A Delicate Truth Gibraltar A counter terror operation codenamed Wildlife is being mounted in Britain s most precious colony Its purpose to capture and abduct a high value jihadist arms buyer Its authors an amb

  • Title: A Delicate Truth
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: 9780670922796
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gibraltar, 2008.A counter terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain s most precious colony Its purpose to capture and abduct a high value jihadist arms buyer Its authors an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend So delicate is the operation that even the Minister s private secretary, TobGibraltar, 2008.A counter terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain s most precious colony Its purpose to capture and abduct a high value jihadist arms buyer Its authors an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend So delicate is the operation that even the Minister s 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 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

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      John le Carr , the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England , is an English author of espionage novels Le Carr has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land s End.See also John le Carr



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    1. “Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, dear man. In an imperfect world, I fear it’s the best we can manage.” ― John le Carré, A Delicate Truth If for whatever reason, during the last twenty years, you've missed John le Carré's anger, and if his last 10 books were too subtle for you, and if you didn't catch le Carré's moral outrage in 'the Constant Gardner' and 'a Most Wanted Man', then you might need to skip 'A Delicate Truth'. In his newest novel, John le Carré tackles [...]

    2. I have not read much le Carre, having decided long ago that his dialogues and conversations were too subtle and nuanced for me. I repeatedly felt as though I was supposed to have "gotten" something that I had clearly missed. Either my reading has improved, or he has become a clearer writer. I was never at a loss in this one, and I could only be amazed at his skill in setting, characterization, and plotting. His anger at the amorality of modern governments is fierce, and his depiction of bureaucr [...]

    3. The worst of le Carre is a damn sight better than most thriller writers and at his best he is a great writer full stop (no need to limit him to a genre). I find him to be more polemical these days, more explicitly political (as in taking on big pharma in The Constant Gardener, for example; he's probably not wrong about the issue, but fiction shouldn't be about issues so much as about how people respond to those issues. This book is a bit like that, substituting private security companies (i.e Ha [...]

    4. What can I say about the Yoda of spy-masters I haven't already said? That five stars aren't nearly enough?No spoilers here. This is the behind-the-scenes story of a small anti-terrorist black op that might or might not have happened. Problem is, its very existence - even as a plan - is so politically incorrect as to be a profound embarrassment if anyone involved decides to break silence and go public with the few facts they know. So the trendy topic of whistle-blowing is very much at issue.I fin [...]

    5. John Le Carre's latest novel is brilliant.On the cover of A Delicate Truth, Gibraltar looms like the vast bulk of reality weighing down on the idealism and sense of duty that preoccupy the novel’s protagonist, as they do in so many of the works of John Le Carre. Gibraltar itself does play a key role here as the site of an incident that brings together a motley cast of hapless souls: the upstanding senior officer and the bent but bumbling junior Minister he answers to; the Minister’s fast-tra [...]

    6. John le Carre is probably the most literary of the great genre writers of our time. In most of his novels there usually comes a point (sometimes several times), where the elevated language, le Carre's sense of the story's moment, the ideas in play, all converge in a WOW moment of insight, wisdom conveyed, prophecy even. In le Carre's 2013 novel (the author is an amazingly prolific 82), those moments of literary high seemed to me to be missing. And yet, the author is still playing for the highest [...]

    7. Another blackly pessimistic parable by master storyteller Le Carré. The reader is let into the hidden corridors of Westminster, where parvenu politicians pursue and promote fantastic fantasies in order to advance their careers, encouraged and led up the garden path by private corporations eager to scoop up a handful of crumbs from the high table, a game in which ordinary mortals are mere disposable commodities. In one of his recurrent themes, a small group of elite soldiers on the one hand, and [...]

    8. John Le Carre started out writing wonderful spy novels, and along the way became a wonderful writer who sometimes wrote about spies. When his territory of the cold war spy world came to a natural end he seemed freed to take on other moral aspects of the world, and to have become as he has aged, a waver of red flags, telling us that we our losing our power and our humanity. Notably, The Constant Gardener brought big pharma's dirty deeds into the light. And in every case he tells a gripping tale w [...]

