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エージェント6 (シックス)〈下〉 (Leo Demidov #3)

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Former Soviet Secret Service agent Leo Demidov has built himself a new life as a civilian with his wife Raisa, and their two teenage daughters, Elena and Zoya. The Soviet Union is a country trying to reassert itself after the murderous excesses of Stalin and the chaos of the following years, and as the Cold War continues powers inside Russia seek to topple their great enem...more
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Published August 2011 by 新潮社 (first published 2011)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2* of five

The Book Description: 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, T...more
Willow
Hey Sera! Thanks for the buddy read!

It was inevitable that I would finish this series. I loved Child 44 so much that I had to continue. Of course, the story of Leo is much sadder than I hoped for, and I don’t think books 2 and 3 were as quite as compelling as the first. I liked this book way better than The Secret Speech though.

One of Tom Rob Smith’s talents is he doesn’t write melodramatically. His prose is simple and to the point. Never once does this book drag.

Smith's characters were inter...more
Helen
Here’s the good news; Agent 6, Tom Rob Smith’s final installment in the Leo Demidov trilogy, is just as breathtakingly good as Child 44.

This is a beautifully written book, with a plot almost too complex to summarize. His spare, bleak prose, his masterful descriptions of place, love, grief and betrayal, his sympathy for the powerless of this world, his grasp of the way the past returns to influence the present, easily catapult him to the strata of writers like Graham Greene and John leCarre.

Y...more
Jamie
This is the third book in the Leo Demidov trilogy and I'm quite sad to see it end. I've grown quite attached to Leo.

In this book, Leo's family leaves him behind in Russia while they take the trip of a lifetime to America. Raisa has been chosen to head up a concert involving students from America and Russia, sort of a unifying, peace act. Leo's gut feeling is that Raisa and the girls shouldn't go, but he has no good reason for them not to, so he says goodbye. This time, it's Elena that gets embro...more
Mal Warwick
A Superb Suspense Novel Set in the USSR, Afghanistan, and the U.S.

The third book in a trilogy, Agent 6 concludes the story of Leo Demidov, a hero in the Great Patriotic War (as the USSR termed World War II) and later an agent in Stalin’s secret police. By way of introduction, the book opens in 1950 with Leo in thrall to the Sovet State, a senior officer in the MGB (predecessor to the KGB and to today’s FSB) charged with training newly recruited agents. Jesse Austin, a world-famous African-Americ...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Leo Demidov, secret police agent
SETTING: Moscow, US, Afghanistan
SERIES: #3 of 3
RATING: 4.75

AGENT 6 is the final installment in the Child 44 trilogy, which features Soviet secret police agent Leo Demidov. It is a wonderful conclusion to a series that is epic in scope. AGENT opens in 1951 in Moscow, where the young agent Leo is assigned the prestigious duty of escorting a black American singer, Jesse Austin, around Moscow. Austin has espoused the Communist cause; the Russian governmen...more
Schmacko
Tom Rob Smith’s newest book strays away from the darkness – the Stalinist paranoia – that made his first, Child 44, so good. Instead, this is a more meandering international thriller that brings Russia and Smith’s Russian hero Leo Demidov into modern times. Because the sickness of the serial killer is absent, this is a little less thrilling. The threats of the KGB are also weaker. Think slightly watered down John Le Carre.

Leo and his wife Raisa are raising their two daughters when a unique oppor...more
Bonnie Brody
Agent 6 is the third book in the Child 44 trilogy by Tom Rob Smith. We again encounter agent Leo Demidov and, as the book starts, he is an agent in the MGB, forerunner or the KGB. The book begins in 1950 and progresses to the 1980's. Leo gets married and adopts two children. His beloved wife is Raisa and his two adopted daughters are Elena and Zoya, both in their late teens. The Soviet Regime is in full bloom and the cold war is a challenge to both the USSR and the US. Each country has a large s...more
Becky
I didn't love the second book in this trilogy (The Secret Speech), so I read this one only because I loved the first book—Child 44. Unfortunately, this one is more like The Secret Speech than Child 44. What made Child 44 such a great book was that the mystery/thriller story was actually not the heart of the book—the heart was the effect of Stalinism on people's psyches and relationships. The mystery was just a way of getting at that idea. The other two books have been much more like typical susp...more
Carole
Set in 1965 onwards, this is the final instalment in the story of Russian secret agent Leo Demidov, following on from Child 44 and The Secret Speech, neither of which I’ve read. I didn’t feel that I needed to in order to understand Leo’s past life as early on we are given an insight into the brutal regime in 1950’s Soviet Union.

