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The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming
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Jul 03, 11

This is a sequel to A Spy By Nature, and I think it is a helpful glimpse into the character of Alec Milius if that book is read first. Now Alec is a bitter expat (he's British) living in Madrid. What follows is a complicated, twisty plot that I found hard to comprehend (I usuallly find the plots in spy novels hard to follow). This one is based heavily on the Basque Separatist Movement. But, sometimes the twists are enough for me without fully comprehending the "why's" (I have always found this to be so in James Bond movies). Cumming is a very good, accessible writer. Alec's first person narrative draws the reader in, and his spying game seems to be an intuitive one. Sometimes Alec's paranoia is wrong, and sometimes he is spot-on. This keeps the reader on edge...when is he correct to be suspicious and when is he mistaken? I like this writer and I will read more

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