The Unlikely Spy
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s celebrated debut novel, The Unlikely Spy, is “A ROLLER-COASTER WORLD WAR II ADVENTURE that conjures up memories of the best of Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth” (The Orlando Sentinel).
“In wartime,” Winston Churchill wrote, “truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” For Britain’s counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agent imaginable—a history professor named Alfred Vicary, handpicked by Churchill himself to expose a highly dangerous, but unknown, traitor. The Nazis, however, have also chosen an unlikely agent. Catherine Blake is the beautiful widow of a war hero, a hospital volunteer—and a Nazi spy under direct orders from Hitler: uncover the Allied plans for D-Day...
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A bodyguard of lies
Daniel Silva, the best writer of spy thrillers today, selects Winston
Churchill's phrase "a bodyguard of lies" as the theme of this tale of spy and counterspy in WWII London. As the Allies prepare for the D Day invasion, Hitler is sending an army of spies to London to discover the location of the landings. Most of them are turned and used to misdirect German plans, but one, a woman, remains undetected and comes close to discovering vital information about the invasion. Churchill enlists a quiet college professor as the unlikely spy to track her down, but the professor is unaware that the British intelligence services are themselves a bodyguard of lies.
His first was one of the best
I've read all of Silva's books beginning with his second. This, his first, had eluded me for years. I was thus excited to read it, and fortunately, it did not disappoint. His writing style was not yet perfected, as it was in later novels, but it was still obvious and impressive. The richness of the writing and the intricacies of the plot were captivating. Character development superb. Silva is a master, his books a source of enjoyment. His later books have suffered from becoming somewhat formulaic, but this one was unique in its structure, not to mention its characters drawn from World War II. Highly recommended.
An Outstanding Novel
Meticulously researched, planned in detail with plots within plots. Full of espionage, intrigue and high octane action I consumed the content in less than week.
Daniel Silva is a great writer. His descriptions place you at the scene and his prose exchange between the characters makes you feel intricately involved.
I have long been a lover of Daniel Silva books but going back to this early work surprised me as how exceptional it was. Great read!