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«Em tempos de guerra», escreveu Winston Churchill, «a verdade é tão preciosa que deveria sempre ser acompanhada por um séquito de mentiras.» No caso das operações de contrainteligência britânicas, isto implicava encontrar um agente o mais improvável possível: um professor de História chamado Alfred Vicary, escolhido pessoalmente por Churchill para revelar um traidor extrem«Em tempos de guerra», escreveu Winston Churchill, «a verdade é tão preciosa que deveria sempre ser acompanhada por um séquito de mentiras.» No caso das operações de contrainteligência britânicas, isto implicava encontrar um agente o mais improvável possível: um professor de História chamado Alfred Vicary, escolhido pessoalmente por Churchill para revelar um traidor extremamente perigoso, mas desconhecido. Contudo, os nazis também escolheram um agente improvável: Catherine Blake, a bela viúva de um herói de guerra, voluntária num hospital e espia nazi sob as ordens diretas de Hitler para desvendar os planos dos Aliados para o Dia D......

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  • Lewis Weinstein
    2019-01-26 10:03

    Quite simply this is as good a spy novel as I have ever read, including Le Carre. Silva's characters and plot are complex and sometimes confusing, but that's the point of espionage and counter-espionage, and ultimately all becomes clear. In addition, the action scenes are superb, often sustained over many pages.The story covers one major aspect of the deception surrounding which beaches the Allies would land on at D-Day in 1944. The stakes could not be higher, and even though we know how it turned out, Silva keeps the suspense at the highest level. Trust no one. Believe no one. Nothing is as it seems.

  • Scott Rhee
    2019-02-03 08:51

    Not all spy fiction is the same. I separate spy fiction in to two camps. One is the more familiar “male fantasy” action-adventure story in which the hero is ridiculously uncomplicated, possesses almost supernatural strength and agility, and has access to the most state-of-the-art surveillance technology and weaponry. Ian Fleming’s James Bond and Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne are examples of this type. This camp, due to its popularity, has, over the years, almost become a parody of itself, with everything from TV’s “Alias” to “The Kingsman” movies, as well as children’s films like “Spy Kids” and “Despiccable Me”, poking fun at the genre.The other camp is, perhaps, a more mature and realistic approach to spy fiction. Generally more cerebral and less action-oriented, this camp of spy fiction looks at the minutiae of espionage, as well as the ethics and the human costs involved. John Le Carre is probably the best known writer of this type of spy fiction. His heroes are not supermen but professorial old men who spend most of their time in an office. They very rarely carry guns.Daniel Silva’s debut novel “The Unlikely Spy” falls very much into the latter camp of spy fiction.Set during World War II, “The Unlikely Spy” attempts to answer a question that has baffled historians and scholars for years. Prior to the invasion of Normandy, which led to the turning tide of the war for the Allied Forces, British intelligence knew that German intelligence knew that something was up. The Brits were aware that the Germans knew about massive concrete structures being placed in the waters off the French coast, an operation necessary to create a false harbor that would alleviate the planned invasion. This operation was known as Mulberry. If the Germans knew about the concrete structures, it was possible that they knew about the invasion plans, and if they knew about the invasion plans, thousands of lives were at stake.Thankfully, U.S. intelligence intercepted messages from Japan to Germany which concluded that the Germans had no idea about the invasion. The Germans believed that the concrete structures were going to be used for a large antiaircraft structure and not a false harbor.Given the number of imbedded German spies in Britain and the U.S. and given the massive number of people working on the proposed invasion plans, it is a miracle that information did not manage to leak to the Germans. It was a logistical nightmare to keep the plans a secret.Silva begs the questions: What if the Germans did know about the potential invasion? How would they have not known? And, if they did know, how and why did they ultimately decide to dismiss the intelligence, giving the Allies a major advantage and, most likely, costing Germany the war?All of these questions are, of course, unanswered and unanswerable by history, owing to the classified top-secret nature of Operation Mulberry and its subsequent intelligence gathering.Silva, of course, offers a fascinating fictional answer, one involving a history professor named Vicary---hand-picked by Winston Churchill personally to lead a spy-catching program within British intelligence; a gorgeous German spy who has been a “sleeper” cell in England for years; an American engineer; British mobsters; and two warring German spy programs vying for Hitler’s admiration.The plot is convoluted, but it seems plausible, given the nature of duplicity and deception of espionage work. To say more would reveal too many spoilers, and I feel that I have said too much as it is.Silva’s brilliance is creating characters that are believable and sympathetic, even when they are doing horrible things. His characters may be spies and soldiers and assassins, but he never devolves into a dehumanizing “us vs. them” mentality, to which the James Bond/Jason Bourne camp of spy fiction frequently resorts. Silva’s characters are human and thusly flawed and fragile, caught up in the chaos of their times and forced to do things for what they believe is the right cause.

