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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (George Smiley Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Is There a Mole Deep Within the Circus?

George Smiley and Control,the head of the Circus, have been disgraced and removed from Her Majesty's Secret Sercvice (A.K.A. The Circus)With a new group of bright young men running the operation, the quality of the Circus's product (Secret Information) has never been be...
George Smiley and Control,the head of the Circus, have been disgraced and removed from Her Majesty's Secret Sercvice (A.K.A. The Circus)With a new group of bright young men running the operation, the quality of the Circus's product (Secret Information) has never been better or more consistent. But maybe that's the problem. Is the Circus's product just a little too good to be true? Information sufaces from a renegade Circus agent in Hong Kong that causes the very highest man of the Secret Service to look over his shoulder for fear of a mole. (A mole is a double agent planted deep in Circus's fabric by the Soviet Union.) George Smiley is called back from his forced retirement to root out the mole. You can't put the book down until you have reached the last page.

posted by Anonymous on September 15, 2002

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not if your looking for an action packed thrill ride

Found this to be an intriguing book, but this was not like many of the spy novels I typically read. You know the ones where you are quickly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. If you are looking for a bit of action, this is not for you. If you a...
Found this to be an intriguing book, but this was not like many of the spy novels I typically read. You know the ones where you are quickly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. If you are looking for a bit of action, this is not for you. If you are looking for a thinker novel, then dive in.

Interested in seeing the movie. If it's close to the book, I'll definitely be renting it.

posted by 2203168 on January 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Not if your looking for an action packed thrill ride

    Found this to be an intriguing book, but this was not like many of the spy novels I typically read. You know the ones where you are quickly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. If you are looking for a bit of action, this is not for you. If you are looking for a thinker novel, then dive in.

    Interested in seeing the movie. If it's close to the book, I'll definitely be renting it.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    I found this book to be outrageously dull. Apparently being a s

    I found this book to be outrageously dull. Apparently being a spy is about as exciting as being an accountant, or any other mid-level employee for a large business: go through files, attend meetings, go through more files, take notes, etc. The main drag on this book is that there is no sense of urgency whatsoever. Yes, there is a Soviet mole inside British intelligence, but while the protagonist obviously has an interest in finding out who, there is no reason to rush. What will happen if he doesn't find out soon? Will the British lose some top-secret info? WIll the mole goad both sides into war? Is the mole about to escape, so they have to find him soon? Apparently not. The good guys aren't working against the clock, so my reaction as events unfold was largely "So what?"

    Another gripe, the author likes to throw out spy terms as if you know what they mean and only chooses to explain them (if at all) several chapters later, which makes this book hard to follow, in addition to boring.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Interesting story

    I found this to be an interesting story but difficult to follow. It was kind of s difficult read that didn't pull me in.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Details overbearing

    A lot of details is great, but there are so many in this book the can't be deciphered that it takes away from the story. I got through the first 10 pages and haven't touched it since.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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