History Creator / AnthonyPrice

5th Dec '17 2:59:00 AM jormis29
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The first three novels in the series were adapted for television in the 1980s, with Terence Stamp as Audley.

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The first three novels in the series were adapted for television in the 1980s, with Terence Stamp Creator/TerenceStamp as Audley.
10th Nov '17 6:49:03 PM dlchen145
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Anthony Price (born 1928) is an English writer of [[SpyFiction Stale Beer espionage novels]]. The novels' hallmarks include fiendishly but satisfyingly twisty plots (generally featuring at least one moment where the protagonists realise that they've all been completely wrong about some key point of what's going on), complex and sharply-observed characterisation, and a tendency for each novel to somehow involve an artifact or site of archaeological interest.

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Anthony Price (born 16 August, 1928) is an English writer of [[SpyFiction Stale Beer espionage novels]]. The novels' hallmarks include fiendishly but satisfyingly twisty plots (generally featuring at least one moment where the protagonists realise that they've all been completely wrong about some key point of what's going on), complex and sharply-observed characterisation, and a tendency for each novel to somehow involve an artifact or site of archaeological interest.
3rd Jan '17 9:20:55 PM PaulA
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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: In ''Tomorrow's Ghost'' [[spoiler:Frances Fitzgibbon dies in the arms of Paul Mitchell, her would-be love interest, after her HeroicSacrifice]].
2nd Jan '17 3:54:39 AM PaulA
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* ''The Memory Trap'' (1989)

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* ''The Memory Trap'' (1989)(1989) (Audley)



* AlmostDeadGuy: The Russian defector murdered at the beginning of ''The Memory Trap'' gasps out a cryptic and incomplete message before dying. Figuring out what the message ''means'' is most of the rest of the plot.



* CallBack: In one of the later novels, there's a passing mention of Hugh Roskill, who was a regular character in the early novels and then faded into the background, saying that he's retired and married his love interest from ''The Alamut Ambush''.



* CutShort: The series ended abruptly after 1989, as the author's planned conclusion had rather depended on the continued existence of the Soviet Union.


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* DefectorFromCommieLand: ''The Memory Trap'' kicks off with a Russian defector being murdered just as he makes contact with the British agents who have come to fetch him, managing to [[AlmostDeadGuy pass on a cryptic and incomplete message before dying]].


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* LeftHanging: Price retired from fiction writing at the end of the 1980s, leaving at least one planned Audley novel uncompleted, for a number of reasons, including ill health. (It's also been speculated that the downfall of the Soviet Union did a number on the series' Cold War-based MythArc.) The final published novel, ''The Memory Trap'', does manage to fit in a theme of Audley acknowledging it may be time to pass the torch to the younger generation, but a lot of ongoing plot threads -- in particular, Audley's ongoing rivalry with Panin, and a story arc about a possible highly-placed Russian sleeper agent -- are left dangling.
1st Jan '17 5:39:50 AM PaulA
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* ShoutOut: In ''A Prospect of Vengeance'', one of the journalists mentions the possibility of Research and Development having been infiltrated by "what [[Creator/JohnLeCarre Mr Le Carré]] calls 'a mole'".
1st Jan '17 2:23:30 AM PaulA
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* ''A Prospect of Vengeance'' (1988)

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* ''A Prospect of Vengeance'' (1988)(1988) (Robinson, Fielding)


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* SequelEpisode: ''A Prospect of Vengeance'', in which a team of investigative journalists come across the loose ends from ''Tomorrow's Ghost'', and the reader learns what transpired after that novel's abrupt end.
27th Dec '16 12:48:59 AM PaulA
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Colonel Augustus Colbourne in ''A New Kind of War'', who is first seen conducting a debrief while having a bath, has a bee in his bonnet about Ancient Rome and is reputed to believe himself to be the reincarnation of the emperor UsefulNotes/Augustus. He is also a highly respected barrister and not in the least stupid.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Colonel Augustus Colbourne in ''A New Kind of War'', who is first seen conducting a debrief while having a bath, has a bee in his bonnet about Ancient Rome and is reputed to believe himself to be the reincarnation of the emperor UsefulNotes/Augustus.UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}. He is also a highly respected barrister and not in the least stupid.
27th Dec '16 12:45:41 AM PaulA
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Colonel Augustus Colbourne in ''A New Kind of War'', who is first seen conducting a debrief while having a bath, has a bee in his bonnet about Ancient Rome and is reputed to believe himself to be the reincarnation of the emperor UsefulNotes/Augustus. He is also a highly respected barrister and not in the least stupid.



* TheMole: In ''A New Kind of War'', Frederick Clinton's unit has the kind of trouble that has to mean there's a mole; a particularly troubling situation in that all his officers were hand-picked and have passed rigorous background checks. [[spoiler:It turns out to be none of the officers, but Colonel Colbourne's trusted assistant, RSM Levin.]]



* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The Hour of the Donkey'' is set during the German invasion of France, and features Audley's father and one of his mentors. ''The '44 Vintage'' is set during the Allied re-taking of France, and recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together. ''Soldier No More'' is set in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis, and covers Audley's recruitment into the newly-formed Department of Research and Development.

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* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and Vintage'', ''The Hour of the Donkey'' Donkey'', and ''A New Kind of War'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The Hour of the Donkey'' is set during the German invasion of France, and features Audley's father and one of his mentors. ''The '44 Vintage'' is set during the Allied re-taking of France, and recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together. ''A New Kind of War'' is set in the closing days of the War, and has Audley as a supporting character as Frederick Clinton builds the foundations of what will become the Department of Research and Development. ''Soldier No More'' is set in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis, and covers Audley's recruitment into the newly-formed Department of Research and Development.Department.
26th Dec '16 7:53:43 PM PaulA
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* ''A New Kind of War'' (1987)

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* ''A New Kind of War'' (1987)(1987) (Fattorini) (a prequel set in 1945)


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* OneSteveLimit: Broken in ''A New Kind of War'', where the protagonist is a new character named Frederick Fattorini, despite Frederick Clinton already being an established character and specifically a major character in this novel. There's a running gag during the first half of the novel about people trying to give the new guy a nickname so there won't be two Freds on the team. On the meta level it's probably symbolic, because Frederick Clinton is the only one of the recurring cast never to get a novel directly told from his point of view (he's TheSpymaster and the inside of his head is probably not an entertaining place to spend 300 pages), but this is the novel that comes closest.
5th Nov '16 10:15:50 PM PaulA
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* ''For the Good of the State'' (1986)

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* ''For the Good of the State'' (1986)(1986) (Arkenshaw, with Harvery prologue and Jaggard epilogue)
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