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A Foreign Country Audiobook

A Foreign Country

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Publisher's Summary

Six weeks before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace. Her disappearance is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced for more than a decade. There has been no ransom demand, no word from foreign intelligence services, and no hint of a defection. Should news of Levene's disappearance leak out, the consequences would be catastrophic. But for disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, the crisis offers a chance for redemption. He is approached by his former employers and ordered to find her. Kell's search takes him first to France, then North Africa, where he discovers an extraordinary secret hidden deep in Levene's past. It is a secret that could fatally compromise Britain's national security - and for which Kell could pay with his life.

This is another first-rate intelligent thriller which will cement Cumming's reputation as one of the most engaging British novelists writing today.

©2012 Charles Cumming (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"The master of the modern spy thriller' and 'heir to le Carré returns with another gripping and suspenseful novel." (Guardian)

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    Wras 23/07/2016
    Wras 23/07/2016 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt."

    For me the best book about spying is The Human Factor by Graham Greene it is what all good spy novels are about; the moment at which the humanity takes over the professional and all the plans go to hell because of love, fear, greed, doubt, or plain weakness.

    Thomas Kell has confronted his demons and is suffering the consequences when he is called to find out what has happened to the future head of MI6, Amelia Levene, a task that will start his new career on the outside, doing what insiders can not do.

    A good story with plenty of human factor, and some expected trade craft sprinkled on the story.
    This is the first part of a trilogy about Thomas Kell and the modern political games we play even with our supposed friends. Good plot with plenty of twists and action.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Phaedo 28/09/2016
    Phaedo 28/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow Burner But Very Good"

    Very entertaining. Slightly involved writing at times but creates solid characters. Book changes midway for better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kuma London 19/02/2015
    Kuma London 19/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "slow burner that gets good"

    bit of a slow start but picks up well. sometimes guilty of purple prose but a decent romp none the less.

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    josephine motherwell, United Kingdom 28/07/2013
    josephine motherwell, United Kingdom 28/07/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!!"

    Bought this after reading a review in the Sunday Telegraph. The plot was excellent, characters well defined and believable, and narration very good. I will definitely look for more by this author/narrator, and would highly recommend.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A 13/11/2016
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    "Cracking story incredibly well read"

    This is the 2nd Charles Cumming book I have listened to Jot Davies read, loved em both- more please!

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    Louis London, United Kingdom 04/11/2016
    Louis London, United Kingdom 04/11/2016 Member Since 2014

    Big Lee Child fan! Working my way through the Jack Reacher catalogue. Also I love spy thrillers and travel stories.

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    "A very good story!"

    I enjoyed this story from start to finish, as I have with most of Charles Cumming's books, and I dare say, shall continue to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 14/10/2016
    Rogayah 14/10/2016

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "And so?"

    Perhaps it is unfair to write a review but I never finished this. It could be I'll get back to hear the end of the tale and wish I had waited to write this, but the story is not so gripping and has a sort of so what feel to it.

    I hope that it gets better, there is a double buff feel to it but I did not really feel engaged by the story or its characters despite the summary.

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    MS RUTH SHAW sheffield uk 28/07/2016
    MS RUTH SHAW sheffield uk 28/07/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"

    After a promising start descended downwards until I didn t care about the denouement.. disappointing

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    Philip Waterlooville, Hants, United Kingdom 10/07/2015
    Philip Waterlooville, Hants, United Kingdom 10/07/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "Best spy novel for a long time"

    With logical twists and turns, this is perhaps the best novel I've listened to for quite some time. Well deserving of 5 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 22/02/2015
    Paul 22/02/2015
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    "A better quality of espionage romp"

    I enjoyed A Foreign Country, it offers a seeing on less traveled road of European espionage.

    It is not a Smiley novel from le Carre, but it is a well structured and enjoyable thriller. Some may even prefer that.

    The premise and some of the plot devices are perhaps far fetched, but if you can overlook that you have an enjoyable thriller on your hands.

    The narration is good, although occasionally the voice of Kell didn't quite ring true for me. Or is well edited with no issues around levelling or sound quality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "More please"

    Top narration

    Great writing and good story

    I hope Audible manages to get more for us,from this author with Jot Davies reading for us.

    For now, avoid downloading any other than top format as part 2 seems to be lost on 4 and 3. I think I have 6 part 1 as I tried to get part 2 without avail.

    I enjoyed The Trinity Six and this is even better

    As Charles Cumming is a widely acclaimed author who is well respected, I am surprised that there are so few Audible listeners. It may reflect the great divide of the pond in storytelling even if the UK and US are much closer than people know in other ways.

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