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5.0 out of 5 stars Pine's quest
Jonathan Pine, sometime hotelier, soldier, killer, lover and agent, is swept up in a complex international intrigue. Weapons for sale is the pivot around which money, power and even romance impinge on Jonathan's life. The many roles, varied and useful as they are, leave him with no particular purpose in life. Until he encounters "the worst man in the world". The prompt is...
Published on 10 July 2007 by Stephen A. Haines

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is a long book with a complicated plot. It is sometimes difficult to keep up with it and the author seems to have lost interest at the end.

It takes us to (at least) Egypt, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Panama, the Caribbean.

Much is made of the internecine fighting between the different agencies in the UK spooks and the US spooks, and...
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pine's quest, 10 July 2007
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Stephen A. Haines (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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Jonathan Pine, sometime hotelier, soldier, killer, lover and agent, is swept up in a complex international intrigue. Weapons for sale is the pivot around which money, power and even romance impinge on Jonathan's life. The many roles, varied and useful as they are, leave him with no particular purpose in life. Until he encounters "the worst man in the world". The prompt is Sophie, who might have been a lover, but who belongs to Freddie Hamid. Freddie is aligned with Richard Onslow Roper, of Nassau, the Bahamas. The name and location are almost a slap in the face, since the Caribbean island-nations are host to shady firms. Little or no taxes and even less government supervision make it possible for the unscrupulous to engage in many forms of chicanery. Drugs and weapons loom large in that realm.

Left at loose ends by the fall of the Soviet Union, British Intelligence services need a fresh cause. If nothing else, all those bureaucratic structures and their personnel need to turn their expertise to new tasks. The problem is that the Cold War enabled influential people to develop links through the various spy networks. How many wealthy aristocrats are now involved in picking up the pieces to further enrich themselves? And which ones are doing so? Pine, picked up by one of the new spin-off intelligence organisations is set to learn answers to these questions. A faked murder sends him to unreachable places with a new identity. It puts him in a position to penetrate the Roper organisation. Throughout this tale, Pine is driven by the ghost of Sophie, who was found beaten to death in Egypt. Even in the backwoods of Quebec, hiding from authorities and maneuvering to complete his mission, he is beset by the image of her in his mind.

LeCarre's style is well applied in this tale of international wheeling and dealing. He exhibits a well-versed familiarity with the places described. It's his characters, however, that give this story its richness. From the intelligence bureaucrats through the "heavies" Roper employs as his protectors and fronts, to Pine and the women his life touches, there are no false images conveyed. The author portrays them effectively and consistently with no distracting or invalid diversions. Which is not to imply any of them are shallow or above credibility. Although the conclusion is unexpected, especially given the circumstances, the "spy novel" author has brought a new facet to intelligence writing. It's a captivating book and well worth either the established LeCarre fan or someone taking him up for the first time to have in their collection. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, 25 Feb 2008
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Having read a large chunk of le Carre's work I was blown away by this fantastic book. Dicky Roper is in living memory the best drawn baddie I've come across - several months after reading the book I can still picture him perfectly. For such a long book it is excellently timed - there are very few slow parts, and whilst the main story is set against a backdrop in internecine struggle within various intelligence agencies, is is still clear and very readable.

I don't expect ever to see it but a prequel setting out how Roper got going would be a joy...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the night, 9 Sep 2014
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Jeremy Walton (Sidmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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I first read this spy novel in 1993 shortly after its publication, and have re-read it many times since then - most recently last week. It's probably my favourite le Carré book (and I've read all of them), blending a gripping, original plot with deftly-drawn characters and dialogue which resonates in the mind so precisely you can practically hear the voices in your head. Take, for example, this initial exchange [p24] between the two protagonists, which quickly tells you a great deal about who they are, and the differences between them:

"I'm Dicky Roper," a lazy voice announced as the hand closed round Jonathan's, and briefly owned it. "My chaps booked some rooms here. Rather a lot of 'em. How d'you do?" Belgravia slur, the proletarian accent of the vastly rich. They had entered each other's private space.

"How very good to see you, Mr Roper," Jonathan murmured, English voice to English voice. "Welcome back, sir, and poor you, what a perfectly ghastly journey you must have had. Wasn't it rather heroic to venture aloft at all? No one else has, I can tell you. My name's Pine, I'm the night manager."

