A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

‘A Divided Spy’ is the 3rd novel by Charles Cumming featuring Thomas Kell. This novel could be read on its own, but since the first two in the series ‘A Foreign Country’ and ‘A Colder War’ are outstanding, why wouldn’t you read them first? It also helps this novel to know Thomas Kell’s backstory.

In the ‘A Colder War’, Kell’s girlfriend Rachel was killed by a Russian agent. Even though Kell has now left MI6, he is keen for any information on his enemy so that he can take his revenge. When he hears compromising details about the Russian, he sets out to turn him into a double agent, with no support from his old service or his old boss Amelia Levene.

Meanwhile, a young Englishman of Pakistani heritage has returned from fighting for ISIS in Syria. He has entered the country under a false name and is now planning a major terrorist attack. His preparation is such that he has not appeared as a person of interest to the security services.

The Russian has information about the young terrorist but is it enough to trade his way out of his difficulties? And will Kell be able to get his old colleagues to take him seriously and stop the terrorist in time?

 

This was an excellent novel but not as good as the first two in the series. I just didn’t warm as much to Thomas Kell in this one.

I still found the writing excellent. Charles Cumming is able to write a complex spy novel that is still very readable.

Kell is a great character to follow and get to know. And the door has been left open for another novel in the series. I look forward to reading it.

 

Book Published 2016

 

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