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Legacy Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 8, 2003
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"Alan Judd just may have invented a new sub-genre: the historical spy procedural. . . . Thoroughly engaging."--San Jose Mercury News
"Intense fiction. . . . In Charles Thoroughgood [Judd] has devised a character [who] is altogether as engaging . . . as James Bond." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
From the Trade Paperback edition. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
There is lots of interesting tradecraft in this novel. The author clearly knows what he's talking about. Also, we meet some quirky British characters in the best tradition of the cast of eccentrics created by le Carre.
Judd differs from le Carre in that he sees no more equivalence between the British and the Soviets. Whereas Le Carre regards his characters as players in a game in which both sides observe the same rules more or less, Judd has no such scruples. He clearly sees the Brits as morally superior and the Soviets as utterly evil.
There are some surprises in this book which are not altogether surprising and the depiction of England circa 1970 seems more like the 1950s to me than the actual England I remember. Judd clearly brings out the upper class nature of the secret service, still the realm of public school boys and a few women from the "right" families and universities. His women are not convincing and the subject of sexual desire is handled as if it were an embarrassing social faux pas.
Still this is an entertaining and interesting book.
enough reason to buy and enjoy.
His only weakness of a low production rate.