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Quiller: The 9th Directive Paperback – 16 Mar 1995


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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; New edition edition (16 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747247587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747247586
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,189,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Chilling and fascinating...a taut, sophisticated thriller...a sure-fire pleaser for espionage fans!" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Adam Hall (real name Elleston Trevor) wrote 19 first-rate novels about his 'shadow executive' Quiller, a man who works for the nonexistent British government organisation The Bureau. All the usual clichés abound - The Bureau only takes those jobs deemed too tough for anyone else, they will disavow all knowledge of their agent if he gest caught, Quiller is a lone wolf who hates authority and likes to work alone, but so much more makes this the best espionage series of all time: Quiller doesn't use guns or gadgets but bizarre techniques and a huge range of knowledge about the human body to survive, and the writing is simply first class. This is one of the most gripping in the series, with Quiller trying to assassinate an assassin before he gets to The Person, an important Briton visiting Thailand who is never named. Forget Bond - Quiller is your man. This book is worth selling state secrets to get your hands on.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Eric van Lustbader is right: when it comes to espionage fiction Adam Hall has no peer. All of his books, not just this one, are just "5-star-level"! What a shame that nobody re-prints all of his books...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Superb 4 Feb. 2002
By "ckiss" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Absolutely right, Quiller is one of the best literary characters & the only espionage character who didn't end up totally ridiculous or pathetic or just plain unreal. Quiller though, with his meticulous task solving a cerebral activity together with his ability in close combat ooze reality. This one has a special twist to it: from the very beginning we sense (through Quiller's thoughts) that there's something wrong with this mission & not because of the usual danger attached to such things. Just sit back & follow him in the maze of dnager while he unravels step by step the mystery & realizes how those who he should be able to trust betrayed him. (And then check out Quiller's Run for the immediate follow-up: Hall hardly does this, but he must have thought that this issue needed to be resolved.)
I don't know about making it a movie though. It's the reading & Quiller's inner thoughts that make it such a perfect read. Trabslated to action it may lose part of it's appeal - &who's going to get all that karate right without turning it into Crouching Tiger or something?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You wont be able to put it down 10 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have never read such an action packed book. Nor has my heart raced this much. This is an excellent spy book. I love that Adam hall chose first persson for this book. It gives you a better understanding of the character. And Quiller is an unforgetable character who uses his wits to get out of tight situations. Without that you know this character could not have survived in the depths of Russia. A good read, definetly reccommed it. And yes it is hard to find in the bookstores. Can't understand why this work of art isn't being ordered.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You can't go wrong with anything 'Quiller': Hall soars! 16 Jan. 1999
By BSB at kenobi@rt66.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To tell a truth that sounds like a bash of Quiller books, I cannot exactly distinguish 'Quiller' in my memory from 'Quiller KGB' or the 'Warsaw Document.' They tend to bleed together somewhat like Dick Francis novels, or Len Deighton novels, but this shouldn't be a factor when deciding to read one -- or all of them.
Adam Hall's novels are hard to find even in paper back (having scrounged for a few years I've come up with and read about eleven of them -- there are still a lot I've never even seen). The books are gritty, fast-paced, intelligent yet action-packed. They take you all over the world, to places like Berlin to Peking to the Sahara Desert. There's not a dull moment nor a flase step in any of the novels I've read to date.
Quiller is my favorite literary character -- it's a shame no one's made a really good series of movies out of Adam Hall's books. (What's so great about Ian Flemming, anyway?)
You'd be well advised to go out NOW and do anything you can to find a Quiller book. Chances are, you'll have it finished by sunrise tomorrow.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
simply the best 18 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is not a better writer of espionage anywhere. Read these books
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A startlingly good read 17 Nov. 1998
By J. Boot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Adam Hall's Quiller books, and this book in particular, are totally readable and fall into that group of books that should never be read at night. You cannot put them down until finished.
The way Quiller moves through the dark and dangerous areas in Russia, his belief in his cause, his doubt in his ability, build a tension that is felt by the reader as Quiller gets on with it and does the job after overcoming various problems. The book is written in the first person which makes the reader feel directly involved in the happenings. A clever and effective form of entertainment.
It is disappointing that it is so hard to buy these books in hard cover as they are a 'read again and again' addition to anybody's library.
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