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Paperback Reilly: Ace of Spies Book

ISBN: 0140068953

ISBN13: 9780140068955

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Great entertaining book.

A great mix of true stories and gossip. We are spoiled now with modern literature, its plots, and twists. This book is so different, simple, and well-written. it put me back to my teenage years when every book seems exciting.

A deadly dance of intrigue, daring and ruthless manipulation

Behold one of the true forces shaping the balance of power of the early 1900's. You will not find this in your history books. Enter into the fascinating, mysterious world of Sidney Reilly, the number one field agent in the British secret service and the man who was the real life model for Ian Flemming's James Bond character. His was the world of passion for power, high intrigue and brutally daring exploits that must have insipred the writers of the "Mission Impossible" television series. Witness perhaps the greatest British folly of all in backstabbing their own man who was poised to spare the world the brutal insanity of Lenin and Stalin. Then read how he brought down Russia's "the Trust", the most devious intelligence organization ever devised.

Astounding source of information on early century spy.

There are people who are at the crux of things in the world, Sidney Reilly was one of them. Spy, womanizer, almost a king, he stood in the center of the hurricane and eventually it got him. But what a life!



Wets the appetite to read more

Reilly, Ace of Spies is by R.B. Lockhart who claims to have met the great English spy as a child. His father, Bruce Lockhart was intimately involved in some of the major missions carried out by Reilly. This is a good book for those wanting factual information on Reilly and the author has restricted himself to telling only anecdotes which can be backed up by facts. Nevertheless, some of Reilly's greatest missions are skipped over because they could not be confirmed (such as his work behind German lines in WWI). This is a pity as his "greatest mission" - as claimed by the book - is his failed mission to overthrow the Bolshelviks in 1918. Still, one can't quibble. It's a pity that a new version has not been released - one written post-Soviet Union and where the GPU and KGB files were available - so that the mystery surrounding Reilly's death may have been cleared up. Still a very good book and one that certainly wets the appetite to read more about Reilly.

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The latest in the James Bond movie franchise is released this month and I'll go. It's not a book by Ian Fleming, most of the ideals of the movie are outdated and corny, but out of allegiance to my childhood, I'll go.

This week you can use the code ASTON at Thrift Books to get a 15% discount on books in the Spy Stories and Tales of Intrigue genre, so that got me digging up a lot that wasn't related to James Bond. Much of it would make, or even has made, block-buster movie scripts and so it follows that we have some good books too. Starting with the interesting and working up to mind-blowing...

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