This book has an important message for our times. Lee was incredibly prescient in what the unbridled NSA and rubberstamp FISA court would lead to. It displays the underside of human nature in a way rarely done properly. And when you figure out who "The Doctor" is, you begin to s ...more
“Robert Ludlum with a sense of humor,” Detroit News
One of the Most Acclaimed Espionage Novels Ever Written… And Also One of the Funniest.
It’s the mid-1980s and the cold war hasn’t thawed. The Library, a super-secret U.S. espionage agency is keeping an eye on the Russians and everybody else. A dozen elite intelligence experts relentlessly sift out classified information from everywhere. They know all the secrets except for one – which of the librarians is a traitor.
It’s up to Walt Coolidge
A conundrum is a puzzle, a mystery, a problem to be solved and I am real puzzle fiend - this is why I love mystery novels and spy and crime fiction. I like to work who did it. But here the character Dunn is trying work out just who is the Doctor? The spy in their midst? And there is a lovely twist on this we find at the end.
Now I really loved this book, my first 5 star of the year - and I don’t give them out lightly. It is right in my field of expertise and research ...more
Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- ...more
He wrote two novels (the other called The God Project - I haven't read it) and he was copywriter for the infamous "Daisy" commercial of LBJ's landslide '68 campaign.
I remember being impressed by the futuristic imagination and grand sweep of this little novel with political implications.
In describing an colleague of Dunn's Lee writes "You were for or you were against. Sober, Beebee looked lik ...more
The story was great, but I was not tickled with the style of writing or the pacing. I usually read a book in 1-2 days. This book took me over a week. Every time I sat down to read it, ...more