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The Best of Our Spies is set mostly in England and France during the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Allied invasion at Normandy. The novel is certainly about spy craft on both the English and German sides but in the context of a love story involving a male British spy and a French woman who is a German spy. It is an excellent novel which develops a little too slowly. I had not listened to a John Lee narrated book is a long time. He is outstanding as usual with this novel.
The Best of Our Spies comes close to earning 5 stars.
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Selecting a book I expected to be a tasty treat of a spy story, I found instead a five course meal of an historical espionage novel, repleat with a complex plot, frightening insights into the endlessly twisting world of intelligence, the hideousness and criminality of war, and characters I will hold in my heart for a very long time.
What a fine, moving story this is. There were moments in the book when I felt I too was chasing around France, not knowing what would happen next. This story makes a portion of the war come alive for me as no other author has done. I look forward to many more books from Alex Gerlis.
And of course, John Lee brings every character to life. His rich reading makes the story all that much better.
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