Declare

Declare

Book - 2002
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As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew Hale finds himself caught up in a secret, even more ruthless war. Two decades later, in 1963, he will be forced to confront again the nightmarethat has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation code-named Declare. From the corridors of Whitehall to the Arabian desert, from post-war Berlin to the streets of Cold War Moscow, Hale's desperate quest draws him into international politics and gritty espionage tradecraft -- and inexorably drives Hale, the fiery and beautiful Communist agent Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga, and Kim Philby, mysterious traitor to the British cause, to a deadly confrontation on the high glaciers of Mount Ararat, in the very shadow of the fabulous and perilous Ark.

Publisher: New York : HarperTorch, 2002.
ISBN: 9780380798360
0380798360
Branch Call Number: POWERS T
Characteristics: 591 pages ; 17 cm.

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raydat51 Mar 25, 2013

Put aside the supernatural, and simply consider Tim Powers one of the finest writers today. His gift for narrative, plot development, weaving history with fiction and characters you relate to and have true sympathy for is unreal and to be treasured. I never thought to have sympathy for Kim Philby but he, under Powers' hand, becomes flesh and blood. Kenneth Roberts achieved something similar with Benedict Arnold in his fiction. This novel is very fine and very highly recommended.

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strathfines
Apr 11, 2011

Not his best. "The Drawing of the Dark" is still his best.

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theyawner
Dec 22, 2009

Starts out like a standard issue British cold war novel from the 60's. Slowly a Lovecraftian creepiness factor worms it way from the edges. The blend of Chthonic horror and spy thriller intrigue makes Declare a great novel.

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erigami
Dec 13, 2009

The writing is strong, the references to demonic entities (reminiscent of something from Lovecraft) are fun, and so is the notion of magic. But it doesn't really gel.

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