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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 7 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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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    A Well Written Crescendo

    I’ve only ever read one book from John le Carre before, and it’s entirely possible that The Mission Song is not representative of the rest of the author’s writing, but I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was. The skill with which Mr. le Carre worked this story into being is nothing short of amazing. The entire book feels like it was one big crescendo, building anticipation and constantly working toward a closing note that sounds resiliently. This is a book that I’ll definitely be suggesting to customers when they come in asking for a book to read, and I’ll also be seeking out some other books written by John le Carre. 4/5

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Good

    I saw the movie first. Same for the constaant gardener His books are good. Lots of details but it is always information that carries the story not the useless setting the scene information.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    will know soon!

    I preloaded the novel to my iPAD2 for our trip to the beach. We are leaving today so I will be reading the book and know more by tomorrow.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    good

    good

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Interesting read

    I liked the book but found it hard to follow at times. Like others the story line jumps around from the present to the past back to the present with a jump or two to the past. Gives the story line weight but makes it hard to know just where everything is at any given moment.

    Read the book and then saw the BBC production. The DVD's are EXACTLY like the book except for minor changes in the timeline.

    Good reading but you have to stay on top of when you are.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

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    If you have seen the movie, you will like the book.

    Le Carre' is a writer of detail. This is just one of his many exciting books.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Needs patience, but worth the read

    Thick plot, slow paced. Could get confusing with the story line switching back and forth in time, but that keeps the suspense and makes the plot a jigsaw puzzle. The ending however is abrupt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Good Yarn

    One of the better spy novels I've had the pleasure of reading

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