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by Simon Vance,Stephen Hunter

  • ISBN: 1441853758
  • Author: Simon Vance,Stephen Hunter
  • ePub ver: 1967 kb
  • Fb2 ver: 1967 kb
  • Rating: 4.8 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 29, 2010)
  • Formats: lrf azw txt lit
  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
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Written by Stephen Hunter. Narrated by Simon Vance. More Audiobooks By Stephen Hunter. Julian Raines was one of the first Englishmen to volunteer for the international brigade in Spain. carousel previous carousel next. Author Stephen Hunter.

Stephen Hunter has chosen the backdrop of the chaotic and cruel Spanish Civil War to weave a classic tale of espionage and counterespionage.

Also by Stephen Hunter. And thanks-special thanks-to my wife, Lucy Hageman Hunter, for her glamourless, thankless, and yet heroic efforts on behalf of this book. Needless to say, errors are entirely my own. The Ruy-Lopez is more popular than any other king pawn openin. .

Tapestry of Spies (ebook). Published August 18th 2010 by Island Books. Simon Vance (Goodreads Author). Author(s): Stephen Hunter (Goodreads Author). ISBN: 0307762904 (ISBN13: 9780307762900). ISBN: 1441853766 (ISBN13: 9781441853769).

Written by Stephen Hunter, Audiobook narrated by Simon Vance. But what begins as a favor becomes an obsession, and soon Swagger is back in the action, teaming up with the Mossad, the FBI, and local American law enforcement, as he tracks a sniper who is his own equal and attempts to decipher that assassin's ultimate target before it's too late. Another bullseye for Stephen Hunter. By Frank-ohh on 08-02-19. Narrated by: Dick Hill. Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins.


TAPESTRY OF SPIES by Stephen Hunter Also by Stephen Hunter THE MASTER SNIPER THE SECOND SALADIN DIRTY WHITE BOYS POINT OF IMPACT THE DAY BEFORE MIDNIGHT VIOLENT SCREEN BLACK LIGHT Formerly titled The Spanish Gambit Stephen Hunter A Dell Book ISLAND BOOKS Published by Dell Publishing a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. 1540 Broadway New York, New York 10036 i. The characters, incidents, and dialogues are products of the author's imagination and are not to be construed as real

Narrated by Simon Vance.

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But there was also murder in the air. Someone will die tonight, Levitsky thought. He felt the violence in the atmosphere, rich and potent. He felt the violence in the atmosphere, rich and potent furious men with drawn revolvers. But for him at least, the long wait underground was over. It was time after the months of boredom to move. He took a sip of the green schnapps.

Author: Stephen Hunter. Publisher: Dell Publishing, New York, 1997. Originally published as The Spanish Gambit. Stephen Hunter has chosen the backdrop of the chaotic and cruel Spanish Civil War to weave a classic tale of espionage and counterespionage.

Julian Raines was one of the first Englishmen to volunteer for the international brigade in Spain. The British Secret Service suspect that the flamboyant Raines was recruited for the KGB by the Bolsheviks during his student days at Oxford and send Robert Florry, a struggling young writer, to Spain after Raines with orders to eliminate him. Florry was an old school chum to Raines and had every reason to hate him. The British are not alone on Raines' trail. The ruthless Communist leader in Barcelona believes that the identity of the double agent conceals a powerful and profitable secret. It is a novel that constantly surprises.
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It’s a little Eric Ambler with some Robert Littell thrown in, but it’s all Stephen Hunter, and a fine spy story set in the Barcelona of the Spanish Civil War.

Hunter explores the ground about which George Orwell wrote “Homage to Catalonia”, which is less about the war itself between the Republicans and the Nationalists than it is about the left’s internecine war between the Communists and their rivals like the Socialists and Anarchists. The Communists destroyed the others, murdering or purging them, and Barcelona was the chief battleground. (It is a pity this book is less well known than Orwell’s classics “Animal Farm” and “1984”, because it does as much, or more, to warn us about what Communism really is behind all its fine rhetoric. The other two were novels; “Homage to Catalonia” is world-class reporting.)

Our protagonist, Robert Florry, is a colonial police officer in Burma, a tribute to Orwell, who in real life served there. After the messy execution of an innocent man, Florry quits to return to London to pursue his writing ambitions, but is pressured into service by MI-6.

The target: Florry’s onetime school chum Julian Raines, a poet and a darling of the left. MI-6 is sure he’s a Soviet spy, recruited by top spymaster Levitsky. Raines is now in Barcelona. Florry’s bosses order Florry, who they figure can get next to him, to kill him.

It’s difficult for Florry. Raines was an aristocratic golden boy with mesmerizing charm, and still is, Florry finds once he arrives in Barcelona. Out at the front, Raines has become a charismatic leader. Florry is an awkward product of the lower-middle-class who managed to get into Eton but never fit there, who never went to college and hasn’t made much of himself since. Raines was Florry’s best friend until he suddenly and inexplicably cut Florry out of his world.