    9. This was my first le Carre novel and while it was entertaining maybe this wasn't the best of his to start off with. The writing is great and dialogue well-done. It is the premise that didn’t really do it for me. The operation which is the catalyst for the story just didn’t seem nefarious enough or perhaps it was just not fleshed out in enough detail. I just had a hard time believing the event was of sufficient magnitude and scandal to drive the actions of all the characters. Maybe I’m just [...]

    10. Along with *The Constant Gardener*, this is my favorite of John le Carre's post-Cold War novels. Seems to me that JLC's strengths are on full display here, amounting to a fine balance of character development, physical action, and political commentary. Like *The Constant Gardener*, it's the story of a whistleblower (whistleblowers, actually -- there's more than one of 'em here) struggling against the powers that be. This time out, "the powers that be" cabal is made up of a handful of American ne [...]

    11. It's a bit funny that a quote of Tim Rutten calling Le Carre "one of our great writers of moral ambiguity" is being used to promote this book. While that statement is certainly true of some of his Cold War-era novels, it doesn't really apply here - there is very little moral ambiguity in this book. The central characters have their struggles and doubts, but the plot very much revolves around their efforts to Do The Right Thing, and the bad guys are unambiguously bad. As with books like Absolute [...]

    12. A Delicate Truth was good to the very last drop. This one did not have quite as many layers as most of Le Carre's novels, but the intrigue was just as palpable. I remember the first time I tackled one of this author's books and it was almost a job of work. So many characters, so many chances to get lost. Worth it? Yes, indeed. This one is much easier to follow, but still demands the reader pay attention. You will want to do that anyway, reading his writing is a pleasure. A tip of my old-school h [...]

    13. Although by comparrison the first part, chaper 1 especially, is slow and difficult to follow. This is deliberate and the events are left to be expanded upon throughout the rest of the book. Chapter 2 sets the book up nicely and from the third chapter you are hooked.This was an interesting way to tell the story but for dramatic effect well worth it and the readers that read on are rewarded by vintage le Carre in a wonderful thriller and classic conspiracy story.The writing is strong and clever as [...]

    14. Another solid effort by le Carre`. With the Cold War having ended he has had to shift his focus and at age 82 (when he wrote this) he has done a remarkable job in keeping up with the times, being current in his plots and delivering a scathing look at the new normal in counter-terrorism. The book begins with a covert operation on the Rock of Gibraltar, a mission that was deemed a success despite some apparent issues prior to a raid on a jihadist. We are then seamlessly transported 3 years hence a [...]

    15. After completing the book, I read two reviews in the NYT. One by resident reviewer Michiko Kakutani, which was critical, and the other in the Sunday Book Review by fellow author Olen Steinhauer, which was much kinder. In a sense, I agreed with both. Le Carre, especially since the GWOT (Global War on Terror), has been almost obsessed with American heavy-handedness, blundering, and worse. As an American reader, I say to myself, “Really, we're not that dumb and brutish—are we?” Even recalling [...]

    16. What makes corporates similar to cockroaches ? I think it's that slow entrance and the gradual overpowering of the original host environment. A sort of metamorphosis that leaves the host unrecognisable. They sniff out the profitable places of the world and slowly move in and before you know it they transform it. Look around you, what is surely the most profitable organisation you can think of ? The one thing that will never go out of popularity ? I'd say it is war. As long as we humans are alive [...]

    17. Now 82 years old, le Carre' continues to be relevant and excellent. Unlike many espionage writers, his stories are subtle and weave believability through the outstanding accounts of the every day work of spies, home office politics and today's trend to use third party contractors and mercenaries to do some of the dirty work. This story is an up-close and personal account of an older such member of the community with very little field agent experience and a younger up-and- coming agent who is str [...]

    18. I've been reading John Le Carre since I was in my twenties. A new book from him is like an old friend. As the concerns of espionage have changed over the years, Le Carre has kept pace. A Delicate Truth balances on themes of extraordinary rendition and the increasing privatization of international security: the legacies of groups such as the Iraq War's notorious Blackwater. The book starts with a delicious sardonic tone that encourages you to savour the lovely sentence construction and often made [...]

