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The unlikely spy
Daniel Silva
Adult Fiction SILVA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Will Nazi spies escape from Britain with Allied plans for the imminent invasion of Normandy? As history tells us, obviously not‘so the challenge for veteran journalist and CNN producer Silva in his first novel is to brew up enough intrigue and tension to make readers forget the obvious. While Silva employs multiple characters and settings, his key players are an English counterintelligence officer and a beautiful Nazi spy. Alfred Vicary is an academic recruited to work for MI5. The intelligence reports he fabricates and sends to Germany are designed to persuade the Nazis that their utterly compromised spy network, the Abwehr, is still fully operational. MI5 learns, however, that the Abwehr has been keeping a few sleeper operatives under deep cover throughout the war. Now they pose a serious threat to the invasion plans. One of these operatives is Catherine Blake, a ruthless assassin and spy. Her assignment is to become romantically involved with Peter Jordan, an American engineer working on a top-secret D-Day project. Will Vicary be able to stop her? Silva's characters are strong; but, despite occasional bursts of high suspense and a body count to remember, his overall pacing is uneven, and most readers won't forget that D-Day succeeded. The final plot twist, moreover, while unpredictable, seems more logical than shocking. Silva's debut will find an audience among devoted readers of WWII thrillers, and deservedly so, but he's not yet on a par with such masters of the genre as Ken Follett, Robert Harris and Jack Higgins. 150,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; BOMC alternate selection; Reader's Digest Condensed Book selection; simultaneous BDD audio; foreign rights to 16 countries; author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Available for the first time on unabridged audio, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Silva's ( debut novel about the invasion of Normandy, France (D-Day), is as compelling as when it was first published in 1996. Actor/narrator Michael Page (At Some Disputed Barricade) does a commendable job with the narrative, in which deception, love, tragedy, and loyalty play important roles, giving each character a unique and distinguishable accent and voice. Highly recommended for those liking Silva's more recent best-selling spy thrillers-e.g., The Secret Servant (2007) and Moscow Rules (2008), both also available from Brilliance Audio-as well as for fans of spy fiction. [Audio clip available through]-Ilka Gordon, -Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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