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Tom Rob Smith
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19 Jan 2012
Moscow, 1965. Former Secret Service agent Leo Demidov is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters to New York as part of a 'Peace Tour', meant to foster better relations between the two Cold War enemies. Leo's natural paranoia reaches its peak: Why have his family been selected? What is being planned? When Leo's worst fears are realised and a tragic murder destroys everything he loves, he demands only one thing: that he is allowed to investigate and find the killer who has struck at the heart of his family. Crippled by grief, his request denied, Leo sees no other option than to take matters into his own hands, thousands of miles from the crime scene. In a surprising, thrilling story that spans decades and continents - from the backstreets of 1960s New York to the mountains of Afghanistan in the 1980s - Leo will stop at nothing as he hunts the one person who knows the truth: Agent 6.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (19 Jan 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1847396747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847396747
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father, Tom Rob Smith's bestselling novels in the Child 44 trilogy were international publishing sensations. Among its many honours, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writer Award for Best First Novel, the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the inaugural Desmond Elliot Prize. Child 44 is now a major motion picture starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman.

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Tom Rob Smith’s debut novel, Child 44, was a considerable success (the youthful Smith began to collect book award nominations by the bushel, before finally bagging the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for 2008). That book’s successor, The Secret Speech, featured the second appearance of the beleaguered former MGB officer Leo Dormidov. Hopes were high for the final volume in the trilogy – and here is Agent 6, the final outing for Leo. So does it satisfactorily conclude the sequence?

In the last book, the time was 1956; Stalin had died, and it was the time of Nikita Khrushchev’s revisionist pronouncements (such as the ‘secret speech’ of the title, in which the Stalinist regime was – for the first time – roundly denounced). Leo Dormidov, his wife Raisa and their daughters are in mortal danger again, because of the new public view of the police as criminals; Leo’s efforts to save his family plunged him into situations of fear and tension. Both books were novel of striking authority (despite the controversial stylistic notion of putting all speech in italics, so that everything appeared over-emphasised). Agent 6, the third and final outing for the conflicted former MGB officer, brings the trilogy of novels to a resounding climax. Leo’s new civilian life with his wife Raisa and his family has acquired equilibrium, but the USSR and the US are still bitter enemies. A visit to the states by Leo on a diplomatic mission has a tragic outcome, and Leo loses everything. Only the grim plains of Afghanistan offer him a way back – or death. Tom Rob Smith has utilised cinematic technique here (not to mention upping the number of suspenseful set pieces), and some will prefer the more complex character building of the first book (still the finest in the sequence), but for most readers this final Leo Dormidov novel will push all the requisite buttons. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


`In this final part of the trilogy (equally good as a stand-alone book), which began with much acclaimed Child 44, author Tom Rob Smith shows he has lost none of his talent for producing a perfectly paced thriller' --Books of the Year, Country & Town House

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The worst of the series to date 11 July 2012
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Having read and enjoyed 'Child 44' immensely, I have purchased both of Tom Rob Smith's follow-ups. 'The Secret Speech' is good in itself but felt a little too desperate to come across as an 'epic' and get itself adapted into a Hollywood movie. 'Agent 6' - despite an excellent premise - feels like a TV mini-series that runs out of budget half way through. I was intrigued by the opening chapters which genuinely reel you in, but once the tragic central incident has unfolded, the brakes suddenly slam on and the book wonders around in circles for ages - particularly the scenes set in Afghanistan. It's a brave move by Smith to jump so far ahead in time, only a third of the way in but it's not altogether successful (I was reminded of a similar, equally-jarring period shift in Philip Kerr's 'The Dead Rise Not'). And most frustrating of all, the eponymous Agent 6 (around whom the book's mystery revolves) is neither mentioned nor seen until the final quarter of the book. A missed opportunity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has Tom Rob Smith outsourced the writing? 12 April 2012
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I really enjoyed the first 2 books. I enjoyed child 44's comedy scooby doo style reveal at the end, and also the Russian setting. Book 2 seemed to be more realistic, but equally exciting and again described the Russian winters and locations very well. The Call of Duty style excursion to Hungary was a bit distracting, but overall good. In both books the hero - Leo was a very likeable character, a Russian Rebus....

Book 3 seems to have been written by a different author, and the link to books one and two are very very slight. I think either Smith got his older, more technically gifted brother to write this, or he decided he wanted to bang home a completely different storyline. Leo only makes very brief appearances until 52% of the book is over. I would guess 2% is set in Russia. That is all fine, and actually the book is pretty good. The first half and the second are completely different again, almost two separate books really. But over all it works well, and I enjoyed it.