Leo is no longer an agent, he has a mundane job and is now married to Raisa. When she and her two daughters are invited to New York as part of a delegation of students pe...more
Vicki
A thriller featuring a former KGB agent as a sympathetic hero? Who knew it could be done? Well, author Tom Rob Smith did, and he has created a masterful fast paced mystery featuring the former agent Leo Demidov in what is actually the last of an incredible trilogy. This volume stands alone and can easily be enjoyed by the reader who has not yet read the first two in the series. It will make one want to go back and read them in a hurry though!

Leo's experiences in the KGB/Secret police cause a sl...more
Peter Boysen
The transition between "The Secret Speech" and this book is just about the only logical leap in this trilogy that doesn't make sense. Leo Demidov leaves the KGB to be a factory manager, accepting a serious demotion in pay -- and earning the suspicion of the State. At the same time, though, his wife, who had at one point been suspected of being a spy, is selected to be the leader of a student delegation to the United Nations and Washington, D.C.

While there, she is shot in a New York City police p...more
J.P.
Although this book didn’t disappoint me, I found it the least captivating of the three he’s written so far. It takes quite a while for the story to kick in, and even longer before we find out what the title refers to. Leo is still likeable as ever, but he spends too much time traipsing all over the place so the setting lacks a focus. Plus there’s just not enough tension. Once the murder pivotal to the story is committed the plot ambles along and doesn’t pick up until near the end.

And speaking of...more
Sherri
I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Smith's first two books - primarily in part due to the challenges facing the main character in working to find the truth in a world that is controlled by fear and paranoia and abuse of power through the KGB. I was very much looking forward to his third book. Alas, it was a big disappointment.

The main character Leo spendin waaaay too much time feeling sorry for himself, and not enough time on the plot of solving the mystery of his personal tragedy. Indeed, I think there i...more
Sarah
What an amazing trilogy. The second and third books were not as good as Child 44 but that doesn't mean they weren't good. They were still amazing. Which probably means that Child 44 ranks as one of my favorite books of all time.

Agent 6 follows the same style as it's predecessors with non stop action, adventure, twists, and fresh, snappy dialogue so I'm not sure why it feels a notch lower than Child 44 and The Secret Speech. Maybe it was the far fetched plot? Or too much politics and ideology, n...more
Sera
I think that Smith is an outstanding writer. He can set a tone and give his characters words that evoke an incredible amount of emotion in me. Each time I pick up one of his books, I can immediately tell upon starting it that I won't be disappointed.

Agent 6 is the third and final book of the Leo Demidov series that takes Leo into Afghanistan and then ultimately, the United States. Sure, there's murder and conspiracy, but what I find most enjoyable about Smith's books is his ability to capture th...more
Lennongirl
It took me ten days to finish this, and I really need to stress that it's not the book's fault but life and other things getting in the way (I'm especially looking at you, season 2 of House of Cards!). Thing is, this was the kind of book I wanted to finish days ago, the kind of book I wanted to read "just one more chapter" but, sadly, mostly couldn't, due to lack of time.

What this book offers, is a lot. A lot of plot, both exciting and heartbreaking (in other words: a Leo Demidov plot aka the bo...more
Zöe Zhai
A therapist told me once she works in counseling field, she no longer reads novels. Because she feels the fictional world is way less interested as the real world. Everything comes from the real world. She thought being a therapist is to read the world, but that is not true. Novel, fictions come from real world, with a bit exaggeration or none, it displays you a far more rich picture of the entire planet we are inhabiting in. Novel never dies.

Reading Tom Rob Smith's novel is like taking a zigza...more
Gordon
I like this book. I'm sure that it has its weaknesses, most of them in the general style and structure, but it has a powerful and compelling story line based on a character, Leo Demidov, who is the original obsessive compulsive. The theme of the book, stated over and over, is that a good woman can save a man who yearns to believe in something. In return those men (for men are saved, not just Leo), save others, often as an afterthought. The book is a bit more revolutionary than its reviews would...more
Shaz Goodwin
I don’t get to read this genre very often as it is not one I would usually buy for myself so when a proof copy arrived in the post from Simon & Schuster (via BookDagger) to review I started reading with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Trepidation because I am not a political person at all and wondered if this would affect my perception of the story and excitement at reading a different genre.

Although this is the third book involving agent Leo Demidov it was very obvious from the beg...more
Tim
"Agent 6" is the third book in Tom Rob Smith's trilogy centered on Leo Demidov, which started with "Child 44" and continued with "The Secret Speech."