    19. As always, there is a lot here to like, especially in le Carré's portrayal of the lawless and deceitfully sanctimonious Blair-Bush fiasco they called their 'War On Terror'. A direct, clearheaded understanding of corporate warfare and its implications is neatly woven through every plot twist.As we've come to expect in any le Carré story, we are plunged without warning or exposition directly into a milieu where we don't know the rules, and may not even recognize the playing field until the narr [...]

    20. A new John le Carre title is a great event. I bought this as soon as it was released and read it on the same day.As always, the writing cannot be faulted. I like his knack of slipping from past to present tense, almost invisibly, to increase the tension. This is used to great effect in the first part of the book, describing a clandestine but unauthorised operation in Gibraltar.The premise is intriguing and controversial, as in le Carre's recent novels: rampant collusion between unaccountable gov [...]

    21. 2,5*Το πρώτο μισό είναι λίγο κουραστικό, καθώς συστήνει χαρακτήρες περιγράφοντας έμμεσα μια εμπλοκή σε ένα χλιαρό μυστήριο που δε βλέπουμε. Ξαφνικά στα μισά ο Λε Καρέ σκέφτεται ότι μπορεί και να βαριόμαστε να διαβάζουμε για το Φορειν Όφις και δένει όμορφα τις ιστορίες, εμπλέ [...]

    22. John le Carré is in his 80s and still writing spy thrillers that are as contemporary and up to the minute as anything else in the genre. This one, A Delicate Truth, is one of his best IMHO.Le Carré long ago moved on from the Cold War espionage era of his classic George Smiley character to the post-9/11, counter-terrorism, civilian contractor-dominated intelligence world of today, his later novels featuring mid-level actors in Britain's foreign office and intelligence ministries. I would never [...]

    23. There are many excellent reader reviews here and most of those with a four or five star rating are worth a look so I’m not going to waste time on a duplicating detailed review. This novel has pretty much all the hall marks of Le Carré: well written with a clear concise prose style; great characterisations; beautifully structured plot; a sub text of cynicism regarding the inhuman nature of large institutions, be they government or private; a mature personal relationship hinted at as a ray of h [...]

    24. The master of the complex story told as if being put together by an analyst who has waded through thousands of pages of surveillance documents and recordings and the interviews of dozens of participants. The reader is tantalized by holes and gaps both of a "historical" nature in the story and in the morals and principles of the characters. I found myself wondering what the real payoff was and for whom in the aftermath of the unguarded comment by an American State Department rep who would suggest [...]

    25. Tis isn't a spy novel. Rather, it tells the story of a (fairly low-octane) anti terror operation gone wrong, the attempts of a faction of government to conceal that, and how a whistleblower in the British diplomatic corps tries to uncover what happened. If that sounds a lot more boring than what the Le Carre books most people probably love are about (clever spies with complex personalities trying to outsmart each other against the backdrop of global conflicts), then you get a taste of why this i [...]

    26. When I was young, I was a literary snob and did not read le Carre. Now I am older and a little bit wiser and appreciate his memorable characters and the passion in his writing. I have started at both ends of his oeuvre so I have read A Little Town in Germany and progressed into the future but also from the other end, read The Constant Gardener and now A Delicate Truth. At age 80+ his is till the master stylist and story teller.This time the focus is on whistle blowers and how the British (and I [...]

    27. I liked that it's a compact story. Action is kept off stage for two thirds of the book. Indirect, second-hand reports. When it finally comes to each of the two protagonists, it comes with destructive force. The question is if they can recover from the blows. I thought Kit and Toby a bit too similar. Then read that auto-biographical elements are in both. No wonder. Toby is the stronger character, and hints of the budding relationship with Emily was sweet. That's rewarding a character for it's vir [...]

    28. An interesting spy story with a plot that's not as convoluted as le Carre's previous thrillers but just as engrossing. The play is between good and evil as represented by Kit Probyn and Toby Bell on the one hand and Jay Crispin on the other. As I read this I kept thinking it would make a terrific movie and when I googled the title after reading the book I found that Daniel Monahan who directed "The Departed" was interested in making it into a movie. (I can picture the British actor, Bill Nye, as [...]

    29. From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:John le Carre's novel about a man who must choose between his conscience and his duty.

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