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The Deceiver

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  7,681 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
As an intrepid and inventive field agent, McCready's independent style has often driven him beyond the rules. He has not been afraid to press the CIA to the explosion point - or to play cat-and-mouse with the KGB. He has successfully tricked Qaddafi and the IRA and once even set himself up as governor of a remote Caribbean island torn between Fidel Castor and the Colombian ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Bantam Books (first published September 1991)
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Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Deceiver was a interesting, gripping, exciting, rational, readable read that felt realistic and possible. The main character was described as a complicated, flawed, and experienced intelligence agent. The four stories included in the book could all be read pretty much separately from one another as the book is not really a novel but a collection of short stories. This is definitely one of my favorite thriller reads. Recommended.
Bill Wilson
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just realize when you are in the hands of someone who really knows what they're doing. I have tried a number of spy and suspense authors with varying results, but picking this book up at the library recently and reading it reminded me what it's like to be entertained by a master. Day of the Jackal was terrific, and this book, while more low-key nevertheless satisfied the reasons you read spy novels. Unfolding as a retrospective of a spy's career told in the context of an internal a ...more
Amit Shetty
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant novel with a beautiful ending. Forsyth shows how it should be done. A great tribute to people like Sam McCready who spent their lives in the shadows to ensure that the people in the light were never harmed. A highly recommended read.
Arun Divakar
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
The protagonist Sam McCready is an unconventional one. Details are sketchy as I read this a few years back. I do remember three separate plot lines being laid bare before a committee for one man's defense. Worth a read for the Cold War espionage plays.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leuk weer eens een spionageroman te lezen. En vrij luchtig geschreven boek, om de vorm van een raamvertelling, eindtijd van de koude oorlog en daarmee dit soort boeken markerend. Het laatste deel lijkt haast een episode uit Death in paradise
Zebardast Zebardast
Jun 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
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Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a really cool book, lots of intrigue and action, but also stories within the main story! Really great!
Michael Bafford
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Richard Jr.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my contacts - a great book!
Forsyth has done an outstanding job of detailing the circuitous paths of the old espionage game along with giving us a lot of reasons why our world of the technocrat spy really isn't a lot different from the world of dubious political activities taking place during the cold war. The KGB or what would now be called the VSR is still out there being led from the very top by a guy who was once one of the insiders of that organization under Gorbachev. The Colombian drug dealers may have been replaced ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good spy thriller, comprising four separate stories loosely tied together with an overarching framework.
Perhaps controversially, I would say this is better written than either The Day of the Jackal or The Odessa file. There is less padding and a tighter narrative. This is largely plot driven, but the characters are three dimensional enough to carry it. The book makes a statement about the naive perceptions of foreign policy in the 1990s, from sectors of the establishment and the media.
Uday Adiga
The book is a collection of 4 stories interrelated only due to the presence of main character. Each of the four stories starts with a new setting which takes time to build up and is the main problem that I felt while reading the book, but when you get past the initial pleasantries for each story, it intensifies and starts to feel more like a thriller.
Ajit Sridharan
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably Forsyth's best work after the Day of the Jackal. This book provides a lot of detail and insight into how intelligence agencies operate, how they collaborate with friendly countries, and the kind of operations they run for their countries. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Dave Moyer
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not his best, but very good.
Jose Puttanani
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book disappointed me. Firstly it is a collection of short stories. Secondly, the narrative lacks the cohesion to enthuse the readers.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Deceiver" by Frederick Forsyth belongs to the group of his best fiction works. In the book which is really a set of short-stories about the protagonist, "Sam McCready" or the "Deceiver", Forsyth paints a believable picture of a master spy and leader of men - at once believable and slightly lovable as well.

"The Deceiver" is an orphan, almost picked up from the street by the State and molded to what he is now by his experiences in the army and running spy-ops for his country over the years. H
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had seen one part of this work on television and we then were not aware it was based on a Forsyth book, else we probably would have bought and read it earlier. Reading that part of it, I became aware of the similarities and finally it was clear the very intelligent and intriguing episode we had watched - at that time I don't know if we thought it was a film, but cable tv was comparatively primitive then - was a Frederick Forsyth work; if we had, the amazingly intelligent quality would have see ...more
Rupesh Goenka
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The novel is based on various espionage encounters of the British Secret Service agent, Sam Mcready during his tenure in Special Intelligence Service. The four key operations by him form the core plot of this fantastic thriller. MASTER STORYTELLER.
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Il simulatore, in originale "The Deceiver", uscito nel 1991, è un libro di Frederick Forsyth che è uno scrittore britannico, noto come autore di spy-story come "Il giorno dello sciacallo", "I mastini della guerra", "Dossier Odessa", "Il pugno di Dio" e "Il quarto protocollo".

Siamo negli anni Novanta, la guerra fredda sembra ormai relegata agli archivi storici e mentre il mondo sta cambiando ai responsabili dello spionaggio internazionale tocca affrontare nuove sfide. Alcune di di esse sono il te
Mr. Forsyth is one of my fave authors in his genre, besides Mr. Clancy of course. He's not relying too much on technology, but more to suspense, spy works, and his orientation is not to the Yankees, but to the Brits. That's why you'll find that in several of his novels he provide quite extensive description on the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), SAS (the best special force in the world next to Delta Force & Sayeret Matkal), Century House (now Vauxhall Cross) and Foreign Office politics, e ...more
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Frederick Forsyth is a very good bare bones storyteller about spies and all the intricacies of cold war espionage. He makes you believe he has access to the clandestine world of the British secret service and puts you right in the middle of all the intrigue.

