A Divided Spy

by Charles Cumming

Part of the Thomas Kell Spy Thriller Series

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LoveReading View on A Divided Spy

June 2016 eBook of the Month.

Simply fabulous. ‘A Divided Spy’ slices through theatrics and pierces the essential heart of a spy thriller. This is the third in the ‘Thomas Kell’ series, yet my first, and I found it could be read perfectly as a standalone novel. I will definitely nab a copy of the first two, as I forgot I was in reviewing mode and just disappeared into Thomas Kell’s world. The former MI6 officer is seeking revenge, his chance comes when he attempts to recruit a Russian agent, however the small matter of a potential terrorist attack interrupts his personal vendetta. Charles Cumming has won a number of prestigious awards, his writing is subtly powerful, and so very very readable. The terror plot made my mind flinch as it bit with daunting intensity, it felt honest and substantially real. Superbly crafted, ‘A Divided Spy’ weaves a powerful and thrilling web of political intrigue and game playing, and I highly recommend it.

Liz Robinson

A Divided Spy Synopsis

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 Carre, 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?

A Divided Spy Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sarah Musk - 'A very clever, subtle espionage thriller.  The intelligent, exciting plot keeps the reader riveted right until the end.  Charles Cumming has written a great book.'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'This is a book that keeps you reading and changing your mind. Showing that there is no such thing as black and white, only various shades of grey.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'Terrific thriller of the year - a gripping must-read!'
  • Glenda Worth - 'Thomas Kell, a former MI6 officer bears a grudge against the Kremlin. Taking the chance to get revenge he takes the law into his own hands not really knowing who is on his side and who isn't.'
  • Kathy Howell - 'The story moves quickly and the reader is always wondering who to trust and willing Thomas Kell on, hoping he will make it in time! I would highly recommend this book.'
  • Ann Alderton - 'There is more than one divided spy in this intriguing thriller about a chance for retribution.  There could have been a few more twists and surprises but not a bad book in the Thomas Kell series.'
  • Judy Connolly - 'Spy thriller fans will enjoy this book.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'An excellent story which examines the relationship which develops between two spies from very different camps.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'An addictive, current affairs, espionage thriller.  Perfect for those long days lazing on a beach or a long haul flight if you are looking for an attention absorbing read.'
  • Judith Smith - 'This wonderful story with detailed and complex characters leaves you breathless as the final chapters unfold.'
  • Victoria Goldman - 'A Divided Spy is an intriguing blend of love/relationships, terrorism, spies and counter-terrorism. The writing is so succinct, gripping and tense that I couldn't put the book down.'
  • Rachael Anderson - 'A solid modern day spy thriller.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'He is off on a mission to find a top Russian spy, who has a terrifying secret...'

A Divided Spy Press Reviews

Praise for A Divided Spy:

'Wonderful stuff - Charles Cumming is the one true heir to John Le Carre and Ian Fleming. A Divided Spy is an intelligent, high-octane thriller that is as contemporary as tomorrow's headlines. Nobody documents life in the shadows quite as brilliantly as Charles Cumming - the new spymaster on the block.'
Tony Parsons, author of The Murder Bag

'A DIVIDED SPY is Charles Cumming's best work yet. I read it in two sittings'
Adam Rutherford

Praise for A Foreign Country:

'We are in Smiley country, but with extra 21st century nuance ... Cumming has an exquisite touch and we should treasure him'
Daily Mail

'A thriller that has everything you could ask for - a twisty, sexy plot, topical themes, memorable characters and plentiful spy lore'
Sunday Times, Books of the Year

'Refreshing, plausible and effective ... Best of all is the sheer pace of the narrative'
Spectator

'You are likely to be up for most of the night to find out how this novel ends. It grips from the first page ... A fast-moving treat'
The Scotsman

Praise for Charles Cumming:

'Charles Cumming is a man put on this earth to perpetuate the spy thriller'
Daily Telegraph

'From the first page to the last it has the ring of absolute authenticity. Tautly written, cleverly plotted...it reminded me strongly of the early books of John le Carre'
Robert Harris

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007467518
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007467518
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Charles Cumming
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Espionage & spy thriller,

About Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming was our Guest Editor in March 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Charles Cumming was born in Scotland in 1971. He has been described as ‘the man who most successfully gets under the skin of Britain’s intelligence agencies’ (The Times). In the summer of 1995, he was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). A year later he moved to Montreal where he began working on a novel based on his experiences with MI6, and A Spy by Nature was published in the UK in 2001.   Author photo &...

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