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The Devil's Spy

The Devil's Spy

by Michael Hastings

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hastings ( A Spy in Winter ) dusts off a nearly forgotten incident in the recent history of the Middle East in this well-paced, exciting novel about the World War I struggle between Great Britain and Turkey for control of then-Palestine. Ruth Mendelson is a Jewish spy for the British who has been betrayed to Murad Pasha, the Turkish military chief of Palestine. Murad is prepared to execute heruntil the Kaiser's intelligence attache, Count Von Traub, suggests a clever scheme: send Ruth to Cairo to spy on the British, and threaten to kill her father if she won't cooperate. Ruth is doubly jeopardized because she must avoid meeting her Zionist lover and espionage contact, Saul Donsky, who serves with the British army in Cairo. Hastings does a sturdy job of summoning up the atmosphere of WW I-era Palestine, Egypt and Turkey. He credibly characterizes real figures such as General Allenby and Lawrence of Arabia. Although he can't resist potboiler prose and signals the happy ending far too soon, he spins an absorbing story full of period details and adventure. (Nov.)

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Michael Hastings (1980–2013) spent two years reporting on Iraq and worked for Newsweek starting in 2002. He won the 2010 George Polk Award for magazine reporting, and at the time of his death, he was writing about politics for the news Web site BuzzFeed.

Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award.

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