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The Translator by Harriet Crawley : a review

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book cover for The Translator by Harriet Crawley.  A man and a woman in silhoutte are walking away towards a Russian building

The Translator by Harriet Crawley

  • Category : Thriller
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bitter Lemon Press (21 Mar. 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1913394832
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1913394837
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The Translator Summary

A passionate love story, centred on a devastating Russian plot to sabotage the undersea communication cables linking the US to the UK. Clive Franklin, a Russian language expert in the Foreign Office, is summoned unexpectedly to Moscow to act as translator for the British Prime Minister. His life is upended when he discovers that his former lover, Marina Volina, is the interpreter to the Russian President. Together they will try to stop the attack that could paralyse communications and collapse the Western economy.

The Translator Review

The Translator is an exciting, fast-paced political, spy thriller. I enjoyed the tension built up from the beginning which lasted through to the very end.

Clive Franklin began this story enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical in the quiet highlands of Scotland before ultimately being dragged back to Moscow for work, as a translator. Luckily for him he enjoys spending time in Russia, as adores the culture, food and architecture.

On his return he bumps into Marina Volina, a woman he loved more than a decade before. As an interpreter to the Russian president, Marina often holds important information.  She therefore holds a power to translate at times to her advantage.

During one of her jobs Marina learns of a plot to disconnect the undersea communications between the US and the UK and she has to decide whether to keep this a secret for her country or to betray and thereby threatening her own life.

This is a wonderful read with great descriptions of Moscow. I could feel the character’s unease of always being watched and monitored. This created a great tension and I quickly became absorbed within the story.


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About the Author

Harriet Crawley has been a journalist, writer, and art dealer, worked in television and radio, and she stood for the Westminster and European Parliaments. A fluent Russian speaker, Harriet was married to a Russian, sent her son to state school in Moscow where she worked for almost twenty years in the energy sector. She speaks five languages and this is her fifth book. @harrietcrawley1

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