XPD Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jan 2000
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‘A stunning spy story… Deighton remains the incomparable entertainer’ The Guardian
‘Exciting and well made.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Deighton in top form… the best kind of action entertainment’ Publishers Weekly
‘Deliciously sharp and flawlessly accurate dialogue, breathtakingly clever plotting, confident character drawing… a splendidly strongly told story’ The Times
‘A master of fictional espionage.’ Daily Mail
‘The poet of the spy story.’ Sunday Times
‘For sheer readability he has no peer’ The Standard--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
and it was a joy to relive the many twists and
turns that Deighton loves to weave into his stories..
The stunning way that he builds characters with care
that keeping you gripped until the last page..
A great story tracking down Nazi gold and the Hitler Diaries,leaving dead bodies behind along the way ..
The story recalls the recovery of hidden Nazi gold, art and documents by American soldiers at the end of World War II in Europe. Some of the soldiers seize the opportunity to filch some of the treasure, setting up a Swiss bank. The real prize, however, resides in the documents - they possess a secret from the early days of the war. The pivotal point of the story, the secret is sought by many, each with their own focus. It's a compelling idea, given impetus by the 'discovery' of a set of 'Hitler's Journals' a few years ago. The bogus Journals don't detract from Deighton's quite credible suggestion hidden in the documents' pages.
Without taking anything away from the plot, it is Deighton's characters that remain his strong point. In this book he conveys unalloyed identity to a diverse cast of participants from the US, Germany, the UK and Russia. None of them fails to convince the reader of their authenticity. You come to know them intimately, even the unpleasant ones. Strangely, the weakest character is the British Intelligence agent, Boyd Stuart. Remoulding Bernard Samson into Stuart would have been transparent, leaving Stuart slightly inconsistent. The real star of Deighton's cast in this book is Charlie Stein. Deighton displays his finest talent in painting this American war veteran in perfect colours.Read more ›
A classic Deighton spy story and a very enjoyable read.
If you like Deighton, you should read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Where does LD get his story lines from? Brilliant read, couldn't put it down!Published 13 months ago by Dr. C. Evans.
Not Mr Deighton's best, a bit too bang-bang, too far from reality. In Winter, for example, everything seemed reasonable, probable, but this is fiction too far into fantasy (not... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Poadster
XPD is a period read. Ideal to take you back to how spy books used to be written. A classic thriller of it's time with lovely period detail.Published on 6 May 2012 by The Tai Chi Club
Re-issued to celebrate Deighton's 80th birthday in 2009, XPD shows how incredibly dated spy novels from the 1980's have become. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2009 by Jl Adcock