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The 9th Ninth Directive (Quiller 2) Hardcover – 1966


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1st Edition edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CN8V1
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,660,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Duns on 6 Aug 2010
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I love this thriller. It is taut, tense and brilliantly written. Predating Frederick Forsyth's The Day of The Jackal by five years, it takes you into the mind of a British agent given the task of assassinating an assassin. Bangkok leaps off the page and the narrator, Quiller, is one of the finest creations in espionage fiction: a real alleycat of a spook, but also a deeply sensitive man. All the cliches, perhaps, but Hall (aka Elleston Trevor) make them real. Quiller is a living breathing human being, and you're there with him every step of the way, sweating with him, frightened for him. This entire series of novels (there are 19) is amazing, but this and The Tango Briefing are probably my favourites. Criminally unknown today - do check them out. If you like the Bourne films or the recent Bond films with Daniel Craig, this might be right up your street. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "pennymwood2" on 10 Jun 2002
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Although this was written nearly forty years ago it has lost none of its thrilling content. Quiller is an agent of the British who is assigned to protect an attempt on the life of a representative of the Queen who is to visit Bangkok on a goodwill tour. Everything seems to go wrong for Quiller, he doesn't know who he can trust his only official contact is his control from the Bureau but there are other British agencies and the Bureau doesn't officially exist. He isn't in Bangkok long before a well known assassin arrives. Up till then the threat to kill the person was only that - a threat - now it appears there is no hoax, there will be an attempt during the person's visit.
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Have just reread this intense super-agent thriller written in the mid-1960th. I enjoyed it as much as I did when I first read it sometimes in the 1970th. The inner world of the super spy Quiller is fascinatingly imagined: both his psychology and his knowledge as a spy - or operative in the field - is superbly laid out by the author, Adam Hall.

I really enjoy reading books like this. Tense and taut, this is a high voltage thrill is on a level only a few authors are able to achieve. Somewhat different in style (naturally), I find it is as good as the best Robert Ludlum and David Morrell novels.

Super-spy aficionados: Enjoy!
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Rather expensive on Kindle, but still a great read. If reading Chandler takes you back to 40's Los Angeles then this takes you back to the raging paranoia of the 60's with Vietnam lurking in the background. Quiller remains a brilliant anti-hero of his time
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