Dead Spy Running by Jon Stock

Espionage Thriller

Espionage Thriller

Jon Stock is an English author and journalist and former editor of the Weekend section of the UK’s Daily Telegraph. Dead Spy Running paperback is scheduled to be made into a Hollywood film. Stock has previously worked in New Delhi, India and lived in Cochin in Kerala.

A suspended MI6 agent, Daniel Marchant, while running in the London Marathon notices a reluctant suicide bomber stalking the US ambassador. Marchant cannot stop without provoking the bomber into an early detonation. Marchant had been a victim in the internal wrangling that existed between Britain’s intelligence community, MI5 and MI6. He also had the suspicion of being a traitor hanging over him.

Daniel’s heroic efforts to prevent calamity at during the London Marathon are misconstrued as he is suspected of being in league with the terrorists and they are used to further demean him. MI5 set him up and he is betrayed by a mole. He then falls into the hands of CIA torturers finding himself variously interrogated and waterboarded.
Marchant’s MI6 colleague and lover – Leila and the new chief, Sir Marcus Fielding have come to resent the CIA’s increasing influence in Whitehall.

Marchant goes on the run from the CIA. He then goes on a hunt from Wiltshire, to Poland and on to India to find the terrorist in an attempt to expose the false accusations made against his father and him. It was in India that Marchant’s father once met with a senior terrorist. Proof of treason on his part, or part of an ingenious intrigue?
Stock’s novel is well researched, plausible and utterly contemporary. A well-executed fiction, spy novel, from an espionage writer who clearly has his finger on the pulse of the modern, murky world of espionage.
Dead Spy Running is part of the Legoland Trilogy.

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A Delicate Truth by John le Carré

A delicate truth by John Le Carre

A delicate truth by John Le Carre

After 9/11 the gloves came off in the espionage field and in the war on terror as Western governments grappled with this new and brutal threat from al-Qaeda.

A Delicate Truth is John le Carré’s 23rd and novel and details the conflicts between conscience, duty and the murky wworld of government cover-ups.

Toby Bell, a decent young man and private secretary to a British foreign minister, hears of a counter-terrorism operation on the crown colony of Gibraltar.

Codenamed Wildlife, the operation is being mounted in Britain’s most important colony. The plan is to capture and abduct a top jihadist arms-buyer. Toby is not cleared for it due to it’s high level secrecy and it is planned by a Foreign Office Minister and a private defence contractor.

Throughout the book there is a whiff of le Carré and his own journey through life.

The book shows the change in the world of espionage since 9/11 and it’s increasing militarisation.

The espionage novel follows Toby as he tries to do the right thing while the plot dances around the Foreign Office corridors.

John le Carré at his best.

Syyskuun 11. päivän jälkeen käsineet irrotettiin vakoilualalla ja terrorismin vastaisessa sodassa, kun länsimaiset hallitukset kamppailivat tämän uuden ja raa’an al-Qaidan uhan kanssa.

Herkkä totuus on John le Carrén 23. ja romaani, ja siinä kerrotaan omatunnon, velvollisuuksien ja hallituksen peiton hämärän maailmansodan välisistä ristiriidoista.

Toby Bell, kunnollinen nuori mies ja Ison-Britannian ulkoministerin yksityinen sihteeri, kuulee terrorismin vastaisesta operaatiosta Gibraltarin kruununsiirtokunnassa.

Koodinimi Wildlife, operaatio asennetaan Britannian tärkeimpään siirtokuntaan. Suunnitelmana on kaapata ja siepata ylimääräinen jihadistinen aseiden ostaja. Tobylle ei myönnetä lupaa sen vuoksi, koska se on korkean tason salassapitovelvollisuus, ja sen suunnittelevat ulkoministeriö ja yksityinen puolustusurakoitsija.

Koko kirjassa on le Carré ja hänen oma elämänsä matka.

Kirja osoittaa vakoilumaailman muutoksen syyskuun 11. päivän jälkeen ja lisää militarisointia.

Vakoiluromaani seuraa Tobyä hänen yrittäessään tehdä oikein, kun juoni tanssii ulkoministeriön käytävillä.

John le Carré parhaimmillaan.

