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Birth of a Spy

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Out of work Cambridge graduate Scott Hunter breaks Second World War Enigma codes… for fun. His girlfriend's desperate for him to find a job and settle down, so when a fresh code lands unexpectedly on Scott’s doorstep, he promises it will be his last, little realising that revealing the dark secrets it has protected for over fifty years will shatter their lives forever.
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published February 2nd 2019
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Sara Kjeldsen
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An unputdownable read with much intrigue, history, and tragedy. I enjoyed it!
Russell .
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Birth of a Spy” is a truly an unique spy thriller the echo the likes of Ludlum and Higgins. Scott is an out of work college graduate and obsessed with Nazi decoding. Strangely, one day he receives a simple note through his mail containing a hidden message. Cracking the code to the message, his world quickly unravels and becomes a hunted man. The novels takes a series of gripping well-paced action sequences to a climatic end.
Swindells’s writing is breathtakingly luxurious, and describes scenes t
Esther Jones
A semi-tragedy with some intriguing twists and turns, "Birth of a Spy" follows Scott Hunter as he tries to break an unusual code.

While I quite enjoyed the first part of the story, learning all about Scott's obsessions with the Enigma code and codes in general and about his work dedicated to breaking difficult codes, the setup of the first part of the story dragged quite a bit, not picking until almost halfway through the book. Once we reached that point, where everything started to go wrong for
Wayne Davids
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the story line. Nazis, spies, old Enigma codes there is a lot here to enjoy. The plot was well defined and the main character was well developed. I did struggle through the first part of the book though. Long descriptions and a lack of dialog made it, at times, difficult to follow. At that point the action picks up and the story moves much better. Overall I would say the plot carried the book and the lack of dialog held it back, especially in the beginning.

If you enjoy spy novels
CE Inkibitz
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story, history, intrigue. I was especially taken with the code embedded in the script. I read from cover to cover without wanting to put it down. Duncan Swindells has done it again with another great story. I enjoyed following the characters through the Enigma, WWII Germany and modern tech and spycraft.
Hayley Tonner
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book is very well written and a great story. I didn’t expect the twists and I couldn’t put it down!
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Born in 1969 and a 5th generation classical musician, Duncan Swindells studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music before pursuing a successful career freelancing in London. In 2002 he took up his current position as Principal Bass Clarinet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He lives in a small village outside Stirling with his wife, two sons and a pair of black and white cats.

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