Spy and the Traitor, The

MacIntyre, Ben

  8 Reviews

In 1985 Colonel Oleg Gordievsky - chief of the KGB's London station - was summoned to Moscow. London-based KGB Colonel, Oleg Gordievsky, has for eleven years successfully passed vital information to MI6, before the game is up and he is recalled to Moscow. However, MI6 achieve a nail-biting victory and Oleg is spirited out of the Soviet Union and back to England for a new identity and life in a nondescript suburb.

Extensively researched, this is a gripping story of Cold War espionage, a case of truth being as thrilling as fiction, especially the daring 1985 escape.



AUCK 009
Absolutely brilliant! We all loved it and several members said they had to ration themselves, otherwise they would have stayed up late reading it. MacIntyre's description of characters was amazing - and often very funny. Great writing style and a great book for discussion; a hero to the west and a traitor, not only to his country, but to his family too. More of Ben McIntyre please!
CHCH 523
Most didn't even attempt it, but those who did rated it as pretty good once you got past the first couple of chapters.
PICT 007
Very much enjoyed by all.
UPMO 002
Very enjoyable and very relevant to current events in Europe.
'The Spy and The Traitor' was such a nail-biting read, and received a universal high scoring from our reading group. Comments included " a rare insight into the world of spying and seems more relevant considering the events in the Ukraine", "well-written, topical and at times, amusing", "impeccably researched and referenced". Very useful reading notes, and the questions generated plenty of discussion.
WELL 142
This book was a great success. Everybody had enjoyed it. There is something exciting about espionage. There was an interesting and lively conversation, and other spies were talked about...
NELS 007
A challenging read but well worth the effort. We had a great discussion. The book is particularly pertinent today with Russia's invasion. Highly recommended.
I recently heard Mick Herron being interviewed about his 'Slow Horses' series, in that interview he came out with this: It was recently asked if we (spy authors) all wrote in the shadow of John Le Carre and the answer is: "we do not write in his shadow but in the light that he cast". 'A Spy and a Traitor' is not a work of fiction, it's all real, but don't let that leave you thinking that it is a boring monologue of dates. It is gripping and you will find yourself filled with anxiety as his plight unfolds. Excellent writing.