Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham

By W. Somerset Maugham

A set of reports rooted in Maugham's personal reports as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, in addition to its absurdity.

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Handfuls of well-fed, very well-dressed, smooth-looking Russians leaned against the cars. Less kempt men stood against walls, their wares spread out at their feet. In the boot of every car, the back of every truck, and along the pavement, weapons were stacked, grenade launchers, hand guns, Uzi and H&K sub-machine guns; boxes of ammunition. Jack Wade grunted, then assumed his role of tour guide. "Welcome to the shopping mall of death. The wild East This, for Russia, is capitalism's finest hour. One size maims all, and everyone can make a killing.

She had to get out of here very quickly indeed, and, if she had to face the snow and ice above ground, she needed more than the black skirt, the shirt and the skimpy underwear she wore with comfort in the air conditioned, underground facility which had been her natural habitat. In her room she quickly changed into thermal underwear, jeans and her stout leather boots which she had bought during her last leave. She shrugged herself into a thick fur coat, jammed a fur hat onto her head and was already drawing on fur-lined gloves as she ran back to the charnel house that had been the work area.

Mishkin glanced up, giving Ourumov a withering look. "Boris Grishenko, and one other. A woman, it appears. Page 44 18) Goldeneye A very talented Level Two computer scientist Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova. " Mishkin nodded. "As I say, a very talented young woman. Conversant in French, Italian, German and English.... " Ourumov sounded angry now. "Also fluent in four different computer languages. " Ourumov repeated. " Ourumov took in a deep breath. " Mishkin's silky voice became a shade more threatening.

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