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Samenzwering aan de Moldau

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Tijdens een grote conferentie in Praag wordt Karen Cornell, een Amerikaanse journaliste, benaderd door een hoge, Tsjechische bureaucraat. De man wil overlopen naar het Westen en geeft haar documenten waaruit moet blijken dat hij te goeder trouw is.
Documenten, die duidelijk bewijzen dat er in de top van de Amerikaanse geheime dienst een mol zit.
Terug in Washington neemt K
Paperback, 300 pages
Published 1985 by A.W. Sijthoff (first published 1984)
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Gerald Kinro
The author’s final work, the only one with a heroine, happens to be my favorite. A respected journalist is invited to a Soviet propaganda conference. Not her cup of tea, but she learns that she may have access to a very special interview. However, she, instead, is approached by a high-level KGB officer, who wants her help in defecting to the US. She is then plunged into the world of espionage and danger. Things snowball into another dangerous assignment, a possible attempt on her life. Is it the ...more
Ride A Pale Horse was MacInnes’s last novel. Here, another journalist plays the main role, but this time the journalist is a smart, capable, experienced, and beautiful woman named Karen Cornell. As in The Venetian Affair, the journalist gets enlisted to assist in Cold War spy battles without meaning to. I liked Karen’s ambition in this book, and the sense of her being competent and measured in her approach.
This book continues to have as one of its themes the idea of “disinformation” that MacInne
Ginger Weirich
Just finished "Ride a Pale Horse" by Helen MacInnes. This book is of the suspense/spy type and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Written very skillfully, Ms. MacInnes kept the characters crisp and the action heart-stopping with just enough "lull" to allow you to catch your breath every once in a while. It ended well with enough left up in the air for you to come to your own conclusions. Helen MacInnes is a new author for me, but judging from the list of her books in the front, she has b ...more
I picked up this spy novel from 30 years ago because I am struggling with a bit of insomnia and needed something to help me get to sleep. It was exactly what I needed. The plot was predictable, the characters thin, the reading level primary. It had so little suspense that there was no danger that I would read late into the night. When I did fall asleep while reading, I did not have to worry about finding my place the next day because I could open on any page and figure out what was happening. Th ...more
I just finished her first book, so it was funny that the only book available at the library was the last she had written. Oh, her first was so much better! This one was so silly and a little dull. The heroine was a vapid Barbie and sat around waiting for her big strong man to make all the decisions. And the plot was boring and didn't make much sense. Ah well, I'll try some others of her's and see if they are any better.
I'd read this sometime in 1992 or so. When I registered it on Goodreads, I couldn't remember the story but knew I'd liked it. I rated it a 3. I'm making it a 4. This is a brilliant story from MacInnes. I've read a few of her books and each one has been gripping, fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable.

I just read this book again recently. My Mom introduced me to this author when I was a teenager and every once in awhile I love to revisit her books. Ride a Pale Horse is one of my favorites and unfortunately, the author's last novel before she died. She writes espionage thrillers, mostly WW2 settings but a few of her books are placed during the Cold War. Her husband was an actual MI6 British intelligence agent so she definitely has some solid experience and knowledge that she includes in her wr
Karlyne Landrum
I'm not a lover of spies or their novels, but Helen MacInnes makes them readable. Would I have read this if I hadn't been at loose ends and this was given to me? Probably not, but I ended up liking it. 3.5 stars
Susan Quillan
Helen MacInnes is a terrific spy/espionage writer. This book was set in the Cold War. A good book, but in my opinion not her best. I think her best works were those written in the 1940's about and during WW2. I highly recc. her to you.
Melody Klink
Easier to read than While Still we Live. Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy reading these older books.
I first read Helen MacInnes when I was in high school and haven't read her in decades. I picked this up at the library and now remember why I loved her books. I definitely will read more of her books.
Peggy Z
Helen MacInnes is one of my "guilty pleasure" authors such as Nora Roberts. This is the 1st time I have read one of her books since the 70's. I always enjoy her books but her characters don't seem like "real" people. But then again I know nothing about espionage and she was evidently married to a man who worked in that field.

I found this book at a library sale so I only paid $1 but doubt if I'd read it again, so I'll donate it back to the library so they can re-sell it :)
I have never read MacInnes before but she is quite prolific with the spy books. "Highly literate suspense novels" is how her books are described. This one was written in 1984 and so in some ways it is very dated - no cell phones, using her typewriter, going to pay phones, etc. And yet the story is eerily not. Terrorists, espionage, bombings, all too current scary events. The story definitely kept my attention and held it while I was reading the book.
Eleanor Jethro
This is the first Helen MacInnes' book that I have read - Really enjoyed it - couldn't put it down. Intrigue, romance,a little bit of everything. Who would think that a journalist on the job would get involved with a defector and put her life in jeopardy. A must read. Will look for more of Helen MacInnes' books in the future
Melanie Jackson
Favorite Helen MacInnes (well, okay tied with The Salzburg Connection). This is another author whose books are not yet available in e-format. Hope they come over soon. My paperbacks are getting tattered.
Jul 14, 2012 BoekenTrol marked it as to-read
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: hema-verf
The Stichting Overal in Nijmegen cleared out some shelves. I received part of the books from hema-verf in a book box in Castricum. Thanks!

Probably outdated, but... may still be an interesting read. Espionage, East and West have had my special attention ever since I can remember, so this one will stay here for a while.
Felt like I was watching an old James Bond movie. This book is clearly dated but still an enjoyable thriller!
Sam Dakota
A bit confusing at times, although that may be due more to my deficiencies than the novel's.
This is pretty dated. I'm not going to waste anymore time.
A bit outdated but an entertaining espionage adventure.
Light reading that I enjoyed this summer.
Lexie marked it as to-read
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Helen MacInnes was a Scottish-American author of espionage novels. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1928 with a degree in French and German. A librarian, she married Professor Gilbert Highet in 1932 and moved with her husband to New York in 1937 so he could teach classics at Columbia University. She wrote her first novel, Above Suspicion, in 1939. She wrote many bestsell ...more
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