Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger.
When an RAF Dakota, presumed lost at sea in 1945, is discovered in a drained lake in Lincolnshire, together with its pilot and a cargo of worthless rubble, it falls to David Audley of the MOD to puzzle out just why the Russians are so interested in the discovery - and what the plane was carrying that is important enough to kill for.
©1971 Anthony Price (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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.
The stories in the series dip back and forward through time and follow different characters.
After doing my usual search I did find the chronological order of writing.
(1971) The Labyrinth Makers;
The Alamut Ambush (1972)
Colonel Butler's Wolf (1972)
October Men (1973)
(1975) Other Paths to Glory
Our Man in Camelot (1975)
War Game (1977)
The '44 Vintage (1978)
Tomorrow's Ghost (1979)
The Hour of the Donkey (1980)
Soldier No More (1981)
The Old Vengeful (1982)
Gunner Kelly (1983)
Sion Crossing (1984)
Here Be Monsters (1985)
For the Good of the State (1986)
A New Kind of War (1987)
A Prospect of Vengeance (1988)
The Memory Trap (1989
I also learned there are a few good entry points, so I started at 'The Hour of the Donkey' and it does really seem that each is a stand alone story.
As Audible has all 19 books, this one is also a good starting point. Simon Schatzsberger does read very well and I am following the books he reads, first.
As a series I really like them, because they do move in time and central characters.
I did enjoy 'The Labyrinth Makers' more than 'Other Paths to Glory' that won the Gold Dagger..
My expectation is that after hearing all 19 I am likely to go back, and yes I do anticipate I will be following Anthony Price for quite a while.
Even though the stories are fiction, I think many of the events described in the stories are based in history. They cover World War1 and 11 and the Cold War period.
New series, start with this one since audible does not have these numbered yet, I went to amazon to find out where to start. I have listened to three of these treasures before writing this review. I find these spy novels a little more accessible than Le Carre and less prurient than Littell (both of which I totally love). These novels are perhaps a little quieter and the characters deeper. Although the plots are no less intricate and satisfying. I find a bit of Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham here too. Please forgive the name dropping, but if description fails, simile seems to do the trick. If any of these authors appeal, and even if they don't, give this author a try, I do not think you will be disappointed.
Interesting perception on the situation. Waffled on a bit in some places
We were able to distinguish which character was speaking.
Yes. I don't know who would be good for the parts, a non action hero for David and Miss Jones could be played by a younger version of Meryl Streep.
"The first David Audley novel"
I like the complex plot and the superbly written dialogue. It has the trademark historical connection that often features in these books.
The narrator is excellent and has a wonderful line in languid voices to suit the public school characters, of which there are a few of varying ages and they are all distinct. He also characterises Jack Butler (Sandhurst via Lancashire) well. He is to the life the career soldier, clever, disciplined and taking no nonsense. Other accents sound plausible to me and the female characters are not forced.
Price develops his characters in a very satisfying way. This is the first in a long series of books and David Audley features in all of them. He has made himself unpopular by being too clever by half and is thrust out into the field and away from his beloved research into the Middle East. He is not always likeable but is always interesting.
The closest I can get is to the novels of John le Carre. They are similarly complex and beautifully written. Price's books differ though in that they are not suffused with a sense of betrayal although sometimes the people on the same side are not always being straight with each other. There is a lightness of touch and there are shots of humour too. They also tend to take place mainly in the mind and through dialogue but often with a sudden and unexpected burst of violent but not graphic violence.
The final scene, which I can't explain fully without giving away the story. All of the themes come together in a very satisfying way.
No, this is of that sort of book.
"Back-room spy gets a life"
I thought that the eruption into the plot of a internal Soviet coup was an interesting development.
David Audley is a reluctant field agent (and lover) when a Second World War Dakota reappears in a drained lake in Lincolnshire in the late 1960s. This event attracts spies in a Cold War drama which has a few intriguing twists and turns. The broad mores of the late 1960s come across but the social and political feel of the age is disappointingly thin, particularly given that Price pitches his contribution at the historical and research end of the spy-genre. The Audley-Faith Steerforth relationship is contrived, plot-wise, and is generally embarrassing, though the latter applies to John Le Carré, as well, and I like most of his novels. Having said as much, and added that Audley’s back-story is not especially persuasive, he is an intriguing hero for a spy novel, and there are many sequels, of which I shall try a couple before deciding whether to keep going. I note an earlier reviewer’s advice that “this is the first book in Price's espionage series about British Intelligence's shadowy "Research and Development" department. It pays to read the books in order of publication - they get more complex as you go along”.
"A very good story"
Starts as a slow ordinary story but gradually gains momentum and with a few good twists. The hero is awakened and gets his girl. An interesting tantalising story of a rogue and more .
"An excellent listen."
An intricate plot, and expertly read. I wish I had come across Price before; he is certainly an interesting writer. Very enjoyable!
"The Labyrinth Makers"
This was a very good book to listen to mainly because the Reader was soo good and you could hear every word. Please can we have some more Books read by him.
This book was a disapointment. The story had a good start and looked to be promessing with what looked like a good plot. The plot fell apart at the end, the love story was beyond belief, as was the story behind it. The characters were pompous.
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