A Delicate Truth

A Delicate Truth

Book - 2013
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2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Cornwall, UK, 2011. A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be--or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ("Kit") Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit's beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670014897
Branch Call Number: Fiction LeC
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 24 cm


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May 04, 2016

I do love John Le Carre He is a great writer.

Jul 10, 2015

I lost count of the number of times I fell asleep reading this book. It was disjointed and lacked any action or character development to speak of. After struggling through so much mediocrity, I was even more disappointed to find that the book ended absolutely nowhere. Put this one on your "Skip" list.

Feb 24, 2014

This was my 1st leCarre book in a couple of decades. I had forgotten what a splendid writer he is as I quickly found I couldn't put the book down. He's the master of the British bureaucrats and how hard it is to crack the code, and do the right thing. I'm going back and reread his earlier works.

Oct 14, 2013

Overall quite good. Characters (esp. villains) almost straight out of a Stanley Kubrick film - manic.

Sep 27, 2013

Even a writer as gifted as Le Carre can't save weak story. Worth reading just to enjoy the great literary style.

Sep 17, 2013

Keep reading even though the different points of view and flashbacks may puzzle you. The author helps you follow the story and the plot will become clear as you read along. Story tension is best..the climax..just before the novel comes to an "end", an ending to be resumed in another book, no doubt, unfortunately. I found the idea of the novel an interesting one b/c of recent news coverage of whistle blowers: why they do it, how they get the info, what happens to them and coverups.

Sep 04, 2013

The opening was captivating but I had to quit as the whole plot, purpose, many characters, poor development, and so many more literary worthy books awaiting my reading, I quit half way through.

Aug 08, 2013

This book had very little discernible plot nor development of characters. It was extremely difficult to follow and jumped all over the place. I've read books that were in different time eras and were told by different characters from different points of view, but this book was just a jumble. My husband, who reads deeply, abandoned it after some effort.

frogmarch Jul 04, 2013

Kept me turning the pages right upto the final page. What will Toby and Emma do in the sequel?

Jul 02, 2013

this started slowly for me, but quickly captured me, and held me captive to the end. and beyond.

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