Like to read spy-books, do we? Love the English language? Enjoy a well-turned phrase or an erudite allusion? Alas, I am not at liberty to answer these questions for you.
Here I sit in the Five Corners Coffee Shop, where I have just phinished reading Silverview, aka Silberblick, alias Argentovista, fyi Серебранносмотр. Oops, there goes a skirt. Hopefully I will finish this review before I get defenestrated from my perch in the southeast corner.
Nobody puts Mentifex in a corner, baby. Since I am constantly under surveillance due to my technology (artificial intelligence), my politics (Rerum Novarum), or my social life (Mata Hari du jour), I read spy-books for the sake of tradecraft and patois and romance. I mean, why read "And Ladies of the Club" when you can thrill to "The Honourable Schoolboy" as a multivitamin providing your MDR of espionage and heartthrobs and foreign phonemes? You must perhaps play Spot-the-Spy, but mine it is to reason why. In one case, the FBI Director had me picked me up for an interview because I had analyzed the Unabomber Manifesto and predicted that he would turn out to be a (Harvard) mathematician.
The номенклатура of Starbucks sent a gumshoe to video-spy me when I co-opened the Roastery every weekday for months on end in 2015, unbeknownst to them that my soul raison-de-y-etre was to read the NYT for free on a stick. I was next investigated by local yokels who went around surreptitiously photographing me and inquiring if I had ever worked for Husky Football, after I threatened their $110M yearly revenue by addressing the Board of Regents
with my brain-replicator complaint that college football ineluctably destroys the brain tissue of student athlete $UCKER$. In Germany they were going to arrest me for transgressing the Iron Curtain. First Kiss was interviewed on my reliability as an American soldier about to be entrusted with the care and troubleshooting of nuclear weapons. This very review of a final spy-book by They-Know-Who will ring alarms galaxy-wide in clandestine No-Such-Agencies charged with destroying your freedom while pretending the opposite.
-- Mentifex reviews Silverview.