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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,562 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Forsyth Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Sam McCready has served with distinction for seven years as chief of the cover operations desk of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, a post that is the culmination of a brilliant career as an inventive and intrepid field agent. But times have changed. A high-level policy decision demands that the SIS strip away its old-style operatives, and the first to be targeted for retirement is the freewheeling McCready.

Sharp-minded, somewhat cynical, McCready is a maverick whose independent style has often driven him beyond the rules. Presented to a panel of his peers, McCready's exploits may be dazzling evidence of his value, or damning proof that he must be put aside. Presiding over this long-shot effort by a great spymaster to save his career will be Timothy Edwards, McCready's most determined foe, and in the balance hangs the future of Britain's secret intelligence operations. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Donhiser | 2/14/2014

    " Well written and enjoyable looking forward to reading more of Frederick Forsyth's works. Thrilling and great escapism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Wilson | 1/16/2014

    " 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 administrative hearing, it stitched together several very good stories with the protagonist as the common thread. Ranging from byzantine puzzles of spy vs. spy defections to a lighter final tale of a colonial governor's mysterious murder, each of the stories was well written with good characters and excellent plots. It is reminiscent of Le Carre's The Secret Pilgrim, where a George Smiley lecture at Sarratt, the SIS training academy, provides the launching point of a tour through Ned's career from Russia House, and both as well done. When I compare this book to a Dale Brown or some of the other thriller geopolitical novelists of today, they lose - badly - and you appreciate Forsyth as a storyteller even more. Admittedly, in many of his books, Forsyth has the "good guys/bad guys" certainty of the Cold War making his job easier, rather than the stateless, morally ambiguous political and terrorist landscape of today to try to make sense of while telling a good story. 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay Holls | 1/16/2014

    " The character Sam Mcready is well potrayed by Freddie..Makes a gud read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 1/14/2014

    " When you've read most of Mr. Forsyth's books you just know he's going to deliver & this offering is no different. From the midst of the Cold War to the steamy Caribbean by way of the Middle East a good old fashioned spy thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie | 12/30/2013

    " This was a really cool book, lots of intrigue and action, but also stories within the main story! Really great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arun Divakar | 12/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mahendra Palsule | 12/13/2013

    " Standard Forsyth fare, except that this book consists of a few independent novellas so each story is paced faster. It's a fitting tribute to the spies who devoted their lives to espionage during the Cold War and makes you feel their pain when that era ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandeep | 12/3/2013

    " Its a story alright and takes us through the world of espionage, but somewhere it all felt like Forsyth was trying to compete with Ian Flemming in creating an elusive sam maccready "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hans Mastbroek | 11/22/2013

    " Read in Dutch as "De Verrader" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 11/5/2013

    " Forsyth is a the top of his game here which means you will find yourself reading this into the early morning hours enjoying every moment. You will have a very hard time finding anything in the genre better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 7/14/2013

    " Loved it. Classic Forsyth but a straightforward read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 6/24/2013

    " He reminds me that a talented writer can become an even better writer over time. Forsyth's Day of the Jackal was an interesting first novel but THE DECEIVER is much more fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/25/2013

    " As usual Forsyth knows how to crank up the tension. My only complaint is that some of the stories don't give a great insight into the central character of McCready "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justine | 12/16/2012

    " Not as good as other Forsyth novels - rather disappointed with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 6/28/2012

    " The movie ended up being dirtier than the book. I like Frederick Forsyth as an author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Barraclough | 6/18/2012

    " Another Forsyth masterpiece. Essentially 4 short stories with one central character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 5/21/2012

    " Typical Forsyth book. Well-written. Spy/intrigue focused. I like the way he fleshes out his characters. Not great literature, but pretty good for the spy novel genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rajesh | 5/16/2012

    " Typical Forsyth...I like most of his books, and I liked this as well.. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 1/2/2012

    " Forsyth is always a fun read. And when you're under a lot of stress (as I am these days), Forsyth's "Deceivers" gave me four fun and moderately thrilling reads in one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bojanek | 11/6/2011

    " The descriptions about the people or events could have been shorter but this is the only con I can point in that book. While for pros there are such facts that it was surprising, caught my attention, sometimes it was funny, easy to read execpt of some longer descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 8/17/2011

    " Absolutely loved it! Really, really enjoyable if you are into spy novels, ;.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham Houle | 6/11/2011

    " This was one of my first Forsyth books read and I was not really impressed with him, the language was not as complex and I thought he had been built up as an author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 5/15/2011

    " Forsyth is always a fun read. And when you're under a lot of stress (as I am these days), Forsyth's "Deceivers" gave me four fun and moderately thrilling reads in one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arun | 1/15/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bojanek | 11/4/2010

    " The descriptions about the people or events could have been shorter but this is the only con I can point in that book. While for pros there are such facts that it was surprising, caught my attention, sometimes it was funny, easy to read execpt of some longer descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/8/2010

    " Good, solid spy thriller stuff, but there are some basic errors in one of the stories that made me shudder... (errors in geography, of all things) Wondered about the accuracy of the rest of the work after finding these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 3/16/2010

    " They still need spies after the Cold War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 6/22/2009

    " Typical Forsyth book. Well-written. Spy/intrigue focused. I like the way he fleshes out his characters. Not great literature, but pretty good for the spy novel genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham | 8/28/2008

    " This was one of my first Forsyth books read and I was not really impressed with him, the language was not as complex and I thought he had been built up as an author.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ???? | 6/6/2007

    " az in nevisande va ketbaye charndesh aslan khosham nemiad "

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About the Author
Author Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth was born in England in 1938. He settled on a career in journalism, working as a reporter in Norwich and then as the Reuters News Agency’s correspondent in Berlin and Paris, which provided the background for his bestselling novel The Day of the Jackal. He worked for the BBC for several years and then as a freelance journalist.