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The Intelligencer [Formato Kindle]

Leslie Silbert

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Descrizione prodotto

Sinossi

On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service.
In sixteenth-century London, Marlowe embarks on his final intelligence assignment, hoping to find his missing muse, as well as the culprits behind a high-stakes smuggling scheme.
In present-day New York, grad student turned private eye Kate Morgan is called in on an urgent matter. One of her firm's top clients, a London-based financier, has chanced upon a mysterious manuscript that had been buried for centuries -- one that someone, somewhere is desperate to steal. What secret lurks in those yellowed, ciphered pages? And how, so many years later, could it drive someone to kill?
As Kate sets off for England, she receives a second assignment. An enigmatic art dealer has made an eleven-million-dollar purchase from an Iranian intelligence officer. Is it a black-market antiquities deal, or something far more sinister? Like Marlowe, Kate moonlights as a spy -- her P.I. firm doubles as an off-the-books U.S. intelligence unit -- and she is soon caught like a pawn in a deadly international game. As The Intelligencer's interlocking narratives race toward a stunning collision, and Kate closes in on the truth behind Marlowe's sudden death, it becomes clear that she may have sealed a similar fate for herself.
Propelling us from the shadows of the sixteenth-century underworld to the glitter of Queen Elizabeth's court, from the dark corridors of a clandestine American op-center to the cliffs of Capri, The Intelligencer is at once a murder mystery, a tale of poetic inspiration, and a richly detailed foray into parallel worlds of espionage and political intrigue separated by centuries.

L'autore

Leslie Silbert graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's and master's degree in the History of Science and studied Renaissance literature at Oxford. She works as a private investigator in New York City under the guidance of a former CIA officer and is currently writing her second Kate Morgan novel. For more information, please visit www.lesliesilbert.com.

Dettagli prodotto

  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 507 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 364
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0743432924
  • Editore: Atria Books; Reprint edizione (24 febbraio 2004)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B000Q9ISFY
  • Da testo a voce: Non abilitato
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Amazon.com: 3.7 su 5 stelle  81 recensioni
30 di 34 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Two books in one - but only one of them is any good 16 marzo 2004
Di Melinda Fulford - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
As a fan of both high-concept thrillers and historical fiction in general, I had high hopes for The Intelligencer. Silbert's concept had potential but unfortunately the execution left much to be desired.

The Intelligencer is essentially two books in one. The historical-fiction half of the book, which revolves around Christopher Marlowe and a host of other Elizabethan historical figures, is fascinating. Silbert writes with great knowledge and authority on the subject of Elizabethan espionage, and these scenes kept me reading long after I'd ceased caring about the rest of the book.

The other half of the book revolves around modern protagonist Kate Morgan, a former Renaissance scholar turned private investigator/covert CIA operative. Kate is called in to consult on the attempted theft of the Anatomy of Secrets, a long sought-after collection of Elizabethan espionage reports. Kate is likeable enough, but her backstory contains so many overused cliches (like the dead fiance and the politician father) that it's hard to see her as a unique character. She comes off as a semi-scholarly rip-off of Alias's Sydney Bristow.

Furthermore, the book is so busy setting up its own sequel that it fails to bring Kate's Marlowe-related work to a full and satisfying conclusion. Instead of fleshing out Kate's investigation of the Anatomy of Secrets, Silbert elects to drag the reader through a murky, dull B plot that's clearly designed to set up the next Kate Morgan novel and has nothing to do with Marlowe, Renaissance espionage, or any of the interesting ideas contained elsewhere in the book. The climax to Kate's Anatomy of Secrets plotline is so badly written I almost gagged. Any time a protagonist uses the old "this is for [victim 1], this is for [victim 2] and THIS is for ME" line while defeating the bad guy, it's a clear tip-off that author is way over his or her head in the thriller genre.

