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4.0 out of 5 stars Honourable schoolboys
I'm not sure how many spy stories have made explicit links between the nastiness of the English public school system and the nastiness of the espionage trade; but few can have done so as effectively as this novella. In 1974 a British intelligence operative is dispatched to Germany in an internecine spoiling operation, in which an old enemy from his schooldays is also...
Published 22 months ago by Philip Challinor

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3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
A good spy story, but one which I found hard to follow at times. The story jumped about, and although I had no difficulty between 1974 and 1945, a third of the way through, the 1974 dates were suddenly headed with a question mark instead of a full date, and I couldn't work out whether this was a formatting error or me missing something. Because the scroll between...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honourable schoolboys, 3 Jun 2012
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I'm not sure how many spy stories have made explicit links between the nastiness of the English public school system and the nastiness of the espionage trade; but few can have done so as effectively as this novella. In 1974 a British intelligence operative is dispatched to Germany in an internecine spoiling operation, in which an old enemy from his schooldays is also involved. Transatlantic interference complicates matters further; and there is a pleasing not-only-contemporary resonance in the choice of 11 September for the main action. The story is very well constructed, in short episodes which move between the present, the recent past and the narrator's childhood; and it moves along with commendable clarity and perhaps just a little too much rapidity -- personally, I could have done with seeing the hints of psychological complexity in the school episodes elaborated a bit more. That quibble aside, Reunion is a gripping, chilling read and, as a spectacularly horrible twist reveals, something of an undercover agent in its own genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top drawer novella, 8 July 2012
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Reunion is a top class espionage novella. Fast paced and really well written, it's a real page turner from the start. Very reminiscent of those 1970's cold war spy thrillers. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, 7 Aug 2012
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A good spy story, but one which I found hard to follow at times. The story jumped about, and although I had no difficulty between 1974 and 1945, a third of the way through, the 1974 dates were suddenly headed with a question mark instead of a full date, and I couldn't work out whether this was a formatting error or me missing something. Because the scroll between chapters facility didn't work with this book on my Kindle, it was difficult to go backwards to check anything. It spoilt the story a bit for me which was a shame.
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