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The Secret Agent - A Year In The Life by [Agent, Secret]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 682 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J3QDK8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #585,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As an ex estate agent, who left the career when I hit 40 I can completely relate to the protagonist - a quickly approaching middle age man running a corporate chain estate agents. There is some wry and amusing stories, that pepper the novel. I was amused and entertained.

My criticism surrounding the book is that over the year of running the agency there wasn't a greater turn over of staff (which is common in agency), and more sculduggery, I wanted more and a satisfying ending. However it does lead on for there to be sequels. Please let there be a sequel.
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I bought the blog compilation a year ago and then downloaded this full-length book. As the blurb says it's new material I've not read before. Darker and funnier in many ways as you follow the guy through a year with sections on repossessions, auctions and all the other property stuff we don't understand.

Can't say I like estate agents any more than I did at the start (not a lot) but it's a great and enlightening read and well worth the money after some of the rubbish my wife has downloaded for her Kindle. You can see why he's written for papers and magazines just wonder why he still sells houses?
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Like a few million others, I sit on the train into work every day. Especially when I head underground, the inane drudgery of the journey is hard to shift. Increasingly, I have been downloading content to read on my smartphone and my good friend the Kindle - The Secret Agent is very high on my list.

As someone who has seen their fair share of dodgy leases and even dodgier agents, the view from the other side of the fence is an amusing and a startlingly frank one. Anonymity allows 'SA' to pull no punches with his descriptions of colleagues, rivals and punters alike.

With a concise yet descriptive writing style, I feel like I have got to know the characters SA meets on a regular basis. Long may the Diary continue, and I hope more people get to read this! A sleeper hit!
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Whether you love estate agents (someone must do) or loathe them, this book is well worth a read if you want a behind the scenes look at what really happens in the world of property. In fact even if you have little interest in property but love entertaining fly-on-the wall tales this book is for you.
Secret Agent will challenge your preconceptions (sometimes), confirm your worst suspicions (occasionally) and make you laugh (often). One thing is certain - as the book info says: you may never look at the men and women in suits and sign-written cars the same way again. I know I haven't.
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Well hardly. But it all sounds so dreary and full of hard-luck stories (and I'm not talking about the poor house owners here..)
We all thought they were whizzing around in their Beamers, indulging in highly imaginative sales literature writing and propping up wine bars in the evenings... But...No... It appears that they are put-upon, hard-working, misunderstood souls who are desperately poorly rewarded for their thankless workload......
However, in the real world - it's too far-fetched for me!
All that misery doesn't make for a good read either - Sorry!!
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Good story teller and believable author. Good for practable advise on dealing with estate agents (relators in US/Canada)
General tone is of a person not to happy in his job but this does not distract from the humourist element in his stories of his working life
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