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Publisher's Summary

France, July 1944: a month after the Allied landings in Normandy, and the liberation of Europe is underway. In the Pas-de-Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British Special Operations executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears. In London, her husband, Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, discovers the truth about her role in the Allies' sophisticated deception at the heart of D-Day. Appalled but determined, Owen sets off on a perilous hunt through France in search of his wife. With the help of the Resistance, he finds Nathalie, but then the bitterness of war and its insatiable appetite for revenge catch up with them in dramatic fashion. Based on real events of the Second World War, The Best of Our Spies is a thrilling tale of international intrigue, love, deception, and espionage.
©2012 Alex Gerlis (P)2015 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 11-25-17

WWII spy novel

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda Hanson on 01-11-16

The Best Kind of Spy Story

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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