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A Foreign Country

Cumming, Charles (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Foreign Country
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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.
Authors: Cumming, Charles, 1971-
Title: A foreign country
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Characteristics: 357 p. ;,25 cm.
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ISBN: 0312591330
9780312591335
Statement of Responsibility: Charles Cumming
Genre/Form: Spy stories
Mystery fiction.
LCCN: 2012010921
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"When the newly appointed Chief of MI6 -- Amelia Levene, the first woman ever to take the post -- disappears just before taking office, disgraced former MI6 officer Thomas Kell is offered a chance to redeem his career by conducting a discreet operation to find her. He accepts, not expecting that in the course of his search he'll unearth a shocking conspiracy. Author Charles Cumming is known for a vast insider's knowledge of spycraft, well-crafted prose that's on the literary side, and engaging, intricate plots; A Foreign Country offers all of these plus lead characters who make realistic, if sometimes flawed, choices." Thrillers and Suspense August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a29ef1be-0034-4294-98de-a41bf6022587?postId=b18f1914-360e-4962-9b7b-d06eb6c6fe57

Aug 03, 2014
  • gvenkatesh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A finely woven spy vs spy novel that reads like a good low budget movie script as the characters are mostly working outside their respective national spy agency control and resources. Like a movie script, it moves fast without much depth and is easy to read. More like a hybrid of John le Carré and Graham Greene than like typical spy thrillers with intricate political conspiracies or a lot of gadgets/ammunition. Will appeal to those that like the former than the latter.

Jun 05, 2014
  • Dub rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cumming writes with ease and confidence. His strengths include creating a sense of place, well developed characters and story pacing that keeps the reader involved. Highly recommended for spy thriller aficionados.

A very good read, fast paced sand interesting.

Jul 04, 2013
  • poppy2010 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another excellent and thought-provoking spy story that tells it 'as it is'.
Great detail, absolutely authentic ( 'this is how it is') type of story.

I was thoroughly engrossed for the first part of the story, then the plot got disjointed to the point where I didn' t really care and as it got more rambling, I lost interest altogether.

Nov 03, 2012
  • megaculpa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another tightly-plotted and entertaining espionage thriller from this author. Hope he keeps them Cumming.

Sep 06, 2012
  • SportyReader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I like this book for the simple fact that it flies in the face of the standard spy thriller written by authors such as Brad Thor, Lee Child, Alex Berenson. Cliched, full of high octane rubbish and totally over the top.

This is more of what spy work should be up to: analysing intelligence, gathering data, surveillance.

The downside was that the story did not remain as compelling as it did initially, tapering off to what I can only say was "Blah."

It is a bit of a slow read, which gets slower as the disappointment of the story sets in, but it's still better than a typical Lee Child fare.

Aug 29, 2012
  • dcafk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an outstanding spy thriller. Timely, great plot, believeable characters--don't miss it.

Aug 16, 2012
  • thunderball rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've been struggling to find a new author of thriller novels for some time. I am now almost tired of Lee Child and his predictable prose. I don't like the way American authors write and I'm not in to serial killer detective type stories, so I was very fortunate to discover Charles Cumming. A Foreign Country is the first on his novels that I have read, I enjoyed it so much I can't wait to get my hands on his previous titles.

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