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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ome (31 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184983928X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849839280
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Jeremy Duns is the author of the Paul Dark spy novels, published by Simon & Schuster. His first novel, Free Agent, was one of the Daily Telegraph's 'Thrillers of the year' in 2009, and received praise from William Boyd, Eric Van Lustbader and David Morrell, while The Guardian wrote: 'Deep knowledge of espionage and classic spy novels informs this excellent debut'. The Times called the second book in the series, Song of Treason (originally published as Free Country), 'a masterly excursion back to the bad old days of the Cold War', while The Guardian said it was 'a treat for fans of traditional Len Deighton-style spy thrillers'. The third Dark novel, The Moscow Option, was published in 2012, and was followed by Dead Drop (titled Codename: Hero in the US), a non-fiction investigation of the MI6-CIA operation to run Colonel Oleg Penkovsky. Jeremy lives in the Åland Islands.

Find out more at http://www.jeremy-duns.com

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The career of Oleg Penkovsky reads like a story by John le Carre... Dun s denouement is both startling and convincing a fitting climax to this irresistible real life thriller Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday

'This excellent book contains lessons that are still valid in the 21st century' --Oleg Gordievsky, Literary Review

'This excellent book contains lessons that are still valid in the 21st century' --Literary Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Jeremy Duns is British, but currently lives and works in Stockholm. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Name on 14 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of its reviews. Given the subject matter and the fact the author is a thriller writer you would think it should be a top read.

Sadly not. It is definitely well researched. The story contains enough intrigue to sound good. Yet somehow the writing strips away all tension. We're left to guess in the barrage of fact-listing which points are really important. It is like listening to a story told by a drunk friend who never seems to come to the point, then when they do, you missed why it was so important. It seems more like an overwrought dissertation than a thriller.

Unfortunately the title and the reviews were the best thing about this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison Smith on 3 Mar. 2015
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Couldnt put this book down, always waiting to see what would happen and if he would get caught.
Really good book, and unbelievable what happened
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gelman on 25 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Jeremy Duns has written a very good book on one of the best known spies who operated during the Cold War. Penkovsky's main contribution was to help the Americans understand what kind of missiles the Soviets had sent to Cuba during the missiles crisis in 1962.
The discovery of Penkovsky remains a mystery due to the fact that the Russians have not yet released any document which would clarify this point.
Although this book is extremely well researched, there are two main problems with it. The first one has to do with the footnotes. One has to find out which footnote belongs to what. The second one is about two episodes which are imaginary and are the product of Dun's imagination about some things that happened during the discovery of Penkovsky.
However, this book contains some new insights of the years 1960-1963, the period when Penkovsky was working for both the Americans and the British and nevertheles merits five stars, reservations included.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Seaweed on 30 Jun. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
`Dead Drop' by Jeremy Duns (Simon & Schuster £14.99)

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This is the story of the Soviet defector Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, agent? double agent? triple agent? plant? .. Who knows? .. Duns thinks he does. His view is different from that of, for instance, Chapman Pincher (who has a different narrative regarding Penkovsky's initial attempts to make contact) and Peter Wright. However Duns has had the use of a mountain of recently released CIA papers (MI6 and the KGB have been less forthcoming). YOU decide.

The author has now turned his hand to the factual, having cut his teeth as a writer of spy stories and the result is a very readable narrative. He does as well as anyone to guide the reader through a maze of conflicting evidence and no doubt a certain amount of official disinformation.

Penkovsky himself comes across as vain, egotistical, greedy, mercenary, spendthrift, licentious and with a huge chip on his shoulder relating to his inability to gain further promotion in the GRU, and with farcically little grasp of British and American social realities. The introduction letter he wrote to the Americans would do credit to a Nigerian scammer. However, during his brief (two-year) career as an informant Penkovsky supplied the CIA with copies of thousands of pages of technical information and a raft of background on the Soviet leadership.

The story is set against the background of the arrests in the Portland Spy Scandal (7.1.1961), the US-made fiasco of the Bay of Pigs invasion (17.4.61), the exposure of George Blake (1961), the sealing of East Berlin (13.8.61), the first rumours of the Profumo affair (1962) and the Cuban Missile Crisis (27.7.-28.10.62) .

The book includes a long narrative of the Cuba crisis.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Truman on 9 Dec. 2014
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What a fantastic read this book is, absolutely riveting. Jeremy Duns has clearly put a huge amount of work into the book and his conclusions as to the likely end to the Penkovsky case are radically different to the official sources. Highly recommended.
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