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The Trinity Six [Kindle Edition]

Charles Cumming
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Praise for The Trinity Six:

‘An utterly absorbing and compelling novel. A brilliant re-imagining of events surrounding the notorious Cambridge spy-ring’ William Boyd, bestselling author of Restless

‘Sheer excitement’ Daily Telegraph

‘Often talked of as a potential heir to John le Carré, Cumming confirms here that he’s a reliably classy storyteller … an assured and richly enjoyable thriller’ Sunday Times

‘Delicate and supremely controlled, this is a spy story to be savoured, not rushed’ Daily Mail

‘None of the new generation of spy writers lives up to the standard set by Deighton, Forsyth and Le Carré. Enter Cumming, a long-awaited light at the end of a very long tunnel … This is today's spooks at their most ruthless, with Sam, a heroic if naive amateur sleuth, taking international hitmen and beautiful female agents in his stride to get to the truth. As good as Le Carré – praise indeed’ Guardian

Praise for Charles Cumming:

‘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 Carré’ Robert Harris

‘The master of the modern spy thriller’ Mail On Sunday

‘If Cumming keeps up this standard he deserves to become an institution in his own right’ The Times

Review

Praise for The Trinity Six: 'An utterly absorbing and compelling novel. A brilliant re-imagining of events surrounding the notorious Cambridge spy-ring, William Boyd, bestselling author of Restless 'Sheer excitement, Daily Telegraph 'Often talked of as a potential heir to John le Carre, Cumming confirms here that he,s a reliably classy storyteller ... an assured and richly enjoyable thriller, Sunday Times 'Delicate and supremely controlled, this is a spy story to be savoured, not rushed, Daily Mail 'None of the new generation of spy writers lives up to the standard set by Deighton, Forsyth and Le Carre. Enter Cumming, a long-awaited light at the end of a very long tunnel ... This is today's spooks at their most ruthless, with Sam, a heroic if naive amateur sleuth, taking international hitmen and beautiful female agents in his stride to get to the truth. As good as Le Carre - praise indeed, Guardian Praise for Charles Cumming: '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 'The master of the modern spy thriller, Mail On Sunday 'If Cumming keeps up this standard he deserves to become an institution in his own right, The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007337833
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KPLO3I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charles Cumming is a British writer of spy fiction. He was educated at Eton College (1985-1989) and the University of Edinburgh (1990-1994), where he graduated with 1st Class Honours in English Literature. The Observer has described him as "the best of the new generation of British spy writers who are taking over where John le Carré and Len Deighton left off".

In 1995, Charles Cumming was approached for recruitment by the United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). A Spy By Nature, a novel partly based on his experiences with MI6, was published in 2001. The novel's hero, Alec Milius, is a flawed loner in his early 20s who is recruited by MI6 to sell doctored research data on oil exploration in the Caspian Sea to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

In 2001, Charles Cumming moved to Madrid. His second novel, The Hidden Man (2003), tells the story of two brothers investigating the murder of their father, a former SIS officer, at the hands of the Russian mafia. The Hidden Man also examines the clandestine role played by SIS and the CIA during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Charles Cumming's third novel, The Spanish Game (2006), marks the return of anti-hero Alec Milius, who becomes involved in a plot by the paramilitary Basque nationalist organization ETA to bring down the Spanish government. The Spanish Game was described by The Times as one of the six finest spy novels of all time, alongside Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Funeral in Berlin and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Typhoon, published in 2008, is a political thriller about a CIA plot to destabilise China on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. The story spans the decade from the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997 to present-day Shanghai. In particular, the author highlights the plight of the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang, a semi-autonomous region of The People's Republic of China. The acclaimed novelist William Boyd described Typhoon as "a wholly compelling and sophisticated spy novel - vivid and disturbing - immaculately researched and full of harrowing contemporary relevance."

In March 2008, Charles Cumming published an interactive online story, The 21 Steps, as part of a Penguin We Tell Stories project. Readers follow the protagonist's travels through Google Maps. Cumming's novels have been translated into six languages. His work is published in the United States by St Martin's Press. In 2009, Cumming left Penguin to join Harper Collins. His fifth novel, The Trinity Six, a thriller about the Cambridge spies, will be published in February 2011.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging... 3 Aug 2011
By Boot-Boy VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
After a slow and at times confusing narrative in the opening chapters, Cumming starts to work his way through the gears in this engaging espionage thriller and the pace begins to pick up. About half-way through, the book just takes off - an astonishing burst of acceleration, as if it's suddenly writing itself (everything an author prays for). In brief, this is the story of a forty-something academic called Sam Gaddis who's in need of a lucrative publishing contract (loans, mortgage, messy divorce) and finds one of the intelligence world's best-kept secrets falling into his lap. There's nothing more potentially entertaining than an innocent stumbling around in the rarefied echelons of the intelligence community, and the author plays this card particularly well. Gaddis is a charming everyman and absolutely credible as the bumbling academic who finds himself caught up in a viper's nest of intrigue. This is a first-class read - sometimes a little laboured, sometimes a little too detailed - but stay with it and you're set for a dazzling ride. Comparisons are always made in these kinds of cold-war espionage thrillers by giving a nod to Deighton, Le Carré et al. In this case such comparisons are redundant. This writer is in a class of his own and getting better with every book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 5 May 2011
By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If, like me, you were brought up on Len Deighton and John Le Carre, then this excellent story of espionage is a must.