After leaving the KGB, Leo is working as a factory manager while his wife, a political teacher, has advanced in her career and become an important figure in education. Leo and Raisa (his wife) have made a small family with their adopted daughters, Zoya and Elana. Because of Raisa's position within education, she is given the opportunity, with the gi...more
Michael Smith
Apr 19, 2012 Michael Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who've read the first two in the series
Tom Rob Smith is an extraordinary and unique author and his first two books, Child 44 and The Secret Speech, are marvelous in ways I’m not sure I can articulate. Their historical take on Soviet Russia reverberates deeply, far beyond the fascinating thriller aspect of both novels.

So I’m sorry I can’t extend this same feeling to the third book in the series, Agent 6. I find myself wondering whether the publisher somehow snatched a second draft away from the author before he was finished with it, t...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Sep 28, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer (JC-S) by: fionnabhair@bigpond.com
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‘Dreaming of a better world was not without its dangers.’

Agent 6 is the concluding book in a trilogy featuring Leo Demidov, a former Russian Secret Service agent (the other two books are ‘Child 44’ and ‘The Secret Speech’). The book opens with a flashback to the younger Leo in 1950: a committed, idealistic, member of the secret police who has discovered the secret diary of a young artist, Polina Peshkova. A single sooty fingerprint led Leo to deduce that the diary may be hidden in the chimney. T...more
Marie
It's the holidays so I was looking for easy and relaxing reading. In that the book meets the criteria. I selected this one as I had read the first Leo Demidov book and thought it was well written and seemed to have such a good feel for 1950's USSR.
This is book three in the series and I was disappointed. It started well enough but then there is a 14 year skip forward to Afghanistan after the Russian invasion. Where I was left frustrated at having to wait for the strings to get pulled together and...more
Gloria Feit
The conclusion of the trilogy featuring Leo Demidov is sweeping, from his early days as a KGB agent to his exile in Afghanistan and beyond. Especially interesting is the Russian occupation of that beleaguered nation and the beginnings of the United States involvement there as Russian lost face in its defeat.

More important to the plot is the intrigue, obfuscation, double-dealing and plotting of the Soviet Union and United States during the Cold War. The story begins with Leo meeting a Paul Robes...more
Booknblues
Agent 6
by Tom Rob Smith
4 stars
pp. 529

Agent 6, the final book of Tom Rob Smith's Leo Demidov series is both reflective and dark. Leo who sought redemption and hoped for an ordinary life as a family man is to find that it is not possible for him.

As reader's of this book our journey goes from Moscow to New York to Afghanistan. I don't want to give too much away, but perhaps even in the darkness we can find hope of light.

I've always liked Leo, but I think I liked him most in Afghanistan when he see...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo

Spanning the Cold War years from the Sixties to the Eighties, this sweeping novel, told from a Soviet spy's viewpoint, accurately and chillingly conveys the deep mistrust and brutality of Russia's ruling Communist Party. Written in a clinical, cold, hard style to accurately portray the harsh environment and living conditions, the leading character's life is expertly told in gripping language. From poverty stricken Moscow slums to fashionably emerging New York then war torn backwater Afghanistan...more
Steve Norris
Excellent Story and excellent book.
The Author has made a theme of taking us to extraordinary places and times. His challenge has always been to find a story that fits with the magnificent backdrops.
This book picks on the Commie paranoid US in the sixties and the occupation of Afghanistan which should be read by all current war commanders. The impossibility of the environment is clear for all to see this story.
In Agent 6 he found the story that never quite worked as well in Secret Speech. This wa...more
Melissa
Kind of a let down after the first two books in this series. Leo, the main character, has completely lost himself in a haze of drugs in Afganistan after being exiled there as punishment for trying to escape the Soviet Union. He spends the next 15 years like this until he finally get a chance to go the United States where he learns the same thing we mostly new from the very beginning - how/why his wif was killed. The he gets deported back to the Soviet Union where it is implied that he is execute...more
Michele bookloverforever
well written. but I found it terribly depressing. The plot involved as a main character, a former Russian secret policeman whose family becomes the victim of treachery from both the Russian and American governments during the cold war. He fights to learn the truth of what happened and in doing so wrecks his life. but he does find out not only what happened and who did it but why they did it. There is a mostly bitter but somewhat sweet ending . It is absorbing but relentlessly cheerless. I have b...more
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Tom Rob Smith (born 1979) is an English writer. The son of a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith was raised in London where he lives today. After graduating from Cambridge University in 2001, he completed his studies in Italy, studying creative writing for a year. After these studies, he worked as a scriptwriter.

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