- Tapa blanda: 560 páginas
- Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Edición: UK ed. (19 de enero de 2012)
- Colección: Child 44 Trilogy 3
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1847396747
- ISBN-13: 978-1847396747
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº68.532 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Agent 6 (Child 44 Trilogy 3) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 ene 2012
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Moscow, 1965. Former Secret Service agent Leo Demidov is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters to New York as part of a 'Peace Tour', meant to foster better relations between the two Cold War enemies. Leo's natural paranoia reaches its peak: Why have his family been selected? What is being planned? When Leo's worst fears are realised and a tragic murder destroys everything he loves, he demands only one thing: that he is allowed to investigate and find the killer who has struck at the heart of his family. Crippled by grief, his request denied, Leo sees no other option than to take matters into his own hands, thousands of miles from the crime scene. In a surprising, thrilling story that spans decades and continents - from the backstreets of 1960s New York to the mountains of Afghanistan in the 1980s - Leo will stop at nothing as he hunts the one person who knows the truth: Agent 6.
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Born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father, Tom Rob Smith's bestselling novels in the Child 44 trilogy were international publishing sensations. Among its many honours, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writer Award for Best First Novel, the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the inaugural Desmond Elliot Prize. Child 44 is now a major motion picture starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman.
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I will say, do NOT read this book without reading Child 44 and The Secret Speech first. You will definitely want the context and character development from those before delving into this read.
I give the book three stars because Smith works to create an image of a man's desire to find "the truth" about a critical event, spanning years of his life. But there are better books.
That being said, while Agent 6 is a worthwhile read -- and is likely to be a "must" read for those who enjoyed Child 44 and The Secret Speech, its plot is inconsistent in terms of being continually riveting. Now, I'll try to explain what I mean.
For me, this inconsistency comes about because Smith's 467 page plot in Agent 6 varies in intensity and interest as it spans about a thirty year period and a few continents.
The first 200 pages or so are very interesting and create a slow but steady level of excitement during the periods ranging from 1950s Moscow to 1960s America. It is during this time that the plot describes how Leo comes to meet Raisa (who subsequently becomes his wife), how they both come to meet a famous American singer with strong Communist sympathies, and how their association with this singer leads to a series of events many years later in which Leo Demidov's wife and daughters, while part of a "Peace Tour" in New York City -- a trip in which Leo is not permitted to make -- get caught in a web of conspiracy and betrayal that ends in tragedy. When Leo learns of what happened and the impact it has on his life, he swears revenge.
However, it is not until 15 years later that Leo's long pursuit of justice will be permitted, and will force him to confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family and himself. This portion of the book encompasses the last 70 or so pages and will have your eyes glued to every word on each of these pages. It is these pages that made me draw the ultimate conclusion that I enjoyed this book very much.
The lack of consistency in terms of mystery, excitement and intensity comes about in the middle section of the book, which spans about a 15 year period and almost 200 pages, and has Leo, often under the influence of drugs serving as an advisor to the Soviets in their war in Afghanistan. Although this section is generally interesting, it "reads" slowly and mainly, to me, serves as an overlong distraction to show how Leo's life had steadily deteriorated from the mid 60s until finding a way in 1981 to obtain the answer to the question that has haunted him all these years: What happened in New York? While I would rate the first and last sections of the book between 4 and 5 stars, I would only give 3 stars to this portion of the book.
Nonetheless, despite Agent 6's inconsistencies in intensity, it is a very well-written, entertaining book, and hopefully will allow Smith to build on the large fan base he developed with his first two books.