A Delicate Truth by John Le Carré

By John Le Carré

A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being fastened at the British crown colony of Gibraltar.  Its function: to catch and abduct a high-value jihadist fingers consumer. Its authors: an formidable international workplace Minister, a personal protection contractor who's additionally his bosom pal, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So smooth is the operation that even the Minister’s own inner most secretary, Toby Bell, isn't really cleared for it.

3 years later, a disgraced specified Forces Soldier provides a message from the useless. was once Operation Wildlife the good fortune it was once cracked as much as be—or a human tragedy that was once ruthlessly lined up? Summoned via Sir Christopher (“Kit”) Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor condo, and heavily saw by way of Kit’s daughter, Emily, Toby needs to choose from his sense of right and wrong and responsibility to his carrier. If the single factor valuable for the triumph of evil is that sturdy males do not anything, how can he continue silent?


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I told you last week, baby,” he said. Damn, that echo was distracting. Hearing his own words bounc- 32 THE SILENT SERVICE ing back at him made him all too aware of how pathetic he sounded. “I’ve got some more leave coming. I was saving it for our anniversary. I could probably get approval for a long weekend, though. I could come out there. ” They had to talk. Had to. He’d been seeing Kazuko for four years, now, since shortly after his divorce, in fact. She’d been a junior flight attendant working for Singapore Airlines then; she was a senior attendant now, which meant she had a good deal more flexibility in arranging her schedule.

The guy was wrapping up, now, and turning the podium back over to the VIP from General Dynamics. He, in turn, introduced Commander Daryl Fitch, Virginia’s skipper for her sea trials. ” The crowd erupted in wild cheers and applause, and even Garrett and the others on the stand clapped long and hard. After so much pomposity, Fitch’s exuberance was fresher than the breeze coming in off the sea, and considerably more welcome. He was a young man, short, with a thick but neatly trimmed black Virginia Class 55 mustache.

Instantly, the single screw astern reversed direction, churning a swirl of white water as the slow-drifting vessel began slowing more, edging gently toward the pier. The line-handling crews fore and aft tossed lines across to the men on the dock, who grabbed them and began making them fast to the pierside bollards. Shuhadaa Muqaddaseen shuddered as she came to rest. “All stop,” ul Haq commanded, and the engine fell silent. The first leg of the vessel’s long voyage, from Karachi to the Spratly Islands, was complete.

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