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Circus

By: Alistair MacLean
Narrated by: Richard Trinder
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Summary

Reissue of the classic tale of espionage set in Cold War Europe, where the world’s greatest circus acrobat must break into an impenetrable fortress, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.

Bruno Wildermann of the Wrinfield Circus is the world’s greatest trapeze artist, a clairvoyant with near-supernatural powers and an implacable enemy of the East European regime that arrested his family and murdered his wife.

The CIA needs such a man and recruits Bruno for an impossible raid—on the impregnable Lubylan fortress, where his family his held.

Under cover of a circus tour, Bruno prepares to return to his homeland. But before the journey even begins a murderer strikes twice. Somewhere in the circus there is a communist agent with orders to stop Bruno at any cost....

©1975 Alistair MacLean, HarperCollins Publishers (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Great reading." (Sunday Telegraph)

"A magnificent storyteller." (Sunday Mirror)

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This is probably AM's worst book.

plot was awful, compared to his other books it was dreadful. would request a refund but Audible have stopped giving me refunds.

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Disappointing

If the book HMS Ulysses gets a 10, this one gets a two, although it might have been better to read than to listen to. My particular gripe would be with the female lead, Maria, who was written as a rather uninteresting character without much intelligence or sense, just a surfeit of good looks to be fawned over, and then narrated as variously simpering, whiny and rather pathetic. It was written in a different age, but then again, Jane Austen managed to have interesting, strong, insightful and intelligent female characters.

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