The Unlikely Spy

The Unlikely Spy

by Daniel Silva

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s celebrated debut novel, The Unlikely Spy, is “A ROLLER-COASTER WORLD WAR II ADVENTURE that conjures up memories of the best of Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth” (The Orlando Sentinel).

“In wartime,” Winston Churchill wrote, “truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” For Britain’s counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agent imaginable—a history professor named Alfred Vicary, handpicked by Churchill himself to expose a highly dangerous, but unknown, traitor. The Nazis, however, have also chosen an unlikely agent. Catherine Blake is the beautiful widow of a war hero, a hospital volunteer—and a Nazi spy under direct orders from Hitler: uncover the Allied plans for D-Day...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786211012
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/15/1997
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 902
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.65(d)

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, and the Gabriel Allon series, including The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, and House of Spies. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world.

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"Evocative...memorable...a classic World War II espionage tale." - Washington Post

"Silva keeps the suspense keen." - Los Angeles Times

"A roller-coaster World War II adventure that conjures up memories of the best of Ken Follett and Frederick Frosyth." - Orlando Sentinel

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The Unlikely Spy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read all of Silva's other books, I thought I should go back and read his first one. At a recent book-signing he said it was his favorite one so I thought I'd give it a shot. The story is great and the characters are very interesting. The only gripe I have is that it seemed like on every other page another character was introduced and it was a bit confusing at first to figure out who was who. 'I would've liked a 'cast of characters' page to help out. Yet, once I got into the story it was excellent. If you decide to read it, give it a bit before giving gets easier as it goes along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of espionnage and really enjoyed this one. Of course, we all know how the war turned out, so you have to make the bad guys have some redeeming qualities or it would be a history book. The people who only rated this one or two stars just don't get it!
robertpe More than 1 year ago
This is a great story but too many characters. The only thing I don't like about books set in other countries is that some of the terms or language is not familiar. Other than that I was interested to read what happens. As with a lot of books, the preview turns out to be better than some of the following story which tends to drag a bit but then sgets better again the further into the story you get. I wish he had done more with the american story line as those characters seemed relateable and interesting to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by Daniel Silva,and it wont be my last.He had me 'hooked',from the first page.The characters are interesting .there is good plots ,and some sex also.I think Mr Silva is way better than Ken Follett!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author selected a great plot, holding the reader right through to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Silva book; now will read others. by aj west
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Having not read Silva's first book until now, I found this one very detailed with some characters exceptionally complex . A plausible story written within the historical matrix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book. I loved the fact that we learned about the spy networks of both the allies and the Nazis. It was fascinating and exciting. Wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls you in and does not let go. A thrill ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First rate as always,, you feel these people .
Nocash More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. It was a thriller from the beginning to end. If you like spy novels, you will love this one. I didn't want the book to end. I didn't want to see Catherine Blake captured, because although she was a killer, she was described as a beautiful woman. This was my first book by Daniel Silva, but it won't be my last. He is a great author!.
BruceD More than 1 year ago
Very good spy book. I have read many that have followed this one by Daniel Silva.  I like the premise of the hero Gabriel Allon being a master painting restorer and artist at heart, but strictly impassionate when called to duty. The book held me and was suspenseful.
barb-don More than 1 year ago
I love the style of Daniels always moves along so smoothly ans I can't seem to put the book down! I just wish he could write faster....can't wait until July for the next bood!!! Barbara in Sacramento
msmys More than 1 year ago
Found this book a bit tedious. If this had been the first one of his I'd read I might not have tried him again . Have enjoyed all his other books very much.
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Neilsantos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, I pick books at random that have swastikas or wehrmacht eagles. It was good, the title is misleading. The spy is quite likely in fact and the ending was a self-pitying, which is annoying. I don't think I liked Silva to try another of his outside this genre.
annettebr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Mr. Silva, and will pick up his other books to read too.I really enjoyed this story, and the characters, and was drawn into the climax, rooting for both the good guys and the bad guys and hoping it all worked out to save the world.The end was not satisfying however. Our Hero maybe wasn't such a hero, and maybe all the time reading was itn't worth it. Still, it was a fun ride.
ZoharLaor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I¿m a sucker for WWII and / or spy booksBefore I start ¿ this is not a ¿Gabriel Allon¿ book as mentioned on the page title.¿The Unlikely Spy¿ is a fast paced page turner, set mostly in days preceding the Normandy invasion in WWII. The story¿s unlikely hero is a university professor named Alfred Vicray who was recruited by none other then Winston Churchill himself to work for the British MI5.Vicary is a spy catcher ¿ he does his job well until realizing that a small group of German sleeper agents trained by Abwehr officer Kurt Vogel are still in Britain. The threat is that the German agents could discover the secrets to the invasion and allow the Germans to setup a proper defense line (or call the invasion off) and the invasion would fail.Chief among the German spies is Anna Katerina von Steiner, known in Britain as Dutch tourist Catherine Blake. Catherine is an attractive woman and a top notch spy who has been a sleeper agent in London for six years - now she has been activated by Vogel.Let the mind games and puzzles begin¿.The plot twists and turns very cleverly and the ending caught me by surprise. Even though this is a big book, the narrative is told masterfully, the twists keep coming and it¿s hard to stop reading.The characters in the book are well drawn, they each are painted in shades of gray ¿the German spies have some redeeming qualities and the English MI5 agents are not depicted as saints doing G-d¿s work.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Unlikely Spy is a solid, but fairly standard-issue spy thriller. The eponymous spy is a university professor who¿s been drafted into the intelligence service in the UK. As D-Day approaches, the consequences of leaked (or faked but believed) intelligence are potentially catastrophic. The Germans have activated an elite sleeper agent, and the outcome of the war itself may turn on our protagonist¿s ability to track her down.Silva¿s cast of characters is quite good, although some clichés sneak in (could there ever be a female spy who lacked mesmerizing eyes, a wide, sexy mouth, and a taut, flawless figure?)Oddly for books in this genre, The Unlikely Spy is best through its middle section. The book¿s opening chapters introduce characters in disparate times and places, and feel a bit prosaic. The ending is overwritten; there¿s too much recapping and rehashing of facts and events we readers already know all about.Recommended for beach reading only.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Silva¿s Gabriel Allon series, so I didn¿t hesitate to pick up this, his debut novel. Though it was in danger of being a bit too long, I found the plot engaging and it definitely kept me reading. Just when you thought you had the whole thing figured out, you find out you were wrong. The pacing at the climax was great, and really drove home the importance of what was happening. You almost find yourself rooting for Catherine, wanting her to find some peace. I¿m happy to add this to my collection of WWII historical novels.
hmskip on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a WWII spy thriller similar to some by Ken Follett such as Eye of the Needle. Quite enjoyable, but the only characters I really found myself rooting for ended badly. The character development was just something short of the best in my mind, but the story itself was interesting and good.I find these stories about the British home front just prior the Normandy invasion very intriguing. I am also reading a book about the (real) decoding of the Enigma right now - so I have a lot of this on my mind. The historical basis of this book, the Mulberry harbor crafts, was something I had never heard of before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Very realistic from beginning to end.