  • Belinda
    2019-02-07 10:09

    Spy novels are not books that I usually read, but this one is engaging and I enjoyed it. It really is a historical novel, I guess, because the facts about WWII on which the book is based are true. It certainly is more interesting learning about WWII by reading this novel than a history book! The story line was based on the preparations for D-Day and the building of an artificial harbor from concrete that was floated across the English Channel so when they landed at Normandy, they would have a harbor. The other part of the story was based on the Allies plan to give Hitler false information through German spies so that he would think that the invasion of France was going to take place in Calais. It was a brilliant ploy by the Allies. Loved learning about this history through reading this novel. Was frequently flipping over to Wikipedia to check out if what I was reading was based on fact and most of it was. Good story. Occasionally a little too much R-rated sex for me (which I didn't think was necessary for the storyline), but otherwise a good book.

  • Kristjan
    2019-01-31 05:08

    I must admit that I really wanted to like this book. Despite its faults, I was going to give it four stars, but the ending of it left me quite unfulfilled. Here are some of the biggest problems I have with it:1) Implausibility. (a) A van drives through a blacked-out village in a rainstorm at night. A man opens the door of his house and sees that a man is driving the van and a woman is sitting next to him. How can he see that in those conditions? (b) Small spoiler warning: A teenage girl falls in the North Sea in a rainstorm at night. She pops up once, gasps for air but "swallowed a moutful of seawater instead." She starts sinking. A nearby boat sees her disappear for the second time and now "there was nothing, no sign of her at all." A man dives into the water, and pops up again to remove his life vest. Then he dives down and rescues the girl. How can he find her when she started sinking a while before and it is dark on surface, let alone in the depths?2) Muddled characters. Several characters behave completely out of the character that has been painted of them by the author. Perhaps this is just me misunderstanding the descriptions given, but at the very least the author does a poor job of communicating them.3) Lack of fulfillment. MAJOR SPOILER WARNING: In the end, you find out that the thrilling storyline you have been following is nothing but a pawn in a bigger scheme. And caring about what the main protagonist has been working so hard to achieve seems rather silly, because it's all rather meaningless.I was planning for this to be a lead-in for me reading the Gabriel Allon series, but honestly now, I think I'll pass.

  • Zohar -
    2019-02-18 07:01

    Disclaimer: I'm a sucker for WWII and / or spy books Before I start - this is not a "Gabriel Allon" book as mentioned on Amazon's book title. "The Unlikely Spy" is a fast paced page turner, set mostly in days preceding the Normandy invasion in WWII. The story's unlikely hero is a university professor named Alfred Vicray who was recruited by none other then Winston Churchill himself to work for the British MI5. Vicary is a spy catcher - he does his job well until realizing that a small group of German sleeper agents trained by Abwehr officer Kurt Vogel are still in Britain. The threat is that the German agents could discover the secrets to the invasion and allow the Germans to setup a proper defense line (or call the invasion off) and the invasion would fail. Chief among the German spies is Anna Katerina von Steiner, known in Britain as Dutch tourist Catherine Blake. Catherine is an attractive woman and a top notch spy who has been a sleeper agent in London for six years - now she has been activated by Vogel. Let the mind games and puzzles begin.... The plot twists and turns very cleverly and the ending caught me by surprise. Even though this is a big book, the narrative is told masterfully, the twists keep coming and it's hard to stop reading. The characters in the book are well drawn, they each are painted in shades of gray -the German spies have some redeeming qualities and the English MI5 agents are not depicted as saints doing G-d's work.