Dr.Sam Gaddis is not a spy but an academic suddenly finding himself with a possible story to investigate helping him to cover his excessive debts.

In pursuing what turns out to be the identity of the sixth member of the Trinity spy ring, he manages, just, to outwit the efforts of the Russian FSB, thinly disguised as the KGB and the mandarins at the British SIS.

He does need, of course, a bit of luck and a couple of friendly faces but this is a well crafted espionage story, built on the back of the cold war era, bringing the adventure up to date as the new potential Russian President appears to have a murky past. Well, no surprise there then but the author tells the story well and leaves the reader wondering just what lies behind the facade of today's Russian (and maybe, British) incumbents.

Thankfully, there are no Americans in this tale to spoil the party. It's an all British affair and an exciting read to the end. This is the author's fifth book and he is certainly a man to watch and maybe catch up on his four previous novels.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK if you have got a cold 20 Feb 2011
By Arturo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a good enough read for a plane journey or if you are stuck at home with a cold, but, unlike the hype, it is certainly not John Le Carre Mark 2. It follows the fairly classic thriller pattern of an 'ordinary man' caught up in a web of intrigue (I suppose the archetype is John Buchan's 39 Steps) and like most such books that means that the initial set-up strains the credulity, rather. In this case the coincidence of Sam simultaneously being told by a journalist friend that she has unearthed details of the 'Sixth Man' and by a fan of his history books that she wants him to look at her late mother's papers about the KGB seems a bit unlikely. Also, I was not persuaded by Sam's motivation that he needs to pay an unexpected tax bill. How many academics, taxed on their normal salary but presumably paying further tax on the royalties from his academic writing, unknowingly rack up a £20K tax bill? That suggests astrononomical sales of such writing. Likewise, the assumption that if needs be he can knock out a besteller to raise some cash seems a bit unlikely. But it is necessary to the plot since otherwise Sam's willingness to get involved in the whole thing would be inexplicable.

Anyway, once these contortions have been made, the plot begins to rattle along with a fairly stock set of characters (maverick MI6 boss, menacing Russian hoods, trips to Berlin, Vienna and Budapest and so on) and there's enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. Characterization is a bit thin and some pieces of plotting don't seem to go anywhere (what was all the business about the watch smuggled from Budapest meant to be about?). So there is enough to pass your time, but it isn't a book that you would re-read.

There is also an enormous howler in that the author uses Trinity College, Cambridge and Trinity Hall, Cambridge interchangeably - which for a book entitled The Trinity Six seems particularly careless.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 10 Dec 2010
By Jeff VINE VOICE
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There's a line fairly late on in this novel that goes - "** was a member of the new generation of twenty-first century spies: post-Cold War, post 9/11, post-ideological, whose attachment to the old ways was by no means an article of faith." You might add to that 'post Le Carre' as well for that's how the book came across to me. It's a novel that reflects the kiss and tell of recent years where the secret agencies are concerned. Do you take your secrets with you to the grave and if you don't intend to, will someone try to kill you first in order to prevent it? That's what this novel is basically about and I found it highly engaging. It's well-written and easy to follow without being in any way patronising to the 'ordinary' reader. I speak as one who always found Le Carre rather obtuse. I well remember 'The Honourable Schoolboy' when it came out years ago and finding it like wading through treacle. Cumming writes clearly, tells his story with just the right pace and has thoroughly credible characters. It's based largely in present day London but there are forays to those good old hotbeds of old espionage - Vienna and Budapest. Made me wonder about ever switching my mobile on again but at the end there's a neat twist which suggests that the old ways aren't totally forgotten. Do read it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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discovered a new author
Published 5 days ago by W G Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read. A fast paced spy thriller with many ...
A cracking good read . A fast paced spy thriller with many twists and turns . Charles Cumming books are all excellent and well worth downloading or getting the hard/papwerbacks .
Published 10 days ago by David Kennedy
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Absolutely perfect condition and very speedy delivery - brilliant, thank you.
Published 19 days ago by Claire Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing
Just discovered this author. A very good read. The modern john le carre the story rattles along really ingenious plotting
Published 1 month ago by Dr John Kirkhope
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Published 1 month ago by Ed
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Superb author
Published 1 month ago by H de Fanque
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story but why spoil it with dodgy English?
Dear Charles,
Loved the story. Completely. I enjoyed the layering of present and past history, and almost every meeting leading to a new angle ... or dead end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. RM KLEPPMANN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellennt read.
Published 2 months ago by rafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absorbing spy thriller beautifully written
Published 2 months ago by Victor Pavey
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly gripping, very much in a style lost by so many others.
This book could have been written by Le Carre, but is it good to know that there are new authors who can reach a similar level. Excellent.
Published 3 months ago by N C Bragg
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