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In Secret Service: A Novel

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In 1964, James Bond's creator sealed a package containing a manuscript he thought no one would read until fifty years after his death. As an officer in Britain's Naval Intelligence during World War II, Ian Fleming had his own adventures to recount, and a conscience to unburden. His family ties and his career had taken him to the upper echelons of British and American socie ...more
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Published May 22nd 2007 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Wendy
Jan 16, 2009 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This could have been a good book since the writing was okay and the plot idea was interesting but, once it started giving detailed physiological descriptions of female anatomy to describe why this one woman was so sexually agreeable, I had to stop. Also, the main girl was being pursued by a killer or two but she would stop and think sometimes about who should be her maid of honor and where she would get her wedding invitations. Whatev!
Helena Carmon
Nov 09, 2011 Helena Carmon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Secret Service was interesting because it took a lot of Ian Fleming information from his James Bond books, which I absolutely love, simply because I am a HUGE James Bond person.
This specific book however has to do with a modern day Academic woman named Amy, who studies historic works, who has to unexpectedly go to Ireland because of a death in her family. Her inheritance is none other than an unpublished, original, Ian Fleming manuscript. As soon as she get her inheritance, unbeknownst to her
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Marilou
Feb 23, 2008 Marilou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII buffs; spy story fanciers
Just started this book on cd. Very interesting; WWII spies, Princess Diana, the Book of Kells all in a bundle! Just finished listening to this. I listened as I drove, as I ironed, as I cooked, as I nearly fell asleep. This was a lighthearted and fun book filled with characters and spanning 8 decades. There were so many twists and turns and the escapades of the "heroine" were as iimprobable as those of Indiana Jones! All in all, a light, fun read even though the main character was not well develo ...more
David
Jul 27, 2009 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mitch Silver had a clever idea for a novel. His premise-- real life creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming, discovers a secret left over from World War II-- this secret is so volatile that a number of people are set to prevent from being exposed.

This novel has a bit of a split personality as the author flips back and forth between the modern day holder of the document and Mr. Fleming's memoir. Silver reveals some really neat tradecraft and spycraft (in regards to a caper in a bank safety deposit va
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Justin
Jun 01, 2008 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my father-in-law or anyone about to fly.
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Jessica
The writing lacks the polish of a gifted author and the story strains credulity, but I could easily see it as a big-budget actioner on screen.
Mary Kay
The Duke of Windsor gives aid to Hitler & a young Ian Fleming finds out all the sordid details & intrusts his info to a bewildered Yale professor. Many people die. An adventure, to say the least.
Andrew K. Lee
Mitch Silver’s In Secret Service is, despite some flaws, a clever and fun book.

Amy Greenberg, an art history professor at Yale, learns she has inherited a safety deposit box in Ireland from her late grandfather. Inside, she finds an unpublished memoir by Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. The memoir reveals potentially explosive secrets about intrigue and treason in Britain at the highest levels. In his cover letter, Fleming tells Amy he knew her grandfather in the War, and wanted to pass o
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Joe White
Mar 28, 2014 Joe White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3/31/30
review/notes of "In Secret Service" by Mitch Silver, 2007

This book is a fictional history story wrapped inside a contemporary narrative related by the main character, "Amy". The fictional history is a "withheld" Ian Fleming story detailing issues surrounding Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who was set to become the King of England at the outset of WW2. Amy is a contemporary character who inherits the Ian Fleming narrative from a bank lockbox.

The historical narrative primarily dealt wi
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Angela
May 15, 2009 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had started this book through Suzanne Beecher's Emailbookclub.com and thought it was intriguing.

What does Ian Fleming have to do with Princess Diana's death? Read this book to read an intricate tale of royalty, spies, World War II, and how it all could have played out.