  • Bruno
    2019-01-23 06:10

    Este foi o 1º primeiro livro que experimentei do autor Daniel Silva, e gostei bastante. Prendeu-me desde o principio, fiquei logo fascinado e intrigado com uma espiã alemã e também em relação aos outros espiões. Todos sabemos acerca do Dia D, o ataque dos Aliados na Normandia que contribuiu para acabar com a 2ª Guerra Mundial. Mas a questão central do livro é: como é que os Aliados enganaram os Nazi? Como os fizeram convencer que o ataque seria em Calais em vez na Normandia? Os espiões alemães estavam escondidos e infiltrados em Inglaterra e ainda havia os portos Mulberry que dariam muito nas vistas... Achei prazeroso e inteligente o esquema de espionagem para enganar os Nazi como se fosse um jogo de xadrez, sendo a melhor parte de acompanharmos os passos, a ação e os sentimentos dos espiões (embora estes sejam fictícios), e a escrita do autor é bastante acessível e fluente. Recomendo para quem gosta de espionagem e do tema de 2ª Guerra Mundial. Informações sobre a Operação Overlord- aqui

  • Anna
    2019-02-05 07:07

    This is a great debut novel. It could have been a complete mess in the hands of a lesser talent.The espionage story is set against the real story of the preparations for what was to be the D-Day invasion and the extreme actions on both sides to conceal and expose the plans for the maneuverthat everyone knew was coming. The characters are incredible and the suspense is taut throughout. As you're reading, you need to decide who is the most unlikely spy!The game itself is summed up in this exchange ..."It's just credits and debits? Is that how you look at it? Like one giant accounting sheet? I'm glad I'm out! I don't want any part of it! Not if it means doing things like that. God, but we should have burned people like you at the stake a long time ago." ..."You don't really feel that way, do you ... ? You liked it. You were seduced by it. You liked the manipulation and deception. ... you realize everything you ever believed in is a lie and my world, this world, is the real world.""You're not the real world. I'm not sure what you are, but you're not real.""You can say that now, but I know you miss it all desperately. It's rather like a mistress, the kind of work we do. Sometimes you don't like her very much. You don't like yourself when you're with her. The moments when it feels good are fleeting. But when you try to leave her, something pulls you back.""I'm afraid the metaphor is lost on me, ...""There you go again, pretending to be superior, better than the rest of us. I would have thought you'd have learned your lesson by now. You need people like us. The country needs us."--Dan Silva, "The Unlikely Spy"

  • Rich Sanidad
    2019-02-01 06:47

    When I started this book, I was hoping for a small break from some of the non-fiction I had been reading. I was looking for a thriller in the same vein as Robert Ludlum or David Baldacci. Instead, I got a history-heavy suspense novel – and I didn’t mind one bit.The author’s challenge in this book was trying to maintain a level of tension to hold the reader’s interest, even though the ultimate outcome of the story was well known (the Germans were unprepared for the Allied invasion at Normandy; if that’s a spoiler for you, stop reading this review and pick up a history book). So, the main thrust of the book, was how do we get there? That will only matter to the reader if they care about the characters, and one of the strengths of the book was in how Daniel Silva built up his characters. The protagonist, Alfred Vicary, a university professor turned MI-5 agent, felt very real to me.Sure, there were some parts of the book that were a little slow and seemed to drag, but I felt that they were more the exception than the rule. He did a lot of other things right, so it was easy to forgive him for those, especially when you consider this was his debut novel.Every few months, Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series), recommends some books that he has enjoyed on his website. So, thank you, Mr. Riordan for steering me towards this book. If you’re looking for something new to read, find out what authors are reading; they usually have good taste.

  • Jane
    2019-02-10 01:52

    After I read Moscow Rules, I checked Silva out and went back to the beginning of his career to start with this one. It takes place in World War II and we'd just seen the Tom Cruise movie so this fit right in with what was on my mind. Fascinating plot, lots of violence, perfect book for my husband, who enjoyed it after I did. I liked it too. Since it takes place in England, it took me back to my stay there many years ago, and the references to Suffolk made me homesick for Great Bealings, Woodbridge, Suffolk (back when Evan was 2, 3, and 4, Bobbi). Totally off the topic: it's fun to look at the dust jacket picture of Silva then and now. He's gotten older, big surprise. Anyway, I recommend this one. It did not contain any meaningful life lessons (don't trust ANYBODY???), but it was very entertaining. I'll be reading more Silva novels.

