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A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming
  

A Divided Spy

Part of the Thomas Kell Spy Thriller Series
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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

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Reader Reviews

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  • 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...'

Synopsis

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

A NEW COLD WAR IS LOOMING Former MI6 officer Thomas Kell thought he was done with spying. Until the Russian agent he blames for the death of his girlfriend is spotted at a Red Sea resort - in dangerous company. ONE SPY WANTS REVENGE Taking the law into his own hands, Kell embarks on a mission to recruit his rival. Only to find himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL As the mission reaches boiling point, rumours of a terrorist attack suggest a massacre on Britain soil is imminent. Kell is faced with an impossible choice. Loyalty to MI6 - or to his own conscience?

Reviews

Praise for A Divided Spy:

'A gripping psychological clash of wills, tactics and morals ... Kell's third appearance confirms him as one of the most interesting and sympathetic characters in the spy thriller field
The Times

'A clever spy thriller combining believable spycraft, deft characterisation and acute psychological observation'
Ben Macintyre

'The spies'
shifting psychological duel is riveting

... deftly coupled with a topical subplot
Sunday Times

'Thomas Kell has become one of the most interesting and well-drawn spies in contemporary literature - a man who deserves to be spoken in the same breath as George Smiley ... Delicately written, with Cumming's customary subtle humour, it confirms him as le Carre's heir'
Daily Mail

'Wonderful stuff - Charles Cumming is the one true heir to John Le Carre and Ian Fleming. 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 clever, believable spy thriller by a man dubbed the heir to John le Carre'
Sun

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

18th May 2017

Author

Charles Cumming

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Espionage & spy thriller

ISBN

9780007467549

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