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An Officer and a Spy by [Harris, Robert]
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"The fact that this novel is seriously riveting is a testament to Robert Harris's storytelling power; he conjures knuckle-blanching suspense from a very well-known piece of history." (BOOKS OF THE YEAR The Times)

"Harris’ retelling of the Dreyfus case is as taut and exciting as anything by Forsyth or Follet." (BOOKS OF THE YEAR Guardian)

"Menace and suspense twist tight in a narrative of tremendous tension." (BOOKS OF THE YEAR Sunday Times)

"Superb . . . Harris demonstrates his unique ability to recreate historical events and turn them into spellbinding thriller . . . Written with scalpel-like precision and the elegance we expect of Harris, there is a passion here that justifies calling it a masterpiece." (BOOKS OF THE YEAR Daily Mail)

"A brilliant retelling of a scandal that became one of the most famous miscarriages of justice . . . the most gripping book I've read this year." (BOOKS OF THE YEAR Mail on Sunday)

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They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of FATHERLAND.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2198 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385349580
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; 01 edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COMWJG0
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,585 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in the 1890's, the novel is about the Dreyfus scandal and an army officer who is against his will appointed to be head of a spying organisation and who finds out the truth behind the scandal. However, it puts him in direct conflict with his political and military superiors and things go downhill from there - but as always the ending is not what you would expect. Another excellent read.
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An Officer and a Spy, was a slow burn for me. It took me quite a while to get into. But once I did, it was a gripping tale of the legendary Alfred Dreyfus affair. Harris will have you screaming with indignation at the injustices involved. Afterwards, you'll close the book and find yourself wondering whether such outrageous injustice could still persist today.
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The research, the industry, behind this undertaking has to be admired - yet again. The style of the writing is intriguing, suggesting, by the use of the first person and the present tense, that we are observing the creation of a diary, composed day by day as the plot unfurls. The initial impression is of economy of language and descriptive writing, but as we immerse ourselves in the book, the author leads us through the heat of Tunis, past the sound of cavalry horses' hooves on cobbles, into stifling courtrooms, transporting the reader into a world of intrigue, dishonour and injustice in a narrative which appears dispassionate but is ultimately both exciting and emotive. Magnificent.
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An excellent book, true to history. As a novel it has suspense until the very end, with a touch of mild romance "a la francaise", The Dreyfus affaire had a whole generation in true suspense for many years. And it is in my opinion very well written
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I always like Robert Harris and I wasn't disappointed. Although the reader knows the outcome it's hard to believe it will actually happen because of the way Harris writes the story through the eyes of a character who is pivotal, but whose historical profile is low. Can't wait for the next...
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By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE on 28 May 2015
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Really enjoyed this, if that's the right word for such a moving story of injustice. Fully fleshed out characters, a clever, dramatic and exciting plot that faithfully recreates the real events. Very readable.
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Excellent read. By the end you are filled with anger at the injustice of what the Army Establishment had done
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There is one linear tale that can be slow and quick in pace but never boring. The writer gives us a lot of detail but it works well. Highly recommended
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