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Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

The eye of the needle by Ken Follett

The eye of the needle by Ken Follett

The Eye of the Needle is a WWII spy thriller written by Ken Follett. The fiction novel was first published in 1978 by Penguin and was originally called Storm Island. This book was Follett’s first success and in 1979 he won the Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America.  The novel was made into a film in 1981 with Donald Sutherland.

During WWII the Allies tried to convince the Nazis that the D-Day landings were to be at Calais and not in Normandy. They made up a fictitious First United States Army Group (FUSAG) to this end, with fake tanks, buildings and dummy radio traffic to give the impression of an army ready to land at Calais.   In 1940 London Henry Faber is a German spy, called the needle, die Nadel’ in German, named for the stilleto knife he uses to kill people. Faber kills his landlady after she catches him making a radio call to Germany. The espionage novel tells of David and his wife Lucy. He is an ex-RAF pilot who is diabled and they have moved to Storm Island off the coast of Scotland.

MI5 has recruited or hanged all German spies except Faber who is very cunning.  Godliman and his assistant Bloggs work for MI5 and are trying to catch him.

Faber is sent by the Nazis to check FUSAG is real and he finds in fact that it is a deception. Faber then heads to Scotland to rendevous with a German Uboat to escape with the information back to Germany. Faber is tracked to Scotland by MI5. After stealing a boat to get to the sub he is shipwrecked on Storm Island.   David and Lucy care for him but he kills David after he finds out about him being a spy. Lucy, who was unhappy in her marriage is getting out of the bath and about to put on her lingerie when Faber walks in and sees her naked. After this they fall for each other and Lucy sleeps with Faber Lucy finds her husband’s body and realizes that Faber has killed him.   Faber tries to radio the Nazis information about FUSAG but Lucy blows the electricity in the cottage to cut the radio. Unable to send a radio message and unable to kill Lucy who he now loves, Faber tries to escape down the cliff to swim to the waiting U-boat. Lucy throws a rock down on him and after one hits him he falls to his death.

The RAF then attack the Uboat. MI5 send a false radio message with Faber’s call sign to trick the Germans into believing that the invasion will be at Calais. Bloggs comforts the Lucy and then eventually gets married to her.

Ken Follett is an enthrawlling writer and I would strongly recommend his novels to you.

If you enjoy The Eye of the Needle then try See Glass by Ido Graf on Amazon. One of the best espionage books.

The Eye of the Needle hè un thriller spia di a Seconda Guerra Mundiale scrittu da Ken Follett. U rumanzu di fizzione hè statu publicatu per a prima volta in u 1978 da Penguin è era chjamatu à l’origine Storm Island. Stu libru hè statu u primu successu di Follett è in u 1979 hà vintu u Premiu Edgar per a Migliore Novella di i Scrittori Misteri di l’America. U rumanzu hè statu fattu in un filmu in u 1981 cù Donald Sutherland.

Durante a Seconda Guerra Mondiale l’Alliati anu pruvatu à cunvince i Nazis chì l’atterrissimi di u ghjornu D avianu da esse in Calais è micca in Normandia. In questu scopu, anu fattu un fittiziu Primu Gruppu di l’Armata di i Stati Uniti (FUSAG), cù falsi serbatoi, edifici è trafficu radio fittiziu per dà l’impressione di un’armata pronta à sbarcà in Calais. In u 1940 Londra Henry Faber hè un spia tedescu, chjamatu agulla, more Nadel ‘in alimanu, chjamatu per u cultellu stilleto ch’ellu usa per tumbà a ghjente. Faber tomba a so padrona di casa dopu ch ella u chjappi fendu una chjama à a radiu in Germania. U rumanzu di spionaghju conta di David è di a so moglia Lucy. Hè un ex-pilotu di a RAF chì hè diablatu è si sò trasferiti in Storm Island à a costa di a Scozia.

MI5 hà recrutatu o impiccatu tutti i spii tedeschi eccettu Faber chì hè assai astutu. Godliman è u so assistente Bloggs travaglianu per MI5 è cercanu di cattallu.