The story is about Pine's penetration of Roper's luxurious, nefarious world as the latter engineers an enormous deal involving drugs, arms, investment bankers and corrupt UK and US officials. Themes that run through the story include sacrifice, honour, courage, love and (as is de rigeur with this author) betrayal. But the delight for the reader (especially the re-reader) comes in picking out eye-catching examples of the writing: a landscape is "dour and blowy like Scotland with the lights on", "shoeless" pelicans sit "like feathery old bombing planes that might never bomb again", the noise made by a well-fed government minister is "a kind of slurrying grunt", and Pine's spymaster describes himself as "the other kind of Yorkshireman". Just perfect.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine book,compulsive reading., 25 April 2002
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From the moment you pick it up,it smacks of a good novel.The hero Jonathon is a multilayered,Upright Englishman who takes on the most daring mission of infiltrating Dicky ropers complex network of associates(not to mention his georgeous woman Jed).Only fault is that it never really explains too well the reason he takes on this kamikaze mission(some story about a girl from his past in Cairo who`s murder was linked to Roper).All and all,it is a very enjoyable read from one of the finest writers of thrillers around.
Noel from dublin,Ireland.
glocks28@hotmail.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illegal Arms Dealing, 19 May 2014
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M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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First published in 1993 this novel actually starts in 1991 just after the Gulf War has started. Jonathan Pine is the night manager of the title in a Swiss hotel, and we can see that he is waiting for an important guest to arrive, one that he hates. We then learn of Pine’s past, and why he hates this man, Mr Roper. The year previous due to a woman Pine handed over certain documents to the British Embassy in Cairo, with fatal consequences.

Pine wants his revenge on Roper, but it will take the intervention of a British intelligence agency to help him. This isn’t James Bond; this is much slower paced and more thoughtful. Roper is an illegal arms dealer and some want him brought down, made an example of, and a warning to others who also carry out the same business, but as you read along here, you see how the real world works. Selling arms illegally is a crime, but it does help to bolster investments, with some institutions not too worried where their money comes from, as long as they see a good return. Roper needs some serious finance to pull off a greatly profitable sale and so he needs backers, and thus starts touting for investors. At the same time an operation to get Pine in with Roper is put under way. But what will the outcome be?

With intelligence agencies in-fighting to have the greatest authority and sway, it looks like the whole operation to bring Roper down could be in jeopardy, and how high does this go? There is a lot of money needed for Roper to do his business, and there are some major financiers involved. Who can trust who, when a single sentence could put someone onto the plan, and a lot of powerful people in the line for prosecution? Pine is on the front line doing his job, but what will his masters do back in London?

With a two edged tale, and some romance thrown in Carre makes you wonder about certain things that go on in the world, and why these carry on, in a story that is just as much about politics as it is about spying. In all this is a great read, which I’m sure many will want to read time and again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Oct 2014
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This is a long book with a complicated plot. It is sometimes difficult to keep up with it and the author seems to have lost interest at the end.

It takes us to (at least) Egypt, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Panama, the Caribbean.

Much is made of the internecine fighting between the different agencies in the UK spooks and the US spooks, and between each other. Nothing new there.

It puzzled me as to why they recruited an outsider rather than one of their own. The "legend" they created for him seemed rather too complex, and he was rather OTT, very James Bond.

After all that it would appear that the "worst man in the world" did escape justice after all that time, effort and money. Still that probably reflects real life.

Not up to the usual le Carre standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre at his best, 24 May 2014
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This was Le Carre,s first post cold war scenario,and he manages to blend in all the moden facets of skulldugery--Drug running,Arms smuggling,and eastern european oligarchs.A good "ripping yarn".
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply one of the best Le. Carre novelsl I have read, 23 May 2014
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Having heard the Audio Book of this book read by the Author I was surprised to find more depth of information this edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the masters touch, 16 May 2014
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Critics on here have said this book is slow; well so it is. That very slowness is where Le Carré shows his class. The descriptions of places, people and situations are used like Turner's brush. It is not the slowness which creates boredom, but the slowness of tension building like a can filling a drop at a time. Our hero is drawn slowly but surely into a spiders web and you know where he is going, you want to warn him; but he knows and still goes on. Like a tourniquet being slowly tightened, all the exits and turning points are passed. The only criticism that is valid is a credibility gap in the denouement which is a bit more Ian Fleming than John Le Carré, but after all it is a novel!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit slow, 5 May 2014
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Well written but a bit slow going at times. If you can read it in one go it would be better
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