Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ten of the best adventure novels from 1965

At Boing Boing, Joshua Glenn tagged the ten best adventure novels from 1965, including:
John Le Carré’s espionage adventure The Looking Glass War.

A nearly defunct WWII-era British Intelligence agency (“The Department”) suspects that Soviet missiles are being placed near the West German border, and although they have no evidence that this is the case (shades of George W. Bush’s 2003 Iraq invasion), because they long to get back into the game they recruit one of their former wartime agents to infiltrate East Germany. A tragicomedy of errors ensues, and the unlucky agent is in the end abandoned to the mercies of the other side. The Looking Glass War was adapted into a 1969 movie starring Christopher Jones.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue