- Tapa blanda: 464 páginas
- Editor: HarperCollins (29 de marzo de 2012)
- Colección: Alec Milius 1
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0007416911
- ISBN-13: 978-0007416912
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº84.747 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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A Spy by Nature (Alec Milius 1) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 29 mar 2012
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Praise for A Spy by Nature:
'Gripping, exciting and deftly plotted…A book one would be seriously annoyed to have put down' Sunday Telegraph
'Tautly written and believable… a complex tale of code words, betrayal of friendship, bluff and counterbluff… Cumming writes it like it is’ Mail on Sunday
'Eerily good… a strong and serious entertainment. Don't miss' Literary Review
Praise for Charles Cumming:
'From the first page to the last it has the ring of absolute authenticity. Tautly written, cleverly plotted…it reminded me strongly of the early books of John le Carré' Robert Harris, author of Fatherland and The Ghost
'The master of the modern spy thriller' Mail On Sunday
'A wholly compelling and sophisticated spy novel – vivid and disturbing – immaculately researched and full of harrowing contemporary relevance' William Boyd, author of Restless
‘Terrific…vividly realised…as strong on emotional literacy as it is on spycraft’ New Statesman
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For fans of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY comes this masterclass in suspense about a spy caught up in his own web of deception…
Alec Milius is young, smart and ambitious – with a talent for deception. When a chance encounter opens the door to a career with MI6, he is desperate to make his mark.
But life as a spy begins to take a terrible toll on himself and those around him, and soon Alec is chasing not just success but survival. Forced to work alone, he spins a web of deceit that traps him centre stage in a game of global espionage.
In this new job, the difference between truth and a lie can be a matter of life and death. And for Alec, it’s getting harder to tell them apart…
A Spy By Nature is the bestselling novel with which Charles Cumming announced his arrival as heir apparent to masters like John le Carré and Len Deighton; compellingly told, utterly authentic and heart-racingly intense, it will grip you till the very last page.Ver Descripción del producto
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Mr Cumming gives us a character whose only interesting quality is his alienation. He desperately wants to be awarded a "K"."
The first part of this book which is his initiation into the secret world is musing and insightful, so far so good. The second part of the book is his work in the field of espionage which is so disastrous and bumbling that it verges on caricature. One doesn't know if Cumming is following LeCarre or Graham Greene a la "Our Man In Havana."
It is refreshing to see that British intelligence services still are perceived as having a healthy contempt for their American counterparts that was far more subtly demonstrated in LeCarre's books. The moral ambiguities that are presented and never answered. Alex at the end of the book has learned nothing and has not changed since the beginning of the book. He is still a twerp who blames others for his short-comings. And especially those crude nasty Americans who he abysmally failed at hoodwinking through his own naivete.
On the whole, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.
I came to this 2001 novel after reading Cumming's much better novel, The Trinity Six. Cummings has gotten a lot better over the decade. The backdrop of A Spy by Nature is the election of Tony Blair in May, 1997. The political race plays no part in the story, but it does give you a sense of how long ago this story was written.
One of the other one-star reviewers said he tossed the book after reading the first 2/3. In retrospect, that was the best choice. The cascade of casual lies, stupid choices and bad moves on the part of the main character just gets worse. People do things that are completely out of character. The intelligence services go from complex organizations in a delicate minuet of deception to brutish, murderous cardboard 'evildoers'. While I won't reveal the ending, you might be more satisfied by a last sentence that said "and they all got run over by a truck." It's that compelling.
Oh, and be prepared to read about a chain smoker. It isn't just a side topic: about one cigarette is fired up every other page. I'm not sure what the purpose of all that was, but it made Milius very unappealing. I feel like I need to air out my Kindle.
But I have already downloaded The Spanish Game to see what happens to Alec Milius next. Both these books are a refreshing take on the spy genre and do feel believable in other aspects. They mesh real life with espionage in a seamless way. None of your Mission Impossible everyone-wearing-masks-to-look-like-someone-else flimsy plot sequences here.
Well worth a read.