I have just finished gobbling up a fabulous book by Ben McIntyre. I’ve mentioned him before but this one was a real page turner. It’s not often that I am completely gripped by a story but this was such a roller coaster – I loved it. The Spy and the Traitor is the true story of Oleg Gordievsky a KGB Colonel who spied for the British against the KGB. I won’t post any spoilers but enough to say it is an astonishing story and worth taking a look. It was on the Kindle Daily Deal a few days ago and both of us have devoured it.
It is literally jaw dropping and heart stopping. We would heartily recommend it. It includes this marvellous sentence that made me laugh out loud “If you are a private secretary there is nothing more galling than another private secretary being more private than you are.”
McIntyre has done some great books, all on real life spy stories. Operation Mincemeat, about the plan to try and convince the axis powers that an allied landing in the mediterranean would be via Greece in 1943, and Double Cross on the running of double agents in the lead up to D-Day in 1944. All of them are entertaining and frankly eye openers.