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Agent Running in the Field Kindle Edition
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Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
A very classy entertainment about political ideals and deception . . . laced with fury at the senseless vandalism of Brexit and of Trump. Le Carré is the master of the spy genre. ― Guardian
Le Carré delivers a tale for our times, replete with the classic seasoning of betrayal, secret state shenanigans and sad-eyed human frailty, all baked into an oven-hot contemporary thriller . . . Agent Running in the Field is right on the money, in psychology as much as politics, a demonstration of the British spy thriller at its unputdownable best ― Robert McCrum, Observer
As ingeniously structured as any of le Carré's fiction, skilfully misdirecting the reader for much of the time ― Evening Standard
A masterpiece ― Mick Herron, TLS
Master of the game ― Sunday Times
Le Carré's troubled new protagonist is developed with the author's customary skill . . . an impeccable piece of writing ― i
No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times ― Guardian
The master is back on form in this tale of Russian subterfuge and a middle-aged spy 's suspicious badminton partner ― The Times
A rich, beautifully written book studded with surprises. Narrative is a black art, and Le Carré is its grandmaster ― Andrew Taylor, Spectator --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07L8GMY7V
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (17 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 5709 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,543 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So says the lead character Nat's boss to Nat when they are discussing an ongoing case. That line comes almost into 60% of the film but probably captures the essence of the entire book and what its all about - spying and intelligence world during the time of Brexit and Trump.
To whet your appetite I have quoted that brilliant line above. As with his post-Cold War books, le Carre's latest "Agent running in the Field" is simply one more example of his - SPOILERS - an increasing concern for the "Man against System" type of stories where individuals have to find that part of their soul where what's morally right is obviously against the system and its "engine". Be prepared for some stunning writing and incisive look at Brexit Britain and the acerbic comments associated with that through the eyes of Nat.
I think this is a clear high among the Post Cold War 21st century le Carre books and of course, I gladly recommend it to everyone.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 post-imperial Nostalgists!
It a dark and gloomy world and yet, John reminds us in the book that sheer decency and love will keep the world floating. Brilliant prose as always and ED is forever imprinted as another St.George that the world so desperately needs!!! A long wait but worth it and hope John gets to do one more.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2019
The narrator,(Nat), considers his boss,(Dom), self-serving and pretentious, yet Nat hopelessly over-lards his narrative in Chapter 5 with “Chers collègues”,(especially), and other foreign phrases...
The characters seem to be the types of persons that are best avoided like the plague.
If Le Carré intended to write a commentary on the present state of this country, he must be congratulated on his prescience in getting it out in print at exactly this moment, but I, for one, would be not overly saddened if he followed his best creation Smiley into an obscure retirement, on the strength of this book.