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Debut for a Spy (English Edition) par [Currie, Harry]
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Longueur : 341 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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Minding your own business can get you into a lot of trouble.

Former Canadian military officer David Baird, now an up-and-coming singer in Britain, is invited to perform at a reception in the Soviet Embassy.

Approached by British Intelligence to ‘keep his eyes and ears open’ while he deals with the Soviets, Baird thinks there’s nothing to it.

But when he stumbles upon a plot to sabotage Britain’s development of a top-secret vertical-take-off jet fighter, he finds himself plunged into a dark world of secrets, murder and espionage.

A beautiful Soviet agent with dark, degrading secrets, a KGB assassin, a Soviet cruise ship heading for Odessa with a mysterious cargo, and a smooth-talking Soviet cultural attaché who is more than his title suggests – Baird discovers that by fighting monsters there is a danger of becoming one.

The terrifying dual climax takes place in the skies over the North Atlantic, and in a secret Soviet safe house used for both for interrogation and depraved sex-sting operations.

In over his head, and afraid for his life, David must decide how far he is willing to go in order to foil the Soviets’ plans and protect those he holds most dear.

With his Debut as a Spy Baird’s life will be changed forever…

'Debut For A Spy' is a brilliantly authentic espionage thriller that is perfect for fans of Jack Higgins and Robert Harris.

‘Meticulously researched, empathetic character portrayal, wonderfully painted scenes. The fast paced Harrier sorties were great fun for an old fighter pilot like me.’ - Flight Lieutenant John Dunlop - RCAF (Ret'd), Air Canada 767 Captain (Ret'd)

‘A novel equal to Le Carré and Higgins. Fast-paced, hair-raising confrontations with the KGB, carnal scenes tastefully outstanding, handling of the Harrier right on. A first-rate, excellent novel from start to finish.’ - Major General Richard Rohmer - fighter pilot and best-selling author.

Harry Currie is a Canadian musician, author and journalist now living in Thailand.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3054 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 341 pages
  • Editeur : Endeavour Press (18 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J3W4VQA
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Par Kay le 20 mai 2014
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Un interesting book. I read this book while traveling from Asia to Europe and I really loved the writting and fluid story.
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HASH(0x9702a84c) étoiles sur 5 A wonderful read! 18 avril 2014
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(Review originally posted on by 'The Audacious Reviewer' for the hardcover print release of this novel)

I was under the belief that spy stories about cold-war espionage were also pretty cold as a genre, so I was not expecting too much from 'Debut for a Spy'. But the combination of intriguing plotline, rich characterizations, exotic locales, and edge-of-chair suspense made this a walloping good read. It's also refreshing that the protagonist is a Canadian living abroad... it provides a bit of relief from the usual American-centric tendencies of the genre.

Currie deftly weaves espionage, music, military history, and a keen storytelling sense into an engaging narrative that is rich in detail, both period and geographical. Perhaps anecdotal reports that Currie's novel is loosely autobiographical are true, since there is a sense of realism and immediacy that bespeaks firsthand experience.

Don't pass up this wonderful novel... it's now out of print in hardcover, and (regrettably and undeservedly) unlikely to be re-released in that format. But fortunately it has just been re-issued as an E-book. It will make an excellent addition to the 'keeper' library of anyone who enjoys ripping good yarns in the style of John Le Carre or Frederic Forsyth.
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HASH(0x9702ae34) étoiles sur 5 A really different spy novel! 20 avril 2014
Par John Dunlop - Publié sur
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I read this book (actually the hardcover edition) as a former Canadian Cold War pilot who flew Starfighters in Europe back in the 60's. I suppose the action spy or military thriller genre is my type of book, having devoured Ludlum, Clancy and Child for years.

