The Rice Queen Spy

The Rice Queen Spy Philip Croft a master spy for Her Majesty s secret service was cruelly outed and tortured for his homosexuality He was a rice queen partial only to Asian men a gentle man who was betrayed by some no

  • Title: The Rice Queen Spy
  • Author: John F. Rooney
  • ISBN: 9780975275665
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Philip Croft, a master spy for Her Majesty s secret service was cruelly outed and tortured for his homosexuality He was a rice queen partial only to Asian men, a gentle man who was betrayed by some not for being gay, but for being too decent and nave This novel traces Philip s life and his loves, and is a triumphant testimony to a gay man s passage to old age He kept hiPhilip Croft, a master spy for Her Majesty s secret service was cruelly outed and tortured for his homosexuality He was a rice queen partial only to Asian men, a gentle man who was betrayed by some not for being gay, but for being too decent and nave This novel traces Philip s life and his loves, and is a triumphant testimony to a gay man s passage to old age He kept his dignity and lived a full life while briefly thumbing his nose at his former superiors by opening a gay sauna in London This book breathes life into a gay man who served his country through deception, and though his country punished him for his personal deception, he became the victor rather than the victim.

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    • Elisa Rolle says:

      I don’t know what I was expecting by this novel but for sure I’m impressed by how the author managed to make of Philip Croft, the Rice Queen Spy, an even too real character, with the faults and down of a man, not an hero.Philip Croft is a spy for the Queen of England, but he is not some fake James Bond; when the novel starts, Philip is 58 years old and under investigation for being gay. Investigation that implies physical torture to the hand of his same colleagues, betrayed by whom he believ [...]

    • SabrinaBrawley says:

      Philip Croft was an English spy until he was outed by an anonymous inside source. His identity was not the secret revealed; his sexuality was. He committed no crime, but to the ruling class of his country, his homosexuality was enough to condemn him. As The Rice Queen Spy by John F. Rooney opens, Philip is being tortured to elicit the names of other homosexuals within the agency, and is effectively reduced to a desk job to encourage his speedy retirement.When Philip finally resigns, he is a brok [...]

    • John says:

      44 of 51 people found the following review helpful:LIFE GOES ON EVEN FOR FORMER SPYS, October 3, 2007 By Jak Klinikowski "justjak13" I can honestly say I've never read anything like THE RICE QUEEN SPY. I've enjoyed plenty of fictitious memoirs, and biographies, and I've devoured my fair share of spy stories, but none have combined character, plot and subject matter in quite the same way as this novel. Phillip Croft is a much decorated spy in Her Majesty's elite intelligence organization, M16. Ph [...]

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