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Eye of the Needle Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 16 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 May 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQ61YI
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Format: Paperback
I read this book ages ago, when still a teenager, and recently I was happy to discover that "The eye of the needle" really didn't age at all.

This fast paced and quite violent story is about the last German spy still operating in 1944 in Great Britain. Although this is pure fiction, it is a very good read, as the author did his best to make the story stick to the reality of WWII (even if in 1944 the Home Guard was certainly better armed than described here).

The "hero" of the book is a VERY bad guy, but it is impossible not to feel at least a little for him, as he is trying to escape the tightening noose, with a vital piece of information - he is totally alone, very far from home, in a totally hostile place and faces certain death at the slightest mistake or weakness. The way in which he deals with all the adversities forces some respect. His final fate is very surprising and gives this novel a flavour rarely seen in spy stories.

This is a really good book for holidays or a long rainy weekend - I enjoyed it mightily. Ken Follett wrote some good spy novels later - but this is his first and best, no argument there.
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Format: Hardcover
Hitler must ultimately decide what threats are real and when. He relies on the one man he knows can accomplish the task of finding out the truth. So he sends to England “The Needle” a deep cover spy who is so confident that he does not let the intermediate folk get in his way. Any that do do not live to tell about it.
First, they have to believe that he actually exists. Then they have to find him. It they can find him, can they stop him?
Yes, the story is intriguing. Yet it is the people interaction (loyalty, love, and credibility) and the attitude of "The Needle" that make the story. Ultimately, the question is will he succeed and what effect will this have on future generations of those who knew him.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I promise - no spoliers in this review.

I came across this book after a Google search for a good thriller - it was listed in a Top 10 ever Thrillers list (OK, that's always subjective, but I am of the same opinion - it's a great book). I have given the details of that article below so you can check it out for yourself but a word of warning - the article gives away a key element of the story, so I would just see what the top 10 books are but not read the synopsis of each.

Likewise, I would suggest you don't read reviews of 'Eye of the Needle' for the same reason - just read Amazon's free sample download and then buy it if you like it. That's just me - I don't like to know what is coming. But it is very hard to try to find a good book (and therefore read recommendations) without stumbling across a spoiler.

This is a great book. I loved it. Its pace is fast.

If you want to find the article that I mention above (but I strongly recommend not reading the article's summary of the book), Google "Dr No to The Day of the Jackal: The ten greatest thrillers, by LEE CHILD" (Lee Child was asked to choose them).
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Format: Paperback
I read this years ago but would like to include it among my reviews as it was one of my early favourite spy stories.
Faber has survived as the only German spy at large in Britain because he does not trust the network he is supposed to rely on. He is a loner and ruthless. He soon discovers the secret of D-Day but is marooned upon a remote island off the coast of Britain, where a bitter invalided ex-fighter pilot lives in virtual seclusion with his unhappy wife and child.
It is a thrilling advenutre story without being in the least bit corny. The film version is also very good.

Out of interest, the only enemy agent known to remain at large in Britain during the war was a Dutchman, Englebertus Fukken. But he only survived from November 1940 to April 1941, when he committed suicide.
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Format: Kindle Edition
"Die Nadel" (The Needle) is Germany's best and most reliable spy. Embedded from before the start of the war he has fed reliable information back to Germany and become the ONLY spy Hitler will believe and trust. As the war turns against Germany the question of where and when the Allies will invade France takes on a vital importance. Die Nadel is given to task of finding the truth and getting it back to Germany. Will he succeed? Will MI5 catch him before he can return to Germany?

There are hints of "The 39 Steps" as the chase across wartime Britain is related in this gripping tale of the months before D-Day. The writing is excellent and keeps the reader tied to the book as each chapter unfolds with every twist and turn of the story.

The story is well formatted for the Kindle with and active TOC though one really doesn't need it with a shortish, easy to read book such as this. Download and enjoy!!
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Set in the first half of 1944, when the allied victory is far from being a certainty but getting closer every day, a German spy gets a piece of information that can cause a major setback in the imminent allied invasion of Normandy.

At this time most spies were total amateurs and counter-intelligence organization was just getting started, which made life easier to Henry Faber, an elite German spy, to live and work in London without raising suspicions.

After getting vital information that might decisively influence the course of the war, Faber must escape from Great Britain so he can deliver his findings personally to Hitler, while slipping through the fingers of the British intelligence officers who are getting closer on his tail.

+: Faber is an amazing character and it's curious how you end up almost wishing he gets away with it; Ken Follett builds a very interesting fictional but believable scenario

-: Faber is focused, ruthless and cautious throughout his spying career, making his behavior in the final days of the story hard to accept; most of the time I couldn't care less about the guys who are chasing Faber

=: Unusual but interesting approach to WWII and the early days of professional espionage, lacks a consistent closing and more empathetic characters
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