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The Mandarin Cypher (Quiller #6)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  165 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Quiller is in Hong Kong, where he thinks he's on vacation. But every alleyway leads dead to danger, and Quiller gets the message: he's never off duty.

The plot moves into a high gear. Quiller always enjoyed his rides, but this one is taxing. He finds a woman as faithless as she is beautiful; he fails to reform her, but enjoys the effort. He takes on villains one, two and th

Hardcover, Large Print, 444 pages
Published December 1st 1975 by G. K. Hall & Company (first published 1975)
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Stephen P
Could not suspend enough disbelief.
Larry Loftis
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Elleston Trevor's (Adam Hall) best. This is my new favorite novel. While you can't really compare books in different genres (which is better, 1984 or The Great Gatsby?), The Mandarin Cypher reigns at the top of the espionage thriller mantle. There is no filler, no wasted prose, only pace, pace, and more pace. Mystery? Check. Danger? Check. Reversals? Check. Tight prose? Check. Spycraft? In spades. Most importantly, it has a terrific ending, so rare and difficult.

You know you have a great book w
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Steam of consciousness is an interesting literary device, especially when applied to the inner thoughts of a field agent from a shadowy British intelligence organization that isn't MI-5 or -6 or any other number, for that matter, but is the one that gets the actual work done. The Quiller stories take a lot of unexpected turns that remain plausible, but even with a lot of experience reading these novels, you can't really see where things are going until you get there. The Mandarin Cypher is set i ...more
cool breeze
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quiller in British controlled Hong Kong on a supposedly routine mission while he waits for the real mission to get going. Considerable underwater action for the first time in a Quiller novel; probably some Bond influence there. Lots of good plot twists and plenty of action, but it’s tough to say more without spoilers.
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rereading this series....Quiller....simply the best.
Reynolds Darke
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Another good Quiller spy thriller.
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Author also wrote as Elleston Trevor.

Author Trevor Dudley-Smith was born in Kent, England on February 17, 1920. He attended Yardley Court Preparatory School and Sevenoaks School. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force as a flight engineer. After the war, he started writing full-time. He lived in Spain and France before moving to the United States and settling in Phoenix, Arizona. In
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