|Title||:||The Spider of Sarajevo|
|Number of Pages||:||416|
The Spider of Sarajevo Reviews
Those of you who write will be familiar with the phenomenon where you, the author, are reading a book - for pleasure - and you find yourself editing it in your head as you go. You delete paragraphs that weren't necessary. You shave off the blubber and sharpen the plot points that are hidden in flab, while dialing back the ones that have the metaphorical equivalent of a Post-It note written in capital, bold, 36 point comic sans with the exclamation points in italic cerise.And then there are the o [...]
I found the story a bit difficult to follow at first, but, gradually, the author drew together the threads of this tale of espionage on the eve of World War I and it turned into a thrilling read. Four British intelligence agents - 3 of them first timers - are sent out across Europe by the Comptroller-General for Scrutiny and Survey, the man in overall charge of an organisation within Britain's secret services which, it is said, has existed for centuries. In actual fact, the Comptroller-General i [...]
This is an excellent and original novel that maintained my interest from beginning to end. Set during the months leading up to the assassination in Sarajevo in 1914, this tale of conspiracy, espionage, and dering-do is a masterpiece of story-telling which rivals that of John Buchan.Short snatches of prose allow the reader to follow many parallel stories, each of which charts the activities of a wide range of well-depicted realistic characters. Wilton weaves a complex tapestry of exciting exploit [...]
This is such a clever read, just as you'd expect from the author of the superb Traitor's Field. This time, the historical spy thriller moves its focus to the months immediately preceding the outbreak of World War 1. Ingenious, witty and surprising throughout.
Wow! Really exciting. Very subtle, and really intellectually challenging. I hope I didn't miss any of the plot. I loved how you got the feeling it could all really have happened.If you like the style of Wolf Hall, you will like the vivid and impressionistic way of describing the action - and there is a lot of it! Rather Bond-ish with (I guess) House of Cards elements. I had not read the first 2 - so will be on the lookout for them.
Slightly disorienting with its rapid changes of focus but still most captivating with a full complements of twists and turns and that marvellously understated ending
The third in Mr Wilton's series and the third I have read with great enjoyment. Perhaps a modern day Buchan?