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5.0 out of 5 stars A Foreign Country -Excellent spy thriller
Spy fiction has an impressive list of luminaries, John Buchan, Erskine Childers, Len Deighton, John Le Carre and so on to which I feel you can add, Charles Cumming.

Tom Kell is an MI6 agent who has left the department under a cloud and finding life tedious, outside the service, is enticed back to working for the department.

The task he is given is no...
Published on 9 April 2012 by Champollion

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick easy read
Saw this book in Tesco for £1.95 and read the back cover, recommendations and the first page and thought it would be a good 24 hour read. It proved to be just that. Ingredients good especially in the first half. Mixed and cooked well. Characters all right. Up to date on the spy industry issues. After the middle twist in the story it became more run of the mill. Enjoyed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant spy story, 23 Dec 2014
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This is a brilliant spy story, well worth reading, will read more of the author's books if as good as this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pacy story, admired the characters even though I kept ..., 21 Dec 2014
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Pacy story, admired the characters even though I kept getting mixed up! Will read more by this author
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4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent page turner, 15 Aug 2014
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A compelling story with oodles of tradecraft and international travel. an excellent page turner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good start went on a bit in the middle but ..., 20 Oct 2014
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A medium read , good start went on a bit in the middle but well put together overall .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 9 Oct 2014
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A good spy story, well written. I'll certainly read others by Charles Cumming
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down., 15 April 2012
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A very well written tale that holds you to the last.

Comparisons made by several book critics of the author to a modern day John Le Carre, are not inaccurate. From the beginning, the story's direction is not obvious and the pace with short, punchy chapters holds the reader. Moving across Britain, France and North Africa this is very much a spy thriller for today and I found myself dipping into the story at every available opportunity.

I had never heard of Charles Cummings before and I am glad to have 'found' him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Aug 2014
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Another book I got right into - kept me interest though out the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 30 Nov 2014
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Enjoyable thriller - MI6 - across France, North Africa and England.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost a hit...., 22 Mar 2012
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This ought to be better than it is - somehow it just doesn't quite come off. It seems more like a screenplay and indeed it would make an excellent episode on TV for Spooks or something similar. The author has some good ideas but the story is a bit predictable - it needs a few more twists and turns to come anywhere near Le Carre's ingenious stories. This is straightforward readable stuff - just the job for a plane or train journey but it isn't very memorable in the end. The story flows easily enough but it isn't written with great literary style and the characters don't seem very complete. Even the central character, Kell, doesn't seem to have a fully padded out personality. Putting it on the screen would help here. To sum up, I started reading this with enthusiasm and finished it quite quickly with a sense of disappointment as I had hoped for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Sep 2014
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Brilliant novel from this master of the 'spy genre'.
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