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The setting is Thailand. A very important representative of the Queen is scheduled to visit Bangkok on a good-will tour. A threat has been made against his life, and somewhere amidst the golden spires awaits a deadly assassin. The top-secret British espionage bureau feels ordinary security precautions are not sufficient, so they call in agent Quiller. He's a cynical loner,The setting is Thailand. A very important representative of the Queen is scheduled to visit Bangkok on a good-will tour. A threat has been made against his life, and somewhere amidst the golden spires awaits a deadly assassin. The top-secret British espionage bureau feels ordinary security precautions are not sufficient, so they call in agent Quiller. He's a cynical loner, but the only man capable of tracking down the would-be killer. The tale is complex, set at a breathless pace!...

Title : the 9th directive
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ISBN : 22816827
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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the 9th directive Reviews

  • Feliks
    2019-05-22 04:10

    Superb as always. I nominate Hall as my favorite action author. To write with this much authority at such a frantic pace --and in the first-person-- puts him in the league of Hammett and the other great pulp craftsmen from the sister-genre of crime-writing. Just as in (for example) a Cornell Woolrich tale--there is no 'waste', 'drag', or 'surplus' in this kind of page-flipper. Hall writes with total economy and poise in his brand of espionage. A powerful mix of psychology and thrills--all the psychological insights found in LeCarre, are here in the Quiller series. But all the action which LeCarre is lacking, is here as well. And the exotic locales from Hall, are just astounding. In this book, 'Quiller' --a 'thinking man's spy'--is in Bangkok. At first, I worried that Hall would not be able to pull it off convincingly. Very difficult setting to convey. Most authors stumble, trying-too-hard to express the exoticness; and losing the thrust-of-the-plot to do so. Not Hall. Quiller is as comfortable here as he is anywhere. He knows this city. He simply gets on with the business of ass-kicking as he usually does.As an author, Hall experiments with everything. In this tale the assassination takes place in the **middle of the book** and then the tension and suspense is drawn out for a full fifteen more chapters. Each time, you're sure he is going to wrap it up at last... but the twists don't stop coming. Hall also never lets a chapter go by without some kind of wrenching surprise: that's just the way Hammett always did. And his protag, 'Quiller' really gets into some crazy dirty violence. Down-in-the-gutter violence. He never gets through a mission without rolling around in places no other spy would ever wind up. What's also juicy is how well he knows his body: he is 100% astute about his 'physical limits'. Constant little 'asides' about how memory works, how reflexes function, how best to aim a weapon or survive a blow to the head. Quiller is all about defense and survival; he never assumes he can just skate through trouble unscathed. He talks about his fears, his worries, his anxieties.Great one-liner in the first third of the book, (when he is dogged by a would-be femme-fatale): "Loman was a hell of an intelligence director if he couldn't keep this bitch out of my way.." Ha!Quiller is no James Bond; (he carries no gun) but he has --if anything--even less compunction towards women (why not? in these plots, they're usually in bed with his enemies) than Fleming's hero. But if its any consolation, at least Quiller doesn't make phony love to them before booting them to the curb. He doesn't 'play it two ways'. He doesn't see them as sex-objects, he sizes them up only for how they help/hinder his mission. No more, no less. One has to admire that.This novel is a tale of assassination--so it's got great content--and a steady build-up of suspense, as all such tales enjoy. This is familiar and reassuring to every thriller reader. You know its gonna be 'hot' at the end of this story, whatever happens. Except--as I mentioned above--the 'hit' happens in the middle of the book! Insane!The only thing to count on is that Hall keeps the action throbbing along at manic pace. He is as solid in this style as Deighton and LeCarre are in theirs.Highest recommendation.

  • Dipanjan
    2019-05-23 20:07

    "The Ninth Directive" is the second appearance of Agent Quiller in the readers' world. The setting is 1966 Thailand (a very different environment as compared to its current avatar). Unlike the "Quiller Memorandum" this is a straightforward battle of wits between two individuals, Agent Quiller and Kup, a professional hitman. But it's quite a treat just the same. The mission is purely recon and apprehend aiding a protection detail as an individual third party. Though Quiller is a "Spy" in this book, he is more of an "intelligence specialist". He continues to be human, making mistakes, getting outsmarted and outwitted but pulls off the mission with "street smart thinking" and improvisations. Unlike the earlier book, there are no grey areas but mainly the black and white road of To Do or Not To Do.Keeping true to the essence of the Quiller series, this adventure is also full of intricacies, psychological insights into behavioural patterns leading to actions based on deductions and sound reasonings."The Ninth Directive" continues to be an old school intelligence where the mind is the only effective weapon against the adversary. Quiller, yet again, takes us through this intelligent journey where we get to see how he gathers intelligence; how he plays various scenarios to improvise, adapt and survive; how he exposes himself as bait and how he manages to pull off a failed mission into success at the last minute.This is yet again a great intelligence novel that should be in the collection of the "espionage fan".