And so begins a plot with all the cross-currents a 1930s novel can provide.

Stalin’s purges have begun, and the legendary Levitsky is one of its targets. He flees in disguise to Barcelona to warn his best agent: Raines, deeply rooted in Britain’s upper class.

The Trotskyist POUM controls some of the town, the Anarchists some more, but the Stalinists start showing their teeth. The commissar Glasanov is aided by Jewish- American gangster Lenny Mink, who, fleeing the law has found the Communists enthusiastic customers for his thuggery. They need enforcers. Barcelona has a festive party atmosphere until they start taking over.

Newcomers like Florry navigating Barcelona’s streets need to learn quickly how to distinguish the groups; it can be the difference between life and death.

There are idealistic internationalists, bourgeois adventurers, political plotters and revolution tourists like Sylvia, whom Florry meets en route to Spain and becomes enamored of, while she turns her affections to the dashing Raines.

MI-6, which handles foreign spying, meanwhile must fight off bureaucratic encroachment on the home front from MI-5, which protects the home front.

So there’s endless double-crossing as Florry struggles to prove Raines’ guilt and face what he’ll then have to do; as the two tap-dance around Sylvia; as Glasanov and Mink try to track down Levitsky, Mink with his own secret plan; as Levitsky tries to find Raines; as civil war among the leftists looms; as the Republicans face a make-or-break moment of taking the Fascist-held city of Huesca; and as the Communists plot to make them fail to consolidate their own control of Spain’s left.

There are all the buried references Hunter-lovers love. There’s the homage to “Homage to Catalonia” and Orwell, of course. A pimp-turned-Communist is named Ugarte, and we can easily see this as the back story of Peter Lorre’s character of the same name in the immortal “Casablanca”, where Ugarte’s murder of two couriers for valuable letters-of-transit sets the plot in motion. Florry’s MI-6 supervisor is named Holly-Browning, and at least the second half of that double-barreled name is a tribute to sniping, Hunter’s first authorial love.

There is happily a link to Hunter’s Swagger ouevre: One of Glasanov’s young Communist minions is Speshnev, who in the series’ fictional world emerges in the 1950s, fresh out of the gulags, assigned to mentor Fidel Castro in the art of revolution in Hunter’s “Havana”, and there matches wits with Earl Swagger. Speshnev is one of Hunter’s best characters.

The whole book alludes to the notorious Kim Philby spy ring at Cambridge - upper class turncoats with a significant gay element, set in motion long before as sleeper agents one day hoped to reach the country’s highest circles of power and do it tremendous damage, as Philby himself did.
Since I always like everything Hunter writes I may be an easy grader, but I really enjoyed this. Well, actually it started kind of slow, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. If you are a Bob Lee Swagger fan (I've read them all) you should be aware that this is a different kind Stephen Hunter.

This is essentially a spy story involving the international intrigues surrounding the Spanish Civil War. Unlike Bob Lee Swagger, our reluctant hero is an Everyman; drawn very much against his will into a world where no one is exactly who they seem to be and everyone is playing the game better than he is. Imagine John Le Carre meets – well – Stephen Hunter.

Does anyone know if this was ever a movie? For about the first five chapters, I had this vague sense of deja vu.
The setting is the Spanish civil war in the 1930's--a complex event even many historians don't understand. On top of this complexity, the author weaves a confusing plot with multiple competing players and a confusing array of factions. If you speak Spanish and dabble in the history of the era, this book is for you ... and this reviewer is a huge fan of Mr. Hunter. It ends abruptly with much of the "behind the scenes" plot revealed in a few paragraphs, leaving this reader wondering how it all came together. This reviewer's prediction is this book will become a great movie some day.
I like Stephen Hunter as a writer and at first this was a bit hard to follow since the time lines jump ahead without a seque, but if you stay with it, it is not a bad read. Would have preferred a bit more closure for the ending since invested a lot of time with the characters.
I love Stephen Hunter's books and his style of writing. The only problem I had with this one was it had so many different factions running around trying to wipe out each other that I found it a little hard to keep up with who was doing what to whom and why. But it is still a good read just for the usual unexpected ending.
Hunter is one of my favorite authors but this book if he was trying to mimic the English authors with their bland drag out every single word is a home run, however since, I like very few English authors of modern times, didn't really care for this book or the flow of the story. Will continue to read his books but this one is the first that didn't make me grip my Kindle and not want to put it down. It fact I read two other books before I finished this one!
I give the book one star,and was charitable in doing so..I have read all of Stephen Hunters book,and bought on the basis of
Hunters great novels.It was a chore to finish, and it never got better.What a disappointing ending,after enduring the book.
Looking forward to the read by a great author, book as advertised and arrived in a timely secure manner.

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