Mitch Silver does a superb job of drawing the reader into the storyline. Amy Greenberg is an Art Historian and the only granddaughter of "Chief" Greenberg, an American soldier who drove a Jeep which carried Ian Fleming on a quest
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Alysia
May 13, 2016 Alysia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book 2 1/2 stars instead of 3. The story is a fiction story about Ian Fleming, the real life author of the James Bond books. The premise is that he had a real life secret from WWII that he wanted to tell, but wasn't sure where or when. So he left a transcript of what happened for a modern day granddaughter of one of the people involved to find.

So then this granddaughter, Amy, is being pursued by many different people for having this transcript (much like a James Bond no
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Steven
Sep 26, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this novel, a book that takes place in two time periods. A modern-day woman, Amy, finds that she's the owner, via a safety deposit box containing a manuscript--of an unknown document written by Ian Fleming. Fleming relates a tale reminiscent of his James Bond character as he uncovers a secret considered damaging to the British royal family. Unfortunately for Amy, people are still after the document, know she has it, and are willing to kill to get it.

I listened to the Recorded Books audi
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Ryan Balazi
Aug 25, 2013 Ryan Balazi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
this was a good book listened as an audio book unabridged. the book is a historical fiction/ nonfiction based on an event that may be true or untrue in the conspiracy theory world of well known prominent figures during world war 2. it is a secret known by two people, the well known Ian flemming and Anthony blunt. Ian writes a story of what this secret is and stores it un a safety deposit box to be read by the main character amy some 40 to 50 years later whom is the granddaughter of chief who pla ...more
Jeff Crosby
This was a disappointing read for me. The idea was interesting, and it was written well enough. The strength of the novel are the historical chapters supposedly penned by Ian Fleming. However, I was frustrated by the historical payoff. I'll try to avoid spoilers by just saying that if you are a student of World War II and Cold War history, there is little surprise here. As each historical player enters the stage, you hope that perhaps the payoff will be less obvious than it seems. Unfortunately ...more
Jen
Aug 12, 2007 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldnt_finish
I put this down half-way through; not because it's boring, but because I just wasn't excited about it and have lots of other books to read. I think I might pick it up again someday because of its' novelty. Basically, Ian Flemming (007 author) leaves notes for his friend's granddaughter outlining some major scandal before WWII. Interwoven between documents from the 1930's (well-written) is the story of the granddaughter, which is a whole bunch weaker. She's being chased by some people because of ...more
Jessica
Sep 17, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Conspiracy theory? Heck yes. A book that fantasizes and hypothesizes the idea of what if a hidden manuscript by Ian Fleming contained some very incriminating information about some very powerful European rulers in the time of Hitler. This manuscript was put in a safety deposit box to be put in the hands of a third party some 50 years later and some rather desperate people realize this information might be a good bargaining chip. A lot of the book is reading through the manuscripts as a case file ...more
Bill
Oct 18, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good thriller for a first novel. A young woman inherits Ian Fleming's long-hidden account of spying during World War II and must finish it to find out why people are trying to kill her. In 1964 James Bond's creator sealed a package containing a manuscript he thought no one would see for a generation, but the intended recipient, the daughter of a Fleming contemporary, receives the package much earlier than intended when the bank in which it was placed must find the rightful owner of the depo ...more
Sarah
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any audiobook about James Bond is something I want to listen to, and this adult novel had an interesting twist. Amy Greenberg, a professor in America, is sent to Ireland to pick up a package that her dead grandfather left her in his will. She finds out that it is an unpublished manuscript written by James Bonds' creator, Ian Fleming. Amy knows that the manuscript is valuable, but she doesn't believe HOW valuable until people start dying around her. Someone is after her. Well, several people are ...more
Mary
Jan 22, 2013 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!

What a waste of time. This book had the dumbest main character ever. Amy Greenberg (Doctor Amy Greenberg, as she keeps reminding us) has a Ph.D. from Yale. She is a professor there. I didn't know Yale gave Ph.D's to dingbats.

