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Author: Mitch Silver Narrator: Simon Jones, Dagmara Dominczyk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780743562249
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In 1964, James Bond’s creator sealed a package containing a manuscript he thought no one would read until fifty years after his death. As an officer in Britain’s Naval Intelligence during World War II, Ian Fleming had his own adventures to recount, and a conscience to unburden. His family ties and his career had taken him to the upper echelons of British and American society and espionage, the world of danger, betrayal, and deceit that he replicated in his famous James Bond novels. But this hidden manuscript contained a real spy story…with secrets that could explode history if revealed.

In 2005, Amy Greenberg—a young American academic with a glittering future—is summoned to Ireland to claim the contents of her grandfather’s safe deposit box, in which she finds a manuscript by Ian Fleming. The pages contain confidential information so potentially explosive that Amy soon discovers that people on both sides of the Atlantic are willing to kill to maintain its secrecy. In a race against time, Amy must unlock the manuscript’s secrets and outwit unknown assailants who will do anything to bury the truth. In Secret Service is a historical mystery inside a contemporary thriller, a brand-new take on espionage suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Silver delights in making the sometimes improbable historical links that form the basis of his plot, and his high spirits are so contagious that readers will happily go along for the ride.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dominczyk’s youthful, lightly accented vocal talent gives Greenburg a textured, contemporary characterization.” 


  • A 2008 Nero Award Nominee

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Periklis | 7/1/2013

    " Dave Gibbons' artwork is at its very best, but the story didn't work for me at all. Abandoned it after the first couple of issues... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 7/15/2012

    " this was kinda millar's worst one yet for me but that still puts it ahead of a lot of other derivative junk "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Muahmuahmuah | 4/21/2011

    " Harlequin romance meets Nancy Drew. What could've been a great mesh of history and conspiracy theories has weakened the plot into subtle notoriety that tones down the anticipation of a suspenseful thrill of an expectant reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 11/16/2010

    " Entertaining "factional" book regarding the Royal Family during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 6/19/2010

    " Why does an unpublished manuscript by Ian Fleming leave a trail of death?

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/27/2010

    " does it count if i read it via book on tape?
    many actual historic references woven into a fictional plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsje | 3/4/2010

    " I really enjoyed this novel, however it was very confusing. There were many characters introduced but not really developed but I think that is part of the charm of a historical fiction while also using real characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/29/2009

    " Narrated by Polly Lee & Robert Ian MacKenzie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 7/12/2009

    " I enjoyed the premise of the book. I wondered what Ian Fleming's estate thinks of it.
    I had to remind myself from time to time that this was a work of fiction!


  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 5/21/2009

    " sometimnes difficult to decifer espionage thriller...set in today's timeframe, but about spies, and the English in high places sympathetic to the nazis during WWII. The last 100 pages well worth the confusion in the first 200! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 5/15/2009

    " A novel using the real life of Ian Flemming as a spy and budding author. Intriguing idea, and worth exploring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanalei1208 | 4/29/2009

    " It was simular to the Davinci code but more interesting, and it wasn't even about art. Historical events mixed with fiction always a great start for new thoughts.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/20/2009

    " I bet I would have enjoyed this more if I knew my post WW1 English history, but a good book anyway. This is about as close to enjoying history as I'll ever come- and I really liked that the author included a note at the end about where fact ended and fiction started. "

About the Author

Mitch Silver was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. He attended Yale (BA in history) and Harvard Law School (“I lasted three days. I know the law through Wednesday, but after that…”). He was an advertising writer for several of the big New York agencies, living in Paris for a year with his wife, Ellen Highsmith Silver, while he was European Creative Director on the Colgate-Palmolive account. A previously published novelist (In Secret Service, S&S/Touchstone), Mitch and his wife Ellen live in Greenwich, Connecticut, and have two children. For more info, please go to

About the Narrators

Simon Jones is an English actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. Besides winning many AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, he has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, including for top prize of Audiobook of the Year. He was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine and as “Narrator of the Year” in 2005 by Publishers Weekly. As an actor, he has been featured in numerous Broadway productions and has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street remake. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote. He studied at Cambridge University and the legendary Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club.

Bianca Amato, winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.