In his 11th outing set against the backdrop of sinister Cold War intrigue, newly minted CIA agent Blackford Oakes crosses paths--and swords--with Kim ...Show synopsisIn his 11th outing set against the backdrop of sinister Cold War intrigue, newly minted CIA agent Blackford Oakes crosses paths--and swords--with Kim Philby, perhaps the highest-ranking in the parade of defectors to the Soviet Union. "[A] compelling and literate [series]."--The New York Times Book ReviewHide synopsis
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In the 11th installment of the "Blackie" series, Buckley yet again provides a compelling story, rich in the history of the cold war, with suspense and narrative interest.
Of interest in this book, is the portrait of Kim Philby, the English-spy-turned-Russian-Communist. Philby came from the Cambridge group of promising young men who 'bought' wholesale the Communist philosophy and were recruited intot the KGB. Philby became one of the most 'successful' spies and was probably responsibly for the death of at least ten agents from England.
Buckley's portrait of Philby seems quite accurate in it's chilling and cold but brilliant evil.
A startling ending brings this great book to a close.
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