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This review is from: The Trinity Six (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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Initial post: 17 Oct 2011 22:04:15 BDT
Tico Feo says:
I agree in the main with this review and it is a real page turner. Gaddis is a character I really warmed to. However, the plot could have been tighter.
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