The Mission Song: A Novel

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Abandoned by both his Irish father and Congolese mother, Bruno Salvador has long looked for someone to guide his life. He has found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence.Bruno's African upbringing, and fluency in numerous African languages, has made him a top interpreter in London, useful to businesses, hospitals, diplomats-and spies. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility known as the "Chat Room," Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, snatched voice mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference between Central African warlords, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain bring peace to a bloody corner of the world. But then he hears something he should not have....Building upon the box office success of le Carre's The Constant Gardener (like THE MISSION SONG, built around turmoil and conspiracy in Africa) and le Carre's laser eye for the complexity of the modern world (seen in Absolute Friends' prediction that the Iraq war would be based on phony and manipulated intelligence), this new novel is a crowning achievement, full of politics, heart, and the sort of suspense that nobody in the world does better.

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John le Carré is the author of numerous classic, bestselling novels, including Absolute Friends, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, The Little Drummer Girl, and The Constant Gardener. He lives in Cornwall, England.

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The unchallenged master of the contemporary spy novel turns his attention to the Dark Continent. Bruno "Salvo" Salvador, son of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman, straddles both worlds as an interpreter of minority African languages, who is married to an aristocratic British journalist and passionately involved with a Congolese nurse. Salvo is hired to be the interpreter for a secret meeting between central African leaders and a mining syndicate. Unfortunately, he hears more than he should about the fate of the Congo--knowledge that could kill him. Award-winning British actor David Oyelowo has the perfect voice--smooth, rich, almost hypnotic in timbre and emotion--to tell this cloak-and-dagger tale. A minor le CarrŽ, but read by a master. M.T.B. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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