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The Deceiver

Narrated by: Christian Rodska
Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.

As part of the proceedings, four of Sam's key operations are reviewed: a clandestine mission into East Germany in 1985 to contact the top Russian spy General Pankratin; a KGB colonel who wants to defect; an audacious Qaddafi-inspired plot to ship arms to the IRA; and the occasion when McCready presided over the aftermath of political murder and mayhem in the Caribbean.

©1992 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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superb short stories

Where does The Deceiver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Again this is Fredrick Forsyth at the top of his game. Each story is really well crafted. Very different from each other and full of excitement. All to do with the secret service and the cold war.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character in all the short stories McCready was my favourite. He triumphs in all the stories, and so he should he was very, very good

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

Really, really good. He has the ability to change accents so well. Because it is short stories each story is in a different location and Christian Rodska is brilliant at each and every voice. It makes the listening so much more enjoyable, rather like listening to a play rather than a book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would love to have listened to it in one sitting, but it is 17 hours long, as it is I stayed in my kitchen cooking and baking far too much so that I could listen for longer.

Any additional comments?

I have over 200 audio books and Fredrick Forsyth is so near the top of my all time favourite books, I listen to them several times and always hear something I missed first time round.

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Not what I expected

What made the experience of listening to The Deceiver the most enjoyable?

I'm not sure how true the characters are behind the book, but they seem very very real and that just makes the book a great listen. It's as though I'm there alongside the action.

What did you like best about this story?

How close it seemed to real life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How some situations appeared so normal and then they turned out to be so dangerous. The jobs some people to keep us safe.

Any additional comments?

Just great, thank you as a first Frederick Forsyth book it was superb

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Three books for the price of one

This well narrated tale is in fact three stories, linked cleverly together. Forsyth’s writing is sharp, clever and sometimes humorous. Christian Rodska’s voice acting is perfect. A five star choice.

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  • 18-01-19

thoroughly enjoyable

Found this book very hard to stop listening to; fascinating and satisfying tales, that were extremely well read. Also highly entertaining with the inclusion of some lovely, good, old, British humour.

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FF - a real stunner

Frederick Forsyth novels never disappoint.
This book, however, is in a class of its own. I couldn’t wait to hear the next chapter and yet I was disappointed when it ended, because I wanted more.
Even though I worked out the penultimate twist, it was fascinating how it evolved.
For a reader/listener I think FF is a national treasure. And his autobiography goes some way to explain why he can pull off these complex plots with ease.

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Vintage Forsyth

A compilation of five different clandestine operations by an under-cover agent of the British secret service kept me entertained for many hours. The stories given extra credence by the inside knowledge and personal experience of the author. With the added pleasure of being delivered by one of the best narrators in the business.

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Great story

Magical plots and superb narration. Great entertainment and worth investing time to fully enjoy the experience.

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Fantastic!

I am an avid Frederick Forsyth fan and decided to try the audiobooks. The narrator Christian Rodska truly brings this brilliant author's books to life.

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Forsyth Magic Dwindling?

I've been a huge Forsyth fan since Jackal and Odessa and this is the first of his works that I've read (listened to - excellent narration) without being almost entirely captivated and enthralled.
Well-researched, as always, but, for me, lacking his usual plot ingenuity.
To me it felt as though it had been put together to meet a deadline and had utilised stock locations, sub-plots and descriptions which the author had stockpiled over the years.
I would love to see Sam McReady, the protagonist, return to fight another full-novel day.

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Value for money!

There's enough material in this book to fill three novels: and they could be written by three different authors. The last part set in the Caribbean was a bit John Buchan or 'Death in Paradise', but I enjoyed it all anyway. Mr. Forsyth still intrigues and entertains. I will be listening to more of his books.

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  • VikingBoy
  • 29-07-17

The master storyteller

Excellent

Forsyth at his finest.
Left me wanting to hear more about Sam McCready. Narration is superb.