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France, July 1944: a month after the Allied landings in Normandy, and the liberation of Europe is underway. In the Pas-de-Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British Special Operations executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears. In London, her husband, Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, discovers the truth about her role in the Allies' sophisticated deception at the heart of D-Day. Appalled but determined, Owen sets off on a perilous hunt through France in search of his wife. With the help of the Resistance, he finds Nathalie, but then the bitterness of war and its insatiable appetite for revenge catch up with them in dramatic fashion. Based on real events of the Second World War, The Best of Our Spies is a thrilling tale of international intrigue, love, deception, and espionage.

©2012 Alex Gerlis (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Wayne
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  • 11-25-17

WWII spy novel

The Best of Our Spies is set mostly in England and France during the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Allied invasion at Normandy. The novel is certainly about spy craft on both the English and German sides but in the context of a love story involving a male British spy and a French woman who is a German spy. It is an excellent novel which develops a little too slowly. I had not listened to a John Lee narrated book is a long time. He is outstanding as usual with this novel.

The Best of Our Spies comes close to earning 5 stars.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The Best Kind of Spy Story

Selecting a book I expected to be a tasty treat of a spy story, I found instead a five course meal of an historical espionage novel, repleat with a complex plot, frightening insights into the endlessly twisting world of intelligence, the hideousness and criminality of war, and characters I will hold in my heart for a very long time.

What a fine, moving story this is. There were moments in the book when I felt I too was chasing around France, not knowing what would happen next. This story makes a portion of the war come alive for me as no other author has done. I look forward to many more books from Alex Gerlis.

And of course, John Lee brings every character to life. His rich reading makes the story all that much better.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful read

As always, John Lee does a masterful job narrating this story. The story itself is fascinating, and seems to give a real good impression of how the war affected France. I
Was surprised though that the bombing of London played such a small role. Otherwise, a great listen!

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A very good read.

The author builds plausibility throughout his story. It's a war story, a love story, and most of all, a story of the incredible sacrifices given by so many.

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Spy Masters Extraordinary

This indeed an extraordinary tale of British spy masters manipulating not only enemy spies, but their own countrymen in order to mislead the Germans. The Best of Our Spies exposes the sociopathic nature of men an women involved in the war time spy game.

The novel focuses on war time adventures of a brilliantly successful Nazi spy who is as ruthless as she is beautiful. To be successful she must betray virtually everyone she ever meets, regardless of her love for them. Though she is naive of the degree and extent of evil the Nazi Regime, she is fiercely loyal to her country. Over the course of last months of the war, while evading the French resistance she had betrayed, she finds herself hunted by her own country as well.

Yet throughout the novel it is the British spymasters who are even more ruthless. Without hesitation they are willing to sacrifice and betray their own people, by the cruelest means possible.

I give this 5 stars for two reasons. First it is a unique WWII spy story. I never imagined I would find one with a such an in depth plot. Second is the intentional and brilliant lack of character building of the main character, for reasons that will become evident throughout the book.

John Lee does a wonderful job with narration.

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Really, really good book

If you could sum up The Best of Our Spies in three words, what would they be?

How can you go wrong with a book read by John Lee? He simply stands out from the crowd (along with books read by Will Patton). Add in an exceptional story which is very well written and you have a very enjoyable time listening to this book. I will buy others by Alex Gerlis.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Spies among us.

"The Best of Our Spies" is set during during the later part of World War II.

The story follows a reluctant "sleeper spy" for the Germans, who finally throws herself into her role by pursuing and marrying a naval cartographer for the British Intelligence. As his fondness grows towards her, so too does his intel regarding the British Navy.

The plot becomes complex and muddied. Other spies are introduced, and turned. The outcome of World War II is not certain, and hangs on a knife's edge. Relationships are mired. And, like a good espionage novel should be: not everything is as it seems.

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Terrific reading of a good story!

Great accents and voices! Worthy of Le Carre or Greene. Long and satisfying. Great for a road trip.

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Excellent blend of history and fiction

Gerlis is really superb in developing believable fictional characters and placing them in history. I especially liked his revealing the tensions between true resistance fighters and those who falsely claimed to be them after Normandy. A spy story but also history and suspense.

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Superb

Every facet of this novel was superb. As I thought I was reaching the climax I was only half way through. All characters are thoroughly built and leave nothing to question. The story adds a bri exciting point of view to one of the greatest intelligence operations of modern times.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful