A Colder War

A Colder War

Large Print - 2014
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A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated in Tehran. Each had been recently recruited by Western intelligence. Then MI6's most senior agent in Turkey dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410472403
Characteristics: 603 pages ;,23 cm.
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writermike
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.

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wyenotgo
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

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wydercider
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!

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KBesserman
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.

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dcafk
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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