Agent Running in the Field

Agent Running in the Field

Book - 2019
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"Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie. Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age"--
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Viking,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735238619
Branch Call Number: FIC LEC
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 24 cm

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pmoore
Jul 26, 2020

My first read of a John Le Carré novel, outside of his autobiographical, The Pigeon Tunnel. Le Carré seems to be most interested in developing his characters and finding their breaking points. This novel is about a long-time spy and patriot who is put into a startling situation he should have seen coming from a mile away, but never did. A great first read for both the spy genre and Le Carré's work. I'm looking forward to reading through the rest of his work.

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SPSit
Jun 25, 2020

I do not understand the ending.

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richibi
Mar 11, 2020

the style is spare to the point of being abecedarian, perhaps for the mass, essentially illiterate, market, plus already by page 49, the story hasn't at all caught fire, not even a flicker - to page 49 only

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NedSu
Feb 26, 2020

This is a work by an author who is looking back. The protagonist, a field agent, is being put out to pasture. He is still in his intellectual prime, but old by spy standards. He is put in charge of Le Carre's version of Slough House (Mick Herron). He finds himself involved in a series of coincidences that seem to be spy craft, and must use his well honed craft and connections to find a way out of disaster. Along the way, he does swipe at Trump and Brexit, but the real tale is still vintage Le Carre- spy vs spy.

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dirtbag1
Feb 21, 2020

Like the Rolling Stones, Mr. Le Carre, its time to call it a day.

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JLMason
Jan 24, 2020

Agent Running in the Field is witty, fast-paced, occasionally farcical, and chock-full of British caricatures, leaving the reader chortling with glee at the inane perfidy of it all. The book provides an outlet, in the form of the artless Ed, for Le Carré’s views (one supposes) on Brexit, Trump and Putin, and the state of the world in general. Only the abrupt ending, with loose ends dangling, was a surprising letdown.

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tjdickey
Dec 23, 2019

Le Carre nears ninety, but is on his form if a hair on the clipped side (this could have been a long novella). Expect the usual eloquent and witty prose, deep characterization, and poignant observation of human frailty and betrayal. Along the way we get interesting insights on badminton, modern surveillance capabilities, and pointed rants about Trump and Brexit (which escape feeling gratuitous because the author places them in the mouth of a character whose maturity and intellectual balance are uncertain).

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megaculpa
Dec 05, 2019

Not up to the author's previous high standard, but still an enjoyable read for fans of le Carre's novels.

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adhopkins
Dec 02, 2019

I enjoyed this latest novel by Le Carre. Best, for me, were the things his characters said about the current political situation in the U.S. and Britain. I also enjoy the characters in his novels. They seem very human to me, with their virtues and their faults. I'm looking forward to the next book! He just keeps going.

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johnulee
Dec 02, 2019

Would call it LeCarre light... writing is still succinct, eloquent in spots, even... throws many potential potential pathways at you, and ends simply, versus what your machinations may have wished for.... still a good read

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