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A foreign country, Charles Cumming, (text large print)

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A foreign country
Title
A foreign country
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Charles Cumming
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Language
eng
Summary
When Amelie Levene, who in six weeks is due to take over as the first female Chief of MI6, disappears without a trace while in the south of France, it is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Britain's top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced former MI6 officer Thomas Kell. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies
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Award
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, 2012.
Review
  • Amelia Levene and Thomas Kell, once colleagues as MI6 field agents, have seen their careers move in opposite directions. Amelia is about to become the first woman to head the agency, leapfrogging ambitious—but less talented—male bureaucrats. Kell has been forced into retirement, scapegoated by those same bureaucrats in the wake of revelations and uproar about torture. Kell is recalled because Amelia abruptly takes a week’s leave in the south of France and, even more abruptly, disappears into thin air. Kell’s job is to find her. This plot synopsis is mere prelude. Cumming, once recruited to MI6, has fashioned a gripping story of conspiracy, the Arab Spring, MI6 politics, maternal love, and a man with a “talent for the clandestine.” Amelia and Kell are complex, engaging characters, and Kell’s tradecraft will delight espionage lovers. The conspiracy might strain credulity a bit, but stranger things have happened in the Great Game, and Cumming’s track record (The Trinity Six, 2011) ensures demand for this one. -- Gaughan, Thomas (Reviewed 02-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 12)
  • /* Starred Review */ Bestseller Cumming follows 2011’s The Trinity Six with another superb stand-alone, which opens in 1978 Tunisia, where Amelia Weldon, a 20-year-old British au pair, is having an affair with her expatriate French employer. Fast forward to the present, to the brutal, apparently random murder of a retired French couple on an Egyptian beach; the abduction of a target referred to as HOLST on the streets of Paris; and the disappearance of the much older Weldon on the eve of her becoming chief of the U.K.’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. The agency taps Thomas Kell, a former MI6 operative “turfed out in disgrace,” to find out what’s become of her. Starting out in Nice, Kell trails Weldon to Tunisia, where she turns up with a much younger man in tow. Cumming is particularly skilled at sketching his characters, most notably Kell (a classically reluctant spy) and Weldon, who’s haunted by personal demons central to the elaborate puzzle of a story. The elegant prose will appeal to those who don’t usually read spy fiction. 100,000 first printing. Agent: Luke Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 4, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 23, p)
  • Amelia Levene is about to become the first woman to run the British intelligence agency MI6 when she mysteriously disappears. Disgraced former officer Thomas Kell is recruited to find her. He quickly learns that she has not been kidnapped; she's hiding on purpose. What would motivate someone at the height of their career to give it all up? What he uncovers, with Levene's help, unveils a dark conspiracy that goes back years. VERDICT Cumming's sixth thriller (after The Trinity Six ) simmers and crackles until the explosive finale. Where in other novels Kell would need the entire narrative to find Levene, he discovers her whereabouts almost immediately. That plot twist along with the surprises that follow make this a worthwhile read that will appeal especially to readers who appreciate John le Carré, Olen Steinhauer, and David Ignatius. [See Prepub Alert, 2/12/12; 100,000-copy first printing.] --Jeff Ayers (Reviewed June 15, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 11, p74)
  • A deadly long-shot mission gives a disgraced secret agent a chance at redemption. Isolated pieces--the dissolution, in Tunisia a generation ago, of the marriage of Jean-Marc Daumal and wife Celine over his affair with nanny Amelia Weldon; the present-day murder of elderly Parisians Philippe and Jeannine Malot on a Cairo street; the kidnapping of a target nicknamed HOLST by one Akim Errachidi and his team--precede the introduction of dissolute Thomas Kell, waking up in a hotel room with another hangover eight months after his surgical dismissal, after two decades of service, from Britain's MI6. A call from his old pal, Jimmy Marquand, sobers Kell immediately. The new MI6 chief-designate, Amelia Levine, has gone missing before even assuming the job. Kell knew Amelia well, and he leaps at the chance to be back in the game. He checks files, Amelia's car and her room, noting that the signs indicate abduction. He questions veteran agents Bill and Barbara Knight, pictures of concern and cooperation with Kell...until he leaves, and their manner turns conspiratorial, and they hint at allegiances other than MI6. Using Amelia's Blackberry as a guide, Kell follows her movements over the previous two weeks. Cumming flashes back to Amelia for the same period; when she's found by Kell, it's just the beginning of a complicated cat-and-mouse game stretching back to the trio of prologue events and weaving together personal and political tangles. Cumming's sixth thriller (The Trinity Six, 2011, etc.) is smart and intricate, with a large cast of cool characters and an authentic feel. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10129970
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cumming, Charles
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6103.U484
LC item number
F67 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Thomas Kell series
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Great Britain
  • Missing persons
  • Military intelligence
  • Undercover operations
Target audience
adult
Label
A foreign country, Charles Cumming, (text large print)
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/a-foreign-country-by-charles-cumming/
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Publication
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
555 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410452474
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012030816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 803473982
  • (OCoLC)803473982
Label
A foreign country, Charles Cumming, (text large print)
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/a-foreign-country-by-charles-cumming/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
555 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410452474
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012030816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 803473982
  • (OCoLC)803473982

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