Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith

July 27, 2011

This is the third book by Tom Rob Smith, about Leo Demidov, a former MGB agent in Soviet Russia. It starts with a flashback to 1950s Russia, where Leo Demidov is taking part in a visit by Jesse Austin, an American. The action then shifts to America fifteen years later, where Leo’s wife is leading a group of Russian school children to the United States where a dreadful tragedy takes place. The action then switches to Afghanistan where Leo Demidov is now based.
The novel is a tense thriller, and Smith is very good at ratcheting up the tension so you have to find out what happens next. The political intrigues of the Cold War are focused through the characters that are affected by them, which works well to humanise these events. I also like the way that the characters lives collided through the different time periods. A gripping read!


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