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A Colder War: Free Sampler (Thomas Kell Spy Thriller, Book 2) by [Cumming, Charles]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1489 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWTKY5W
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,152 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Read this novel due to Cumming being favourably compared with John Le Carre. Have to say altho I enjoyed the book and it was reasonably close to Le Carre IMO Le Carre is superior , and at his best (for me A Perfect Spy) far superior.
Never the less enjoyable and having read all Le Carre will read more of Cumming.
I think a major factor in the difference for me was i found it more difficult to have much empathy with the "hero" Tom Kell or any of the other "good guys". In fact I often had more empathy with and understanding of Le Carre's bad guys than Cummings good guys.
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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2014
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if you grab this free sampler then you're almost inevitably going to want to read the whole book, but it's a useful intro to the author's style if you've not tried his earlier spy stories.

A Colder War tells a familiar espionage adventure – there’s a mole; could be British or American; an outsider is tasked with resolving the situation – and places it in the current world of uncertain allegiances in international politics. It’s all about tradecraft and trust: about the possibility of redemption set against the emotional isolation of the individual agent.

Thomas Kell is working his way back into favour at MI6 after being scape-goated earlier in this series – you don’t need to have read the previous books; it’s fine to take the plunge with this one as it works fine as a stand-alone story. Several ops have gone haywire. Assets have been lost. Intelligence is seeping through an unidentified crack. And now an old friend and senior officer has died in extremely suspicious circumstances. This is Kell’s opportunity to redeem himself with his colleagues and get back on the books. It also turns out to be a surprise opportunity to re-establish the kind of human contact he’s been starved of for years.

Many of the themes of A Colder War – and not just the dead-letter drops, full-on surveillance, honey traps and such – hark back to the heyday of British spy novels. Kell’s isolation, his tentative approach to human contact echo all the way back to the Spy Who Came In From The Cold. But while Le Carre’s hero was soaked in despair and every page reeked of desperation, A Colder War is a drier affair. It’s stuffed full of detail – from accurate descriptions of the underpass at Odessa to ruined houses on islands in the Bosphorus – but the characters felt fictional to me.
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I have now read the full book and once again thoroughly enjoyed it. Well written, interesting characters and a great plot. What more can you need
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I THINK THE BEST one to date enjoyed it immensely looking forward to the latest one have pre ordered it. what terrific plots keep them coming
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Charles Cummings knows how to tell a good story and keep the readers attention all the way through. To be recommended.
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Nothing really innovative, all been said before and in a more interesting way.
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