Europe is still littered with the darkest secrets of the Cold War. And the most deadly revelation of them all is about to be made…Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for a book that could set his career back on track. He has staggering new information about an unknown sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring – a man who has evaded detection for his entire life.
But when his source suddenly dies, Gaddis is left with just shreds of his investigation, and no idea that he is already in too deep. He is threatened, betrayed, hunted – and alone. To get his life back, he must scour a continent still laced with lies to find the truth behind the Trinity Six.
Both Moscow and MI6 will use everything in their power to keep their fragile peace intact. But why murder people to hide secrets that should by now be history? Gaddis starts to understand – far too late – that he is closing in on a discovery that will shake Europe to its foundations…
©2011 Charles Cumming (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"The master of the modern spy thriller." (Mail On Sunday)
"Cumming has clearly researched widely and his portrayal of life among China's louche foreign community is particularly convincing, if depressing. This novel adds to his reputation as one of the UK's best young espionage writers." (Daily Telegraph)
The plot blended history of the Cambridge Five skillfully wih fiction. The novel is well constructed and suspenseful. This guy is definitely high on my espionage list, along with LeCarre and Daniel Silva.
Good narrator - subtle use of accents. Very listenable.
This would be one of my favorite audiobooks that I've listened to. The novel was tight and well-written, a brilliant spy thriller that kept you guessing which traversed several countries and several decades of history. The narration by Jot Davies was absolutely perfect. I loved this audiobook and couldn't wait to keep listening to it. 5 stars.
Wow! What a listen!! Not only was the story most interesting, it was read in an outstanding manner! Well done! I couldn't stop myself, had to finish it ASAP!!
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
It helps to have some understanding of the Cambridge 5, and a little of the alliances during WW11, as well as the post war Cold War
Charles Cummings in this novel, is putting up a sixth man as a double agent. Curiously, Robert Goddard in his 'Set in Stone' ( 1999 and available on Audible) also has a sixth man who was a double agent. While the stories are very different, I do wonder if fact is being hidden in fiction. There are a few similarities that feed my curiosity.
While I would have stayed up all night reading a LeCarre, I have found this story is better taken more slowly. Having an urbane specialist in History as our hero, is a little refreshing.
It is an interesting story and Jot Davies reads well. It is possible to break and pick up again without losing the plot or being late for work because of needing to finish a chapter.
The interest is sustained and the breaks allow you to do your own searching on the famous four in the Cambridge 5 as well some background on 'this or that'.
All up, this was not too bad a story and one, a person may want to go back to again.
I must admit that I lost interest in this story some way through when the story turned from what happened here and know to long conservations about what happened in the past. All these names, of people with "old faces", who "turned" or "betrayed" or "went over" at what time is very hard, for me, to remember and, frankly, care much about. I suppose hard core fans of spy novels in the le Carré genre might like this. I am not sure how to rate an experience like this: for me personaly it was a one star, but I realize this is not for me so I give it a 3.
In the top third. Fast paced and intriguing.
Yes, great plotting and point of view.
Yes, he is my favourite narrator of all time. Subtle, nuanced, intelligent.
"Knowledge can be deadly"
This is a book that looks back at the cold war and recreates some of the atmosphere of fear and treachery that the west and the Soviet block instituted, it also revives how much of that shadow still is with us. By presenting us with a very recognisable master spy from the east that still holds power and demands that old soviet love of exercising fear as a form of respect.
A good plot that explores the old history while creating a new myth that that straddles our real world with suppositions and innuendo of a politician that is in power still and will be recognised by all that read the papers.
Fast moving but not tortuous in its complexity, I would say extremely easy to follow for a spy novel, with lots of twists and threats and a few moments of low level violence when compared to most modern thrillers.
If you are looking for a good thriller this is very good, as a start to Charles Cumming spy stories.
"Good story. Well plotted."
But not a new le Carre. Lacks the depth of character and the wonderful atmosphere that le Carre creates. Nonetheless a very enjoyable read/listen.
Outstanding reading by Jot Davies and the story kept you wanting more but to never end.
"Well read but not well written"
Jot Davies reads this very well. The plot is fun and well-constructed but there are irritating moments of carelessness in usage and grammar that reduced my enjoyment of the writing.
Goodpce. Likeable believable characters. Story intriguingly topical. My third book by the author and not the last! Looking forward to his next.
"BEST BOOK I HAVE LISTENED TO SO FAR"
This is an excellent book, I have now read all Charles Cumming's books but this was
the best. I liked the narrator too who was very easy to listen to. Can't wait for his next one.
"Great narration, good story"
Jot Davies' narration is wonderful. But it is a very good book - taking the reader from everyday backdrops to Moscow, Berlin and further... Typical spy stuff!
To Mr Cummings' Thomas Kell books
He adds great life to the characters. Wonderful accents, beautifully perfomed
Not particularly. The book is a touch overlong. And some of the passages - for example when the action moves to Moscow - don't ring true. The main character zips about all over the place. Which is nice - but not that believable.
This isn't quite as good as the Thomas Kell books. But is a very diverting read - or listen. Lots of nice asides. Funny. Dramatic. A couple of strong characters nicely described. But a touch too long and a little convoluted.
"Enjoyable but ..."
I enjoyed listening to The Trinity Six. The book is well constructed and very well read by Jot Davies. The problem for any author writing spy stories is that he will inevitably be compared to John le Carré. But if Charles Cumming does not quite match up to the supreme master of the genre he is still well worth reading (or listening to in this case) by those who enjoy espionage fiction.
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