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The first half was good, during the war. After that is became a drowsy 💤 story. Not her best work, for sure.
This novel is very poorly written, as if for middle schoolers rather than adults. An author as successful as Steel should know "show don't tell," but this entire book was "told" rather than shown. With VERY few details. And the main character was completely unrealistic. She was perfect at everything she did, fluent in French and German despite never having been to France or Germany before the war, and she achieved--what? We're never shown. She wins two medals--for what? We're TOLD in a sentence or two that she went behind enemy lines several times, and she got information that her superiors were very grateful for. Really? What information? How did she do it? What were the missions like? SHOW US. After the war she and her husband lived in India for 4 years--what happened there? Who knows? She was supposedly still a spy, working for MI6, but she never did anything but go to parties. Ditto all the other countries they lived in. Even her time in Moscow was rushed through with no details. How can a spy's life be this boring?!? Maybe this book is a fluke and other novels by Steel are better than this one, but I won't be finding out because I won't be reading anything else by her. Sigh.
In my opinion, this book should not be titled "Spy". There is a minimum of intrigue The book is so full of history I felt like I was in a forced history class with a test looming at the end. There is also too much personal information about the characters and repetitive. I kept reading thinking there must be more spy activity coming but sadly the book got more boring. I don't recommend this book unless someone has a true love of history during that time period. I also don't know how accurate the historical information is. Seems like a lot of effort went into research and nothing into creating a good spy novel.
The first was kind of boring and the more I read I was not impressed. I do not read about war stores and this sounded like it would be one. Maybe a good book for others but not me.
2020-02-08 returned unread!!!
Puff piece with a few glaring mistakes like Marines in WWII's Europe. Zzz...
This was my first book of 2020. I wasn't holding my breath as I was expecting the standard Danielle Steel formula. I was, surprised, however, since the plot was unique and though the lead character was the usual strong woman, the situation was different. All in all I enjoyed the book which was about a wartime spy.
I was very disappointed in this book. I was waiting for it to get more exciting and it never did.
Shallow account of female SOE spy in WW2. Pam Jenoff is must better fiction author recounting female SOE agents.
The saga of Alex and her 30 years as a spy for Great Britain in the SOE and MI6 had so much potential. She undertook numerous missions behind enemy lines in WW II. As the wife of an ambassador, she was able to report back to MI6 from India (during Partition), Morocco, Hong Kong, and Russia (during the Cold War). Alex is a very likable character and her desire to serve her country comes through loud and clear. I just did not feel emotionally engaged in her story for much of the narrative. It just felt very shallow in emotion for much of the story. Readers who love quick read with exotic locales will find this book to be a treat. I was just expecting more.