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Robert Littell (1) (1935–)

Author of The Company

For other authors named Robert Littell, see the disambiguation page.

29 Works 4,146 Members 123 Reviews 8 Favorited

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Works by Robert Littell

The Company (2002) 1,287 copies
Legends (2005) 368 copies
The Sisters (1986) 254 copies
The Once and Future Spy (1990) 252 copies
The Stalin Epigram (2009) 241 copies
The Amateur (1981) 228 copies
Vicious Circle (2000) 159 copies
Young Philby (2012) 141 copies
An Agent in Place (1991) 137 copies
The Debriefing (1772) 120 copies
Walking Back the Cat (1996) 110 copies
A Nasty Piece of Work (2013) 100 copies
The Visiting Professor (1993) 93 copies
The Revolutionist (1988) 85 copies

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Birthdate
1935-01-08
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Places of residence
France
Education
Alfred University
Occupations
naval officer
author
journalist
Relationships
Littell, Jonathan (son)
Organizations
United States Navy

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The story of aCIA agent who has worked on the Middle East during the Cold War. He had several false identities called legends. He now presents one of his legends as a private eye and is asked to g find the missing husband of a young woman living in Israel. She needs a divorce so she would too free to marry again. The narrative jumps between many legends in the protagonist’s background. In the end the CIA is manipulating the downfall of the Soviet Union.
 
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waldhaus1 | 9 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
An intriguing novel set in America, the action is split between the periods of the War of Independence in the late 1770s and the late 1980s. The events of the former times have an echo in the contemporary one, revealed by Silas Sibley’s researches into a distant relative and his own work for the CIA and his suspicions of a plot to cause an explosive ‘accident’ in Tehran in a bid to discredit Iran’s leadership. In a tense chase, Silas attempts to evade capture by those seeking to detonate the ‘accident’ and to stop it through contacts within the CIA, while not revealing their plot to the newspapers as he considers himself a patriot and does not want to embarrass the country. Littell’s writing keeps you in suspense throughout and leaves Silas’ outcome in balance until the final pages.… (more)
 
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camharlow2 | 3 other reviews | May 27, 2023 |
Mostly reprints of communiques from various organizations protesting the Soviet occupation. Precious little narrative of the events.
 
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squealermusic | Mar 16, 2023 |
An early work by Littell that tells the story of a Russian slacker and what happens to him when he actually attempts to do something "real". Intriguing story line and a number of interesting characters keep the reader engaged until the novels rather Orwellian ending.
½
 
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skid0612 | 1 other review | Feb 25, 2023 |

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Works
29
Members
4,146
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Rating
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Reviews
123
ISBNs
352
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