THREE DECADES. TWO MURDERS. ONE CONSPIRACY
WHO IS AGENT 6?
Tom Rob Smith's debut, Child 44, was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. Named one of top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR, it hit bestseller lists around the world, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In this spellbinding new novel, Tom Rob Smith probes the tenuous border between love and obsession as Leo Demidov struggles to untangle the threads of a devastating conspiracy that shatters everything he holds dear. Deftly capturing the claustrophobic intensity of the Cold War-era Soviet Union, it's at once a heart-pounding thriller and a richly atmospheric novel of extraordinary depth....
Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious.
Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.
In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands only one thing: to investigate the killer who destroyed his family. His request is summarily denied. Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands. It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world - from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet-controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York - in pursuit of the one man who knows the truth: Agent 6.
©2011 Tom Rob Smith (P)2011 Hachette Audio
To a great extent yes.smith does a good job of moving the plot along and throws in just the right amount of twists. There were plent of driveway moments
The narration fits the story perfectly. He is a pleasure to listen to in the same way as it was listening to Simon Vance reading the milennium trilogy-you savor every moment and you don't want the story to end .the 13 hours goes by quickly
I'm thinking that there's enough wiggle room for this to not be the end of Leo after all. The author brought the story pretty close to the end of the Soviet Union so I'm thinking that with all the turmoil of that time that we might be able to see the story pick up yet. I'm sure I'm not the only fan that hopes this will happen.
I'm not going to talk specifically about this story that I thought was a great chapter in the story of Leo's life. It really did move the story along over many years so we have an older and very changed Leo in this story, but still a great story.
Usually I read the reviews before buying the audiobook, but I'm impressed with the author from the previous two additions of this series that I bought first, and as an after thought I decided to check out the reviews. After seeing some reviews that rated this edition so poor I wondered if I made a mistake buying first......ABSOLUTLY NOT!
I have the feeling that because this book brought the story so far ahead of the bad old days of the USSR, and that there was an American FBI agent who was as bad or maybe worse than any of the secret police of the old USSR that some people just got turned off because it went places they weren't expecting. I on the other hand enjoyed this book every bit as much as the two previous books.
I'm not creating a spoiler by saying you get the impression this is the last story of Leo when it's by the end, but I hope not. Hey fans! Leo has seemed to been done for several times throughout the books...Lets hope that's the case here too.
it is a complicated story and well told. i listened to all 3 books in this series and all of them were hard to stop listening to. well done.
Throughout this third book in the trilogy, I found myself thinking, "of all the ways to end this..." I kept hoping that everything would come together, but it just fell short... In my opinion. I have nothing but glowing things to say about the the first two books (you should definitely read all three) but it felt like "Agent 6" was written by an entirely different author. Well written though it is, when it comes to book 3, suffice it to say, I just didn't get it.
Touching and sad close to some really amazing characters. Worth finishing even through some slower parts. This is not the action and drama of Child 44 (which I also loved) but a deeper more darker emotional story of one man's struggle with love and loss.
Exceeded my expectations. Better than Secret Speech imho. Good writing and excellent narration. I would recommend to anyone who read/listened to the first two books of the series and would recommend the series as a whole. Hope they make all 3 into movies.
Addicted to Audible!
Having enjoyed the author's first book- even though it was depressing, I purchased this one, big mistake! I dont know what the author was thinking but his ideas were scattered and he didnt seem to know how to put it all together. Not sure what the political message was, perhaps that everything except pure unadulterated Communism is corrupt. He certainly painted all Americans in a negative manner except for the Communist sympathizers. Whatever his intentions, I read to be entertained or to be educated and this book did neither. Don't waste your time or credits on this garbage.
Yes, but only if you've read the first two.
He was very good.
Anti American, Pro communisms book . Liberals will love. Wish I hadn't spend the money for it.
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