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The Deceiver (1991)

by Frederick Forsyth

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Frederick Forsyth is the Johann Sebastian Bach of espionage novels. His narratives are like the Musical Offering to Frederick the Great because several plots run concomitantly in the architecture of its four novels between London, Moscow, the Caribbean, Cuba and East/West Germany and he hooks the reader to them after minimum exposition; its multiple voices, a motley assembly of hundreds of Stasi, VOPO, washed out spies,KGB, BND, SSD, commissars and majors, Berlin Wall moles, whose characters are developed as in a captivating fugue with such virtuosity and a precision only achieved in real life by Swiss watchmaker's gearing.

Brilliant novel throughout showing a great respect for authenticity and for the time period he depicts: the Cold War. ( )
  Artymedon | Jan 31, 2015 |
From Kirkus Reviews Forsyth's stalwart tribute to the spies who came in from the cold: four thriller-novellas featuring the intrigues of British superagent Sam McCready. With the cold war over, the Foreign Office has decided to retire its veteran spies, beginning with McCready, the deceiver''--head of Britain's disinformation desk since 1983. McCready balks, demanding a hearing at which his assistant relates four of McCready's most daring exploits. The first and longest,Pride and Extreme Prejudice,'' is at once the most suspenseful and melancholic. Here, McCready, having turned'' a top Russian general, sends spy-pal Bruno Morenz into East Germany to accept the Russian's latest gift--the Soviet Army War Book; but, unknown to McCready, Morenz has just killed a cheating mistress and is cracking up. When the East Germans catch on to Morenz, who panics into hiding, McCready must sneak across the Iron Curtain, find Morenz, retrieve the book, and deal--irrevocably--with his friend. Also subtly shaded with the grays of spydom isThe Price of the Bride,'' in which McCready learns from a pro-West Soviet source that the CIA's new prize, defecting KGB colonel Pyotr Orlov, is actually a double agent bent on falsely implicating a top CIA-man as a Soviet mole. It's a masterful spy-vs.-spy battle of wits as McCready sets out to unmask the Russian and save the marked Yank. Less enthralling but still offering solid action and brilliant local color are the two final tales, with McCready acting pivotal but minor roles as he displays his prowess against non-Soviet threats. In A Casualty of War,'' he foils an IRA-Qaddafi gun- running scheme, while in the semi-humorousA Little Bit of Sunshine,'' he foils a Cuban takeover of a Caribbean island. Not a sizzler like The Day of the Jackal or even The Negotiator (1989) but more resonant than either, with shades of le Carr and Deighton: sophisticated, shrewd, roundly satisfying spy- stuff. (Book-of-the-Month Split Main Selection for November) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. Product Description Appearing before a panel of his peers, long-time field agent Sam McCready, known for an independent style that often drives him beyond the rules, must defend his unorthodox exploits or face termination. Reprint. NYT. K. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This wasn't quite as good because he managed to sneak an anthology in on me. ( )
  Neilsantos | Oct 8, 2010 |
Sam McCready is een gewezen topspion waarvoor nu geen plaats meer is binnen de Britse inlichtingendienst. Bij een hoorzitting waarin bepaald zal worden wat er met hem moet gebeuren, grijpt een vriend en collega de kans om vier verhalen te vertellen. Dit boek is dus samengesteld uit het relaas van deze vier loodzware operaties die McCready tot een goed eind heeft weten te brengen. Zijn sluwheid haalt het van Russische spionnen en overlopers, van Arabische terroristen die via het IRA Groot-Brittannië willen treffen en van corrupte politici in het Caribische gebied. Dit is niet Forsyth op zijn best en doet de lezer regelmatig zijn wenkbrauwen fronsen bij het lezen van zoveel onwaarschijnlijkheden. Pocketeditie, kleine druk. - Chris Vandenbroucke.
  LuckyLukeAntwerp | May 15, 2010 |
I'll read almost anything by Forsyth. He always leaves me still guessing until the last page. A master of technical deatails, his books are almost learning experiences. If you like political/military drama, read Forsyth. ( )
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De Koude Oorlog heeft veertig jaar geduurd. Voor alle duidelijkheid: het Westen heeft hem gewonnen. Maar de tol was hoog. Dit boek is opgedragen aan hen die een groot deel van hun leven in de schaduw hebben gewerkt. Those where the days, my friends.
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På sommaren 1983 godkände den dåvarande högste chefen för Secret Intelligence Service, den brittiska underrättelsetjänsten, inrättandet av en ny sektion, trots ett visst internt motstånd.
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Sam McCready is `The deceiver' one of Special Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives. However, at the end of the Cold War Sam is expendable.

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