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Jack of Spies (2013)

af David Downing

Serier: Jack McColl (1)

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1989106,114 (3.4)20
"It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city--Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York--he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in far-away London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs him most. Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks. Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish-American family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?"--… (mere)
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... just not that good. Did not rivet me. Though, I'm off to try his WWII "station" books. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
Excellent new series from Downing, though without the (for me) more compelling setting of WWII Europe. The Irish connection is interesting, and the pan-American train ride an amusing prequel to Bond, perhaps? ( )
  jtck121166 | Jun 9, 2020 |
An audio book I started on my drive to and from Dayton, OH and just managed to finish today! I only listen when I'm driving is the reason.

A good book and really nicely read. Set in 1914 the central character is a British agent and the tableau is wide stretching from China, across the Pacific, San Francisco, New York, Mexico, Dublin, and finally London. Quite a few societal issues are touched on, in addition to the brewing war, including suffrage, labor relation, Indian and Irish independence. There also is a love interest that meshes well into the story and plot line. Evenly paced. a thinking but not overly complex book, and (while I listened to it) I'd imagine a good read. ( )
  martinhughharvey | May 17, 2016 |
Excellent historical fiction - great spy story too. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Dec 18, 2015 |
Excellent new series from Downing, though without the (for me) more compelling setting of WWII Europe. The Irish connection is interesting, and the pan-American train ride an amusing prequel to Bond, perhaps? ( )
  jtck121166 | Nov 1, 2015 |
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"It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city--Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York--he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in far-away London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs him most. Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks. Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish-American family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?"--

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