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Book Title: Agent 6|
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Reader ratings: 4.8
The author of the book: Tom Rob Smith
Edition: Findaway World
Date of issue: January 5th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781611130621
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.93 MB
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This is the final book in the Leo Demidov triology. The first book - Child 44 was excellent, the second one - The Secret Speech was good but the final book, I am sorry to say, is mediocre at best.
This book starts on the flashback mode and shows how Leo had met Raisa, his wife. You would get to see Leo as a bumbling lovestruck man.Certain portions of the book- where the Soviet officials were trying to convey how great life in the USSR was to a visiting American communist sympathizer, were actually comical.
Then the story shifts from Moscow to New York. If the Soviets suppressed the rights of their citizens in the name of greater good, there were certain elements in the American establishment who used their power to ruin men who did not toe their line also.
The plot revolves around a political conspiracy which had disastrous results for Leo. To be precise, the unintentional consequence ruins him. I do not want to elaborate more as spoilers might seep in.
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan is also part of the plot. The Soviets commit atrocities on the Afghans and the latter retaliate. The portions depicting these were exciting but the author could have done much better.
The book had all the necessary ingredients for making a decent political thriller - you have spies, rogue FBI agents, murderous Russian special forces, the ISI of Pakistan, the CIA, the Afghan mujahideen, ordinary Afghans who believed in Communism. Despite all these, something was not right.
I liked how the humane side of Leo had been depicted but how he dealt with a certain FBI agent did not make sense to me. One of the recurring themes in the triology - manipulation of the idealists and naive people has been superbly used in this book also.
My biggest complain with the book is Leo's fate. The author had a habit of throwing terrible physical hardships and even worse mental anguish on Leo but here I think he has crossed all limits. I don't understand why the author had to make Leo such a tragic character.
If you are like me i.e. you just have to know what happened to Leo in the final book then go ahead, otherwise I would suggest that if you don't want to spoil the memory of Leo from the previous books then you can skip this one.
Maybe, I am being too severe in my review - if the novel was from any other author I would have given it a 4 star rating but coming from Tom Rob Smith, it did not meet the expectations set by the previous books.
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Read information about the authorTom Rob Smith (born 1979) is an English writer. The son of a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith was raised in London where he lives today. After graduating from Cambridge University in 2001, he completed his studies in Italy, studying creative writing for a year. After these studies, he worked as a scriptwriter.
His first novel, Child 44, about a series of child murders in Stalinist Russia, appeared in early 2008 and was translated into 17 languages. It was awarded the 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the year by the Crime Writer's Association. It was recently a Barnes & Noble recommended book. On July 29, 2008 the book was named on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. In November 2008, he was nominated for the 2008 Costa First Novel Award (former Whitbread).
Child 44 followed-up by The Secret Speech (2009)and Agent 6 (2011).
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