Troubador Codename Wolf

Released: 01/09/2013

ISBN: 9781783060436

eISBN: 9781783069347

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My application to join the secret service was tongue-in-cheek. I was in no desperate need of another job, but the opportunity arose and I thought it would be interesting to test my skills against this world of deceit.

Roger Conway is a daring liar who has invented a new identity for himself and bluffed his way into M16. He carries out an audacious mission for the ‘Disciples’, a secret cell of Oxbridge and Ivy League academics who are the masterminds behind the security services.

Roger’s adventures in Cuba, during a new Cuban Missile Crisis, save the US from imminent rocket attacks, but frustrate the Disciple’s political plot against the president. Aided by his assistant, Herbert Yarham, Roger emerges as the top Anglo-US spy, a brilliant deceiver in a world of deceit.

A man without a past, and a woman without a future. This is a novel about the friendship between a young musician, David, who has lost his memory in a car accident, and an older woman, Cathy, who is dying from Hiuntington's disease. It is a light-hearted look at the effect of degenerative diseases on those who care.



This book begins with a young man trying to find his way first in school and then in life. Things don’t work out the way he has hoped they would and when his mother passes away he finds out that his father is someone with a name he could use. He drops his last name and uses his middle name which is the family name of this man who figures out is his father. This gets him in doors now that he would not have gotten into before. He does not go to him, he just tells people they are cousins. This man’s son is the same age as him. He is able to join the military as an officer and after his time there he is recruited for mi6. Now the story picks up as he is transferred to Washington and sent to spy on Washington who is spying on them. Then during a op both sides end up helping each other because someone else inside is working against them both. A very entertaining story with a lot of action. I got this book from net galley.

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Roger’s route to the secret intelligence service is entertaining: dishonest, but ingenious, with a bit of luck thrown in. The book is well written, moving along quickly and with plenty of red herrings and conspiracy theories. Yarham, Roger’s right-hand man, is the most interesting and only likeable character in the book: intelligent, quick-witted, content without being stodgy. Roger is tiresome. Four stars for the idea and the writing style. Two stars for the story. Through NetGalley, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Although I did not enjoy the characters at all, I did enjoy the twists and turns as the story unfolded. Because I like the writing style, I will certainly look into other books by this author


Gil Hogg

Gil Hogg has drawn on his experience as a corporate lawyer to write two thrillers, A Smell of Fraud and The Predators. His work for a national drug dependency charity for several years brought him into close touch with the culture of dependency, and led to his non-fiction book about how to handle stress, Teaching Yourself Tranquillity. Caring for Cathy is based on his family's experience of caring for a loved one with the degenerative disease, Huntington's.

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