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Summary

He risked it all to become a spy. Now he must pay the price.

A gripping new stand-alone spy thriller from the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year.

One simple task for British Intelligence takes him into a world of danger.

Successful novelist Kit Carradine has grown restless. So when British Intelligence invites him to enter the secret world of espionage, he willingly takes a leap into the unknown.

But the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal, as Carradine finds himself in Morocco on the trail of Lara Bartok - a mysterious fugitive with links to international terrorism.

Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing politicians have spread hatred and violence throughout the West.

As the coils of a ruthless plot tighten around him, Carradine finds himself drawn to Lara. Caught between competing intelligence services who want her dead, he soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate or to risk everything trying to save her.

©2018 Charles Cumming (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A gripping psychological clash of wills, tactics and morals...Kell’s third appearance confirms him as one of the most interesting and sympathetic characters in the spy thriller field." (The Times)

"A clever spy thriller combining believable spycraft, deft characterisation and acute psychological observation." (Ben Macintyre)

"Breathtaking...suspenseful...Kell brings a note of grace to the treacherous world of the spy novel." (Washington Post)

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unfortunately dull

I like Charles Cummings writing. He writes some great sentences. But the plot and characters in this book are dull. It was a slog, really. I wouldn't recommend. Which Is a shame as I am sure he could publish a great book. I've read most of his others. And they nearly all fall into 'nearly-good.' This isn't. The main character is not engaging, other characters are not interesting - or worse - clichéd. Plot simply boring. Sorry.

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Perfect narrator for this

A gripping story, tightly written, with the added fun of classic North African spy territory and interesting tension created by the central conceit of a spy writer caught up in spying. Brilliantly read by Charlie Anson.

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Excellent and intelligent spy story

A great narrator reading a fascinating and subtle spy take. Thoroughly enjoyed it and this ranks as one of Cumming's best books.

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Dull

An improbable plot that moves very slowly. At times you feel the writing is just to fill the pages rather than add to the plot. All rather boring.

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This is real promise.

Full of interesting characters and a few decent twists. I think Cumming keeps getting better. not perfect and a bit unbelievable in places but well worth a listen.

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Not Le Carre but then who is?

Charles Cumming is steadily improving. This is way above average for the genre. Good narration.



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an excellent Cumming novel

really enjoyed this although it is hard to imagine it as a credible story. Nevertheless, good characterisation and pace kept me glued to it all the way through. I hope we see more of Kit in the future, I think we will. Brilliantly read and interpreted by Charlie Anson.

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At the top of his game

Totally absorbing. The spy novel genre is in good hands with plotting and writing of this quality. Very much enjoyed the journey and performance - first class.

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Turgid and dull. I have to return unfinished.

I really wanted to like this book as I bought it on the recommendation of India Knight, but it was tedious, turgid and dull. It may be that the book version is better but I can’t imagine so as the narration was actually quite good. I found myself despising the self-obsessed lead character and wishing he would get assassinated. Dull dull dull.

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boring and long winded

I wanted to like this but it is just too boring and long winded.
Well written an narrated but plot is slow and uninteresting. Couldn't finish it.

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