The Snare of the Hunter

The Snare of the Hunter Irina Kusak flees Czechoslovakia to seek her Nobel laureate father in Austria She finds herself drawn into a political intrigue with terrifying consequences Is she the bait in a trap to snare her fath

  • Title: The Snare of the Hunter
  • Author: Helen MacInnes
  • ISBN: 9780449204610
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • Irina Kusak flees Czechoslovakia to seek her Nobel laureate father in Austria She finds herself drawn into a political intrigue with terrifying consequences Is she the bait in a trap to snare her father, or is she playing a part in an even insidious scheme with incredibly high stakes Set against the backdrop of peaceful Austrian countryside, Irina s nightmare journeIrina Kusak flees Czechoslovakia to seek her Nobel laureate father in Austria She finds herself drawn into a political intrigue with terrifying consequences Is she the bait in a trap to snare her father, or is she playing a part in an even insidious scheme with incredibly high stakes Set against the backdrop of peaceful Austrian countryside, Irina s nightmare journey becomes a flight to evade THE SNARE OF THE HUNTER.
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    • Dorcas says:

      3.5 StarsI often find it difficult to rate mysteries because in my usual rating system, four stars means "I will reread it" whereas five stars means "I have to have it".Well, this kept me engrossed which should mean more than three stars but I can't see myself rereading it and although I own it I probably won't keep it. So where does that leave me, 3.5 stars?I won't pretend to have understood all the political intrigue here but that didn't stop me enjoying the chase. This is a well written, enga [...]

    • Bill says:

      I don't believe I've ever read anything by Helen MacInnes before but after The Snare of the Hunter, I know I will search for more of her work. This was such a well-written, nail-biting thriller. Basically, the premise is that, set in the Cold War period, a Czech national is smuggled out of Communist Czechoslovakia with the help of a group of amateurs. Her father, a renowned writer, had left many years ago and she wanted to be with him. Starting in Vienna they must get her safely to Switzerland, [...]

    • Judith Teggelaar says:

      Helen MacInnes was called the "Queen of the Spy Writers". I enjoyed everyone of her books in the 60's and 70's and now have again relished this golden oldie. You will like the main character, David, as he is recruited to help a citizen escape from Czechoslovakia --one who he knew and loved years ago.

    • Hilda Hansen says:

      My reading project this year is to re-read all of Helen MacInnes's books. Or perhaps it will become a two-year project, because I also want to read other books. Ms. MacInnes is a master of the WWII era and cold-war era suspense genre. Even though I have read her books before, they send me to the atlas, to history websites, and to the dictionary many times as I make my way through each one. The Snare of the Hunter was written in the mid-1970s, and is set in the world of Czechoslovakia as it was t [...]

    • Miriam says:

      Such a long road trip through lovely European locations; so little time to sight-see. Sad.

    • Simon Mcleish says:

      Originally published on my blog here in October 2000.The Snare of the Hunter is a competent Cold War thriller with minor literary aspirations (one of the characters, at the centre of the plot even if he never appears on stage, is an amalgamation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Václav Havel). Successful American music critic David Mennery is on the point of packing to travel to the Salzburg festival when an acquaintance turns up whom he hasn't seen for a few years, with a strange request. As a stu [...]

    • Melissa says:

      If you want a good spy story, Helen MacInnes is great. This one about a girl trying to escape Czechoslovakia in the seventies.

    • Frank says:

      Read in the 80s

    • Wendy says:

      Good to the last dropEven half a century later, McInnes holds her readers to each page, nay each sentence with consummate writing. Hurrah and hurrah!

    • Gerald says:

      Irina Kusak is the daughter of a Czech Nobel-laureate father and Communist mother. She is recently divorced from the ruthless and ambitious head of the Czech secret police Jiri Hrádek. After her mother's death in the 1970's, she makes it known to appropriate contacts that she wants to escape from repressive Czechoslovakia and join her father Jaromir Kusak in the West. A group of individuals dedicated to providing such assistance is assembled and starts Irina on a harrowing journey across the Cz [...]

    • Amy says:

      A Cold War era story of defection, featuring some intelligent, capable, brave women as lead characters. What's more, this is a thriller written by a woman writer! Seriously, what's not to like?It's a Cold War game of cat-and-mouse, and our protagonists receive very little respite from their apparatchik pursuers. No one knows who to trust and who to suspect, but they do know that there is a cat among the pigeons.The story never rests too long in any one place--the reader and Irina (our defector) [...]

    • Beth says:

      In this Cold War thriller (written in 1974) Irina Kusak escapes from Czechoslovakia with the intent of joining her father, a famous political author, who is in hiding. After being aided in this attempt by her ex-husband, a party loyalist, she starts to wonder if she is being trapped when two men who helped her are killed. Several Americans are asked to help with the meeting between father and daughter, including David Mennery, a man who was in love with Irina before her marriage and the Iron Cur [...]

    • Rebecca Lewitt says:

      Not MacInnes' most thrilling work, but suspnseful enough to keep me interested. I enjoyed her delve into the amateur/low-tech "spy" work. I always love a story where common sense wins out over technology and proffessionals. The romance left much to be desired for me. I liked the characters but I would have prefered a different romantic couple than she chose. Irina is nice and all, but I liked Jo. All in all, I'm glad I read it--it was a nice way to pass the time--but "neither five nor three" and [...]

    • Brooksie says:

      Generally thrillers aren't my thing. I bought this book at a second-hand book sale because I couldn't resist the red faux-leather binding (my copy is part of The Companion Book Club and published in 1975). It's slow to start, picks up the chase in the second act, but then fizzles in the third. Another one of those books where there's so much buildup to nothing. It also would have helped to include a map of the region as I'm not familiar enough with former Czechoslovakia, Austria and Switzerland [...]

    • Linda says:

      I always enjoy Helen McInnes' work, but the extramarital affair left me cold. It was made understandable, but during the whole rest of the book, it left a slightly sour taste of justification. The characters were believable (the plot was a little turgid with names that swept in and out), the tension was high.but she's too good of a writer to have to indulge in this plot gimmick.

    • Veeral says:

      I don't remember much of this book but I vaguely recall that I liked it very much at the time. This is one of the books I plan to re-read in future (I still have a copy, though it is a bit worn out due to the passage of time).

    • Amanda says:

      Typical MacInnes, set in Cold War Europe. The hero is a sexist, but the spy craft is good. I really like these 20th century spy stories where no one has a cell phone and they have to make things up as they go along!

    • Teresa Hintze says:

      An oldie but goodie. I'm a little nervous to read Helen MacInnes sometimes because she has a tendency to kill off main characters that you love, but this was a suspenseful spy novel and all the people I loved survived. Big sigh of relief

    • ChrisGA says:

      Over 40 years old but still good suspense

    • Rebecca says:

      I'm nearing the end of my quest to read all of Helen MacInnes's books in order. I didn't quite make it in one year.

    • Allen Batchelar says:

      A retro spy novel which is genre I seem to be into right now. A glass of scotch and a Helen McInnis novel is a relaxing experience.

    • Kathy says:

      If I listened again I might rate it 3 stars. I wasn't paying enough attention to figure out good guys versus bad guys.

    • Marilyn says:

      Well written but could have been edited better. Nice to read a Cold War story again. It was simpler to know who your enemies were.

    • Elizabeth says:

      2.5

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