The Whitehall Mandarin

The Whitehall Mandarin

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British intelligence has a deep penetration mole in the KGB. When that mole reports that a Soviet spy ring in London is no longer sending intelligence to Moscow, MI6 are worried. Catesby is sent on a mole hunt that leads him through the seamy sex scandals of 1960s London to the jungles of Vietnam.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 362 pages
  • 143 x 225 x 31mm | 521g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1909807532
  • 9781909807532
  • 865,103

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"As a piece of Cold War nostalgia, THE WHITEHALL MANDARIN is a great read. As a well-crafted espionage thriller, it should be on any reader's short list of the year's best. . . Don't miss this one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." -- I Love a Mystery "I Love a Mystery"
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About Edward Wilson

Edward Wilson is a native of Baltimore. He studied International Relations on a US Army scholarship and later served as a Special Forces officer in Vietnam. He received the Army Commendation Medal with 'V' for his part in rescuing wounded Vietnamese soldiers from a minefield. His other decorations include the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. After leaving the Army, Wilson became an expatriate and gave up US nationality to become a British citizen. He has also lived and worked in Germany and France, and was a post-graduate student at Edinburgh University. He is the author of seven novels, A River in May, The Envoy, The Darkling Spy, The Midnight Swimmer, A Very British Ending, The Whitehall Mandarin and South Atlantic Requiem, all published by Arcadia Books. The author now lives in Suffolk where he taught English and Modern Languages for thirty years.
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586 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 28% (162)
4 44% (256)
3 20% (118)
2 6% (37)
1 2% (13)

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The Whitehall Mandarin â?? A Classic Spy Novel The Whitehall Mandarin by Edward Wilson is a brilliant old fashioned sprinkled with historical facts, spy story. This is a classic spy story in the mould of John Le Carre rather than Ian Fleming, multi layered rather than flash bang wallop. William Catesby the hero of our story may not be James Bond but he is as efficient as Bondâ??s Walther PPK. William Catesby has risen from being a working class boy through Cambridge to becoming a ranking member of Her Majestyâ??s Secret Intelligent Service or for us peasants better known as Mi6. His knowledge and experiences are all Cold War based having worked out of Berlin as a Cultural Attach�©. He is brought back to London to help catch an American double agent and long time colleague in Jeffers Caudwell, a man of many contradictions as the story evolves. Lady Somers is rich and powerful and more importantly she is the first female Permanent under Secretary to head up the Ministry of Defence. Catesby is sent to find out her back story and bury it so deep it will never surface again. What we get is a fantastic tour of London Sex Scandals of the 60s, crossed with the ineptness of the CIA the downfall of Ministers and daft wars. We see the intelligence agency at times acting like kids in the playground not wanting to share their toys even with their friends or simply not trusting each other. He is sent to Vietnam to find Miranda, Lady Somers daughter to make things harder she is working with Viet Cong rather than on the Americanâ??s side. Somehow he has to get from the American side of Vietnam to the other side and the risk of death very high. He has to place his life in the hands of people you wouldnâ??t ask you to help you across the road. What we see in this classic spy novel is a wonderfully woven story that uses some of the biggest events in the 1950s and 60s as a backdrop and Catesby has been an influence somewhere during the event. We get a journey in this book that takes in some of the hotspots of Cuba, Moscow and Vietnam back to the â??sedateâ?? streets of London. This is a wonderful novel that ticks all the boxes that has been written so well the descriptions give such evocative imagery. This is a fast paced story that keeps the reader guessing all the way to the end. The plot is brilliant, there is an excellent research to make sure that the historical facts are woven in to the story so you cannot see the joins. This is a well written powerful story that just makes a fantastic spy more
by Paul D
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