The Intelligencer isn't worth the investment in hardcover, although once released in paperback it might make a good airplane read. If only Silbert had written a full-length novel about Marlowe and Elizabethan spies; that book would probably have been a five-star read. Instead, the reader has to slog through the unimaginative "adventures" of a modern stock character in order to get to the good stuff. In some ways that's worse than a book that was 100% garbage; at least those don't leave you wishing for the book that could have been.
13 di 13 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle "And Marlowe's secret life as an intelligencer began" 29 maggio 2004
Di Sebastian Fernandez - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Leslie Silbert presents a very enticing book, using two different story lines, one in England at the end of the sixteenth century and one in the present. These events are of course interrelated, making the book a very enjoyable read and allowing us to understand better what is happening in our times. It is easy to notice that Silbert has a fair amount of knowledge about the historic topic she explores and the writing in the passages set in the times of Elizabeth I is great. However, when she gets into the present day part of the book, we observe a clear deterioration in the quality of her writing.
In England, 1593, Christopher Marlowe is enjoying his huge success as a play writer, but he is not only that. He is also a counterfeiter of English shillings, and a spy (intelligencer) at the queen's service. There is a war for power going on at this time to obtain the position as right hand of the queen. The contenders are Sir Robert Cecil and the Earl of Essex, and Marlowe assists Cecil in the struggle. The ploys and counter ploys that each side fabricates and puts in practice are clever and exciting enough to keep the reader interested.
In the present time in London, the Baron is in the process of stealing an old manuscript that contains a crucial secret. When he loses his life in the process, Kate Morgan, a private eye in New York, is assigned to investigate his death and the reasons behind the theft. Her client, Cidro Medina, is the owner of the manuscript and wants to know what its contents and value are. Kate, much as the author herself, is not only a private detective, but also a Renaissance scholar. She explains to Medina that the writer of the manuscript, Thomas Phellipes, was a master at breaking codes, and none other than the right hand of the founder of the secret service at Marlowe's times. She then starts focusing most of her energy in deciphering the contents of the manuscript, but is diverted several times by people that are trying to steal the document for themselves.
Overall, this is a very good novel, but besides the somewhat sloppy writing in the current times passages I was a little disappointed by the scarce detail given about the code breaking process. The author focuses a lot more in the action when dealing with Kate Morgan, than in explaining more thoroughly how she breaks each code. I think that if Silbert had elaborated more in this aspect she would have maintained the reader's interest at a higher level in the Morgan part of the book.
20 di 22 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle PI parlays experience into excellent thriller! 21 marzo 2004
Di Claire - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
When I heard the author on the radio talking about her real-life experiences as a PI, her ex-CIA boss, and U.S. attorney father, I decided to give this book a try. I like authenticity, and too many thrillers are painfully over the top...you know, so implausible you roll your eyes. But this one, wow! I loved it. It's got a very authentic, informative feel, but is also inventive, fresh and exciting. Kept me up till dawn!
The Marlowe chapters come to life so vividly. Really enjoyed Marlowe's banter with Tom Walsingham and the tavern whore, as well as the way he was inspired to start writing "Hero and Leander." And learning so much about the Elizabethan underworld--spies and spymasters, con men, codes, ciphers, etc was fascinating. Very cool how the present day chapters paralleled those set in the past--you get to see Marlowe and Kate get their espionage assignments one after the other, begin them, get in danger, etc, in alternating chapters. And I loved Kate, found her more likable and believable than other mystery/spy heroines I've come across, probably because she's modeled so closely on the author... Whose ex-CIA boss endorsed the book so glowingly that I trust the PI know-how, international intrigue, and intelligence aspects, which made the whole reading experience much more fun for me.
Lastly, I was thrilled that the endings to both storylines were unpredictable, clever and witty--for me, totally satisfying. Which is so rare in this genre. And when you're done, definitely stick around for the author's note. It tells you how most events from the sixteenth-century chapters are based on historical evidence, and explains something really interesting about the structure of the novel.
9 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Decent suspense, decent writing 23 gennaio 2007
Di Jennifer Lichtenfeld - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Kate Morgan, a private investigator, works for a company that is also closely connected to a number of investigations that are ongoing for the CIA. She has any number of skills that make her an invaluable investigator and spy, both in the public and private sector. Her most recent assignment involves a manuscript that dates back to 16th Century England. The history behind the manuscript is told in a story that parallels Kate's own journey from New York, to England, to Rome, and back. All the while, Kate thinks she is focusing in on a target only to be the subject of an investigation herself. She finds that her professional life and personal life are more intertwined that she could have ever imagined and those she thought she could trust she cannot. The question remains - will she be able to solve her many questions before her questions catch up with her?

There is decent mystery and intrique in this novel although the two parallel time periods become distracting at times. Add to that an additional story line that takes place present day and the reader practically needs a private investigator to follow what is going on where. It is entertaining in that it is a light fairly easy read, but the confusion and somewhat predictable outcomes make it less than spectacular. Not bad for a first attempt at a mystery series, but maybe a bit more complex and confusing than intended.
7 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Really love this book! 25 febbraio 2004
Di "brandyyale" - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. I really loved how she twisted fact and fiction seamlessly and still made it a real page turner. Kate was a smart, brave character and I loved the Marlowe comparisons. Definitely buy this book - you will be hooked.

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