From the internationally acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author of The Trinity Six, Charles Cumming, comes A Foreign Country, a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption.On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell. Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself - find Amelia Levene at any cost. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. Only Kell stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe.
©2012 Charles Cumming (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
After an interesting beginning, the story loses some steam and the plot gets a little far fetched. The reason for the French secret service being the bad guy is given a weak explanation. Over all, this proved to be just an ordinary audiobook.
Jack in Marin
Yes! I have listened to several other Cumming books. I enjoy the stories involving the WWI nurse.
The reader did a good job and made it easier to finish the story. Had I read the book, I might have given it up.
It is not a blockbuster story. I doubt it is unique and/or compelling enough for a movie or TV show.
I enjoy my Audible membership. On the rare occasions that I have had problem your customer service staff resolved them promptly.
So many reviews promise spy thrillers similar to le Carre and Greene. This one does have echoes. I liked it much more than Steinhauer, whose characters I can't seem to care about. Cumming's ending wouldn't have come from le Carre or Greene (planning a series?) but this was the first thriller in a long time I wanted to listen to without a break. Another reviewer suggested it's a slow starter; but I was hooked from the first paragraph.
I enjoyed this book because the narrator was excellent (none of us chronic Audible devotees think the narrator is of marginal importance, of course). But the story got off to a VERY slow start. Once it got rolling, it was worth the wait, but persistence is required.
He has a wonderful facility with the differentiation of accents and gender.
Depending on the casting, the book would make a good movie.
This was recommended to me by my son who knows I am a Le Carre fan and I was not disappointed. I would have no hesitation recommending this book to a fan of intelligent, well written spy thrillers such as those written by John Le Carre or Len Deighton.
Terrific plot. Realistic with enough twists to keep you guessing, and occasional explosive action.
His narration was excellent and his accents spot on without being distracting.
I look forward to listening to more of Cummings books.
Fairly good storyline but I found it to be somewhat artificial and perhaps to predictable. I believe there might be room for more character development though and will try the following book too.
I did, in fact, listen to it again, immediately after the first listen. I didn't want to miss a bit of the detail.
The prose, the detail, and the characters all worked so well together to keep me plugged in long after my walk was finished.
His narration was excellent. He was seamless, switching between characters and genders. I didn't notice narration quirks, which is a sign of a good narrator.
U.K.'s top-secret holder has secrets of her own. And her past could bring down her country.
I'd highly recommend this story. First-rate!
I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
After searching for awhile on Audible for a good spy thriller and reviewing the many positives for this book, I eventually spent my credit. My interest piqued on the summary of the book from Audible also and it seemed that an interesting page tuner was in-hand. Oh dear! This book is actually quite interesting on the first few chapters and utterly disappointing the remainder. Sadly, there is no mystery as it is solved early on and the remainder of the plot becomes quite tedious and boring. I don’t think there is anything else to say really.
The main character was likeable and the story engaging.
The story starts off strong, but wanes a bot toward the last third.
He does the different accents well and gives them character.
It's a solid, engaging caper, but not a must-hear.
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