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A Spy by Nature
A Spy by Nature
by Charles Cumming
Edition: Paperback

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story behind The Spanish Game, 16 Feb. 2006
This review is from: A Spy by Nature (Paperback)
I bought A Spy By Nature after loving The Spanish Game and wanting to know how exactly Alec Milius came to be living in Madrid. The events are paraphrased in Spanish Game, but all the detail is here! It's fascinating to see what sort of character Alec Milius was in his mid-twenties. much more cocksure, amoral, greedy and ambitious; it made me realise what a subtle job Cumming had done in the second book, ageing and maturing his hero. Spy By Nature isn't as clean and well strcutured as The Spanish Game but as a pyschological study of what happens to someone working in the spy business it's probably the best book of its kind that I've ever read. Strongly recommended.

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