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November 17, 2012

Great Spy Novel: The Amateur

The Amateur by Robert Littell
audio book, Narrated by Scott Brick
Published: November 2003 by New Millennium
ISBN13: 9781590075135
Source: Georgia Digital Library
Listened: October 2012
Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

I love spy novels, but I find it difficult to discover new good espionage books. I think it has something to do with the end of the Cold War. There was just something special Cold War era espionage. There were rules to the game and a code of honor. Maybe it is too historical of a period of time or something so few new books are coming out. And espionage today just doesn't have the intrigue.

So, I can't tell you how thrilled I was with The Amateur. I was just looking around to see what was available in audio book and it popped up. I've never read anything by Robert Littell. It is a great Cold War espionage novel. In the preface (or whatever it was called in this book) says it is based on true events. And I can so see it being true (conspiracy theorists who think the CIA was behind JFK's assassination, will eat this story up).

Oh! I just discovered it was made into a movie. I might have to go look into that. 

Surely I'm not the last person to discover The Amateur. If you are looking for a twisting and turning drama where you're never quite sure who the bad guys are, then pick it up. 

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