A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence, before being removed or killed.
Then Paul Wallinger, MI6’s most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate. Kell soon discovers what Wallinger had already begun to suspect - that there’s a mole somewhere in the Western intelligence, a traitor who has been systematically sabotaging scores of joint intelligence operations in the Middle East.
©2014 Charles Cumming (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
Overall great story and excellent performance. A thoughtful spy and a thoughtful novel, what more could you ask for. The reader was very good and conveyed the inner workings of the lead character via his use of his voice.
Cummins skill as a writer improves with each book. Excellent twisting and turning plot with an terrific sense of pace and for detail.
Have listened to other novels by Cumming, but this one was so slow to start that I could not stay with it.
Narrator was fine.
I really enjoyed the writing in the book and the suspense. It was hard to turn it off.
I have not listened to any of his other performances, but I really enjoyed this one.
I laughed and cried, which, to me, makes for a good read.
I enjoyed the writing, story telling, and suspense so much that I am currently in search of yet another Charles Cumming book.
As I love the spy genre, I'm always happy to find authors who explore it. I can't say I love the 2 Charles Cumming books I've read, but I am happy they were there and I'll read more. Thinking about A Colder War, there's something missing and I'm not sure what it is, but overall, I wanted to keep listening and some sections were exciting. The characters seem somewhat believable and the less-than-heroic lead character is no more annoying than many others.
Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
Middle of the road.
Very good plot from about one third of the way in.
Different reader with a bit more punch. Think the narrator of a cuckoos calling etc.
No too long.
Very true to real life spy life. Leaves the jack reachers of this world in the shade.
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