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Unlike the contemporaries of his day, Graham Greene sought in his espionage thrillers to avoid some of the cultural clichés often depicted in other literary works relating to the spying profession, instead attempting to present a more realistic visualisation of the day-to-day life of a spy. It is a life of constant paranoia and the grimly mundane, portrayed expertly in this enthralling novel based on Greene’s own experiences in the secret service.
The Human Factor focusses on Maurice Castle, a secret service bureaucrat rapidly approaching retirement. This 'everyman', a character that Greene is so adept at portraying, finds himself embroiled in a vicious web of deceit after a leak is traced to his department. Castle is no all-action hero, and rather than relying on fast-paced sequences Greene instead cleverly builds the suspense throughout the novel, laced with twists and turns, crosses and double-crosses that make this a most captivating read. When the events that unfold force Castle to question where his loyalties truly lie, he has to ask himself who the real good guys actually are.
This exciting novel read by Tim Piggott-Smith bears all the hallmarks of a Greene classic, and still remains relevant even today. Available to buy either as an MP3 download or as a CD audiobook, it will represent the perfect addition to your literary collection.