Met who has worked his way up through the ranks from beat bobby to Chief Superintendant.
Rodska makes every character believable. He chooses voices that are at once perfectly suited to their characters and entirely convincing.
It made me smile in places, made me furious in others, and also a little sad in places too.
"Not what I expected"
I'm not sure how true the characters are behind the book, but they seem very very real and that just makes the book a great listen. It's as though I'm there alongside the action.
How close it seemed to real life
How some situations appeared so normal and then they turned out to be so dangerous. The jobs some people to keep us safe.
Just great, thank you as a first Frederick Forsyth book it was superb
"Excellent story with a strong basis in fact"
This story is well researched and quite believable. The new, younger and IT adept heads of SIS wanting to make redundant a cold war spy. Basically knowledge and hands-on experience against the new high-tech order.
This book is typical of Frederick Forsythe; imaginative, intriguing and captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed it and followed it by listening to The Fist of God which is another really good listen.
The narrator does an excellent job and actually adds to the story.
I give a high recommendation to this audio book.
"Frederick Forsyth at his best.."
I've always liked Frederick Forsyth - his plots are intricate and the detail total convincing. He is a thorough writer who totally pulls you into the plot. This is one of his best I think, almost several stories in one book, all linked together. I just couldn't put this down
Sam McCready - down to earth, quietly skilled and totally competent
He managed to create very separate characters which made the story all the more convincing.
When an old east german spy .. nearly gave it away !
A great read, brilliant story, superb performance. well worth it
The narration was superb but I just dont think it translates into an audio book. Very confusing on audio. Became tired of this book.
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