  • Merilee
    2019-02-10 04:53

    I've read and enjoyed a few of Silva's books before, but they have all starred his Mossad agent/art restorer, Gabriel Allon. This book is not part of the Allon series, but nonetheless a well-written historical thriller about all the information and disinformation leading up to the Normandy landings. We listened to it in the car on 15 disks!The Unlikely Spy is a spy novel written by Daniel Silva, set during World War II, and published in 1996. While some of the exact characters and events may be fictional, the book is based on very real events- the attempt by the Allies to use British intelligence to cover up the true plans for D-Day. The deception plan was called Operation Fortitude, and Double Cross also played a role. Specifically, the book has a backdrop (a subset of Fortitude referred to as Fortitude South). (Wiki)

  • Nick
    2019-01-27 09:10

    Flat-out THE BEST World War II spy novel that I have ever read. If you only read one WWII spy book in your life, make this one it. I read it in three days and didn't want to put it down. Simply tremendous.

  • Marion
    2019-01-30 09:06

    I liked many aspects of this book. I really enjoyed the descriptions of life in England during WWII - rendered with vivid detail. Learning about spy craft during that era was also very interesting. I had vaguely remembered that the Allies had tricked the Germans into thinking that the invasion was going to take place at Calais. So learning many of the details of the planning made the book particularly engaging. I was going to give the book 4 stars until things began to unravel for me in the end. SPOILER ALERTThe whole story line, told in thrilling fashion at times, loses its impact every time Silva has a character say that the whole war can be lost if they don't catch this new ring of spies. Every reader knows the Germans lost the war. No suspense there.The escape in the black van to the coast in blackout conditions seemed highly implausible. The involvement of the drunk father and the love struck teenager seemed a clumsy addition to the story to enable our handsome American an heroic end.There were way too many graphic sex scenes that did not propel the story in any way. Call me a prude, but it felt quite gratuitous and unseemly.Finally, in the twists and turns revelations at the end, we learn that all the hard work of the one character we really care about was for naught, as he was just a pawn in a much larger espionage game. A very unsatisfying conclusion.All in all, still a well written story that was hard to put down at times.

  • Jim
    2019-01-24 05:07

    I last read a Daniel Silva spy-thriller in May, 2012. As the cliché says, “So many books; so little time!” I just finished his mammoth (724 pages) first WWII thriller THE UNLIKELY SPY (ISBN 978-0451209306, paperback, $9.99). The story takes place in the U.S., U.K. and Germany from the late 1930s to the landings in Normandy. Some of the characters are real (Winston Churchill and German spymaster Admiral William Canaris). Most are not. Silva has been favorably compared to Ken Follett and Robert Harris as a writer of spy fiction.The Allies are preparing to build the Mulberry Harbors designed by the British to be artificial harbors for unloading men and materials from ships to support the Normandy invasion. But how do you hide massive concrete platforms from the prying eyes of Nazi spies and aerial reconnaissance? That is the problem facing British MI-6 and SHAEF. If you ever travel to Normandy you can see remnants of these artificial harbors in Arromanches and its museum.The action goes back and forth from the U.S. to Germany to England where Canaris’ sleeper network of spies awaits, and then carries out, its mission. There are double agents and double crosses to satisfy the most avid WWII spy-thriller fan. Watch how the agents of good and evil make their moves and countermoves. Good guys and bad guys die, as do a few innocent civilians.Go! Buy! Read!

  • Rob Savidge
    2019-02-05 02:53

    Excellent book. This was my first Silva novel, and he certainly didn't disappoint. This is a standalone spy novel set in WWII. He does an excellent job of setting the atmosphere, and provides a clear image of what life was like during the end of WWII in both Britain and Germany. I find that era fascinating given the emerging technology. What I never realized prior to reading this, was the importance that England's MI5 (Counterintelligence, as opposed to MI6's intelligence/espionage), and overall the importance of the spy game during WWII. What Britain lacked in military assets (tanks, planes, etc), they more than made up for in with their intelligence networks. The US network at the time was especially dwarfed due to their inexperience. This book also presents some larger questions to mull over while reading, such as the suspension of morals/ethics that took place during "the game" in effort to do whatever it takes to win, the effect that had on the large number of civilians that were brought forward to serve at the time, and makes you wonder what other deceptions and manipulations are undertaken in the "real world".

