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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786116862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786116867
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 17.9 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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

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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.

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I recently re-read this book after many years..
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 ..

Recommended read..!
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Deighton has surpassed even his normally high quality work with this post-World War II thriller. Weaving a compelling tale of finance, intrigue and history, he draws the reader into the story with subtle proficiency. This departure from his established run of 'spy' novels was an inspired decision. It's a shame this book isn't on the active inventory here.
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.
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Its a good read but not Deighton's best. The plot line starts very encouragingly - secret meeting between Churchill and Hitler to come up with a peace plan between UK and Germany - dossier of info stolen , any one who see's gets killed. Only thats not quite works out in the book. It is of its time and the persona of the people in the novel reflect the late 70's/early 80's and to a modern reader that might grate a little. The end is great the beginning good but it does sort of loose it way a little 3/4 the way through. Its worth a read but there are many other books that I would rate above it
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I was put off by the product description but found that the story is quite different from what was billed.
A classic Deighton spy story and a very enjoyable read.
If you like Deighton, you should read it.
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For those who have read my comments on Billion Dollar Brian this is really engrossing. After such a long time away fro Deighton I feel I am back to a really good read. This book as most of his of the period is history as well as espionage in a difficult period in post WWII Europe.
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Dire; gave up out of sheer tedium about half way through. The story line is ok but it is so badly delivered as to make it difficult to suspend ones disbelief enough to want to continue. The factual stuff appears poorly researched and therefore fails to persuade. The characters are universally unconvincing and worse, uninteresting. The is a long way from Len Deighton at his best. I have read and enjoyed many of his books, some of which are excellent (e.g. bomber - a thoroughly researched and hugely engaging, intelligent and thought provoking read). If you are new to Len Deighton, don't start here or you may be put off an otherwise fine author. Of course it's always possible that the book magically comes to life in the second half and I am doing it therefore a huge disservice, in which case I am happy to be corrected
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