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The Company of Strangers (2001)

by Robert Wilson

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I read all four Falcon novels. Outstanding. I read "A Small Death in Lisbon." Excellant. Thus I read "The Company of Strangers" with anticipation. What a let down. Apparently was a good outline, but failed its fleshing out miserably. Don't waste your time with this one. ( )
  KLTMD | Dec 22, 2012 |
A complex story set across several periods from WWII Lisbon, where Andrea Aspinall is sent by SIS as a young spy to periods 20 or more years later. The relationships she forged in the hot-bed of spies which was WWII Lisbon inform and control her life until the end. Interesting characters seamlessly interwoven with real historical action raises this above the crowd. Recommended. ( )
  edwardsgt | Jun 5, 2011 |
An espionage thriller with a brilliant first part, whose action takes place during World War II and covers more than half of the book, but somehow fails to maintain the level till the end. Pity. ( )
  FPdC | May 24, 2010 |
Disappointing, this adjective best critiques "The Company of Strangers" by Robert Wilson. In his first novel "A Small Death in Lisbon", Mr. Wilson truly stole-the-show with poetic ambiance and titillating thrills but with this foray, his style and cadence fall flat. I was truly bored through the first two-fifths of the book so much so that I gave up on it, which is something I am loathe to do with any novel. Will I try another of Mr. Wilson's novels? Probably, simply because "A Small Death in Lisbon" was such a great work I feel he has more than one solid story in which to thrill readers. ( )
  BruderBane | May 2, 2008 |
i'm reading Tinker, Tailor right now for my next book club meeting and really enjoying it.

I'll start The Company of Strangers soon (at the suggestion of another library thing member). ( )
  NativeRoses | Feb 25, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0156027100, Paperback)

Robert Wilson, whose award-winning A Small Death in Lisbon broke him out as an international thriller writer in the Ambler, le Carré, and Furst tradition, scores with this exceptionally well-plotted novel of wartime intrigue in England and Portugal. Andrea Aspinall, a brilliant young British mathematician, is recruited by the British Secret Service and put through a rush course in spycraft before being sent to Lisbon, where she quickly falls in love with a disenchanted German agent and, in less than two weeks, manages to lose her virginity, unmask a conspiracy, and interrupt Germany's plan to build the first atomic bomb. The action covers a long time span--from the early years of Word War II to the era of glasnost, when Andrea, now an Oxford mathematician long retired from spying, encounters the man she once loved and lost. Karl Voss has become an East German double agent who's bent on revealing the Russian mole in England's service. The narrative wanders a bit, but the strong, spare writing and deft characterization set this apart as one of the year's better international espionage novels, one that should introduce Wilson to a bigger audience. --Jane Adams

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"1944: Andrea Aspinall, mathematician and spy, disappears under a new identity into the torrid summer streeets of Lisbon that seethe with spies and informers. The Germans have made advances in atomic and rocket technology and the Allies are determined that the ultimate secret weapon will not become a reality in Nazi hands." "Karl Voss, already experienced in the illusions of intrigue, arrives in Lisbon as military attache to the German Legation. There he begins his subversive work against the Nazi regime to rescue his country from annihilation." "In the lethal tranquility of a corrupted paradise, Andrea and Karl meet and attempt to find love in a world where no one can be believed. After a night of terrible violence, Andrea is left with a secret that provokes a lifelong addiction to the clandestine world. In Lisbon, London, and, finally, Cold War Berlin, she gradually discovers that the deepest secrets aren't held by governments but by those closest to you."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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