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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (390 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Cumming Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Six years ago, after working for the British Secret Intelligence Service, Alec Milius got out of the spy game after being drummed out by MI6. His retirement came at unbearably great personal cost. But just because he’s walked away from the life, it doesn’t mean that that life has walked away from him.

Now living in exile in Madrid, quietly and as far under the radar as possible, Milius keeps a constant eye out for the enemies he made, hoping to avoid any future involvement. Yet when a prominent Basque politician goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Milius soon finds himself embroiled in another international conspiracy.

Introduced in A Spy by Nature, Alec Milius returns in The Spanish Game, a compelling, modern espionage novel from Charles Cumming, widely acclaimed as a modern master of the form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best of the new generation of British spy writers taking over where le Carre and Deighton left off.”

    Observer (London)

  • “This is spy fiction of the highest order; Cumming deserves to be ranked with the best of the genre’s practitioners.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Vance is so good that he need only relate the prose with honesty and passion and listening becomes a compelling and memorable experience.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Notable for its heightened psychological cat-and-mouse play, [The Spanish Game] will build Cumming’s reputation as a literary spymaster to reckon with.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 2/10/2014

    " This second book in the Alec Milius series finds our young ex-spy living in secret in Madrid, sleeping with his boss's wife and basically hiding out from both the British and the Americans. In the first book in this in series, Alec was involved in a bit of misdirection with the CIA, but has been on the run since it ended poorly and his girlfriend died under mysterious circumstances. Alec has three passports, using multiple fake names and practices his spy craft on everyone. Alec befriends a ex member of ETA when his boss sends him to Basque country to interview the guy as part of his job (the Basque terrorist/freedom fighters fighting for independence from Spain). They make a plan to meet in Madrid but the guy never shows and Alex fatefully decides to investigate the disappearance. From there Cummings weaves an interesting little tale of spies and spying with secret agendas and no person is who you think they are. Alec, I think acquits himself okay in the end but before then he is a recipient of a Jack Bauer beatdown from ETA members and several shrewd plots. As usual, no one comes out smelling good in this modern espionage story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 1/27/2014

    " Cumming is a young Scot and this is his second book about Alec Milius --both "A Spy by Nature" (the first) and Spanish Game are worth reading, and in that order. He's somewhere between Le Carre and McCarry, with the focus on the individual spy, in the case of Alex Milius, a most vulnerable spy-in-training. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/22/2014

    " I like that Cumming brought back anti-hero Alec. Lots of good plot twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 1/7/2014

    " Loved it for its name dropping- felt like I was walking around Madrid. Didn't like the ending. "

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