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Jack Of Spies (2014)

by David Downing(Favorite Author)
3.45 of 5 Votes: 3
1616952687 (ISBN13: 9781616952686)
Soho Crime
Jack McColl
review 1: I liked this book as it's slow pace allowed time for the story to build. if it had gone any faster I might not have liked the character so much or felt his pain. this is by no means a plodding story, there is action and a mystery and lots of hidden tension as the world builds up to the start of World War I. There is a lot of background information given to make you feel how the character feels and while sometimes this doesn't make him more likeable, just like John LeCarre's George Smiley wasn't very likeable but I read every one of those also. I just love spy stories and I'll read almost anything. Now I have to read the six book in the WWII-era John Russell series he also wrote starting with Zoo Station. I'm looking forward to those.
review 2: I'm drawn to boo
... moreks about both world wars. This novel sheds light on an aspect of the lead-up to WW I that I was unfamiliar with--the non-European countries, in particular China and Central & South America, where Germany, Great Britain and the U.S. were vying for advantage and where the Irish struggle for independence could shift the balance of power. It also treats the early days of international spying and women's struggles for equality. Sounds like a heavy read but it's not. less
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A serviceable thriller set in the early part of the twentieth century. Loved the anachronisms.
Interesting history about spying in the US and UK pre-WWI. The story felt predictable.
pleasant read. for me not as enthralling as the jack russell series.
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