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Schism Hardcover – 1 Sep 1981

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x997a77a4) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992efb84) out of 5 stars The second November novel 5 Sept. 2014
By TChris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Father Leo Turney, missing for 20 years and presumed dead, shows up at the American Embassy in Bangkok. Before he disappeared, he had been providing reports to the CIA on troop movements and similar activities in Laos. The KGB, which also presumed Turney's death, fears that Turney was resurrected because he knows secrets that the Soviets do not want revealed. Dmitri Denisov, whose cover was undone in The November Man, is given a new identity and dispatched to United States to investigate.

Also charged with investigating Turney's reappearance is Martin Foley, a priest who works for Protection of the Faith, the intelligence gathering organ of the Catholic Church. Like the KGB, the Church assumes that Turney is keeping a secret it would prefer to remain hidden. And like the KGB, the Church wonders what information Turney has given to the Americans. A third factor in the search for secrets is Rita Macklin, a sassy freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. whose ability to get a picture of Turney on the morning news embarrasses the intelligence agencies that are trying to keep him hidden.

It is only in chapter 6 that our hero, R section operative Devereaux (code named November), appears. He is also charged with learning what Turney knows. Of course, he becomes involved with Rita Macklin and, of course, he is prepared to use her and to betray her. That's a common theme in spy novels but it is particularly well executed here. The theme is not just the lies a spy tells to others in order to be effective, but the equally important lies a spy must tell himself.

Another theme is the extent to which intelligence agencies compete with each other. Not just KGB versus CIA, but CIA versus NSA versus R section. The internecine conflict threatens to end the existence of R section, a prospect that troubles Hadley, Devereaux's buttoned down boss. As always, Devereaux cares only about the mission, solving the mystery of Turney's secrets and the reason the Soviets, the CIA, and the Vatican take such an interest in him.

Good spy novels often revolve around conspiracies. Schism relies on several conspiracies, the conspirators all working at cross-purposes, and the betrayals are endless. "Everyone is guilty in the end; we all betray each other," Devereaux says. "Sometimes, we don't live to regret the betrayals." The betrayals that underlie the central conspiracy are intriguing, the dance between Devereaux and Denisov is masterful, but the novel's real power comes from Turney's internal turmoil, his yearning to see the light in a dark world.

Every significant character is multifaceted, from the priest who wants to use Tunney's fame to swell the collection plate to the pompous National Security Adviser. Schism is just as good as The November Man. It is a treat for fans of intelligent spy novels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992efbd8) out of 5 stars another winner from granger 6 Mar. 2006
By Christopher Gwyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Deveroux's back! R Section operative Deveroux, code name November returns in the second installment of Bill Granger's often overlooked spy series. After a Catholic priest wanders out of the jungles of Thailand after having disappeared 20 years earlier and into the custody of the U.S. embassy in Bangkok, a power strugglw between the CIA, the Soviets, and the Vatican Intelligence network ensues to silence Father Leo Tunney.Years earlier Tunney was working in Souyheast Asia on behalf of the CIA. Tunney knows secrets that would be damaging to the previously mentioned parties. Enter Deveroux, sent to find out what a reporter named Rita Macklin knows about the resurfaced Father Tunney after she had managed to take a photo of him while in custody of CIA. Macklin is roughed up by agency goons and warned off of the story. Deveroux, pretending to be a vacationing reporter, wins the trust of Macklin in Florida where Father Tunney has taken up residence in a local diocese. It turns out that Tunney is writing a tell-all journal about his time in the war ravaged jungle and all factions will stop at nothing to stop him. A woman claims Tunney miraculously heals her while reciting the forbidden Latin Mass which leads to a whirlwind of media attention, causing panic among the interested parties who would have the most to lose if Tunney's journal were to see the light of day.After meeting up once again with KGB nemesis Denisov, Deveroux is caught in the middle of a race to possess the journal. The story moves toward a very satisfying conclusion with all the various loose ends tied up and explained. The relationship between the hardened and jaded Deveroux and the idealistic reporter Macklin is realistically drawn in a world where there is never only black and white, but varying shades of grey. This second in the long running November man line is thrilling and gritty in its portrayel of the shadowy world that Deveroux inhabits.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992f0010) out of 5 stars So far I've liked ALL of the November Man Novels 22 Oct. 2014
By vikingjay - Published on Amazon.com
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So far I've liked ALL of the November Man Novels.

"Schism" is a wonderfully crafted spy novel. It revolves around a former CIA agent placed in Cambodia before the fall of Saigon. This agent, a Catholic Priest had been missing for 20 years and was presumed dead. Now the CIA, KGB and the Vatican are all scared of the secrets he might tell.

If you are a fan of Tom Clancy, John Le Carre, Robert Ludlum, Jim Grant etc. You will enjoy this novel.

Of the Bill Granger Novels I've read, this is my 2nd favorite, just slightly behind "Codename November (formerly The November Man)". So don't be afraid, take the leap, dive in and enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992efff8) out of 5 stars Rather Good 23 Oct. 2014
By olingerstories - Published on Amazon.com
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Deveraux (November) is the prototype for Jack Bauer. He has the physicality of Jack Reacher. Add in some good old fashioned 70's cold war tension and Roman Catholic corruption and you have a rather enjoyable read in SCHISM.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992f03ac) out of 5 stars so if you want to read them out of order it'll workout fine. 28 Dec. 2014
By R Nix - Published on Amazon.com
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Captivating. This is book two but starts before book one, so if you want to read them out of order it'll workout fine.
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