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Double Agent

Narrated by: Juliet Aubrey
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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As senior MI6 Officer Kate Henderson arrives for a weekend away in Venice, a Russian spy enters the city with plans to kidnap her....

But it’s not all it seems. The defector offers her conclusive evidence that the British prime minister is a live agent working for Moscow. Kate’s holiday quickly becomes the start of her next mission.

With proof of the PM involved in a sordid scandal and a financial paper trail that undeniably links him to the Russians, the evidence seems bulletproof. But is anything in the dark world of espionage ever that simple? 

The motives of the defector are anything but clear and, more worryingly, it seems that there are key people at the heart of the British Establishment who refuse to acknowledge the reality in front of them.

Kate can trust no one, and this mission will push her dangerously close to the edge...but is that the price to pay for the truth?

©2019 Tom Bradby (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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A good follow up novel with a disappointing ending

I listened to this book in 2 days after listening to the first book last week. It isn’t a stand-alone novel. It was mostly enjoyable, though it did get a bit ropey in places. I didn’t enjoy the ending, it was all too conveniently wrapped up and left me feeling unfulfilled.

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The story continues

Quite a strange thriller as it was solely concerned with the fallout from events in the first book, Secret Service. There was enough backstory given to be able to follow what was going on however it was a bit like an extended epilogue. Given the turn of events, here’s hoping the next book will be a completely fresh story involving some of the established characters (and less time dwelling on the agonies of insomnia). Criticisms aside, I was glad to see there was more subtle blurring of fact/fiction with a brief mention of ITV News and a real life Trump incident but sadly no appearance by Robert Peston this time.

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Great follow up to Secret Service

So well written, unpredictable plot and the narrators voice is just perfect. So enjoyed both these books and just going to see what else the author has written.

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Enjoyable

Excellent story and performance. Keeps you gripped until the end, with many twists and turns along the way. The presenter is very clear and uses her many voices well.

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Great read

Loved this book a real page Turner.... Even though I had the audio version!!! Loved listening definitely recommend.

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Excellent

Really enjoyed this and others by Tom Bradby... kept my interest throughout and can't wait for the next one. More to life than News at Ten

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The second of Tom's books that I've really enjoyed

Enjoyable and pacey. I love the reader, her voice is like honey. Couldn't stop listening.

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Insomnia is no joke...

...Though I know far more about insomnia now than I ever thought I’d need to. Jokes aside, I loved the first book in this series so much so that I immediately pre-ordered this one after finishing it. However I found after about three chapters I had to force myself to keep going to get through this book. There is a plot, although at least 70% of the book is in Kate’s mind. This unfortunately means that the stuff I tuned in for; the spy craft, double crossing, back stabbing and under cover work is significantly undermined by a cheating husband, narcissistic mother and unhappy children. It’s understandable that Kate is unhappy with her lot in life, and I had high hopes for her interactions with the psychiatrist that her aunt forced her to deal with (perhaps he’s a a double agent?) because I couldn’t see any other reason for him to be the callous arse that he came across as. I’ll admit overall this book was a disappointment. That being said I’d love there to be more books in this series as the characters have a lot of potential left in them but Kate in the form she’s taken in this book seems far too neurotic to have ever actually been an actual spy. She needs to progress as a person/character and stop taking so much crap from everyone she interacts with. Please let Kate find her spine in book three!

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Brilliant book

A very brilliant read / listen I will look out for more books by Tom Bradby

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More please!!

Having recently said on a previous review that I tend to steer clear of female narrators as so many revert to the tone you would use when reading to young children, I was delighted to listen to this Narrator whose presentation was adult and convincing. The story line was interesting, exciting and described the emotional impact on people who choose the spying game as their career. It is all too easy to think of the James Bond character when when visualizing what type of person goes into the espionage game. This story brought me down to earth with a bump. Both the two books following this character that are currently available on Audible were well worth the money and I would love to purchase more when they are available.