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The Best of Our Spies by Alex Gerlis
The Best of Our Spies by Alex Gerlis
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly gripping tale, 4 Jan 2013
A truly gripping and very well written Second World War spy thriller in the tradition of Alan Furst. The main characters are strong and there's a clever and plausible plot that twists and turns through events that really did take place in the Second World War. `The Best of Our Spies' manages to convey the tense atmosphere of wartime Britain and of France during the occupation and at the time of its liberation. I was especially impressed by how well-researched this book is, yet at the same time it moves at a pace that kept me engaged from beginning to end.
The Ultimate Selection: Be Careful Who You Talk To by S. J. Wardell
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where do I begin?, 24 May 2012
So much padding that I skipped whole pages without missing anything, A mastermind criminal who makes the most glaringly obvious mistakes, a supposedly mastermind detective who misses them all and dialogue trite enough to embarrass the most undemanding reader - will that do for a start?

The basic idea has so much going for it that it's criminal that the author has made such a mess of developing it.

It ends with an ominous "The End ... for now ...". So why didn't the publisher take an editing pencil to this dross then tell the author to rethink the obvious plot errors and add on the sequel that apparently he has in mind? It might have given us one decent read.

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