A Delicate Truth

A Delicate Truth

Book - 2013
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2008: A covert counterterror operation code-named Wildlife is to be mounted on the Rock of Gibraltar. This one is right off the books; the target code-named PUNTER. The Brits on land, the American mercenaries by sea. Kit Probyn, an upright Foreign Office veteran with a safe pair of hands and no previous experience of the dark arts, will be the minister's eyes and ears on the ground. His "red telephone." Toby Bell, a rising Foreign Office star and the minister's personal private secretary, has been kept out of the loop. Why? There are whispers of private armies, bounty, dicey intelligence, corporate wars.

2011: A disgraced Special Forces soldier who took part in Wildlife delivers a message from the dead. The worlds of Toby Bell and Kit Probyn collide. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, at what point do these two good men become guilty bystanders?

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, c2013
ISBN: 9780670067169
Branch Call Number: LEC
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,24 cm

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talktimereader
May 04, 2016

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

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ghubble
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.

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nlamm
Oct 14, 2013

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

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dirtbag1
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.

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gloryb
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.

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nboychuk
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.

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colleenkouwenberg
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?

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brunetti
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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bette108
Jul 01, 2013

This story started great and then became convoluted by the introduction of so many new characters and places that I couldn't follow it, and eventually gave up.

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