Jack of Spies

Jack of Spies

Large Print - 2014
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In 1913, with the world teetering on the brink of war, a Scottish car salesman moonlights as a spy for England.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Description: 535 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781410469960
Branch Call Number: LP Down
Additional Contributors: Downing, David, 1946- Jack of spies


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Jun 14, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book. It is a good history lesson of the time. I just reserved the sequel.

Dec 13, 2015

Jack of Spies introduces us to Jack McColl, car salesman and agent for the British secret service pre-WWI. The action takes us from China to San Francisco to New York to Mexico and to Ireland during which McColl matches wits with German spies and Irish and Indian revolutionaries. I may have made it sound more exciting than it is. A big chunk of the book is consumed by an around-the-world romance with a modern-thinking Irish American woman. The period is interesting but Downing only gives us snippets of the time. The lead up to WWI is interesting and the amateurism of the secret service at the time makes it kind of fun. However, interesting spy elements have been made boring and the romance takes up too much of the book as filler.

Diell Jul 12, 2014

Enjoyed the Station books better.
In comparison was just not as finely executed.

Jul 05, 2014

Downing is incapable of a sharp image; he has an uncanny ear for the lazy generality, the fuzzy approximation. And that goes double for his characters. Look elsewhere for suspense. "Nothing to see here, folks."

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