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by Daniel. Silva

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ISBN: 0752809091
ISBN13: 978-0752809090
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Daniel. Silva
Language: English
Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (1997)
Pages: 576 pages
ePUB size: 1340 kb
FB2 size: 1136 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 890
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Gold as Heart
I have read all of Silva's Gabriel Allon series but this is the first time I have read his debut novel about espionage and deception during the latter stages of WWII. Ken Follett covered a similar theme in "Eye of the Needle" and Jack Higgins in "Night of the Fox". Both of those books were brilliant but on balance, I think that "The Unlikely Spy" is the best.

We all know now that the Allied Forces were able to successfully confuse the D-Day landing location from Hitler. Thousands of deaths were possibly saved because Hitler concentrated his defensive forces around Calais and left the Normandy coast comparatively lightly defended. There are many stories of how British intelligence helped Hitler to choose the wrong invasion point - this is a brilliant fictional story of how this happened.

The main character is Alfred Vicary, a Professor of History who is drafted by an old friend, Winston Churchill to join MI5. Vicary takes to espionage like a duck to water following Churchill's adage that in war "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." Vicary has tracked down most German spies, imprisoned them and continues to send deceptive messages back to Germany. But he hasn't tracked down a handful of "sleeper" operatives sent over before the war by Kurt Vogel, one of Admiral Canaris's top spymasters.

One of these operatives is Catherine Blake, a beautiful ruthless psychopathic assassin, and spy, who remains inactive in London until a key part of the war - the preparations for the D-Day landings. Her assignment is to become romantically involved with Peter Jordan, an American engineer working on a top-secret D-Day project and report back on where the landings will take place.

There follows a tale of deception on a grand scale both with the spies and within MI5. Silva writes a masterly plot with fascinating characters on both sides of the action-packed battle. While some of the deceptions fail, the ultimate deception is not known until the very last pages. This is definitely a 5-star espionage story.

This is a wonderful debut novel written in 1996 by an author who has gone on to become a world-renowned best-selling author with his Gavriel Allon series about an Israeli art restorer, spy, and assassin. I look forward to reading the next book in this brilliant series, "The Black Widow", in the next few days.
My brain was on overload. All for good reasons, such as busyness at work (yay, all billable!), social obligations, and a book club full of serious, thoughtful reading. But I was in bad need of escapist fiction: cotton-candy for the soul. The Unlikely Spy was just the ticket, with a clear historical setting, plenty of derring-do, and relentless intrigue.

One reason that this book works so well is that you and I know the ending. In the real world, the Nazis knew that there was a big construction project underway in England before D-Day, and every bit of Intelligence suggested the Allied landing would be either at Calais or Normandy. But somehow they got the wrong information about what was being built and where it was headed -- which obviously had a huge effect on the outcome of the war. The book's premise is: How did they get their data _almost_ right?

The result is a solidly good page-turner in which we follow several characters: the spies and the spy-finders, the innocents and the warmongers. Each of the many characters is well drawn, with motivations that make sense... enough so that I found myself rooting for the "bad guys" sometimes, as they each had their own dreams to pursue.

It's not so much that this is a James Bond-ian action film on paper -- though it does have some decent shoot-out scenes -- as much as a tension that exists in the reader's head. You read what the British spymaster Vicary is doing to find out where the spy is, followed by what she is doing, and you practically want to shout, "LOOK OVER THERE CAN'T YOU SEE HER?" It's fun, and a different twist than a typical mystery wherein you (or at least I) expend energy in figuring out who the perpetrator is.

This isn't an important book that you're going to remember forever. But it's an engrossing story, perfect for a beach read or a long plane flight. I liked it.
For those fans of Daniel Silvia who are familiar with his other novels , this is a complete departure from that, however equally as good and even better . This is a historical fiction of what happened during WW II almost on the eve of the allies' D-day invasion at Normandy . The author pitted Churchill's men against Hitler's team in a match of wit, skill, deduction in order to gain knowledge about the invasion and the location of where it would actually take place. Through the dangerous work of espionage and counter espionage on both sides Hitler's men had narrowed it down to either Calais or The beach of Normandy. Because of the importance of this information , the Germans sent its most skilled and capable spies to infiltrate into London society to gain information. To achieve this end they change their identifies and set up elaborate hoaxes. This involves murder, extortion and any means necessary to achieve their goals. As a result, the plot is intricate, fast pace and will satisfy the most avid readers of first class spy novels. This is a must read for fans of Daniel Silvia . You will really eat it up.
The only criticism that I have of this novel is that because of the complicated nature of the espionage and counter espionage operations, there are so many names and people to remember in the book. At times the dialogues and the descriptions can be a little slow. However if you stay with it , the story comes together and the reward is worth it.