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A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming
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Jul 19, 2012

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Read from May 18 to July 08, 2012

I won this book as a first-reads giveaway.
I don't often read spy novels, so I can't compare Cummings to Le Carre or Furst. I enjoyed the book, just not as much as I had hoped.

Thomas Kell has been retired from the Secret Intelligence Service in Great Britain for 7 months when he receives a call from a former colleague that their new Chief of the SIS, Amelia Levene has gone missing and he needs Kell to find her. After some impressive detective work he finds Amelia in France with a man he assumes is her lover, but not all is as it seems. I don't want to reveal any spoilers for those who read it. Throughout the storyline there are many twists and turns, but I still didn't find it particularly compelling. The characters don't develop as much as I would like, and the pace of the book wasn't as fast I had thought it would be. When I read a book like this I feel it should be "unputdownable", for me it fell flat.
I definitely think someone who is more of a spy novel fan would enjoy this more.

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