BOOK REVIEW

ABSOLUTE FRIENDS - JOHN LE CARRE

Ted Mundy, son of a British Army officer, is a former spy.  Mundy now works as a tour guide in Germany for English-speaking visitors to Ludwig's castle in Bavaria.  He is trying desperately to support his family.  He married a Muslim woman with a small son. 

Sasha, is the son of a Nazi who is very bitter about the past.  He forms a double-agent partnership that feeds British intelligence during the Cold War years.

These two men built a bond between them that began in the 1960's.  After many years, Mundy hears from Sasha.  Sasha informs Mundy that a benefactor, billionaire philanthropist named Dimitri, would like to hire Mundy to act as a translator to counteract the propaganda regarding the Iraqi War.  Even though Ted is happy, he accepted the assignment because he wanted to do something good. 

Mundy soon finds out that some things never change.  Who can he trust with this new assignment?

This is an excellent spy thriller.  Even more so, it is an interesting look at character building.  The author does not hold back on his anti-war feelings, as he has been very outspoken regarding U.S. and British foreign policy recently.  However, he has created a masterpiece with this book and many have called this his best one yet!  Don't miss out on reading this book!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY EATON

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