The three stars? - well to be honest nobody would be bothered to read this book, if the publishers didn't pretend it was the third in a trilogy. I wonder if Smith wrote most of this before the other two? Either way, a bit of a con.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful read 5 July 2011
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I don't get to read this genre very often as it is not one I would usually buy for myself so when a proof copy arrived in the post from Simon & Schuster (via BookDagger) to review I started reading with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Trepidation because I am not a political person at all and wondered if this would affect my perception of the story and excitement at reading a different genre.

Although this is the third book involving agent Leo Demidov it was very obvious from the beginning that I didn't have to have any previous knowledge. Leo's character is very understandable from his actions - but there is also an inference that although he is following Communist doctrine, there are underlying doubts.

At the beginning of the story the foundations are laid for how life is in the Soviet Union. We meet American singer Jesse Austin who is a Communist and is a key figure to the plot.

Fifteen years later we join Leo, his wife Raisa and their two adopted daughters on the eve before Raisa and their two daughters are leaving for America. Raisa is leading a diplomatic mission using singing as a bridge between the two countries.

On American soil we are introduced to FBI agent Jim Yates who is another central figure to the plot.

The change of events is sudden and dramatic and what follows is Leo's journey to reach America to avenge the tragedy. Along the way we spend time in Afghanistan until events conspire to get him back on track.

There are politics in the story but for me they were far outweighed by the psychological profiles of the characters we meet and the change in them as they examine their beliefs and become more humane.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice end 21 Jan 2013
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For a book that starts off fast paced and really draws you in, this seemed to lack a little depth in the middle and towards the end. Still an excellent way to end a brilliant trilogy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it just me or...? 11 Sep 2011
By Bixtalp
This book contained by far the biggest number of printing mistakes and omissions of words in mid-sentences than any other I've ever read! Did no-one else notice this?!? Sometimes there were several on the same page! I don't mean to be unnecessarily pedantic but I just found this extremely surprising. Decent story though, but as most other reviewers seem to be saying, it's certainly no 'Child 44', which was amazing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 Aug 2011
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'Child 44' was good and 'The Secret Speech' quite good. This, however, has the feel of an idea that has run out of steam with constant repetition of our hero's strengths and weaknesses and the failures in his relationships both past and present. It is neither exciting or intriguing and is overlong by about 200 pages. Time for Tom Rob Smith to say goodbye to Leo and find a new character to write about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touch too long 13 Feb 2012
I liked Child 44 a lot, the Secret Speech less so but really enjoyed this book. This was a magnificent story which stretched over a long time frame and this introduced a problem in fitting it all in. Revealing the true identity of Agent 6 came at the end of a long book and seem rather rushed given the depth of development used elsewhere in the book. Hence 4 not 5 stars.

However, I found it a magnificent example of story telling and will look forward to his next book.
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Really like this author and find it hard to put down book in case I miss something, full of thrills..
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I've read all Tom Rob Smiths books but this one, Agent 6, I feel, does not come up to his usual polished standard. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, gripping thriller.
TRS does it again.

Child 44 was excellent (but then there are so many serial-killer stories), and The Secret Speech was non-stop action (but could all this really happen... Read more
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thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening. I had never heard of Tom Rob smith until I read "Child 44" which I picked up from a second-hand market bookstall, but now I am... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Agent 6
Excellent book but in very dirty condition, more suited for recycling. However for the price I suppose I got what I paid for
Published 1 month ago by R. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Takes lots of twists and turns . You never know where you will end up. As good as child 44.
Published 2 months ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
Tom Rob Smith's Agent 6 is very gripping in places and very easy to read the story line easy to follow I had a job to put it down thank you well worth reading
Published 2 months ago by Tricia.28
3.0 out of 5 stars Agent 6 - worth a read
To make it clear, this is only rated so far because I haven't finished the book. I think it's a good basis for a story and reads easily.
Published 2 months ago by Tony Lakey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Continues to expand on the agent's journey with many twists and surprises. I would definitely advise reading this exciting book.
Published 2 months ago by V. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story great backdrop
Covering many years from the 1950's USA and USSR to late 1990's ranging from USA and USSR and Europe with a tighly woven story, a single mans drive for Justice and Truth. Read more
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