My Review of The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

Stick with this one. If you can get past the code names, intrigue, double crosses, and deceit, you’ll find a compelling tale of the spy game between Germany and England between 1938 up to just before the invasion that took place on the beaches of Normandy, France.

Alfred Vicary, a professor of higher learning, is asked to join England’s battle against Germany as the head of a branch of military intelligence responsible for running spies and turning spies for purposes of sending false information to the enemy. Vicary’s friendship with Churchill, combined with his boredom with academia propels him into a world of suspense and deception as he moves his informants and uses the enemy’s spies to move erroneous information, misleading plots, and a ghost network of imaginary informants, but is he the puppet master, or another puppet on a string?

The 724 pages took me a little over a week to complete and towards the end I could not put it down, so involved in the intrigue and heart-wrenching fall-out that occur as people are killed and deceptions are revealed. The story, obviously, takes place during World War II and will keep you guessing to the very end. The story takes you from the east coast of the United States with Peter Jordan, a highly sought after engineer, to Germany’s two branches of military intelligence, fighting to take over one another and gain the favor of Hitler, to England’s blackouts and military wrangling.

Excellent story and another well-written chapter in the Second World War.

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