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Elly Conway

Author of Argylle: A Novel

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About the Author

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Elly Conway is the pseudonym of Terry Hayes and Tammy Cohen who write together.

Works by Elly Conway

Argylle: A Novel (2022) 154 copies
ארגייל 1 copy


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Disambiguation notice
Elly Conway is the pseudonym of Terry Hayes and Tammy Cohen who write together.



For some reason I never really clicked into this book. It wasn't badly written, the characters were pretty well fleshed out, there was lots of action, but it never really engaged me as I like to be engaged. Oh well.
majkia | 3 other reviews | Mar 12, 2024 |
If not for its link with the upcoming movie, this is not a book I would have picked up on my own. I don't reach for spy novels often at all, and "Argylle" hasn't especially persuaded me to read more in the future. It's a little exciting at times, but simultaneously feels like someone fed the Indiana Jones franchise into an AI bot and then said, "Make me another one! And include the CIA!" I also struggled immensely to try and care for any of the characters. Conway does a great job at telling me why I should (like Argylle being an orphan, or really missing his parents, or how he feels like he doesn't fit in) but there was just a lot of disconnect between myself and the characters on the page. The writing is both somehow try-hard and too predictable, like Conway is trying to mimic another author but forgets to add any of her own flair.
However, I WOULD recommend this to certain readers. I think there is definitely an audience that will enjoy this book! It's simply not to my personal taste.
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deborahee | 3 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
Superior to the film, and mostly because the film tries to undo a lot of what’s in the book. I don’t care if it is a marketing stunt, I enjoyed this wannabe-spy novel.

Argylle is a lost soul who gets caught up in something big with the CIA. Partly to escape, and partly to be found, he joins a team to chase down a lost artifact before the bad guys find it first. It’s more of an ode to Indiana Jones than James Bond. And that’s likely what kept me interested in the adventure.
ilkjen | 3 other reviews | Feb 18, 2024 |
I was interested in this book due to the movie coming out soon. However, the book and the movie are not the same thing! In the book, it is a hard-hitting spy thriller, whereas the book is a comedy send up of the alleged author being inserted into the spy novels she writes.
So, because of the differences, the book was not what I expected.
The book is the story of Aubrey Argylle, a CIA agent who was orphaned when his parents were killed. He spent time in the jungles of Thailand, but is called to assist in a Russian spy / jewel heist / political operation. There is a lot of action, quite a bit of violence, and also traitors. It may keep you guessing, but it will definitely take you across the globe!
I liked reading about the possible conspiracy of the Amber Room, as I have been to The Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg!
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rmarcin | 3 other reviews | Feb 15, 2024 |



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