  • Lee Felker
    2019-06-03 20:04

    I like the way Hall just gives the story to readers in such a straightforward manner. Quiller is my boy, and love easing at how he interprets situations and then gets out of them somehow. It's a quick, fun read for anyone who likes spy novels.

  • stormhawk
    2019-06-08 00:23

    I love spy novels, and I love Quiller most of all. The stories ring true, not always cohesive at the beginning, but as the plot unfolds, it has a labyrinthine reality, plans within plots, not unlike a lotus or mandala, opening in pieces of insight. All of the events are viewed through Quiller's eyes, we know what he knows, which usually is very little at the beginning, but takes more definite shape as the story proceeds. There are no egomaniacal villains who declare their plans while our hero lies helpless in their control and manages to escape at the crucial moment to thwart plans for world domination. Quiller, rather, slips through the smallest of opportunities like the ferret he often compares himself to.

  • cool breeze
    2019-05-26 01:11

    Quiller in Bangkok trying to stop a plot to assassinate a British royal. Quiller famously doesn’t carry or use a gun, but he makes an exception this time. Quite a good Quiller novel (4.1), and that is really saying something, but downgraded 0.4 points for Hall's sycophantic treatment of the unnamed royal, who sounds very much like Prince Charles. C'mon, the guy is such a twit that his own mother would rather die on the throne than turn it over to him. The veritable poster child for Monty Python’s Upperclass Twit of the Year, but Hall fawns over him.Other than having to stifle the retching in those passages, this is an absolutely first rate espionage thriller, in the same rank as John le Carre, Len Deighton and Ian Fleming.

  • Ruth
    2019-06-12 00:22

    "At this time, when the whole of the South-east Asian picture is confused and threatening, Her Majesty's Government consider it highly desirable that a goodwill mission is undertaken by someone who is neither a statesman nor a diplomat but who commands international respect and admiration, particularly in Thailand. Thus in three weeks time a representative of the Queen is to visit Bangkok on a goodwill tour. With careful precision he said: "During the visit we want you to arrange for his assassination.""

  • Yash Desai
    2019-06-07 03:01

    Book 2 in the series continues to build upon the character of the likeable spy, Quiller. Like the first book this also has some great plot twists. Contrary to his reputation, Quiller does use a gun in this book. What i really like about Adam Hall's writing is that his books are peppered with explanations & descriptions of various techniques used by spies. Some might find these techniques dated as the book was written in the sixties, but i find them fascinating.

  • Pamela
    2019-06-18 04:17

    As always with Hall's Quiller character, there's detail upon detail of tradecraft--one of the things I like best. Quiller character is front and center in all his flawed glory. Downgraded from 4 stars to 3 because of the sycophantic worship an undisclosed royal called "The Person".

  • Scott E
    2019-06-17 00:59

    2nd in Hall's Quiller series. Much like the 1st installment, packed with action that progresses continuously until the conclusion. The Quiller series, thus far, seems more thriller than espionage. Good stuff!

  • David Michael Smith
    2019-06-14 02:11

    Quiller makes James Bond seem like a fop and a sissy. This guy is a REAL spy! You read one Adam Hall book and you will not want to stop until you have read the entire series. Which can be a challenge as many of his novels are out of print.

  • Larry Loftis
    2019-05-22 04:25

    Elleston Trevor's (as Adam Hall) second installment of Quiller. While I thought the ending was a bit weak, the writing, as usual, is superb. Few authors are more fun to read.

  • I
    2019-05-31 22:16

    When it almost looked that our hero will lose and novel will be a dark and gritty classic, our hero rises from the dead (metaphorically) and the novel feels like just another cheesy spy novel

  • Dennis
    2019-05-24 21:01

    Quiller is assigned to protect a high level "person" from an assassin. Another white knuckle read from Adam Hall.

  • Tom
    2019-05-28 21:12

    An old-fashioned spy novel. Surprisingly, the backdrop to the book is very large. Quiller had seemed to be a more daily grind type of character. Nonetheless, still a very fast, solid read.

  • Karen
    2019-06-15 21:25

    Quiller in Bangkok,

  • Nathan
    2019-06-20 00:58

    This is the second book in the Quiller spy series. I really enjoyed the book due to the fast-paced story and interesting characters.

  • Alan
    2019-05-24 23:06

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  • David
    2019-06-14 00:12

    Really enjoy the Quiller books so far. Wish I'd found them earlier but at least I have now. I rate them highly and recommend them to any one interested in reading a good thriller or spy story.