Review of “A Divided Spy”

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Book Reviews – “A Divided Spy” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Charles Cumming (http://www.charlescumming.co.uk). Mr. Cumming has published eight novels. This is the third in his “Thomas Kell” series.

I received ARC (a real paper back book) of this novel through the publisher in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains some scenes of Violence. The story takes place in current day Europe. The primary character is Thomas Kell, a former MI6 operative.

Kell has left MI6 after a failed mission that led to his girl friend’s death. In a private effort to get revenge on the Russian he thinks is responsible for her death, the sets up the Russian to be trapped into working for MI6.

His trap works, but Kell finds that he likes the Russian more than expected and comes to realize he was not the one responsible for his girl friend’s death. He learns through the Russian of a terrorist plot that is about to play out in the UK. He tries to warn MI6 of it, but they are not taking the word of the Russian seriously. Kell must pursue the terrorist on his own and stop him before he strikes.

The nearly 11 hours spent reading this 367 page Spy Thriller were interesting. The story was slower than I typically like, with both Kell and the Russian spending a lot of time contemplating their careers as spies. The cover art is OK, but has little connection to the story. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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