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The Unlikely Spy
The Unlikely Spy
Author: Daniel Silva
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....  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781423368328
ISBN-10: 1423368320
Publication Date: 3/20/2009
Edition: Unabridged
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This debut novel, based on fact, is set in England and packed full of suspense and intrique during the preparations for the invasion of Normandy to end WWII. This adventure story follows Churchill's hand-picked protectorate of the operation called M15, as he uses phony radio signals and bogus information concerning non-existent airfields and barracks to steer Hitler's forces in the wrong direction. Churchill declared, "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." His choice, a brilliant history professor who had been a courier in WWI, a bachelor in the British Isles, is the unlikeliest spy you could picture. He's reclusive, secretive, and fabricates false reports which he then sends to Germany so they will think that their spy network is functional.

Actually, it is in the guise of a ruthless assassin called Mata Hari but her actual name is Anna Katerina von Steiner, code name Catherine Blake. She poses as a widow whose RAF pilot husband lost his life in the Battle of Britain. In fact, there were Nazi spies everywhere in London at that pivotal time of the war effort. In 1944, Peter Jordon, an American engineer enters the picture, given in evocative detail, and knows the top-secret project for D-Day. Will Catherine seek him out, or will she concentrate on Alfred Vicary? Full of romance and glamour, she works as a volunteer at a London hospital while she keeps Abwehr informed of all she sees; that is the espionage agency under the direction of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris.

This book has it all but it shows spying at its worst. Daniel Silva's first novel is compared to those of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, Jack Higgins, John LeCarre and Robert Harris, all who write war thrillers. He is certainly in good company. Since this debut, he has written PRINCE OF FIRE, THE CONFESSOR, and A DEATH IN VIENNA. It is interesting, fun and exciting to read as you ride the buses. Seems like a combination of two movies I've seen lately, 'The Great Raid' being one of them.
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I have read all of Daniel Silva's books and enjoy each one. If you like stories about spys and intelligence, you'll love this one.
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WOW!! I love the twists and turns in this book. It kept reading and I would love to have more from Silva. WWII is such a volatile period for everyone and this is a great story. Sneaky to the end. Great attention to detail that keeps the reader in suspense. Not hard to read but lots of action going on.
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This is the first book by Daniel Silva that I have read and I just loved it. I couldn't put it down and even loved all of the twists and turns. I will definitely read more of Silva's books.
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This one was a new author for me but thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Another great book by Daniel Siva. This will keep you intrigued to the end.