The Deceiver

The Deceiver

by Frederick Forsyth

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Sam McCready serves Britain as Chief of Covert Operations for the Secret Intelligence Service. He's competent, dedicated, in his prime. Why then this push to get him out?

The options are painful — early retirement or an administrative backwater. But he has one other option: it's a wild card, confrontational, risky.

Risky because McCready knows too much. He senses the move is more about destabilizing SIS than settling a score with him. Who wants him out, and why? And what happens if he refuses to go quietly?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553297423
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1992
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 246,626
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Frederick Forsyth is a bestselling author known for the thrillers The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, and The Kill List. A former reporter for Reuters and the BBC, he won the Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association in 2012 for a career of sustained excellence. Forsyth lives in England.

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The Deceiver 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MyopicBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Four novellas in one cover, offering a largely unchallenging and entertaining read. The central character (Sam McCready) doesn't really have a character at all, but is simply a device to hang the plots on. I was intrigued by the complexity of the deception and double-crossing he portrays in the defection story; the casual violence of some of the minor baddies in the arms-running story is repellent, and Forsyth has a tendency to dispatch minor characters in a way that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. The fourth tale is simply a whodunit detective tale with a diplomatic flavour, in which McCready engages in the kind of effortlessly superior counter-plotting that reminds me of Lord Peter Wimsey. MB 10-vii-2009
Neilsantos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't quite as good because he managed to sneak an anthology in on me.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll read almost anything by Forsyth. He always leaves me still guessing until the last page. A master of technical deatails, his books are almost learning experiences. If you like political/military drama, read Forsyth.
wyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book revolves around 4 episodes in the career of Sam McCready. He is the head of a special desk withinthe Secret Intelligence Service but is seen to be an embarrassment to Whitehall following the end of the cold War. Sam feels other areas of the worlds problem areas need to be addressed but they remain unconvinced. This results in a tribunal in which his deputy puts forward 4 examples of Sams successes in the past. The first 3 are enjoyableconcentrating on the Russians and the Irish. The fourth is dire and reminds me of a Boys Own story. Worth reading as still a clever author but just wonder why he couldn't have developed the firsat 3 stories into full books as they definitelt had potential with strong characters and story-lines.
armysparkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Basicaly several short stories linked by a common charicture this keeps the pace up and stops the book from draging on .The book feels real and is a good read over all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago