Frederick Forsyth – The Deceiver. 6. The Cold War lasted forty years. For the record, the West won it. But not without cost. This book is for those who spent so. Sam McCready serves Britain as Chief of Covert Operations for the Secret Intelligence Service. He’s competent, dedicated, in his prime. Why then this push. . The Deceiver by Frederick Forsyth (). ‘Don’t worry, old boy,’ he said to Dobbs . ‘If one of them moves I’ll just blow his nuts off.’ (p).
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Fotsyth saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Deceiver by Frederick Forsyth. The Deceiver by Frederick Forsyth. As an intrepid and inventive field agent, McCready’s independent style has often driven him beyond the rules.
He has successfully tricked Qaddafi and the IRA and once even set himself up as governor of a remote Caribbean island torn between Fidel Castor and the Colombian As an intrepid and inventive field agent, McCready’s independent style has often driven him beyond the rules.
He has successfully tricked Qaddafi and the IRA and once even fredetick himself up as governor of a remote Caribbean island torn between Fidel Castor and the Colombian drug trade.
But times have changed and mavericks like McCready are an endangered species.
Now, before a panel of his peers, McCready must defend his unorthodox exploits or forsytu dismissal. What hangs in the balance is not only his own career, but the very future of British intelligence. Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Bantam Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Deceiverplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Jul 14, Stefan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Deceiver was a interesting, gripping, exciting, rational, readable read that felt fredsrick and possible.
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The main character was described as a complicated, flawed, and experienced intelligence agent. The four fredrrick included in the book could all be read pretty much separately from one another as the book is not really a grederick but a collection of short stories.
This ftederick definitely one of my favorite thriller reads. Mar 24, Bill Wilson rated it really liked it. Sometimes you just realize when you are in the hands of someone who really knows what they’re doing. I have tried a number of spy and suspense authors with varying results, but picking this book up at the library recently and reading it reminded me what it’s like to be entertained by a master.
Day of the Jackal was terrific, and this book, while more low-key nevertheless satisfied the reasons you read spy novels. Unfolding as a retrospective of a spy’s career told in the context of an internal a Sometimes you just realize when you are in the hands of someone who fogsyth knows what they’re doing. Unfolding as a retrospective of a spy’s career told in the context of an internal administrative hearing, it stitched together several very good stories with the protagonist as the common thread.
Ranging from byzantine puzzles of spy vs. When I compare this book to a Dale Brown or some of the other thriller geopolitical novelists of today, they lose – badly – ceceiver you appreciate Forsyth as a storyteller even more. But Forsyth and Le Carre remind us, all was not black and white during the Cold War, and there was still plenty of moral relativity and tradeoffs to vex the heroes of their books. A brilliant novel with a beautiful ending.
Forsyth shows how it should be done. A great tribute to people like Sam McCready who spent their lives in the shadows to ensure that the people in the light were never harmed. A highly recommended read. Jul 21, Virginia Tican rated it it was amazing. Where do old spies go, given their unusual abilities and special skills? This is the subject matter of this thriller.
Samuel McCready is The Deceiver whose “relevance and usefulness” has apparently been deemed ineffective by the powers that be in Whitehall’s “narrow” corridors, McCready being part of the fredeerick side of the invisible timeline: There are 4 short stories related by Sam’s counsel in his effort to convince the “firing” committee to reconsider giving him another job option aside from the other 3 lame choices being offered.
Frederick Forsyth never disappoints. Leuk weer eens een spionageroman te lezen. En vrij luchtig geschreven boek, om de vorm van een raamvertelling, eindtijd van de koude oorlog en daarmee dit soort boeken markerend. Het laatste deel lijkt haast een episode uit Death in paradise. Jan 15, Arun Divakar rated it liked it. The protagonist Sam McCready is an unconventional one.
Details are sketchy as I read this a few years back. I do remember three separate plot lines being laid bare before a committee for one man’s defense. Worth a read for the Cold War espionage plays. I have just read this novel. I missed it first time around, This is one of the masters of spy fiction. What an amazing book I just loved it. Quite possibly the worst book I have read this year.
A collection of four spy mystery novellas. I am astounded by how badly written this book is. A study in why rampant headhopping is a bad thing and info dumps the size of mt Everest. The whole premise of this book fails. Forsyth tries to show off his supposed detailed knowledge of how the secret services work through his info dumps. Problem is that if you are a fan of spy novels, these info dumps contain things you already know. And if you ar Quite possibly the worst book I have read this year.