Then there are the rest of the characters that are actual people. By the time I had read one or two of their most intimate exploits I was beginning to feel a little voyeuristic. Not something I want to feel when I am reading fiction. So, don't bother.
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Angel
Jan 29, 2016 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book...probably because i love history and the royal family intrigues me.
The historical parts, written as a letter from Ian Fleming who worked military intelligence in WW2, was very well done and interesting.
I have to agree with someone else who thought the present sections weren't as good...they seemed rushed.
However, the interweaving of fact and fiction made up for it to me and i enjoyed it quite a lot. Even ran to the computer to see if some things had actually happened or wer
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Bev Walkling
Aug 22, 2013 Bev Walkling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I listened to the abridged audio version so in some ways it seems hardly fair to rate the book. I would probably give it a 3.5 if I had the choice. I loved that they had more than one narrator. Given the way the book was written (a book within a book) it made it much easier to figure things out. I will also say that I felt both readers did an excellent job and I loved the voice of the male reader. There were times when it was a little confusing trying to understand who exactly the bad guys were ...more
Wendy
Feb 14, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It started out interesting, but I'd say more than 1/2 of the book was the reading of an old Ian Flemming manuscript that was discovered in a safe deposit box. The longer the book went on the more difficult it was to keep up with the manuscript characters.

I kept listening mainly because I had a vehicle that didn't have a connection for my ipod and I needed to have some book to listen to. Can't say I would recommend this to anyone that doesn't have an interest in historical books.
Anna
Nov 02, 2008 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII buffs, British history buffs, Ian Fleming fans
It was good, a little confusing on the importance of the "manuscript" was so important. But, I think maybe it was me that was distracted while reading it, not the book. Maybe I need to do more research in history. I did find that the book did leave some loose ends. In the first part of the book, there were supposedly CIA ties and colusion with airline crew and it just seemed like things were left open and dangling for me.
David Gill
Enjoyed this book. It centred a lot on the life of the Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallace Simpson, but brought in other real life characters from Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Anthony Blunt, Princess Diana and many more. A well thought out plot and a lot of historical knowledge passed on through the book, at the same time as a modern time thriller. I felt the modern time part of the book could have been better written.
Shauna
Dec 15, 2011 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very historical and I wanted to look up the players and events to see how historically correct a lot of this information was, but I will not take the time. The historical events were hard to digest. Too busy to relax and get into. I enjoyed the James Bond adventure that was intertwined.
D
Jan 22, 2016 D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story but overall rather disappointing. No follow up by the CIA after an agent's death? After reading Chapter 60 several times it still lacked clarity and closure for me. Sadly, the main character, a very highly educated young woman was consistently portrayed by the male author in a quite condescending manner.
Valerie
Aug 08, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an interesting concept. However, it could have been written better, especially in Fleming's book. After a while, I found myself constantly counting the pages until the return of the story to present day. I enjoyed the interesting theories about the past, but it had been written in a very textbook fashion. I had to struggle to keep my focus and understand everything.
Mark Gaulding
This book was interesting because of its rather inspired plotline, which capitalizes on conspiracy theories (thanks to Dan Brown) and history. The book essentially links the traitorous (and not necessarily true) Nazi dealings of the Duke of Windsor to his neice's husband. It then provides an explanation for why Princess Diana was murdered (the latter of which I think could be probable).
Roberta
This book has a story within a story. So we have the protagonist getting a nonfiction manuscript from Ian Fleming about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, which is pretty interesting and then we have mysterious people chasing her to get the manuscript or kill her.

Makes me want to read some James Bond.
Tahazen
Sep 01, 2012 Tahazen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As a huge Ian Fleming fan I loved the premise of a secret Fleming novel revealing devastating secrets of the royal family, but unfortunately the modern day story that was paralleled with it was uninteresting, unoriginal and full of cliches.
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Mitch Silver was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. He attended Yale and Harvard Law School ("I lasted three days. I know everything through Wednesday, but after that..."). Mitch has been an advertising writer for several of the big New York agencies ("I named Purina O.N.E. dog food. Really."), and spent a year living in Paris with his wife, Ellen Highsmith Silver, while he was European ...more
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