Flawless espionage fiction. For the record, the West won it. But not without cost. This book is for those who spent so much of their lives in the shadowed places.
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Start your review of The Deceiver Write a review Shelves: mysteries-thrillers The Deceiver was a interesting, gripping, exciting, rational, readable read that felt realistic and possible. The main character was described as a complicated, flawed, and experienced intelligence agent. The four stories included in the book could all be read pretty much separately from one another as the book is not really a novel but a collection of short stories.
This is definitely one of my favorite thriller reads. Day of the Jackal was terrific, and this book, while more low-key nevertheless satisfied the reasons you read spy novels. Ranging from byzantine puzzles of spy vs. When I compare this book to a Dale Brown or some of the other thriller geopolitical novelists of today, they lose - badly - and you appreciate Forsyth as a storyteller even more.
But Forsyth and Le Carre remind us, all was not black and white during the Cold War, and there was still plenty of moral relativity and tradeoffs to vex the heroes of their books. Now it is fashionable to make excuses for Islamic terror. As Forsyth writes in his forward :Those were the days , my friends
The Chief is ordered to make an example of a maverick officer, and Sam McCready is suggested. Pride and Extreme Prejudice[ edit ] The SIS is approached by a high-ranking Soviet general, offering to turn over documents with crucial details of Soviet military plans. The meeting is to take place in East Germany. McCready is in charge of the operation, but he is too well known by the Soviets to risk going himself. As a favour to his old friend, and in stark violation of his BND employment rules, Morenz agrees to enter East Germany, where he manages to get hold of the documents. He is, however, on the verge of nervous collapse due to earlier events in West Germany, where he had been having an affair with a sluttish woman who later insulted him, which led to his accidentally killing her and her pimp boyfriend. In making his escape he becomes rashly involved in a minor traffic accident.