Declare: A Novel

By Tim Powers

As a tender double agent infiltrating the Soviet undercover agent community in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew Hale unearths himself stuck up in a mystery, much more ruthless struggle. 20 years later, in 1963, he'll be pressured to confront back the nightmare that has haunted his grownup existence: a deadly unfinished operation code-named Declare.

From the corridors of Whitehall to the Arabian desolate tract, from postwar Berlin to the streets of chilly conflict Moscow, Hale's determined quest attracts him into overseas politics and gritty espionage tradecraft—and inexorably drives Hale, the fiery and gorgeous Communist agent Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga, and Kim Philby, mysterious traitor to the British reason, to a dangerous war of words at the excessive glaciers of Mount Ararat, within the very shadow of the awesome and threatening Ark.

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A number of his acquaintances from town of London university had additionally come to Oxford faculties, and the 3 of them may occasionally move pub-hopping up and down wide road within the shadow of the previous Sheldonian Theatre dome; and Hale finally even their instance and joined a pupil wing of the Communist celebration, extra within the wish of assembly women at conferences and getting loose refreshments than from any actual ideological sympathy. earlier than the warfare, attendance at chapel had it seems that been obligatory in Magdalen, other than to such scholars as cared to come up early and report back to the Dean to have their names entered within the roll-call; now it was once not obligatory, and it appeared that everyone selected to sleep in and pass chapel. Andrew had stopped going to church through the interval of evacuation to Haslemere, or even a little sooner than that, and in recent times on institution varieties he had all started writing AGN, for agnostic, whilst his spiritual denomination used to be requested for, instead of RC for Roman Catholic. at the least from a distance, communism had looked as if it would provide a practical, modern or even geographical replacement, in facing the obscure but nagging experience of non secular responsibility, to the remembered devotions and gospel texts and rosaries; and as a minimum overseas “solidarity” looked to be the one pragmatic desire for defeating Nazi Germany. Remembering the chilly guy within the Haslemere educate station, he had first taken the precaution of writing to the London submit workplace field and asking Theodora if there has been any objection to his becoming a member of the social gathering; yet he’d had no answer, and made up our minds qui tacit consentit. in truth the social gathering conferences have been boring, uninspiring affairs, filled with earnest speeches approximately Marx and Stalin and five-year-plans, with occasional motion pictures of laboring iron foundries and farm equipment; Hale was once entranced with the Dublin accessory of 1 Iris Murdoch, yet she was once a chic twenty-two-year-old Somerville pupil, and he couldn’t think suggesting to her that she pop out for tea with him someday. by way of the top of the 1st time period he had pretty well stopped attending conferences, and so he was once shocked to get a call for participation in the course of the publish from a lady at St. Hilda’s collage, asking him to affix her at a huge assembly within the London celebration headquarters in King highway on a Friday evening in September. He didn’t even ponder refusing; and at the appointed night he was once in a position to get a educate to the underground station in St. John’s wooden, and he alighted at Covent backyard at nightfall and walked to King highway. although German armies had now swept in the course of the Balkans and Greece and have been almost immediately threatening Africa, the London bombings had ultimately stopped in may well. Even outlets with their entrance partitions and home windows blown out had enterprise AS traditional banners strung around the ragged gaps, and joyful brassy Glenn Miller songs echoed from radio audio system out into the streets; yet after darkish, taxis nonetheless drove with their headlamps out and have been hailed by way of pedestrians blinking electrical torches at them. Hale controlled to proportion a taxi with an aged gentleman going to the Garrick membership, and while Hale requested to be allow off at quantity sixteen King road the motive force embarrassed him by way of asserting, because the cab slowed in entrance of the darkish place of work block, “Communist social gathering Headquarters, sir.

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