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Our Kind of Traitor
3.39
really liked it
This novel marks a return of sorts for le Carré. Firstly, it's a return to the topic of Russia, something that has been absent from the last few books ...more
not set
Oct 21, 2010
 
Rose
3.86
really liked it
I've read all seven of Martin Cruz Smith's "Arkady Renko" novels and most of his others, and I've enjoyed most of them. While this isn't an "Arkady Re ...more
not set
Oct 23, 2010
 
Tatiana (Arkady Renko, #8)
3.69
it was ok
On the same day as the funeral of a Russian gangster, Investigator Arkady Renko hears of the death of Tatiana, a journalist noted for tackling corrupt ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Nov 21, 2013
 
Our Game
3.72
really liked it
Tim Cranmer--a prematurely retired British secret service agent--is asked by both the local police and his former employers about the disappearance of ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Oct 23, 2010
 
The Bridge of Sighs (The Yalta Boulevard Sequence #1)
3.71
liked it
During the early part of the Cold War, an inexperienced investigator in an unnamed, fictitious Eastern European country is given a case that no one wa ...more
May 20, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
 
Gone Girl
4.03
it was ok
Nick and Amy, the perfectly in love couple. Moved back from New York after losing their jobs in the publishing industry, they try to make a new life i ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 
Operation Shylock: A Confession
3.76
liked it
While Philip Roth is in Israel interviewing another writer, he has to confront another Philip Roth, one who is preaching Diasporism. He also has to de ...more
May 07, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
 
The Coffee Roaster's Companion
4.46
really liked it
This book offers quite a good introduction to roasting coffee. I wouldn't recommend it for someone as their very first exposure to coffee roasting, bu ...more
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 01, 2015
 
36 Yalta Boulevard (The Yalta Boulevard Sequence #3)
3.86
liked it
Brano Sev--mid-ranking officer in the security services of an unnamed Eastern European country during the Cold War--is given an opportunity to regain ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Nov 27, 2012
 
Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945 (Kaspar Brothers)
3.96
liked it
An inexperienced American soldier with the US Military Government is assigned to administer a village in Bavaria just after the end of World War II. U ...more
Dec 22, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
 
The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)
4.15
it was ok
This one is a letdown from "Perdido Street Station", not that "Perdido Street Station" was all that great either. In some areas, Mieville has improved ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
 
A Legacy of Spies
4.22
really liked it
Decades after the events of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, British Intelligence is being sued by descendents of two people who died during that op ...more
Sep 18, 2017
Sep 05, 2017
 
The City & the City
3.91
liked it
Set in Eastern Europe, circa 2009, in the fictional twin city-states of Besźel and Ul Qoma, a young woman's body is discovered in a park. What starts ...more
May 2016
Mar 20, 2016
 
Angelmaker
3.94
it was ok
In an alternate, present-day London, Joe Spork--clock repairman and son of a legendary gangster--accepts a commission to repair an old automaton. Unkn ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
The Mauritius Command
4.35
really liked it
Captain Jack Aubrey of the British Royal Navy is promoted to Commodore and, along with secret agent Dr. Maturin and a couple other captains, is tasked ...more
Jun 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
A Delicate Truth
3.75
really liked it
Three years after a joint American-British, public-private military operation on Gibraltar, a chance meeting between two participants raises questions ...more
May 07, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
 
Ripley Under Ground (Ripley, #2)
3.74
liked it
An amateur art collector raises questions about a possible art-forgery scheme of which Tom Ripley happens to be the mastermind and partial beneficiary ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Dec 09, 2013
 
Three Stations (Arkady Renko, #7)
3.74
it was ok
This one was a bit of a departure from the other Renko novels. This time, the mystery Arkady is investigating doesn't lead to an in-depth discussion o ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
 
The Coldest City
3.25
liked it
November, 1989. Just days before the fall of the Berlin Wall, MI6's number 2 man in Berlin has been murdered, ostensibly because he had just received ...more
May 03, 2016
May 01, 2016
 
Ripley Under Water (Ripley, #5)
3.81
it was ok
A sequel of sorts to "Ripley Under Ground," which should be read first to avoid spoilers (but I didn't). In fact, this should be the last Ripley novel ...more
Dec 05, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
 
Ameriqaeda
2.80
liked it
I thought this was a pretty decent first novel--sort of a lighter version of Tom Clancy's early books. I say lighter because the scope of the novel is ...more
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
 
The Miernik Dossier (Paul Christopher #1)
3.87
it was ok
1959. An intercepted message indicates the Soviets may be sending an agent into Sudan to assist some anti-government rebels. Further investigation poi ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
 
The Great Gatsby
3.89
it was ok
This is a difficult book to comment on seeing as it's regarded as a classic. It is a short novel, so this will be a short review.

The Great Gatsby seem
...more
May 31, 2013
May 12, 2013
 
The Confession (The Yalta Boulevard Sequence #2)
3.86
really liked it
Set in 1956 in a fictional, Eastern European country which the author describes as "the intersection of Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Romani ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
A Very Private Gentleman
3.61
really liked it
The locals in the quaint Italian village call him Mr. Butterfly, for they think he earns his living by painting flowers and insects. Unbeknown to them ...more
Jan 17, 2016
Dec 19, 2015
 
THE TOR
2.86
it was ok
This novel is part Fantasy, part Post-apocalyptic. In a way, it's structured a little like The Hobbit. A young, inexperienced, non-warrior is forced t ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
 
The Ghost Writer
3.81
liked it
Nathan Zuckerman--a 23-year-old, up-and-coming writer--has the opportunity to spend the night visiting E.I. Lonoff, his most respected idol.

This is Ph
...more
Feb 09, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
 
Iron Council (New Crobuzon, #3)
3.69
did not like it
Turmoil is growing in the city-state of New Crobuzon. The people are being exploited by industrialists and suppressed by the government. One man sets ...more
Sep 26, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
 
The Turn-Around
3.57
really liked it
One of the few espionage novels that can be uttered in the same breath as those of John le Carré. What sets this novel apart is the twists in the plot ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2010
 
December 6
3.80
liked it
Set in Japan, 1941–two days before and the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor–it tells the story of Harry Niles, an American born, Japanese raised ...more
not set
Oct 23, 2010
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