The Deceiver

  • by Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by Charles Keating
  • 4 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sam McCready has served with distinction for seven years as chief of the cover operations desk of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, a post that is the culmination of a brilliant career as an inventive and intrepid field agent. But times have changed. A high-level policy decision demands that the SIS strip away its old-style operatives, and the first to be targeted for retirement is the freewheeling McCready. Sharp-minded, somewhat cynical, McCready is a maverick whose independent style has often driven him beyond the rules. Presented to a panel of his peers, McCready's exploits may be dazzling evidence of his value, or damning proof that he must be put aside. Presiding over this long-shot effort by a great spymaster to save his career will be Timothy Edwards, McCready's most determined foe, and in the balance hangs the future of Britain's secret intelligence operations.


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There is abridged, and there is the Cliff Notes. This version more resembles a granola bar than a light meal. A fan of Forsythe will be disappointed that little of his rich narrative has survived the compression process. Save your credit and wait for a full unabridged version.
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- Gordon

The Deceiver

This is one of my very favorite books. Classic British spy with superb story and reader.
It's actually several books in one in that it relates several cases the spy master has worked on during his career. So it is perfect for reading a section at a time. My only complaint is that only this abridged version is available but don't let that put you off - it is still a great listen. I know eventually they will put out an unabridged version BUT it's not going to have this good a reader as he will be a hard act to follow. So I recommend this book and not wait for the complete version.
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- David Share

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio