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The Unlikely Spy [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Silva
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Book Description

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's The 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 Spy is a masterpiece of war and deception, a wholly original and spellbinding tale of the Allies' finest hour.


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Book Description

A tale of spies and betrayal in the Second World War.

About the Author

Daniel Silva is ex-CNN TV executive, whose first book The Unlikely Spy was sold in 14 countries. He is married with twins.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1404 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (6 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MV0GGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Daniel Silva is the bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant and Moscow Rules. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Read! 28 July 2005
Format:Paperback
This, the first of Daniel Silva's novels, and certainly one of his best, is an outstanding read. I couldn't put it down. The plot is set during the latter part of WWII. Catherine Blake, a German spy living in London is trying to uncover the secrets of the allied invasion. She is getting dangerously close. And trying to thwart her at every corner is a counter-spy operation, spear-headed by Alfred Vicary. Various sub-plots are woven in along the way, not the least of which is the inter-office manipulating by devious members of the allied high command. The plot is both solid and full of surprises, and the climax very satisfying. The characters are wonderfully developed. At times I was reminded of Follet's "The Eye of the Needle", which is high praise in itself. Daniel Silva really dealt with the WWII setting wonderfully. It would be great to have another WWII spy story from him. I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel, and it is a great introduction to Daniel Silva's works, which must rate as some of the best espionage/suspense works today.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! 13 Jun. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book three times and will probably read it a fourth time. Why? Because it is simply one of the best war / spy thrillers I have ever read. The story is fast moving, well-constructed, the characters are believable and because the story is based on real-life events (the war, D-Day, etc), you actually start to think that everything in the book really happened. Silva is a natural writer and nothing he writes annoys me which says a lot since I am the fussiest reader on the planet!! I highly recommend this book - I guarantee you won't regret it. Cancel your job, all appointments, forget about food, baths, sleep, feeding the dog....once you start reading this book, I guarantee you won't be able to put it down until the last page is over. I am now reading Silva's other books and loving every one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Excellent, WW2 Britain-based thriller. Silva has a good, flowing style, with a plot that keeps you interested, though the older guy's navel-gazing in London at the start does tend to grate after a while. Exciting at the end though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very engrossing and enjoyable read. 10 Dec. 2014
Format:Paperback
What a lot of apparently valid detail there is in this! It gives it verisimilitude in spades. The plot is very interesting, the suspense continual, the surprises many and the style very clear for the most part. A few words are missing, a few are malapropisms: 'careening' used instead of 'careering' on p72 and in at least one other place. On p82 we have 'simply learning how to parachute would have added months to Catherine's already interminable training.' Not so! Nothing like as much time! A week max; days more likely.
The detailed descriptions are unusual, very good and increase the suspense.
This is a truly great read.
Was 'the reality' as subtle as the ending suggests? Perhaps. It is a little far fetched, I think.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great spy novel! 25 Aug. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One of the best spy thrillers I've read recently. Intelligent, great character development, and hard to put down. And you get some WWII history along with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book you cannot put down! 12 Nov. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although one of Daniel Silva's earlier books and has a different storyline, the book is simply one of the best you could wish to read.
Twists and turns, the detail of locations, the whole scenario - it was great.
I bought it in tome for my October holiday in France. I started it on the Saturday evening - and barley spoke to any of the family until the Wednesday!

I thoroughly suggest that this book be bought!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average. 23 May 2012
By Lexicon
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This espionage novel was not as exciting as a good thriller should be and ought to have had an editor help reduce the amount of navel gazing that simply padded out the book in many places. Lacked pace but a worthwhile first effort. I would recommend Christopher Reich's The Runner or Robert Harris's Enigma instead.
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The background information that is gained is very good. The author also recreates the WWII London atmosphere in a way that the reader is immersed in it. However, the main characters and the plot is not very deep. The book is also long at times with too much pointless action.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Silva's First book is very good
A really enjoyable book
Published 26 days ago by Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story right to last page
Published 3 months ago by k c jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book - as expected from Daniel Silva
Published 5 months ago by Peter Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars great novel
I am a fan of Daniel Silva and so was pleased to find out about this first novel. Set in WW2, a great spy story - well written and exciting, with tremendous period detail. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kazzafir
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening!
Having read five later books by Daniel Silva, it was great to be able to go back to the begining and read about how it all started. Great read.
Published 12 months ago by J. L. H. Walkinshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Daniel Silva always delivers on historical content. This book kept me interested throughout. A good purchase, and would recommend to others.
Published 23 months ago by AYoungShepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Silva Great ...
This is first Daniel Silva's first book, is not like Gabriel Allons series, but is super...
This is a story of spies and the invasion of France, great fun, a must.
Published on 1 Sept. 2011 by Druidx
5.0 out of 5 stars A good listen
I loved this book & it was narrated brilliantely by Michael Page. He really bought the whole book to life. Highly recommended.
Published on 8 April 2011 by F Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent World War II spy thriller!
Outrageously great book!It tells its story so brightly that one should wonder if Daniel Silva hasn't been there himself. Read more
Published on 15 Oct. 2010 by FireBladed
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