6,256 book reviews and counting...

The Silent War Reviews

The Silent War by Andreas Norman

The Silent War

Andreas Norman

Score pending

1 review

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: riverrun
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 5 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781784293628

A spy thriller by Sweden's answer to John Le Carre. Like its highly acclaimed predecessor Into A Raging Blaze Andreas Norman's new novel is a morally and politically complex international thriller. Its nail-biting plot and sympathetic characters show the tragic human consequences of private and public treachery.

3 stars out of 5
Adam LeBor
30 Aug 2019

"Norman is an expert on privacy and surveillance, and his inside knowledge is well deployed"

Norman is an innovative stylist: the fast-paced narrative, fluently rendered in translation by Ian Giles, is written in the third person present tense with an omni­scient narrator. This brings a sense of intimacy that is almost claustrophobic, especially at the roller-coaster climax... Norman is an expert on privacy and surveillance, and his inside knowledge is well deployed. Like Olguín, he could give us more sense of place. The book has a deeper flaw, however: Norman seems driven by personal animus against the UK and MI6. 
 

Reviews