  • GymGuy
    2019-02-18 04:42

    I'm going to give this 5 stars with reservations. It is certainly a book that anyone who is a spy/espionage enthusiast should have read, or at least have on their to-read list. It is a masterful work of historical fiction. It shows a great deal of research and actual historical detail. That being said, it is a very long least by my standards. At times it tends to get bogged down in detail and side-story. One of its greatest strengths is its detail in creating characters, which ironically is a weakness because it does tend to plod at times in character side-stories.However, all-in-all, this is a really wonderful story, far better than the Ken Follett novel, Eye of the Needle.

  • Paulo Cunha
    2019-01-26 03:56

    Este livro foi-me oferecido, nunca tinha lido nada de Daniel Silva e inicialmente fiquei de pé atrás, porque eu gosto mais de livros de Romance Histórico, e este parecia-me um livro mais dentro do policial, no entanto a medida que fui lendo comecei a gostar do livro, porque fala de factos históricos misturados com ficção com um enredo interessante e muitas intrigas e ligações intrincadas entre os personagens. O livro desenrola-se na 2ª Guerra mundial, mais propriamente nos preparos para o dia D, e todo o trabalho de espionagem e contra-espionagem por detrás deste grande evento que mudou o rumo da historia mundial, todo o livro desenrola-se de forma a o leitor desconfie de todos os personagens o que torna engraçado tentarmos perceber o fim antes de chegar ao fim do livro, sinceramente fiquei surpreendido pela positiva e recomendo vivamente, a quem for fã do género.

  • Flo
    2019-01-30 05:09

    I picked this up by chance at my used book store. I don't like Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon thrillers so at first didn't even look at this, but when I saw it was a WW II thriller about German spies in England I bought it and was pleasantly surprised. He's no Alan Furst but the plot is strong, the characters well drawn and except for one or two errors (his lady spy uses liner on her eyes which I'm sure didn't exist in 1944--at least they didn't call it liner then. It was probably cake mascara painted on with a paintbrush if she used it at all), but this is trivial. I could not even find fault with the writing considering the genre. A good read--and his debut novel too. A pity he doesn't drop Gabriel Allon and write a few more stand alone novels.

  • Ana Silva
    2019-02-01 04:06

    *forever thanking my crazy book fair shopping for more than 1 of his books* From not knowing his writing, to one of my favourite autorsAt first I wasn't really convinced, but as I kept on going, I couldn't put it down. 200 pages until the end and I was feeling anxious for having so little left to read. 4,5 just for not getting me from the start and for naming a portuguese man Hernandez

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-02-04 02:05

    I was slightly disappointed with this one. Too long, but then I read this in the hospital - I fractured a hip and just got home, today.

  • Tim
    2019-01-23 04:01

    I'm gonna keep this short. I despise this long, boring snore of a story. 0 of 10 stars

  • Yakov Bronsteyn
    2019-02-03 02:10

    Well written and researched. The chapters were short and interesting. So, it was easy to read. The characters were developed well enough to identify and empathize with. I learned a few lessons. It's very hard to quash our humanity even when it's detrimental to the mission. Both German agents died because of mistakes made due to their feelings and sentiments. This was in contrast to Vicary who didn't allow that to get in his way because of a greater mission. Therefore, he orders every one on the boat to be shot. I have two issues. One: Even though the characters are well developed the author leaves their perspectives for long stretches during the story which gives the book a hodge podge feel. Lastly, I don't think I understood the end. So, the MI6 felt that they couldn't hide the Mulberries. Therefore, they decided to tell the Germans about them with fraudulent leaks thru Jordan? But Catherine Blake was stealing actual information from Jordan at the beginning? Then why was Vicary useless? When he discovered this he fed the Germans false information thru Catherine Blake and managed to confuse them in the same way. Then, he exposed and killed the spies. How was he used for deception exactly? Isn't it true that if they escaped the Nazis would find out the truth and be ready for the invasion? Therefore, wasn't he the actual real hero?

