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The Classic Cold War Spy Novel,
This review is from: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Paperback)
This book has a ring of authenticity about it. The seedier side of London and Berlin is beautifully described. There are no Bond-like gadgets, car chases or roof-top pursuits, yet I found this to be one of the best novels of the genre I have ever read; more gripping, and in some places faster-paced, than a lot of action-based thrillers. The plot is revealed rather like an onion - sections of skin peeled back to reveal another and yet another. The character of Alec Leamas remains elusive throughout and at the end I felt I still didn't know him; he is secretive, like the Service he works for. Despite this I never felt cheated or disappointed. This is a great read, indeed nothing less than a modern classic.
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Initial post: 25 Aug 2010 16:40:17 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2012 00:00:02 BDT
The reviewer has 'read' the book or else s/he would have written 'listened' for an audiobook.
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