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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Cumming, Simon Vance Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alec Milius Series Release Date:
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This is what they told me a long time ago.

Only make contact in the event of an emergency.

Only telephone if you believe that your position has been fatally compromised.

Under no circumstances are you to approach us unless it is absolutely necessary in order to preserve the security of the operation.

This is the number.

Alec Milius is young, smart, and ambitious. He also has a talent for deception. He is working in a dead-end job when a chance encounter leads him to MI6, the elite British Secret Intelligence Service, handing him an opportunity to play center-stage in a dangerous game of espionage.
In his new line of work, Alec finds that the difference between the truth and a lie can mean the difference between life and death—and he is having trouble telling them apart. Isolated and exposed, he must play a role in which the slightest glance or casual remark can seem heavy with unintended menace. Caught between British and American Intelligence, Alec finds himself threatened and alone, unable to confide in even his closest friend. His life as a spy begins to exact a terrible price, both on himself and on those around him.

Richly atmospheric and chillingly plausible, A Spy By Nature announces the arrival of British author Charles Cumming as heir apparent to masters like John le Carré and Len Deighton. A bestseller in England, it’s the gripping story of a young man driven by ruthless ambition who finds himself chasing not just success, but survival.

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  • “Smartly paced and intricately plotted, Cumming’s decidedly unglamorous look at industrial espionage provides plenty of elaborate deceits, double crosses and other trappings of a first-class spy thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Douglas Armstrong | 2/20/2014

    " Sifting through the dubious the ethics of modern espionage (it's industrial now), Cumming exposes the motivations of a young MI6 recruit and uncomfortably probes his blind spots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin Johnson | 2/14/2014

    " Well written. Not an obvious 'thriller'. Usual e-book annoyances with errors but the distractions are relatively minor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/9/2014

    " If you like anti-hero spy novels you'll like this one. Reminds me of early John Le Carre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andy Elliott | 1/1/2014

    " ok, so not all spies are James Bond! This we find out very soon where it concerns Alec Milius "The Spy" & the lead in via testing & processing is a grand way for the genre to evolve. The psychology of constant deceit, duplicitous & betrayal & it's oppressiveness on his somewhat flawed character makes for a decent read behind the evolving plot & for that side of it it's a 4 star read, however....... the last few chapters are somewhat of a disappointment as it all gets a tad ridiculous or perhaps that's a sign of Alec's immaturity & the fact he's hopelessly out of his depth after being manipulated from the get-go but there again thats the hub of this story so i'll go with a 3 star after hovering weather to jus finish it as a one off read, maybe I'll continue with Alec Milius as it's mostly a good read. "

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