Jack McColl
Books in series4
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(3.8 based on 142 ratings)
  • 1
    Jack of Spies | David Downing

    Jack of Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city - Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York - he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in faraway London.

    Too much, TooMany

    Too much information, Too many places, Too many issues. While the story was interesting, I had to push myself to finish the book.

    Reviewed on July 11 2016 by Kathleen Rolfingsmeier ()
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    Jack of Spies | David Downing

    Jack of Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jack McColl is a globe-trotting salesman for a luxury car firm. He is also a part-time spy for the fledgling Secret Service on the eve of the First World War. As 1913 ends he is in China, checking out the German naval base at Tsingtao between automobile demonstrations in Peking and Shanghai. Caitlin Hanley is a young Irish American journalist with the sort of views that most British men would find dangerously advanced.

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  • 2
    One Man's Flag | David Downing

    One Man's Flag

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    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.

    Good book!
    Reviewed on March 27 2016 by April ()
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    Lenin's Roller Coaster | David Downing

    Lenin's Roller Coaster

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    The third Jack McColl espionage thriller by David Downing (also the author of the WWII Station series) brings together two lovers in Bolshevik Russia. Winter 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission deep in Central Asia, where German influence is strong. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart.

    Downing's clunker

    The story line stretches credulity, and the characters are tired.

    Reviewed on May 20 2017 by David Holroyd (Fairhaven, MA United States)