It is early 1950, the midpoint of the 20th century. Joe McCarthy is cranking up his demagoguery and Joseph Stalin had intensified the cold war. In Washington, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI is fighting a turf war with the newly founded Central Intelligence Agency. Harry Truman is in the White House, trying to keep a lid on domestic and foreign politics, but the crises never stop.
It should be a time of peace and prosperity in America, but it is anything but. FBI agent Thomas Buchanan is assigned to investigate the father of a former fiance, Ann Garrett, who dumped Buchanan while he was away to World War Two. And suddenly Buchanan finds himself on a worldwide search for both an active Soviet spy and the only woman he ever loved. In the process, he crosses paths with Hoover, Truman, Soviet moles and assassins, an opium kingpin from China, and a brigade of lowlife from the American film community. Truman's Spy is a classic cold war story of espionage and betrayal, love and regret, patriots and traitors.
This is the revised and updated 2013 edition of Noel Hynd's follow-up to Flowers from Berlin. The story is big, a sprawling intricate tale of espionage, from post-war Rome and Moscow to New York, Philadelphia and Hollywood, filled with the characters, mores and attitudes of the day. And at its heart: the most crucial military secret of the decade.
"Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington's agencies, public and private." (Publishers Weekly)
"A notch above the Ludums and Clancys of the world..." (Booklist)
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Production quality & narrator made me nuts!
No. This is the first time I have ever written a review before finishing the book.
If -- and it's a big if -- I get through the rest of it, I will edit this review.
Narrator's voice is super low bass. I find it h hard to listen to his voice. That can be fixed somewhat through an equalizer. This book uses voice imitations for direct quotes which mimic the actual speakers.
My gripe -- and what is so annoying -- is the background music which plays all the time. In comparison to the volume of the narrator it is like a fly buzzing around -- not enough to really hear it but loud enough to get on my nerves. I keep thinking someone is in my house, or the answering machine is recording or that I left the radio or TV on.
Have not finished book yet.
Voice so low it is hard on my ears -- the way a car with loud bass hurts when it is next to you at a stoplight.
Not yet. It might be okay to read.
Music behind the narration? Whose dumb idea was that?
- Jeanne B.
Potentially Good Thriller Ruined by Goofy Gimmicks