Traitor’s Gait by Geoffrey Osbourne

Traitor's Gait by Geoffrey Osborne
Published by Endeavour Press Genres: Thriller
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

The Russian space research centre just outside Moscow is surrounded by searchlight and machine-gun towers; the inner perimeter fence is electrified and the place is strongly guarded by the KGB and by the GRU (military security).

But Britain wants the secrets of the space bomb which is being developed there, and the Director of Britain’s SS(O)S has worked out a plan to get them.

It is worth bearing in mind that this book was published in 1969, and so some of the things that would probably be unforgivable in a modern spy thriller must be tolerated. Traitor’s Gait is the story of a small team of agents who must infiltrate a Russian space facility to steal the plans to a wonderful space macguffin before it becomes operational and threatens the world.

I enjoy reading a variety of styles of thriller, from the hard-bitten style of John Lecarre through to more action packed authors like Tom Clancy. Although it is only a relatively short book, the pacing felt a little off at times. There were times when events raced by without stopping for more than a cursory explanation, and there were other times when it was trying to build that core of a novel.

I think with a lot of spy thrillers, you can respect a novel for the time it was written in, but they are not always going to be relevant in today’s society. I felt like the plot was a little James Bondish, which didn’t help with the atmosphere, and to be honest… it just felt a little silly, and the twist and turns that were there wound up confusing me.

I respect the publisher for their efforts to resurrect books that were written way back when, but this book really wasn’t for me. I would have liked it to be a full length novel, to allow the author to explore some of the ideas, and to really flesh out the characters and set up the situation properly.

If throw back old school spy novels are you sort of thing, you might give this a whirl.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: three-stars

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