A Divided Spy

A Divided Spy

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"Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. A former MI6 officer, he devoted his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy who is in possession of a terrifying secret. As Kell tracks his man from Moscow to London, he finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. As the mission reaches boiling point, the threat of a catastrophic terrorist attack looms over Britain. Kell is faced with an impossible choice. Loyalty to MI6--or to his own conscience?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250021045
1250021049
9781250021038
1250021030
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cum
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 25 cm

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tjdickey
Jun 28, 2017

Cumming serves up a nicely balanced meal of human espionage and betrayal, including a Russian nemesis and ISIS terrorism. The author's echoes of Le Carre seem almost intentional, with a quotation of the adage "spying is waiting," and perhaps even allusions to George Smiley's first face-to-face meeting with Karla. Thomas Kell cannot reach the maturity and depth of Smiley quite yet, but a very satisfying read.

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gvenkatesh
Apr 14, 2017

The author's understated but realistic style of spy novels in the tradition of Le Carré and Greene should appeal more to those that prefer this style over the fast-paced action, spy thrillers with impressive armaments, chases and explosions. However, this book is disappointing even for such fans.

It just feels like a half-hearted attempt at squeezing one more book out of the protagonist ex-spy. The writing is very flat and uninspiring as if written by a bored journalist describing a story. It does not even come close to the excellent earlier novels in this series such as A Foreign Country.

The plot is so thin and sparse that it would be difficult to stretch it into even a single one-hour episode of a TV series without the viewers falling asleep midway.

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francoisetnoel
Apr 10, 2017

Did not get past the first few pages!

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pennyyimking
Mar 28, 2017

not enough suspence

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kmre_37
Mar 23, 2017

omg I suffered through the 1st 70 pages & then gave up! Apparently anyone can write a book & get it published !

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writermike
Mar 07, 2017

Cumming continues (and one hopes, finishes) his spy series starring MI6 spook Tom Kell, who goes rogue in his quest for revenge against his nemesis, Russian spymaster Alexander Minasian, whom Kell holds responsible for the murder of the love of his life in "A Colder War." Unfortunately, the promise of the first novels in the series is not fulfilled here. Suspense is almost entirely absent, while the plot drags and eventually becomes merely a contrivance for much not-so-subtle "soap-boxing" and "virtue signalling" by the author through his characters. Can't really understand the gushing praise bestowed on the thing by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and others. Hence my two-star rating on this one.

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