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Worth persevering with
on 8 June 2017
'A Spy By Nature' is Charles Cumming's first novel, and it many ways it shows - it's not nearly as polished as his superb Thomas Kell trilogy, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I didn't particularly like the main character, Alec Milius, who is deceitful and self-centred to an almost narcissistic degree, and I didn't care much for the fact that the narrative is all in the present tense. I was therefore tempted to give up when I was a quarter of the way through, and nothing particularly exciting had happened, but I persevered and was glad I did. The story has a strong plot and the pace gets steadily faster until reaching a powerful ending.
Although 'A Spy By Nature' is not Charles Cumming's best work, it's still better than most other spy fiction out there and I will definitely be reading the second volume in this series.