  • Rupesh Goenka
    2019-01-24 03:00

    "The Unlikely Spy" is a rapid paced thriller based on the the building of an artificial harbor from concrete before the Normandy invasion in WWII. The book is about the Allies attempt to cover up the true plans for WWII D-Day's invasion of Normandy in 1944. The story centers on a history professor, Alfred Vicray who is recruited by none other than Winston Churchill himself to work for the British & give Hitler false information through German spies regarding the invasion of France. The historically based novel is like a high stake game of chess between British & German intelligence service during the build up to the Allied Invasion. REMARKABLE.

  • James
    2019-02-12 09:44

    Silva is one of my favorite writers and doesn't disappoint on this early novel. It's very well researched and written, but I have two minor complaints:1.) The novel was a little too long, with some unnecessary detail and character development;2.) Way too many gratuitous, overly descriptive sex scenes, something Silva has avoided in his later Gabriel Allon novels.Again, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I'd happily recommend this novel to spy-fiction enthusiasts as well as WW II buffs.

  • Scott Holstad
    2019-02-21 09:48

    This is an AWESOME spy novel! A WWII pre-D-Day thriller, some of it is fact based and most of it entirely plausible. The characters are well developed and largely fascinating and the intrigue and action breathtaking. It can get a touch complex at times but the author does a good job at keeping the reader in the book and engaged. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a thriller this much since Frederick Forsyth, and that’s the ultimate compliment from me. Strongly recommended!

  • Fred Shaw
    2019-02-12 02:52

    "The Unlikely Spy" is one of the best if not the best spy novel I've read. Daniel Silva craftily selects a university professor of European history as his protagonist, the Unlikely Spy. He's brilliant and turns out to be up to the task. Historically based, the story moves between various locations in the UK and Germany during the build up to the Allied Invasion of WW II. MI5 and 6 stop at nothing to keep the location for D Day secret including the deception of their own teams, and likewise the Abwehr will do anything to learn the secret. They both realize the winner of this spy vs. spy battle, will win the war. Double cross actions and double agents galore to keep the reader glued to the page. Be sure and fasten your seat belt, you will need it.

  • Kevin Allmaras
    2019-01-30 04:49

    A very long and tedious read. Some interesting material and names involved in this book. A spy novel based in Britain of 1944. The author brings in MI5 to hunt down German spies on English soil during WWII. The Allies are preparing for D Day and are developing a plan to help set up the attack in Normandy. The English have rolled up virtually all the spies the Germans and Admiral Canaris, the leader of the Abwehr had tried to plant in England from 1940 and on. Now MI5 has become aware that there may be some others that were embedded around 1937 and 1938. They need to flush them out and they need to do it quickly as D Day approaches. The story revolves around Alfred Vicary an MI5 case officer in charge of flushing out the spies and finding out what they know. One of the embedded spies is a beautiful German woman who goes by the name of Catherine Blake she becomes activated by her German handler Vogel on orders from Canaris and the Fuhrer. Her assignment is to get close to an American engineer who is working on key components for operation Mulberry the allies code name for this structure. As the story moves on the author goes into great detail on the characters fighting this war of espionage. There are layers of secrecy surrounding this operation and the need to know plays a critical role in this plot development. You have Admiral Canaris and his right hand man Vogel trying to hang on as they realize that Germany will lose the war and that Hitler and Himmler are gunning for them. They know that they have precious little time and that their hatred for Hitler could be uncovered at any time. Vicary a English history professor has been running a group of fake German agents and giving the Germans a limited amount of information to take back. As he becomes obsessed with capturing Miss Blake he starts running into all sorts of impediments from his own side and he starts to realize he may just be a small pawn in this game. I was able to figure out part of the overall deception and I knew Vicary was being played especially when they told him to take the American Engineer Peter Jordan with him at the end. It made know sense to take him with him also the time when Vicary wanted to take in the spies and he was bullied into not doing it. Again there was no logical reason not to grab them. Over 700 pages the book tends to meander and get lost in drudgery but overall worth the read.

