Now it takes a lot for me to agree with the Daily Mail, especially as its a tabloid, but they were correct in stating that this is “a cracking good spy thriller.” This is a page turner and one you won’t want to put down. This is the second book in which Alex Milius appears, and if you haven’t read the earlier book you must read ‘A spy by nature’ before venturing on to the story set in Madrid.

Charles Cumming is very gifted writer in this genre area, and one who competes with the likes of the Jason Bourne characters. The reason is simple, his characters come across as realistic and the settings well researched. He is very adept at suddenly springing a twist in the fabric of the story and when you least expect it. This is a novel to read if you’re into your spy thrillers, pleasure is guaranteed. Like a modern day version of ‘Tinker tailor solder spy’….well not exactly, but definitely is up there. Indeed I’d say Charles is more accessible to more readers!

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