A Colder War

A Colder War

Book - 2014
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MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash. Amelia Levene, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, wants the incident investigated; quickly and quietly. The only man she can trust is Thomas Kell, a disgraced spy searching for redemption. Kell's search for the mole takes him from London, to Greece, and into Eastern Europe. But when Kell is betrayed by those closest to him, the stakes become personal.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher, London : 2014
ISBN: 9780007467488
Branch Call Number: AF CUMM


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Feb 18, 2019

Too many sub-plots. Poor judgment used to capture Kleckner. Could have been done easier in Britain, or Turkey, but I guess the book had to be stretched out!

Mar 07, 2017

Cumming gives espionage fans plenty of "tradecraft" and spy vs. spy set pieces framed by a suitably complex plot with suitable exotic locales, ranging from Istanbul to Odessa. The protagonist is the now obligatory exhausted and hard-done-by secret agent in the character of MI6 spook Tom Kell, who is brought in from the cold and tasked with a mole hunt. While no masterpiece, it's a cut above the usual drivel in found in this genre, and is a suspenseful read overall, crisply written, hitting all the right buttons in the right places.

taylorcoach May 01, 2016

Great read. 5 star.

Feb 21, 2016

A mainstream spy novel in the tradition of le Carré, it moves along swiftly in a fairly predictable fashion, with few unexpected turns, so a mystery it is not. Cumming's plot lacks the complexity of situation of Forsyth's works but is easily the equal of Grisham. That lack of invention permits the sheer cold-bloodedness of his characters and their actions to shine through. He puts a good effort into making Kell, his protagonist more attractively human, but all the other characters are wooden archetypes. In the end, the drama seems to fall flat.

sit_walk Jul 17, 2015

Not bad, but not quite as well-paced as you would think and comparisons to Le Carre are simply hyperbole. Fairly predictable, all told.

ChristchurchLib Sep 07, 2014

"In his second appearance, disgraced MI6 agent Thomas Kell is asked to look into the plane crash that killed Paul Wallinger, a colleague who was romantically involved with the head of MI6. Complications arise with the involvement of the dead man's daughter, but the real danger is in finding out whether Wallinger was killed accidentally, murdered, or driven to suicide. Kell's search for answers takes him all over the world and puts him on the trail of a mole responsible for sabotaging several missions. Plenty of spycraft and complex characters make this a great choice for fans of John Le Carré." Thrillers and Suspense September 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/9d8e1b90-ba6d-476e-b0fa-85f2990aeabf?postId=e6990131-7b30-4db6-a003-ddc98508c096

Sep 03, 2014

Brilliantly written and fast paced. The title truly takes today's action painted in John Le Carre's language.
This is probably the most entertaining book I have read this year. Cumming's attention to detail makes the action real life!

Aug 22, 2014

Great book. Cumming is by far the best espionage writer today. Compelling plot twists and deep characters. Highly recommend all of his books.

Aug 21, 2014

Great spy novel; it is right up there with the works of John Le Carre. I heartily recommend it.

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