  • Ob-jonny
    2019-02-20 09:40

    Such an entertaining and addicting book based on a true story. The world of spies during WWII is an aspect of the war that I had never really heard anything about. It was fascinating to learn about the intellectual confrontation between the strategists among the Americans/British and the Germans concerning the invasion of France. It was a psychological game for the Allies to try to deceive the Germans and for the Germans to be able to tell if the other side would use deception. The obvious way to invade France was to use the convenient Pas de Calais but the Germans could not rule out the use of deception to use a more difficult port like Normandy where the Allies would find a landing difficult but with less troop resistance. Or maybe one side or the other would use reverse psychology and try the more obvious route as a double deception. It was the key to winning the war but the Germans needed to know the answer. This book is the story of how they tried to find that answer by collecting the necessary intelligence and how the British would be able to intercept or maybe even deceive the people they knew would come looking for the answer. The characters involved in the spying and spy-catching business were very well developed and as a reader you couldn't help but have compassion for the people on both sides. The characters were fictional but the larger story really happened and we know that there must have been real people who carried out actions similar to the characters in the book. This book is so addicting because you can't wait to know what happens to the main characters and there's no way to know in advance like with most history related books.The audiobook made the experience especially entertaining and real because the narrator was able to use so many different accents and voice types to reflect the varied people depicted. The voice of Hitler was hilarious because of how crazed he sounded but was probably close to the truth if he could have spoken English with a German accent. In contrast the voice of Himmler was so smooth and sinister sounding like the demented schemer that he was. The voices of Churchill and the many British and American characters was equally well done.

  • Robert
    2019-02-11 08:52

    Totally excellent. Five stars is hard to reach...Long without being boring. Believable. Meticulous research. No one was too much of a hero or stereotype. Some delicious parts of this book involve how it leaves you wondering. There are hints of a greater game than the piece you get to see. That gets resolved at the end, but not quite. It was unclear what role the "Broom" character played and whether he too was a double agent, or perhaps a triple. Basil Boothby too made me wonder to whose allegiance he actually played. There are hints to the future Soviet infiltration of British intelligence, and "Broom" may in fact be a reference to Blunt, Burgess, Philby or a composite of the five. Truthful yet wrapped in a fictitious story.I was left wondering at several points who the unlikely spy was. Was it the German woman with little allegiance to Germany itself? Was it the American who may have been duped according to Basil Boothby's explanations, or was it the main character, Alfred? I could read this one again. History, psychology, tradecraft, some judgement of character.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-28 04:45

    Like the old adage went: All is fair in love and war. But all bets is off, when it's World War Two. From USA to England and Germany in Europe, that's a way brewing between Hitler and Churchill in this historical espionage thriller. This has a little bit of everything for a good thriller to get you hooked and caught up in the action. The Unlikely Spy is about one female spy who changed everything for war and risked her life--and her heart. Catherine Blake isn't your ordinary woman. It's just a ruse and a façade. Peter Jordan works for the Navy as an engineer, a widower with a young son back at home, who falls for her. And Albert Vicary is on the trail to cover her tracks. Like a ping-pong match, you'll witness how the Germans, the Brits and the Americans, fought in this long war. With historical accurate action with a fictional twist, there's so many surprises in store for this novel with a devastating ending. This stand alone will get you hooked into his two spy thriller series as well.

  • Bill
    2019-02-11 05:59

    What makes the perfect novel? Great plot, interesting characters, and expert pacing should pretty much do it. The Unlikely Spy is one of the best reads I've had in a while. The story is very similar to The Eye of the Needle.In fact, I've seen some complaints from people accusing this as nothing but a cheap clone of Follett's classic.I think The Unlikely Spy was far superior, in terms of evoking the time and place of Britain during WWII. I felt I could really visualize the blackouts (or not visualize, you know what I mean), how it must havefelt to navigate the countryside with hooded headlights or the city of London with a dim torch.The plot is similar to Eye of the Needle, where the great deception for the invasion of Normandy may have been compromised by German spies.This is a terrific read, and stay tuned to this space for more Daniel Silva reviews. He's the next big thing, and I hope his next novels are just as good as this one.