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Ashenden; or, The British agent

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This fascinating book contains probably the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published, the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.750
M  K

Good Espionage Thriller by a Master

by M K on Oct 21, 2011

A good espionage thriller, perhaps one of the earliest, by a master of elegant writing and based on his own experiences.

BEAAMPERSAND

VERY DISAPPOINTED IN BOOK CONDITION

by BEAAMPERSAND on Jul 2, 2009

ALLEGEDLY THIS BOOK HAD A "SLIGHTLY WORN DUST JACKET IN GOOD CONDITION". IT WAS FALLING APART. LITERALLY. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED BY THE CONDITION. BROKER SHOULD HAVE BEEN HONEST. I WOULD HAVE PAID MORE FOR A DUST JACKET THAT WAS ACTUALLY IN GOOD CONDITION. THE CONTENT OF THE BOOK IS EXCELLENT--ANOTHER GREAT MAUGHAM TALE. VERY MIFFED ABOUT THE BROKER.

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psoc

Ashenden

by psoc on Feb 7, 2008

Historically this is an interesting book, being one of the first spy novels, and based in some measure on Maugham's own World War I experiences. He also was involved in an interesting but failed attempt to shore up the Kerensky republic before the rise of the Soviets. Maugham used much of this book in various short stories, and the book is more of a collection of stories than a coherent novel. The writing is superior, and the characters while not plausible, are at least interesting. The book reads quickly and gives an historical perspective of the life and times.

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JBronson

Excellent if you like good writing

by JBronson on Jun 5, 2007

Fans of James Bond probably will not like this, as there are no hot women, fast cars, bombs, or gunfire. But it is much more realistic than Bond, and the writing is outstanding. My husband and I were particularly charmed by bits such as "These men were even stupider than he thought; but Ashenden had always a soft corner of his heart for the stupid and now he looked upo them a feeling of unexpected kindliness."

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