Expectations for new, unheralded authors are modest but Currie's Debut for a Spy totally captured me! It is a unique thriller featuring the Prototype Harrier "jump jet" that, like the plane, will twist and turn until the very end. Certainly a fascinating plot from an author who knows his planes, people and military history.
Great read!
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HASH(0x96ee5060) étoiles sur 5 One of the BEST 25 avril 2014
Par Randy Turner - Publié sur
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Every now and then you find a pearl among the many shells. Such is "Debut for a Spy." This is my first time reading Mr Currie. I will read more. A spy thriller that ranks among the best I've ever read. An opening that will grab you and then entrap you until you are finished. Believable! I encourage you to read this book, this author. You will not be disappointed!!!!
HASH(0x97591d44) étoiles sur 5 Excellent! 8 juin 2014
Par Hyouten - Publié sur
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I was first intimidated with the length of this book. I stared at the amount of dots depicting the book’s length on my Kindle screen and was inwardly dreading the day I decide to start reading. It was easily about three to four times longer than the other books I had on my shelf, so I continued to put it off. Eventually, I decided to get it done and over with. Needless to say, I really shouldn’t have judged the book by its cover, or in my case, by the amount of dots on my screen.

Debut for a Spy follows the story of David Baird, a Canadian singer who used to be in the military and is living in UK. He gets invited by the Soviets to sing at an event and is recruited by British Intelligence at the same time to spy on the Soviets. A whole lot of other events follow, and soon enough David finds himself deeply entangled in a web of international espionage.

Currie really took the time to set up everything; he was meticulous in making sure that our main characters were fleshed out and their interactions were justifiable. There were a few chapters here and there that felt unnecessary to me, especially the ones outside of David’s narration. These scenes added to the bulk of the book and would have been better off without them, especially after realizing that the whole thing was David’s recollection of the whole event (it was set in the 60s). Ignoring those parts, David’s point of view was actually wonderful, with equal parts of romance, mystery, and suspense.

The last 25% of the book really drove everything home with its dual climax. I didn’t realize that it took me two hours to finish the last fourth but it was worth it. Everything was filled with suspense and action that kept me at the edge of my seat, clamoring to know more and not wanting to stop the momentum. It made all the earlier setup worth it.

Debut for a Spy may seem intimidating because of its length, but worry not. Currie knows how to keep your attention to keep you reading, and you’ll be so satisfied when you finish it.
HASH(0x9920503c) étoiles sur 5 AN ENJOYABLE READ WITH IMPROBABLE DERRING-DO 25 mai 2014
Par Schuyler T Wallace - Publié sur
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Let’s review the premise of “Debut for a Spy” by Harry Currie. We have a Sinatra wannabe Canadian lounge singer, David Baird (Michael Bublé?), with a military background as light as that of Elvis Presley. There’s his wisecracking buddy, House Paynter, who has friends in secret places and who has a few secrets of his own. Then there’s a Russian woman of Dutch descent, with the marvelous name of Marijke Templaars, who works for a Soviet cultural attaché at the Russian Embassy. She is, of course, a ravishing beauty whom David lusts after, captures, and immediately finds reason to doubt the heartfelt emotion she professes in return. Stir in a mixture of characters from Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, and Russia, some good and some bad, and that’s the cast.

David gets recruited for a low level assignment as a Soviet observer, allegedly to keep an eye on suspected Russian spy activity concerning a secret VTOL aircraft. His involvement escalates and he becomes a super hero, including flying the complicated aircraft with apparent ease and with the gratuitous sanction of those involved with its development. He is immersed into a deep spy world, dueling with evil Russian agents and assassins, fighting and killing his way into their hearts where he sings for them on a cruise ship filled with Russian diplomats. His Russian squeeze, who might be suspected as being somewhat duplicitous, turns out to be so connected to our hero by body and soul that she endangers her own life to cover up his activities. Or does she? I can’t go into much more detail other than to say that David is quite a guy.

Sounds a little contrived, doesn’t it? Well, it does border on being unbelievable. But the author does a great job of making you forget all that. I settled in for an entertaining read and marveled at Currie’s amazing writing ability. I was transported to an almost comic book world of derring-do and amazing feats of strength, skill, and twisted subterfuge. I had fun.

I recommend this book for those who also want to have fun. Don’t get too concerned about the implausibility of some of the action or dialogue. Think about a lazy afternoon with your nose in a comic book, imagining yourself in the role of David Baird, singing old standards to an adoring audience before throwing a man out of a building. Thank you, Harry Currie, for the refreshing read.

Schuyler T Wallace
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