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The Spanish Game: A Novel | [Charles Cumming]

The Spanish Game: A Novel

For six years, Alec Milius has been trying to escape his past, but his past refuses to release him. Abandoned by MI6 after a disastrous operation against the CIA, Milius has slowly rebuilt his life in Madrid. Older and wiser than the young spy who first caught the eye of British Intelligence, Milius still has a talent for deception - and a fatal weakness for secrets. So when a prominent politician disappears under suspicious circumstances, Milius can't resist tracking him down.
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Publisher's Summary

For six years, Alec Milius has been trying to escape his past, but his past refuses to release him. Abandoned by MI6 after a disastrous operation against the CIA, Milius has slowly rebuilt his life in Madrid. Older and wiser than the young spy who first caught the eye of British Intelligence, Milius still has a talent for deception - and a fatal weakness for secrets. So when a prominent politician disappears under suspicious circumstances, Milius can't resist tracking him down.

But the rules have changed. Alec is now working alone, outside the boundaries of any official agency. Paranoid and expendable, he soon becomes vulnerable to the ruthless duplicities of a secret world in which no one can be trusted. Yet as he comes face to face with the nightmare of modern terror, Alec is given one last chance for redemption.

©2008 Charles Cumming; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This is spy fiction of the highest order; Cumming deserves to be ranked with the best of the genre's practitioners." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"Intricate and intelligent" (Kirkus)

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    Jack Shorewood, WI, USA 01-30-09
    Jack Shorewood, WI, USA 01-30-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    This is my idea of an espionage novel. A ton of twists, plotting and intrigue, and all absolutely believable. No James Bond moments. No miraculous escapes relying on super human abilities or gadgetry, and the World isn't about to end. In fact, there really is no win or lose and the goods guys aren't a ll that good, the bad guys not all that bad. The characters are well thought out and are portrayed as real people. It's hard to find a good spy novel. This is a winner.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sunny Baines Los Angeles, Ca United States 07-30-10
    Sunny Baines Los Angeles, Ca United States 07-30-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Top in Genre"

    The audio recording of The Spanish Game is excellent. Simon Vance's reading enriches the storyline, which is a unique tale of a spy "coming in and out of the cold." Cumming's characters are multi-layered and complicated making this a must read for anyone who loves good writing and especially good writing in the spy genre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Germantown, TN, United States 05-20-11
    Leslie Germantown, TN, United States 05-20-11
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    "Excellent narration but moody book"

    Simon Vance does a great job with narration and voices. This novel has received lots of praise from spy genre fans, but it is only enjoyable for readers who like novels with an anti-hero and mostly unlikeable characters. There's not a lot of action; it's more about whether each character is really who he/she seems. I got tired of it and found it a bit of a downer.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Grandma Psychoanalyst Chicago 07-31-15
    Grandma Psychoanalyst Chicago 07-31-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Great for spy buffs"

    This is a very convoluted story, as any spy story should be. The narrator has to switch to Spanish now and then. I am no judge, but it sounded convincing. I occasionally had to rewind to absorb the plot details. Overall the experience was very enjoyable and I can't wait for Cumming's next novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica H. Raefsky United States 04-09-15
    Jessica H. Raefsky United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as trinity six but worth a listen"
    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself drags in places, making it seem overly long.
    Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators. I especially liked his Scottish accent toward the end of the book...but his Spanish accent reminded me of Dracula

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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