Faber hè mandatu da i Nazis per verificà chì FUSAG hè reale è trova in fattu chì hè un ingannu. Faber poi si dirige in Scozia per rendevous cun un Uboat tedescu per fughje cù l’infurmazioni in Germania. Faber hè tracciatu in Scozia da MI5. Dopu avè arrubatu una barca per ghjunghje à u sottumessu hè naufragatu in Storm Island. David è Lucy si primuranu di ellu ma ellu tomba à David dopu ch’ellu hà sapiutu ch’ellu era un spia. Lucy, chì era infelice in u so matrimoniu, esce da u bagnu è hè in traccia di mette a so biancheria quandu Faber entra è a vede nuda. Dopu questu si lampanu l’uni per l’altri è Lucy dorme cun Faber Lucy trova u corpu di u so maritu è ​​capisce chì Faber l’hà tombu. Faber prova à trasmette l’infurmazioni naziunali nantu à FUSAG ma Lucy soffia l’elettricità in a casetta per taglià a radio. Incapace di invià un missaghju radio è incapace di tumbà Lucy chì avà ama, Faber prova à scappà per a scogliera per natà finu à l’U-boat chì aspetta. Lucy lancia una roccia nantu à ellu è dopu à unu u colpisce, cade à morte.

Dopu a RAF attacca u Uboat. MI5 manda un falsu missaghju radio cù u segnu di chjama di Faber per ingannà i tedeschi à crede chì l’invasione serà in Calais. Bloggs cunsuleghja Lucy è dopu si marita cun ella.

Ken Follett hè un scrittore appassiunante è vi raccomanderei vivamente i so rumanzi.

Se vi piace L’Ochju di l’Aguila allora pruvate See Glass di Ido Graf nant’à Amazon. Unu di i migliori libri di spionaggio.

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The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley

The freedom trap

The freedom trap

Another novel by Desmond Bagley, author of The Vivero Letter, one of my all time favourite writers. I only wish I could have met him.

The Freedom Trap was first published in 1971 and is said to be loosely based on the escape of, spy, double agent and traitor depending on your point of view, George Blake from prison five years earlier. It was made into a film in 1973, called The Mackintosh Man, starring Paul Newman.

The fiction story starts with Joseph Rearden who is a villain from South Africa . He meets an agent of MI5 in London called Mackintosh, who recruits him for an assignment. It is a dangerous task and is to trap The Scarperers  who are a well known gang of criminals who gaol-breaking long-term prisoners. He is also to catch Slade who is a Russian double agent whom they recently helped to escape. Rearden is told to rob a postman with a packet of uncut diamonds. He is then  ‘caught’ and sent to jail in hopes that he can contact the Scarperers. It is a clever and exciting plot which races to Malta and beyond……well worth a read.

In the mid 20th century, British writers such as Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley set out the conventions of the thriller genre. Their heroes were  a resilient and resourceful ordinary individuals facing tremendous odds. The villains were utterly ruthless in pursuit of their goals.

Desmond Bagleyren beste nobela bat, The Vivero Letter-en egilea, nire idazle gogokoenetako bat. Ezagutzea bakarrik nahi nuke.

Freedom Trap 1971n argitaratu zen lehen aldiz, eta bost urte lehenago George Blake kartzelatik zetorren, espioiaren, agente bikoitzaren eta traidorearen ihesean oinarrituta omen dago. 1973an film bat egin zuten, The Mackintosh Man izenekoa, Paul Newman protagonista zuela.

Fikzio istorioa Hegoafrikako gaiztoa den Joseph Reardenekin hasten da. MI5 agenteko agente bat ezagutuko du Londresen Mackintosh izenekoa, eta honek zeregin baterako kontratatuko du. Zeregin arriskutsua da eta epe luzeko presoak hausten dituzten gaizkile talde ezaguna diren Scarperers harrapatzea da. Gainera, duela gutxi ihes egiten lagundu zioten agente biko errusiarra den Slade harrapatzekoa da. Reardenek postari bati ebaki gabeko diamante pakete batekin lapurreta egiteko esan dio. Gero “harrapatu” eta espetxera bidali dute Scarperers-ekin harremanetan jartzeko itxaropenarekin. Trama argia eta zirraragarria da, Maltara eta haratago lasterketetan ibiltzen dena … irakurtzea merezi du.

Mendearen erdialdean, Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley bezalako idazle britainiarrek thriller generoaren konbentzioak zehaztu zituzten. Haien heroiak izugarrizko probabilitateak zituzten gizabanako arrunt erresilienteak eta aberatsak ziren. Gaizkileak erabat gupidagabeak ziren helburuak lortzeko.

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