The Unlikely Spy

The Unlikely Spy

Book - 1996
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Catherine Blake is the model war widow. Ever since she lost her RAF pilot husband in the Battle of Britain, this beautiful aristocrat has kept a stiff upper lip while caring for victims of the blitz in London's hospitals. The problem is that Catherine Blake is also a deep-cover Nazi spy, charged by Hitler with uncovering the details of D-Day. Her nemesis is Alfred Vicary, a fumbling professor of history barely able to remember where he placed his threadbare tweed jacket, let alone sustain a relationship. But Vicary is also a confidant of Winston Churchill's, who has chosen this reclusive don to run England's critical counterintelligence operations. Against this backdrop comes Daniel Silva'sThe Unlikely Spy, a sophisticated and altogether exceptional World War II thriller. Based on fact, Silva's fast-paced novel moves effortlessly from the Berlin High Command's espionage centers to the U-boat-infested North Sea, from the privileged playgrounds of Long Island to Hyde Park's shadowy paths -- a grand canvas of intrigue that sweeps the reader along in a breathtaking race against time. If Catherine escapes to Germany, the Nazis will know the Allied invasion will be at Normandy; and if Vicary doesn't stop her, all of Britain's greatest wartime deceptions and ploys will have been for naught. But why does it seem as if Vicary's superiors want him to fail? For lovers of Jack Higgins, Frederick Forsyth, and Len Deighton,The Unlikely Spyis a masterpiece of war and deception, a wholly original and spellbinding tale of the Allies' finest hour.
Publisher: New York : Villard, c1996
Edition: American edition
ISBN: 9780679455622
0679455620
Characteristics: 481 pages ;,25 cm.

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fairghum
Oct 20, 2016

I have been reading spy books (first the Nazis, then the Vietcong, now the Middle East villains) for decades. This book is by far the best spy book in my memory. Harsh language? Sexual content? Well, yeah. It's not the Hardy Boys and the Mystery of the German Spy. If you like spy novels, you owe it to yourself to read this one. It's 700+ pages but worth every one. I enjoyed it better than any other Silva novel I have read. A Five Star for me.

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zipread
Oct 15, 2016

The Unlikely Spy. --- by. --- Daniel Silva.
If you didn't read this novel you've missed out on something. The previous review notwithstanding, reading this book was not a waste of time and how I wish I could write like this.
This is a thrilling chilling novel set in the days nearing the end of the second world war. It's a story of espionage. You will wish you could read the story faster than you can .
Silvas turn of words almost has you hope the German spies will make a successful escape.
The story will keep you hanging on until the very end and then, you'll be sorry the story is at its end.

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Blakeepmn
Sep 24, 2015

The start to a great series by Daniel Silva.

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silverbookworm
Jun 29, 2013

coarse language and outright swearing, sexual content--as a result I didn't read this one.

gruessgott Jan 24, 2013

What a waste of time. Could have written the whole thing with half the words. It was fast reading, as I simply read the topic sentences in paragraphs and skipped the rest. In many case, I skipped whole paragraphs and didn't miss a thing.
Obviously, Silva got his act together in later books, which I have read.

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rahmmie
Mar 07, 2011

I thought this book was very well written but also extremely boring. The pace is quite slow and it only picks up almost at the end

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

A bit formulaic but an ok read.

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