Just as in his blockbuster novel, The Day of the Jackal, the author creates interesting characters, both good and bad that you can root either for or against in a world that is black and white. But what do you do when Gorbachev and his polic
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is one of a comparatively weak books of FF. Even then i wanted to give it 2.5 stars GR doesn't provide option to give points in fractions. I think they should add it. This book has three or four different stories having same protagonist. The point was to highlight the contributions made by MC Cardy towards British intelligence. FF hero Mc Cardy is a typical hollywood style hero who doesn't always play by the rules. But all his actions are for the country and he gets the results. (view spoil ...more
Scott Holstad
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
What happens to a British Cold War spy when the Cold War evaporates? That's the story behind this book. Sam McCready is set up by his superiors as someone they view as no longer necessary with no Iron Curtain, and they seek his resignation. He demands and gets a hearing and the book is then split into four novellas -- McCready's role in the handover of a top secret document from a Soviet spy in East Germany; an alleged KGB defector to the US, leading to tension between the CIA and the Brits; ter ...more
Jim Barrett
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
As others have noted, this is a series of 4 short stories highlighting the career of the main character, British Spy Sam McCready. And there is an overarching story related to an appeal hearing to the forced early retirement of said character connecting them via an intro, intermissions and a conclusion. The short stories themselves are all well done and engrossing. I could have done without the retirement connecting device however. It really is more of a McGuffin. And the hearing set up doesn't ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forsyth makes you want Cold War to start again. You'll watch a great spy movie while you read. He is that good. Every detail makes difference.

Frederick Forsyth'ın yazdığı soğuk savaş romanları gibisi yok. Okurken sabır ve dikkat istiyor. Sizi sürekli olayın içersinde tutuyor ve ortamla ilgili detaylar vererek kafanızın içinde birinci sınıf bir casus filmi izlemenizi sağlıyor.

Bu kitap aslında tam roman sayılmaz. Aynı baş karakterin rol aldığı dört olay birbirlerine İngiltere'nin ünlü casuslar ev
Bob Conner
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're reading these "reviews," you'll no doubt notice that I say the same thing about all of Forsyth's works.

I devour every book he writes; there's simply nothing better in the world of intrigue, in my opinion.

Once you read one of Forsyth's books, you'll read them all. I began reading his work in the 1980's and haven't stopped. This guy gets you into his stories and doesn't let you go.

Forsyth's writings are an accurate representation of "eat or be eaten" and that coupled with his knowledge o
Sailen Dutta
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is worth reading just for the story "The Price of the Bride". However, this doesn't imply that the other stories are boring. Quite the opposite in fact. All the stories are exciting and definite page turners, but the story that I liked the most was the one I mentioned above. It really is difficult to distinguish between a defector and a 'plant', a disinformation agent....unless you have someone high up in the enemy ranks spying for you...and also when you happen to be Sam McCready - Th ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Forsyth insieme a Le Carre' e' uno dei miei scrittori di spionaggio preferiti perche' e ' molto ben informato sulla storia e anche nei suoi racconti di fantasia si imparano un sacco di cose interessanti. Inoltre sa far anche ridere con situazioni paradossali, ma realistiche. Qui si trovano quattro episodi storico-spionistici diversi in luoghi e circostanze diverse, dove per trovare una soluzione e uscirne fuori interi ci vuole coraggio si, ma anche "plenty of common sense", come il protagonista ...more
B. Asher
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really do like Frederick Forsyth but I was somewhat disappointed with this book. It is not really a stand alone novel but turned out to be a number of individual stories strung together as flashbacks. The stories are all related, using the same main character, but I had expected and wanted a single story.

Nonetheless, the book is enjoyable and Forsyth is able to keep each story moving in his usual way. This is a typical spy novel with the main character being a British spy who specializes in di
Gunnar von Koch
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forsyth finds a new angle

Set up as a play, Forsyth allows different glimpses into world of secret intelligence. His attention to detail is amazing, and sometimes suffocating, but I at least always found enough air to force myself to the next page. Any book which keeps you completely hooked until physical exhaustion intervenes deserves five stars, and this was the effect The Deceiver had on me. The fact that the Deceiver's termination was a done deal only amplified that politics always trumps rea
Wilde Sky
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A senior man in the British secret service, Sam McCready, is seen as being no longer required and is being gently pushed out of the service. He appeals against the decision and four of his old cases are reviewed as part of the hearing.

The four short stories are all well written. The first two (‘Pride and Extreme Prejudice’ and ‘The Price of the Bride’) are definitely the better stories.

Worth reading if you enjoy espionage stories / thrillers.
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Frederick Forsyth, CBE is an English author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and recently The Cobra and The Kill List.

The son of a furrier, he was born in Ashford, Kent, educated at Tonbridge Scho
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