The Deceiver

  • by Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.
As part of the proceedings, four of Sam's key operations are reviewed: a clandestine mission into East Germany in 1985 to contact the top Russian spy General Pankratin; a KGB colonel who wants to defect; an audacious Qaddafi-inspired plot to ship arms to the IRA; and the occasion when McCready presided over the aftermath of political murder and mayhem in the Caribbean.


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Customer Reviews

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superb short stories

Where does The Deceiver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Again this is Fredrick Forsyth at the top of his game. Each story is really well crafted. Very different from each other and full of excitement. All to do with the secret service and the cold war.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character in all the short stories McCready was my favourite. He triumphs in all the stories, and so he should he was very, very good

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

Really, really good. He has the ability to change accents so well. Because it is short stories each story is in a different location and Christian Rodska is brilliant at each and every voice. It makes the listening so much more enjoyable, rather like listening to a play rather than a book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would love to have listened to it in one sitting, but it is 17 hours long, as it is I stayed in my kitchen cooking and baking far too much so that I could listen for longer.

Any additional comments?

I have over 200 audio books and Fredrick Forsyth is so near the top of my all time favourite books, I listen to them several times and always hear something I missed first time round.

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- Brodie

Best of British

Would you listen to The Deceiver again? Why?


Who was your favorite character and why?

Desmond Hannah, because he is so beautifully written and a perfectly described member of the Met who has worked his way up through the ranks from beat bobby to Chief Superintendant.

What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Rodska makes every character believable. He chooses voices that are at once perfectly suited to their characters and entirely convincing.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile in places, made me furious in others, and also a little sad in places too.

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- LJ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios