The Mission Song

Paperback, 352 pages

English language

Published Nov. 14, 2007 by Back Bay Books.

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4 stars

This novel is centered around Bruno Salvador--a half-British, half-Congolese interpreter of numerous obscure African languages--as he's whisked away by British Intelligence to a secret conference between the representatives of a Western-backed syndicate of politicians and celebrities, an ambitious Congolese leader preaching reform, and three Congolese warlords. The goal of this clandestine conference is none other than changing the government in the resource rich Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

First off, le Carré has been on a slide since the end of the Cold War. He still writes better novels than all the other thriller writers out there, but he's had a hard time recapturing his glory days. The Mission Song is right up there with Our Game as the best of his post-Cold War novels, and it definitely finds a place of honor among his better works as well. Like his previous two novels, Absolute Friends (2003) …


  • Espionage/Intrigue
  • Thrillers
  • Fiction / Thrillers
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - Espionage / Thriller