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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847394515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847394514
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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`An action-packed novel very much of the John le Carré school, with an intriguing and unusual premise'
--Irish Independent

About the Author

Jeremy Duns is British, but currently lives and works in Stockholm.


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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2016
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Delighted to have been recommended this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read a lot of thrillers and it is hard not to see many similar themes and ideas, but this was a bit different.
Firstly it is set in 1969, a time of turmoil in the British Secret Service as the exposure of the spies within the “Cambridge Five” have set everyone against each-other amongst the suspicion of further spies. Secondly, our “hero”, Paul Dark, is precisely that. A senior intelligence official but he works for the Russians. It is also a bad time for Britain as they are involved in the war in Nigeria, providing arms to a conflict that is getting public attention because of the starvation forced onto the people (and children) of Biafra.
A potential Soviet defector has walked into Lagos and he may have information that may expose Dark, so Dark heads out to close down any trail that may lead to him, but his behaviour itself is drawing attention. As Dark rushes from near disaster to near disaster he discovers his own past may not be what he believed and can he even trust his own paymasters?
A nice feel to this one, an engaging anti-hero and an engaging historical backdrop, a conflict that Britain got involved in and were rightly condemned for.
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Well written, although I found the protagonist profoundly unlikeable. The historical detail and sense of place is excellent.
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Liked the sound of this so took a chance but you can't win them all and certainly not with this book.

Yes there are a couple of decent twists but I am always suspicious of books written in first person and that's the 1st big problem.

The storyline once you get into the book becomes increasingly boring mainly because most of the setting is in Nigeria in the late 60's after a Russian defector claims to know about a double agent recruited in 1945.

Unless you are genuinely interested in the Nigeria vs Biafra war then this book is at least 50% a waste of time. The rest of the book is just about okay but the main character is hardly endearing and to be honest I could care less whether he gets hanged or not.

There are so many better authors around in this genre that it was annoying to have wasted my time on this book.
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It had been a while since I'd read any spy fiction, and I'm glad I chose to return to the genre with this cracker of a thriller. Well worth a read.
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I bought this book partly because of the endorsements from well-known thriller writers - but I don't know what book they were reading, because it wasn't this one...

The writing is pedestrian, the identity of the 'real' double agent is painfully obvious, there's absolutely no sense of period or setting re. the main 1964 section in England, and whilst the 'hero', Paul Dark, has to be 46 at an absolute minimum, there's no sense of this either - he feels far too young.

And whilst I'm all for shades of grey, moral ambiguities etc. - the idea that the reader should empathise with Dark stretches things too far - SPOILER alert - Dark has been a double agent for the Russians since the war, so to avoid exposure kills his boss - the MI6 chief - who had treated him 'like the son he never had'... his boss is also Dark's girlfriend's father. Dark then sets off to kill a Russian defector who can expose him.

The author then hastily throws in a vague notion that Dark has had doubts about his quarter-century of betrayal - presumably to gain reader empathy - mentioning the Prague Spring of '68 and its crushing by the Soviets.

However, there is no mention of the more significantly brutal Soviet response to the Hungarian uprising of 1956 - which was the watershed for most western sympathisers with Communism - and this undercuts the whole premise. You might also wonder what Dark felt about the state-directed famine that killed millions, the Great Terror, the gulags, the Secret Speech etc., etc.

There has been talk of how well-researched the book is - but I see little evidence of this, except perhaps the Biafran section - which does have more 'texture' than the rest of the book.
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I picked this book up (and paid for it) at the only English language book store in Stockholm Friday evening. I finished it the next day (glad it was Saturday and had the time).

The pace was almost too much for this 72-year-old heart, but I survived well. I remember a few things about the Biafran/Nigerian War of the 1960s, but this book put it all into historical and political perspective. What a marvelous blend of real life occurrences and a thrilling, fictional tale woven around and through them. Its great to be able to look forward to more about "Free Agent" Dark in future stories.

Ron Pavellas
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I thought this book was brilliant, Well written and carried a great pace throughout, and importantly for me. I know this isn't a factor for everyone. It's a good size, some book's are a little small and holding them gives me cramp in my hand's but not this one, I've not got the hugest hands in the world but they're not the smallest either so a decent size book is a pleasure to hold

In Free Agent you follow the story of MI6 agent Paul Dark who during the late 40's took part in a top secret mission to hunt down and execute Nazi war criminals with his father.

During the attempted capture of a Nazi Paul is stabbed and taken to the red cross hospital where he is nursed by a dark haired beauty called Anna, After the weeks of recuperation and Anna doing her best to get him under her spell.

Anna tells Paul that she is a KGB agent who had been sent to turn him against his country. Immediately he leaves the hospital and informs his father that the nurse is KGB. After realizing his father is in danger he goes to the house they were using as a base and finds his father dead. thinking he can save Anna he races back to the hospital only to find Anna dead.

Everything he understood about that mission, about its consequences, has been built on lies.

In '69 and a KGB colonel called Slavin, has walked into the High Commission in Lagos and announced that he wants to defect. he has highly information which indicates that there is yet another double agent within MI6, which would after the betrayal by Kim Philby and the rest of the Cambridge Five would be devastating to the Service.

Paul Dark has been above suspicion during MI6's years of doubt mainly as he's 'Larry Dark's boy.' But this time he can see his number coming up.
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