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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (643 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Cumming Narrator: Jot Davies Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six, comes a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously-planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell. Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself - find Amelia Levene at any cost. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. Only Kell stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of those very rare books that from its first page demonstrates that it’s something out of the ordinary, one of those tales that the reader hopes will never end.”

    Bookreporter

  • “Smart and intricate, with a large cast of cool characters and an authentic feel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A tale of European intrigue and conspiracy from a novelist who knows how the espionage game is played.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Superb…Cumming is particularly skilled at sketching his characters, most notably Kell (a classically reluctant spy) and Weldon, who’s haunted by personal demons central to the elaborate puzzle of a story. The elegant prose will appeal to those who don’t usually read spy fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Eat your heart out, Daniel Craig…Cumming vividly showcases meticulous research and insight into the undercover life of spies.”

    GQ

  • “Simmers and crackles until the explosive finale.”

    Library Journal

  • “Charles Cumming makes his espionage novel feel fresh.”

    New York Times

  • “A fast-paced and absorbing spy thriller.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • A 2013 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, August 2012
  • Winner of the 2012 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynn | 2/17/2014

    " About a fourth of the way through, I thought this was going to be a fairly standard, rather predictable spy novel. Then the twists started! Not perhaps a great work of literary art, but a thoroughly enjoyable read. I reached the end wishing there was more and will definitely see what else this author has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ron Chicaferro | 2/15/2014

    " This is a straight forward spy thriller - the hero being an MI6 agent. No gadets or fast cars or unlimited funds in this story. It's the way the spy service really is in most countries. Gathering and slogging through the facts - following suspects, sleepness nights and not enough in your pay packet. It is a very fast moving and thrilling story, however, and you'll want to keep reading to see how everything turns out. The author, Charles Cumming, was actually recurited by MI6 so he knows how things work in the real world of spying. The enemy in this book is not the country you might expect - in the real world you never know who the enemy is or what their motivations are. The writing style is first-rate - the story is as real as today's headlines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tammy | 2/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I received it as a first read book back before it was supposed to come out in August 2012 but did not get chance to read it until now. It was a very gripping story and I wasn't sure where it was going at first. I really enjoyed the intrigue and how Thomas figues out what is really going on with a brutal murder and the appearance of Amelia's son after so many years. It keeps you in the story and looking for what is going to happen next. I really liked Thomas and Amelia. Thanks for the chance to read a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn Gwin | 1/30/2014

    " Not Fredrick Forsythe ... Not a great novel but definitely a quick, fun engaging read. I'm looking for Cummings other books now. Yes, I recommend this book. "

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