Summary

From the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel. Perfect for fans of John le Carré, Charles Cumming is 'the master of the modern spy thriller' (Mail on Sunday).
Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted his life to the service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy who is in possession of a terrifying secret.
As Kell tracks his man from Moscow to London, he finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. As the mission reaches a boiling point, the threat of a catastrophic terrorist attack looms over Britain. Kell is faced with an impossible choice: loyalty to MI6 - or to his own conscience?
©2016 Charles Cumming (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

"We are in Smiley country, but with extra 21st century nuance...Cumming has an exquisite touch and we should treasure him" ( Daily Mail)
"A thriller that has everything you could ask for - a twisty, sexy plot, topical themes, memorable characters and plentiful spy lore." ( Sunday Times, Books of the Year)
"Refreshing, plausible and effective...Best of all is the sheer pace of the narrative." ( Spectator)
"Charles Cumming is a man put on this earth to perpetuate the spy thriller." ( Daily Telegraph)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Louize on 01-09-16

Never again

Another readable book by Charles Cumming. But the most irritating narrator. Unfortunately Spoilt the book

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By jo johnston on 24-11-16

Underwhelming after an excellent first book

I really liked the first book so then bought the next two on the spot. These two, however, have been a frustrating listen.

The colder war is far too slow. The main storyline takes far too long to get going. To build the romantic aspect, but it's frankly boring and over egged. I felt a man of this age and training wouldn't let it be so consuming. It feels forced and a plot line to lead onto the next book.

What is continually frustrating is the manner in which Kell talks and treats C. I feel the author thought he would get kudos for writing the head of the the secret service as a woman. Then the way he not only talks to her but treats her, a friend and a colleague he apparently has high respect is infuriating. The author with one hand gives us a woman in the highest ranking position and with the other continues to treat her as women have been treated with the world of secret service.

Overall I found myself continually frustrated by the series and will not be returning to the next in line.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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