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text 2020-04-01 20:27
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
The Little Drummer Girl - John le Carré,Michael Jayston

I can't make my mind up about this book. It's moving only slightly faster than real-life. It's like watching a plot come together in slow motion or, perhaps, like a field guide on how to recruit foreign nationals as agents to crack terrorist cells.


It feels authentic and fully realised but I'm not sure I need or want to know all this logistical stuff.  


This book seems to want me to admire the mechanics of espionage but I'm someone who has never opened the bonnet of my car to see what the engine looks like, I just use it to get me places. I'd like this book to get me somewhere fairly soon.



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review 2020-03-03 23:19
Creeping Beautiful Kindle Edition - 'JA Huss'

OMG ! What and intense and riveting read this was! " I was on the seat of my pants the entire time until the end." Omg ! I am still reeling for this book even after reading it.

Talk about complicated characters "well", this one was loaded with them as they were all mysterious and dangerous and all held mind blowing secrets.

I cannot explain how much I loved this story as it was complicated and intriguing and mysterious and one that you knew eventually would turn into one heck of a complex love triangle. There were parts unraveling throughout the story I did not see coming.All the characters simply amazing,The plot itself was a little unnerving but, drew you in from the very first pages so much so you could not put it down."The ending omg ! what a shocker and had there been another book I would have picked it up a dove right back in again and would have huddle under the covers in bed and not come out until that book was finished too."I can't wait to see what happens next.The story mind boggling at times it was a bit confusing but, when turned the pages and the story start unfolding the players all started making sense.

Final thoughts

"This is the best romantic suspense read for us so far for 2020! " "We didn't want the story to end!"



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review 2020-01-08 23:27
Simply Divine
The Pursuit of William Abbey - Claire North

Was browsing at the bookstore, saw the spine for this one, liked the title, noticed it was by Claire North who wrote a book I read and loved, took the book in my hand, loved the cover, flipped the book around and muttered the plot synopsis to myself:


"okay, so some doctor in South Africa, 1884, lets a kid die when he could have done something about it, and then he gets a curse put on him. the murdered boy's ghost haunts out flawed, weak doctor...and the ghost/shadow follows him wherever he goes...and if he catches up to him he enters the doctor's body, causing him to pass out, and then the shadow spirit strikes down a loved one of the cursed man."


That's probably more of a quickie description off the top of my head after reading the novel, rather than a totally accurate summary of what you get from the back cover; but I know it's close.  What I didn't know is that it's a Spy novel/Dark Fantasy novel, because as the ghost moves closer and closer to the doctor, he becomes a "truth-sayer" - he will know more and more truths about those around him, their darkest secrets, the whole bit. The British Government - learning of cursed people like this - sees the benefits of putting such a person close to other governments' enemies. The trick is to suck up and report info to HQ quickly enough to move on before the shadow finally arrives, and a loved one dies.


It's a very mobile novel - for extra reasons than just any Spy novel. It's also haunting, and chilling, and practically perfect. I recommend it to Michael McDowell fans as much as I press it on fans of Espionage fiction. I absolutely loved everything about it, including, of course all the thoughts and feelings stirred in me, all the way through.

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review 2020-01-08 21:53
First Read of 2020
Agent Running In The Field - John le Carré
When I was reading this book, a friend asked me what I thought of it. I said it wasn't as good as the Smiley novels but was better than the Constant Gardener.

But that was before I got to the part where he takes shots at Putin and Trump, so I'm not sure how to describe it.

There are parts of this book that do not quite work. Nat's interest, for instance, in his female staff member who resigns does not quite make sense, especially since care is taken to illustrate that it is not desire. I get that she is brilliant but there is no real sense of a deep working relationship between the two.

The bit about duty vs belief, vs country vs convictions is what really sells the book because that debate is the hinge upon which most of the action rests. That makes for interesting look a how does one stay true to self.

But mostly, the book's greatest reward for the reader is in the character of Prue who for a portion of the book is in the background but then towards the second half becomes far more important. Readers who disliked how Smiley's wife was drawn will love Prue.
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text 2019-11-28 03:16
Reading progress update: I've read 212 out of 567 pages.
Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan - Douglas C. Waller

looking forward already to tomorrow morning, and Chapter Fifteen: ‘Valkyrie’.

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