A Divided Spy

A Divided Spy #2020

A Divided Spy From the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel Perfect for fans of John le Carr Charles Cumming is the master o
  • Title: A Divided Spy
  • Author: Charles Cumming
  • ISBN: 9780007467518
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel Perfect for fans of John le Carr , Charles Cumming is the master of the modern spy thriller Mail on Sunday 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 noFrom the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller of the Year comes a gripping and suspenseful new spy novel Perfect for fans of John le Carr , Charles Cumming is the master of the modern spy thriller Mail on Sunday 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
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    I enjoyed the first two books, penned by Cummings, featuring ex spy Thomas Kell The former MI6 officer has suffered rejection by the establishment and personal tragedy along the way, but he s not quite given up on tracking down a Russian agent he knows to be the cause of much of his recent misery Then he s contacted by a source who spotted the Russian at a holiday resort could this prove to be Kell s opportunity for revenge I find Cummings to be less convoluted than LeCarre a good thing but this [...]

    This is Part 3 of 3 in a post I made covering the series find the entire blog post here thesuspenseisthrillingme 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 [...]

    Relentlessly fascinating, taut, atmospheric and immersive get out your thesaurus and start looking for new superlatives Charles Cumming s A Divided Spy deserves them all Quite simply, spy thrillers don t get much better than this.While I hate revealing my ignorance, I must admit I was not familiar with the work of Charles Cumming prior to grabbing a copy of A Divided Spy from the shelf I was looking for a page turner, having just invested several hours in a book that was taking me nowhere but an [...]

    Another outing for Tom Kell, a year after he has left the Secret Service he is drawn back by the sighting of his Russian nemesis in a gay relationship with an older German man He acts solo to trap the Russian but finds only very lukewarm support from his old boss nevertheless Kell uses information gained to good effect A very decent spy thriller.

    The British espionage novelist Charles Cumming is sometimes compared to John le Carre, who is 40 years older Le Carre writes in the same genre but is celebrated as the author of several novels regarded as among the best ever written I m usually suspicious of such analogies But this one is apt Cumming s protagonist Thomas Kell brings to mind the jaded George Smiley of le Carre s early spy novels Both constantly wrestle with moral questions and frequently reflect that the difference between MI6 an [...]

    I started with 3 of 3 books detailing MI6 operations involving Thomas Kell, so my view is necessarily limited When I read descriptions of books 1 2 it would seem Kell started off beleaguered, called a disgraced spy The events of this book start with a man who is struggling and ends with what seems to me to be a genuinely final decision to leave the service Who knows Maybe that s his shtick getting dragged back into the spy business unwillingly He is not respected and then he is Unlike any spy bo [...]

    Intelligent and well paced thrillerKell is a former MI6 officer retired from the service and damaged by personal tragedy In this book he s tracking down a Russian agent he believes to be behind the murder of his girlfriend Now this might sound like the start of whizz bang all action thriller, but Charles Cumming s style is much thoughtful with rich depth to his characters and a slow burn The story has loads of tradecraft detail for the espionage fan and Kell is a likeable and believable charact [...]

    I have been reading books based on the conflicts between UK US secret agents and the Russians since I was a boy in the 1960s I have never enjoyed and admired a spy novel than this one.Charles Cumming has come up with a number of credible plots and subplots and I thought his pacing was spot on The trouble with page turners is that there can be too much action to be realistic, but I think that problem has been avoided here The spate of jihadi outrages in Europe following on from the horror of 9 1 [...]

    This novel wraps up some unresolved business from the previous Thomas Kell books and does so nicely Although not an MI6 officer for long, Cumming clearly was born to it his knowledge of tradecraft and the murky world of espionage is first hand and fairly recent and it shows already a fan, I loved this book, not least because it focused on my town of birth and the subject of home grown Islamic extremism is, sadly, extremely topical at the moment It s been a long moment at that Bright, clear writi [...]

    The Mail on Sunday has described Charles Cumming as the master of the modern spy thriller according to a citation on the dust jacket of A Divided Spy Having read two of his novels, I can understand why Cumming s stories are credible and convincing, and in Thomas Kell he has created a likeable and interesting spook A Divided Spy is a rattling good read with a gripping plot which, despite its many twists and turns, is not difficult to follow Kell is a disenchanted former MI6 spy His disillusionmen [...]

    From my USA Today review John Updike once observed that contemporary spy fiction has never stopped yearning for the Cold War Well be careful what you wish for Charles Cumming s third novel about British secret agent Thomas Kell involves the overlapping deceptions of England, Russia, and ISIS, which suddenly feels almost too topical for comfort Kell grizzled, trying to smoke less tracks a closeted Russian agent through his lover, and from there trips onto a homegrown British jihadist It s a smart [...]

    A Divided Spy , the 3rd in Charles Cumming s Thomas Kell series, is the weakest of the group but is still a worthwhile spy thriller It can be read as a standalone, but it helps to have consumed the first 2.The story begins when Kell, still adrift since his previous adventures, is alerted to the presence at a resort of the Russian spy who was involved in the death of one of his previous close acquaintances He proceeds to develop a plan to turn the agent and somehow gain revenge for his prior acti [...]

