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Author: Charles Cumming Narrator: Jot Davies Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781427239495
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Internationally acclaimed as "a premier writer of espionage thrillers" (USA Today), Charles Cumming is "among the most skillful spy novelists" (Washington Post) and "a worthy successor to the masters…like John le Carré and Len Deighton" (Chicago Sun-Times). Now, with A COLDER WAR, Cumming returns with MI6 agent Tom Kell (A Foreign Country), in a tour de force that will dazzle readers and critics alike.

A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence, before being removed or killed.

Then Paul Wallinger, MI6's most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate. Kell soon discovers what Wallinger had already begun to suspect—that there's a mole somewhere in the Western intelligence, a traitor who has been systematically sabotaging scores of joint intelligence operations in the Middle East.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For those hungering for a new John le Carre, Charles Cumming has inherited the master’s mantle. His new book, A Colder War, features sinister goings-on in spook-infested Istanbul.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • Narrator Jot Davies is an excellent reader. The audiobook presents Cumming's world and his characters with a tension and authority that does justice to the print edition. The Strand Magazine
  • “The levels of psychological insight are married to genuine narrative acumen—but anyone who has read his earlier books will expect no less.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Over several novels, Cumming has established himself, along with Olen Steinhauer, as one of the best of today’s old-school espionage novelists…Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Edgily elegant…perfect for those wanting a contemporary spy thriller in the vein of le Carre and even for those who don’t.”

    Library Journal

  • “An intriguing novel of espionage and deceit set primarily in current-day Turkey…The plotting is solid…[and] the details are nicely done.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Jot Davies’ measured narration conveys perfectly Kell’s world-weariness and the often repetitive boredom of life in the modern intelligence community. Davies portrays both Kell and the female lead characters with professional ease. With the story moving through Turkey, Eastern Europe, and London, a variety of accents come into play, and these are handled convincingly to accentuate the authentic atmosphere that the narration creates. Despite some common, perhaps clichéd, spy novel themes, this audio production ensures that Cumming’s story always feels fresh and compelling.”


  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month in Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

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About the Author

Charles Cumming is the author of the New York Times bestselling thriller The Trinity Six, as well as others including A Spy by Nature and Typhoon. He lives with his family in London.

About the Narrator

Jot Davies is a television and voice actor who has recorded dozens of audiobooks, including Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma and multiple works by Charles Cumming and Paul Strathern. His acting credits include roles in the television shows Casualty, New Tricks, and Hotel Babylon, as well as the video game Haze.