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I remember John Le Carre's books not only were historically fascinating and accurate but had some oomph that kept you compelled to keep reading -- no matter what the tale. This story dragged on and on and the ending was so flimsy - as one writer said, it left things undone. The narrator is great, the story thin and ends with a whimper.
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While I don't think John le Carre will ever regain the level of the George Smiley books -- that Cold War is over, and his generation is gone -- he does seem to have finally found his metier again with this book, after floundering around for some years with very inferior books like "A Constant Gardener".
The fact is that there IS another major threat to the West, and if it's not exactly a "cold" war, it's not a "hot" one either, and it is just as ideologically driven as the Communist threat was. Le Carre not only makes his Moslem protagonists seem sympathetic, he shows just how the various intelligence services are also driven by ideology: the supremacy of human intelligence vs. technological innovation, the patient researcher vs the "cowboy", the runner of agents who want to turn potential sources to his benefit against those who want to simply quarantine and neutralize the "enemy".
The narration is excellent. Very highly recommended.
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