- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,152 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A Colder War: Free Sampler (Thomas Kell Spy Thriller, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›