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Song of Treason [Paperback]

Jeremy Duns
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18 Aug 2011
May 1, 1969. Blackmailed into serving Moscow, double agent Paul Dark now finds himself a target for both exposure, and assassination. Desperate to escape his predicament, Dark gambles everything on one last throw of the dice, exposing his Soviet handler to the British. But before long, he finds he has no choice but to go on the run again, and the race is on to stop a deadly conspiracy that dates back to the early years of the Cold War. The second part of the Paul Dark trilogy, Song of Treason is another sweat-soaked Sixties-set spy thriller in the tradition of Len Deighton and Frederick Forsyth. Previously published in hardback and trade paperback under the title Free Country.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847394523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847394521
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 a Daily Telegraph Thriller of the Year 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 in 2013 by Dead Drop, a non-fiction investigation of the MI6-CIA operation to run Colonel Oleg Penkovsky. Jeremy lives in the Åland Islands.

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`With its subtly deployed late-60s detail, Free Country is a treat for fans of traditional Len Deighton-style spy thrillers'

'A cleverly twisted tale of intrigue and deception, this is a masterly excursion back to the bad old days of the Cold War' --The Times

'An homage to the morally ambiguous Sixties thrillers of Le Carré and Deighton . . . nuanced to the hilt' --Telegraph

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Jeremy Duns is British born, but currently lives and works in Stockholm.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Song of Treason 13 May 2013
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This was just a run of the mill novel.I did read it all and it was about ok.The storyline was not greatand it will not be on my bookshelves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars AN AVERAGE SPY STORY 17 Dec 2013
The author is much maligned for the blurb about being as good as Forsythe, Deighton or Le Carre,I do not think that the comparison with Le Carre.Deighton and Forsythe is the author's fault as publishers will put anything on the back of a book to help it sell. The story is quite straight forward, and the location where Paul Darke finds himself are well researched. I did find that Darke seemed to be able to escape from some very unlikely situations rather easily, but as the author states at the end there is a fair amount of factual basis for many of the plots. Overall it was quite a good read, and certainly had unexpected and unlikely ending.
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16 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Disappointment 14 Oct 2011
Despite the (selective?) favourable quotes from the Guardian and the Telegraph, this book is most definitely not in the same league as Len Deighton or Le Carre.

For starters, much of the narrative comes straight from the mind of the main protagonist, Paul Dark - in effect we're told the story instead of finding out through the action or characters.

The dialogue is pedestrian - for example when Dark hot-wires a jeep, his female companion comments 'That's a clever trick'; 'It can come in useful', Dark replies. Dull, clunky.

And the plot may be action-packed but it's sub-James Bond stuff, with the heroes using an unlikely ploy to escape from their cell ('somehow I hit home..', 'against all the odds it had worked'), the subsequent helicopter episode ('this was it, this was the end...'), and then the potential drowning scenario ('it looked like some kind of passage..'). It's not quite 'with one bound I was free', but it's not far off it.

I gave up with a hundred pages left, I simply had no interest left!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 4 Aug 2010
Song of Treason didn't disappoint after reading Free Agent. Most dislike Paul Dark but I for one like the chap. It's not every day we get to follow a mixed up chap like Paul Dark. Great Fun, smashing location of Rome with plenty of twists. More retro spy novels please Jeremy Duns.
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13 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid This Double Agent 18 Feb 2011
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As a life long aficionado of Spy thrillers, I love to try new contenders and the thought of somebody writing a '60s trilogy peaked my interest and the hype had me putting my hand in my pocket.
Frankly, I need to be more careful. This can only be described as third rate. It lacks on every front - pedestrian plot, cardboard characters and zero atmosphere. Deighton, Le Carre or Fleming it most definitely is not!
If you want something good from the new kids on the block go for Charles Cumming, Simon Conway or Henry Porter. All three of the aforementioned are up there with the greats.
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