Anthony Price ingeniously combines the machinations of British Intelligence with the legend of King Arthur in an extraordinary thriller that crackles with suspense from start to finish.
A US Air Force plane mysteriously vanishes on a flight from its base in Britain, and its ace pilot with it. The CIA investigates the missing pilot, and makes some odd findings; findings that will take British intelligence officer David Audley back to the sixth century in an absorbing battle of wits with the Soviet secret police.
Anthony Price is the author of 19 novels featuring Dr David Audley and Colonel Jack Butler, which focus on a group of counter-intelligence agents. Approximately 20 years elapse between the first and last novel in the series, and most of the plots are connected with one or more important events in military history.
The first three novels were adapted into a six-part BBC TV drama in the 1980s, and The Labyrinth Makers and Other Paths to Glory have both been produced as BBC radio dramas. All 19 titles will be reissued in e-book format through Orion’s ‘The Murder Room’ project.
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Now if you like Arthurian lore, this is an ...
One of Price's Best
No. Brit Simon Schatzberger's American voices were jarring at first, and there are a lot of American characters in this book. At first I thought that was going to make it a difficult listen, but he actually manages to pull off most of them. The leads are from the South, and I think it's easier for British actors to do a convincing Southern accent than any more generic "American."
Absolutely! But it's for a certain kind of reader. If you're into Cold War spies AND you're into Arthurian lore, then this book is PERFECT for you! But be warned that there isn't a lot of action. There's a lot more of characters with names like "Sir Thomas" and "Handforth-Jones" discussing Malory and the Venerable Bede. Personally, I love that stuff! Price's books almost always tie in a (then) contemporary espionage investigation with archaeology and/or military history, and the way that he finds to make the CIA interested in searching for an Arthurian battlefield is quite brilliant. Our Man in Camelot will probably appeal to fans of Dan Brown (though Price is a better writer) or The Historian (though this book is much shorter) as much as fans of Deighton and Le Carre who would probably enjoy Price across the board.
Schatzberger is generally quite a good narrator with a knack for making each character distinctive; he just threw me a bit at the beginning with his somewhat jarring American accents.
For sure. And it's not that long, so I guess conceivably you could.
This is one of my favorite David Audley novels that I've read. The Alamut Ambush is also terrific. Both deal with conflicts arising between the espionage agencies of supposedly friendly nations.