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
"The master of the modern spy thriller' and 'heir to le Carré returns with another gripping and suspenseful novel." (Guardian)
Big Lee Child fan! Working my way through the Jack Reacher catalogue. Also I love spy thrillers and travel stories.
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.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
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.
With logical twists and turns, this is perhaps the best novel I've listened to for quite some time. Well deserving of 5 stars.
Kildonan by the sea
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.
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.
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.
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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