And if you are not a fan of spy ffrederick the minute details of how the secret services operate would bore you to tears.
Another serious flaw is that Forsyth fudges, making up imaginary countries and political figures. All in all not worth the paper it is printed on: Nov 26, Richard Jr.
Forsyth has done an outstanding job of detailing the circuitous paths of the old espionage game along with giving us a lot of reasons why our world of the technocrat spy really isn’t a lot different from the world of dubious political activities taking place during the cold war. The KGB or what would now be called the VSR is still out there being led from the very top by a guy who was once one of the insiders ferderick that organization under Gorbachev.
The Colombian drug dealers may have been replaced Forsyth has done an outstanding job of detailing the circuitous paths of the old espionage game along with giving us a lot of reasons why our world of the technocrat spy really isn’t a lot different from the world of dubious political activities taking place during the cold war.
The Deceiver by Frederick Forsyth
The Colombian drug dealers may have been replaced by the Mexicans or S. Asia’s Golden Triangle, but they all use many of the same old fashioned methods and don’t need to rely on spy satellites, drones, or having to keep clean white gloves on for clean hands in a clandestine war that may have to go wet at times to tidy up messes.
McCready and all the old school spies he represents, may seem like a fossil to the guy with a cell phone, a gps and a ‘beam me up’ team sitting back home with computers, but he’s not traceable, when the electricity fails he’s not at a loss of how to contact home, and when the ‘beam me up’ guys don’t get the chopper into the right sector on time to pull him out he’s still got a hole in the ground to go to and a backup plan to get his defector out.
Each of the tales is a classic. Well worth reading several times. I did have one criticism of his use of the term ‘Claymore’ for a mine which should have been classified as a ‘Bouncing Betty,’ but I can forgive one error to an author who has been so on top of the game for years and who is now living in a time when rrederick young editors probably wouldn’t pick up on the nuances of Vietnam era weaponry.
That’s what happens on an Op. You go in thinking you’ve got the mission down decceiver and halfway to the goal line you better have another plan or you’ll be just another piece of cannon fodder. Keep the McCready clan, both men and women alive and well. PS don’t forget to check Amazon for my free book offers! See the previous blog for the dates they are fredegick for FREE! Dec 08, Deborah rated it really liked it. Forsyth insieme frederic Le Carre’ e’ uno dei miei scrittori di spionaggio preferiti perche’ e ‘ molto ben informato sulla storia e anche nei suoi racconti di fantasia si imparano un sacco di cose interessanti.
Inoltre sa far anche ridere con situazioni paradossali, ma realistiche. Qui si trovano quattro episodi storico-spionistici diversi in luoghi e circostanze diverse, dove per trovare una soluzione e uscirne fuori interi ci vuole coraggio si, ma anche “plenty of common forsjth, come il protagonista Forsyth insieme a Le Carre’ e’ uno dei miei scrittori di spionaggio preferiti perche’ e ‘ molto ben informato sulla storia e anche nei suoi racconti di fantasia si imparano un sacco di cose interessanti.
Qui si trovano quattro episodi storico-spionistici diversi in luoghi e circostanze diverse, forsygh per trovare una soluzione e uscirne fuori interi ci vuole coraggio si, ma anche “plenty of common sense”, come il protagonista dimostra di avere. Il nostro eroe stavolta e’ un ometto apparentemente insignificante e sgualcito, con legami e conoscenze ovunque che sa utilizzare al momento fredericl, chapeau Forsyth.
Jun 06, Zebardast Zebardast rated it did not like it. Jul 20, Robbie rated it it was amazing.
This was a really cool book, lots of intrigue and action, but also stories within the main story! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a series of novellas bound together by the overlapping story of a senior British secret service spy under performance review before being fired. The hearing is bureaucratically acceptable even though the conclusion has been decided on a higher political level.
Pretty silly, which is unfortunately what I think about spy stories in general. I read only two of the stories. The first; “Pride and Extreme Prejudice” is set in Germany during the cold war. It involves our hero, Sam McReady – the This is a series of novellas bound together by the overlapping story of a senior British secret service spy under performance review before being fired.
It involves our hero, Sam McReady – the secret service spy in charge of counter-espionage and disinformation etc.