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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Cumming, John R. Bruning, Michael Golembesky Narrator: Peter Berkrot, John Lee Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781427211415
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A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011

The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it…

London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem.

Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money. When a journalist friend asks for his help researching a possible sixth member of the notorious Trinity spy ring, Gaddis knows that she's onto a story that could turn his fortunes around. But within hours the journalist is dead, apparently from a heart attack.

Taking over her investigation, Gaddis trails a man who claims to know the truth about Edward Crane. Europe still echoes with decades of deadly disinformation on both sides of the Iron Curtain. And as Gaddis follows a series of leads across the continent, he approaches a shocking revelation – one which will rock the foundations of politics from London to Moscow…

"Cumming's novel is characterized by a gripping sense of realism. He displays a vast knowledge of spycraft and Cold War history, and the dense, three-dimensional world he crafts comes complete with seedy hotels and smoky nightclubs. The result is absolutely gripping. Taut, atmospheric and immersive—an instant classic." – Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Trinity Six

The Trinity Six is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Thrillers title.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In The Trinity Six, Charles Cumming more than lives up to his growing reputation as one of the finest young espionage novelists writing today. With admirable style and enviable craft, he breathes new life into the well-examined case of the... Cambridge Spy Ring, making it compelling to old hands and new readers alike. Joseph Finder, author of Buried Secrets

  • The Trinity Six breathes new life into Cold War spy fiction, updating the genre for today's Spooks generation. It's nuanced, intriguing, beautifully paced and utterly thrilling. Jon Stock, author of Dead Spy Running
  • An absolutely terrific thriller. It's going to make Charles Cumming a star. Jeff Abbott, author of Trust Me
  • Utterly absorbing and compelling. A brilliant re-imagining of events surrounding the notorious Cambridge spy-ring. William Boyd, author of Ordinary Thunderstorms
  • Cumming revitalizes the moribund cold war spy novel in this stunning stand alone.his knowledge of the spy business, his well-crafted prose, and his intensely engaging plot make this a breakthrough novel. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • The Trinity Six is a fine successor to Typhoon for a young author already compared with le Carré and Littell. Booklist (starred review)
  • Cumming's novel is characterized by a gripping sense of realism. He displays a vast knowledge of spycraft and Cold War history, and the dense, three-dimensional world he crafts comes complete with seedy hotels and smoky nightclubs. The result is absolutely gripping. Kirkus (starred review)
  • “Brilliant....All this, in the hands of a less talented writer, might have been a routine spy thriller, but there is nothing routine about The Trinity Six. Cumming writes smart, seductive prose, and he's gifted at revealing the subtleties of personality. Scene after scene crackles with excitement, tension and suspense. The novel's ingenious plot is almost as complicated as real life, but as one astonishing revelation follows another, the book is all but impossible to put aside....With this novel, Cumming joins Alan Furst, David Ignatius and Olen Steinhauer among the most skillful current spy novelists, and he bears comparison with masters such as John le Carré and Graham Greene.... A sophisticated thriller. The Washington Post

  • “Scene after scene crackles with excitement, tension and suspense. The novel’s ingenious plot is almost as complicated as real life…The book is all but impossible to put aside. Cumming joins Alan Furst, David Ignatius, and Olen Steinhauer among the most skillful current spy novelists, and he bears comparison with masters such as John le Carré and Graham Greene…A sophisticated thriller.”

    Washington Post

  • “A lively thriller…Astute…Inventive.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “With its mix of old-school espionage and present-day duplicities, The Trinity Six is a smashing Cold War thriller for the twenty-first century.”

    People

  • “Intelligent and briskly paced…Comparisons to John le Carré and Len Deighton continue to gild [Cumming’s] reputation as a premier writer of espionage thrillers.”

    USA Today

  • “An assured and richly enjoyable thriller.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Cumming seems to be channeling Ian Fleming in his ability to generate sheer excitement: it grips like Xenia Onatopp’s thighs in GoldenEye.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Cumming’s novel is characterized by a gripping sense of realism. He displays a vast knowledge of spycraft and Cold War history, and the dense, three-dimensional world he crafts comes complete with seedy hotels and smoky nightclubs. The result is absolutely gripping.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Cumming’s knowledge of the spy business, his well-crafted prose, and his intensely engaging plot make this a breakthrough novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the April 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " Loved it! Sped through it and couldn't put it down. I like a good spy thriller and this one really is good. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting story based, in part, on historical events surrounding a Soviet spy ring, started at Trinity College, that began in the 1930's and was quite a scandal later in British history. I liked it but wish that I could have listened to in on audiobook in that a good narrator could have spiced the story up a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jtkpon | 2/15/2014

    " wow excellent novel. spy thriller take you to non stop reading experience. good work by author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/8/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Very intelligently written and researched, but it didn't fully hold my interest until the last third of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/25/2014

    " Exciting at times and I enjoyed the cold war history lesson but some of the writing was very average and I just couldn't like the main character or any of the other characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jolynne | 1/15/2014

    " slow beginning and then hurry-up and finish ending "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gareth Evans | 1/3/2014

    " Relatively routine thriller - it rattles along quite nicely but is really quite lightweight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom V | 1/1/2014

    " Good British-tinged read, about the "Sixth Man," the alleged Soviet spy that sprung from radicalized Cambridge in the 1930's. A nice hypothesis, with intrigue and derring-do, bad guys, (somewhat) good guys, and guys/gals in the middle. Good summering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 12/31/2013

    " Just wrote a capsule review of this excellent 2011 book by "the next le Carre" (which is how they are marketing him). It's a terrific story, well told--purely a genre book, but a reminder of how good a good genre book can be. I won't spoil the plot until it's published, but look for this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elliot Richards | 11/25/2013

    " Generally pretty good, though I felt it wasn't as thrilling as it could be. For me it never really took off into a book I couldn't put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 9/27/2013

    " Meh. Read for RA purposes. Dude fans of spy stuff will enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 6/30/2013

    " Good old fashioned spy thriller. Good interesting characters, I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 11/10/2012

    " A good summer beach reading with the usual Cold War suspects in a post-Cold War world: bad Russians and corrupt English intelligence chief "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Rogers | 7/28/2012

    " Very good - not quite there with Robert Littell and Le Carre, but very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Swapp | 7/10/2012

    " Plot was kind of predictable, but it was fun to listen to as I commuted to and from work. Sometimes you need a break from NPR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickki | 1/15/2012

    " I liked it. It's a good quick read that kept me captivated. If I didn't have to stop reading for work and sleep, I wouldn't have put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davy Gunn | 12/20/2011

    " Very good a bit like an easier le carre "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alec88 | 11/11/2011

    " I was so intrigued by the plot, but ended up somewhat disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Raskin | 8/30/2011

    " I would have given this spy novel a 3 1/2 star rating if I could. I probably liked it more because of my longstanding fascination with the actual British spies who spied for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and this fictional story involved discovering a "Sixth Man." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Hill | 3/20/2011

    " I've been craving a spy thriller, which means I may be biased in reviewing this book. I just can't properly appreciate a spy thriller novel where the protagonist is not the spy. It was good as an audiobook. "

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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 Narrators

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is also an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.