    Another book I won on Thank you This book is so exciting and doesn t slip at all It is the third book in the Thomas Kell series I am going to have to get the first two, because I enjoyed this one so much Charles Cumming writes an excellent spy story Pick it up and read it

    A first rate spy thriller The best of the Thomas Kell novels My only regret is that I read it too quickly.

    A Divided Spy has my undivided attention Another excellent novel by Charles Cumming the 3rd in the Thomas Kell series His most recent novel is relevant to what is happening today It involves an ISIS terrorist operating in Britain and an old adversary in Russian intelligence The power play between Kell and the Russian agent is particularly interesting although the main action involves the jihadist The Russian agent is what you expect from an intelligence agent patriotic, clinical, crafty and unem [...]

    3.8 starsTip of the hat to CC for another riveting spy saga The plots are not complicated or navel gazing, as are a few of the George Smiley tales, but full of action.When Thomas Kell flips his cigarette out the window and heads out the door, you know you are going to get a breathtaking chase after somebody, team members doubling up to track their prey on the subway, down the ramp, and off the beaten path There are always some shockers too In this one, Kell pursues Minasian, his nemesis and gets [...]

    This is the 3 rd book in a series so there was some back story I was unfamiliar with Having said that this was a good read The usual protagonists were there Good guys versus the bad guys It is an exploration of the needs of and duty to the state and the needs of humans for love, desire and revenge Also the fact that we all face a common enemy Be that extreme Islam or something closer to home This is a book that keeps you reading and changing your mind Showing that there is no such thing as black [...]

    Not sure about this one I didn t enjoy it as much as some of the author s previous books I didn t find it at all original and perhaps that s the problem of the spy genre at the moment what new is there to say I also found the main character Tom a bit naive for an intelligence officer it was an ok story but not particularly credible or original and the other characters were stereotypes I would describe this as a workmanlike effort it passes the time but it s not great literature quite forgettable [...]

    A very low 3, and this was me out of the series Rarely heard so much rubbish talked about love in such stupid contexts, and I really don t think trying to do POV from jihadist or hopeful jihadist is a good idea.

    Saving the best for last Charles Cumming tied up all the important ends in a grand way that was ultimately satisfying giving Thomas Kell his due Continues to be my favorite espionage writer.

    Excellent An excellent book Well written and full of thoughtful insights Excellent story and convincing characters Will read by this author.

    The third novel regarding decent, yet conflicted British spy, Thomas Kell The first novel dealt with French versus British spycraft squabbling with sometimes lethal outcomes His second novel dealt with an old school, Cold War based piece searching for Rogue agents who may be giving those red bastards the inside track.Each of the novel s informs the next one in terms of character development, or in this case lack of character development With our lead character showing the emotional maturity of a [...]

    A Divided SpyMysterious Book Report No 289by John Dwaine McKennaFor some arcane reason known only to themselves and the cosmos the Brits are the masters of the spy novel universe One only has to think of the names Ian Fleming and John LeCarr , or their iconic fictional spies, James Bond and George Smiley to know what we mean But now, there s another writer from the English Isles by the name of Charles Cumming, who s created the next unforgettable MI6 super spy His name is Thomas Kell In his th [...]

    A Divided Spy eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Charles Cumming charlescumming Mr Cumming has published eight novels This is the third in his Thomas Kell series I received ARC a real paper back book of this novel through the publisher in return for a fair and honest review I categorize this novel as PG because it contains some scenes of Violence The story takes place in current day Europe The primary character is Thomas Kell, a former MI6 operative.Kell has left MI6 after a failed m [...]

    I won this book in a giveaway.Thomas Kell was out of the spy game He s changed his life Gave up cigarettes, drinking, and is going to the gym Out of the blue, he gets a call from an old colleague who wants to have a meeting with him Curious, he accepts.His old teammate tells him that while on vacation in Egypt, he saw the Russian spy Minasian that was responsible for the murder of Kell s lover and fellow spy, Rachel Kell was then surprised to learn that the Russian was with his secret male lover [...]

    Third in the Thomas Kell series, and perhaps the author s best book, sees Thomas Kell attempting to recruit a high level Russian spy who he holds responsible for the murder of his girlfriend Filled with grief, and a burning anger towards the Kremlin and everyone involved in the killing, he tracks the down his nemesis Kell confronts the man named Minasian face to face, in need of information of an imminent terrorist attack, however he is the same man who killed his girlfriend This is where the sk [...]

    I have read a couple of Charles Cumming s other books before this one, but none of the first two books in the Thomas Kell series There are plenty of references to things in Kell s past, but Cumming did a fair job of easing new readers into things.Thomas Kell is not a super hero without flaws which makes the plot a lot interesting than stories with spies who know everything about weapons, the next move of their brilliant adversary etc.It took me some time to get into this book about 100 pages or [...]

    I must apologize to the giveaway folks I read this as my bus book so there was a long hiatus in the summer where I didn t even pick it up Part of that was that it took SO long to sort out the story line and keep track of the characters that I didn t feel compelled to dig it out of the car in July HOWEVER, once the plot started coming together, it was a really good spy novel And it was contemporary, dealing with things like jihad, Soviet Britain U.S relations, technology, complex relationships, a [...]

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