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 take..Show More »s 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.
This is the best of the three books for me, because it bring together the personal, the politics and the trade craft in good proportions. it lets..Show More » you speculate but never lets you see all the motivations as in real life; we mostly see the world through Thomas Kell, with moments of external scenes that inform us of some development.
We have three plots running consecutively one of an infiltrated terrorist, other of the hunt for russian agent for Kell’s personal reasons, and his boss Amelia Levene own interests controlling, a dark but some time helpful force.
Well executed with a real unsensored description of a religious terrorist and not apologetic of his motivations just the facts as they are for that individual and the people that sent him. Same with motivations for the men from the Russian side and Thomas’s confused loyalties and motivations on ours.
I particularly like the fact that all this well trained believers falter when confronted with their own humanity and are vulnerable and doubtful of their demagogue reasons long enough to find their humanity for an instant that permits change.
A good read that is more than just a thriller but also and exploration of our humanity in extreme times.
Very well read by Jot Davies making it a real pleasure.