Thomas Kell

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 671 ratings

A Foreign Country 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
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  • Book 1

    • A Foreign Country

    • By: Charles Cumming
    • Narrated by: Jot Davies
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 271

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cracking story incredibly well read

    • By A on 13-11-16

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 2

    • A Colder War

    • By: Charles Cumming
    • Narrated by: Jot Davies
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 170

    MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash. Amelia Levene, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, wants the incident investigated - quickly and quietly. The only man she can trust is Thomas Kell, a disgraced spy searching for redemption. Arriving in Istanbul, Kell discovers that MI6 operations in the region have been fatally compromised: a traitor inside Western Intelligence threatens not just the Special Relationship, but the security of the entire Middle East.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Credible, imaginative and unexpected - brilliant!

    • By Philip on 20-05-14

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 3

    • A Divided Spy

    • By: Charles Cumming
    • Narrated by: Jot Davies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 162

    From the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel. Perfect for fans of John le Carré, Charles Cumming is 'the master of the modern spy thriller' ( Mail on Sunday). Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted his life to the service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Never again

    • By Louize on 01-09-16

    Regular price: £12.99