Horse Under Waterby Len Deighton
The dead hand of a long-defeated Nazi Third Reich reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech in Deighton’s second novel, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The IPCRESS File, but finds Dawlish now head of the secret British Intelligence unit, WOOC(P).The Ipcress File was a debut sensation. Here in the second Secret File, Horse under Water, skin-diving, drug trafficking and blackmail all feature in a curious story in which the dead hand of a long-defeated Hitler-Germany reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech, and to all the neo-Nazis of today's Europe.The detail is frightening but unfaultable; the story as up to date as ever it was. The un-named hero of The Ipcress File the same: insolent, fallible, capricious - in other words, human. But he must draw on all his abilities, good and bad, when plunged into a story of murder, betrayal and greed every bit as murky as the waters off the coast of Portugal, where the answers lie buried.
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Meet the Author
Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.
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Horse Under Water, the second of Len Deighton's Secret Files novels, suffers from a dated, overly complex plot. When it was written escaped Nazis had infiltrated many European countries. (I know Nazism is still lurking in the anti-immigrant movements there but that is different kettle of fish.) The drug elements also are from another time when smuggling was totally different. The book comes to a stop as much as the plot resolves itself. That may be real life but it seems unsatisfactory. But now for the good points. The cynical nameless spy is as witty, amoral, and insubordinate as ever. Deighton's camera eye descriptions help you “see” the action and a 60s London atmosphere hangs over the characters. This was pre-Beatles but Miles Davis is name checked. In the end, the book functions as a spy fiction time capsule.
MEAN OLD R A P I S T ! *he punches the shadow in the face*
*grabs you and whips you in the bu.tt* you stay right here*
The second in the series. Written in the 60's and is a wonderful story of a British agent in Portugal It reads like it was written today. Mr Deighton has made it a interesting story. Has nothing to do with horses..
I have only read the first chapter but i know it is going to be a great book. If you are a big horse person you will like it!!:)