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Agent 6 summary Agent 6, series Agent 6, book Agent 6, pdf Agent 6, Agent 6 8daa385c9a THREE DECADESO MURDERS CONSPIRACYWHO IS AGENT Tom Rob Smith S Debut, Child , Was An Immediate Publishing Sensation And Marked The Arrival Of A Major New Talent In Contemporary Fiction Named One Of Top Thrillers Of All Time By NPR, It Hit Bestseller Lists Around The World, Won The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award And The ITW Thriller Award For Best First Novel, And Was Longlisted For The Man Booker Prize In This Spellbinding New Novel, Tom Rob Smith Probes The Tenuous Border Between Love And Obsession As Leo Demidov Struggles To Untangle The Threads Of A Devastating Conspiracy That Shatters Everything He Holds Dear Deftly Capturing The Claustrophobic Intensity Of The Cold War Era Soviet Union, It S At Once A Heart Pounding Thriller And A Richly Atmospheric Novel Of Extraordinary Depth AGENT Leo Demidov Is No Longer A Member Of Moscow S Secret Police But When His Wife, Raisa, And Daughters Zoya And Elena Are Invited On A Peace Tour To New York City, He Is Immediately SuspiciousForbidden To Travel With His Family And Trapped On The Other Side Of The World, Leo Watches Helplessly As Events In New York Unfold And Those Closest To His Heart Are Pulled Into A Web Of Political Conspiracy And Betrayal One That Will End In TragedyIn The Horrible Aftermath, Leo Demands Only One Thing To Investigate The Killer Who Destroyed His Family His Request Is Summarily Denied Crippled By Grief And Haunted By The Need To Find Out Exactly What Happened On That Night In New York, Leo Takes Matters Into His Own Hands It Is A Quest That Will Span Decades, And Take Leo Around The World From Moscow, To The Mountains Of Soviet Controlled Afghanistan, To The Backstreets Of New York In Pursuit Of The One Man Who Knows The Truth Agent


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  1. says:

    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 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.


  2. says:

    Rating 2 of five The Book Description THREE DECADES.TWO MURDERS.ONE CONSPIRACY WHO IS AGENT 6 Tom Rob Smith s debut, Child 44, was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction Named one of top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR, it hit bestseller lists around the world, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize In this spellbinding new novel, Tom Rob Smith probes the tenuous border between love and obsession as Leo Demidov struggles to untangle the threads of a devastating conspiracy that shatters everything he holds dear Deftly capturing the claustrophobic intensity of the Cold War era Soviet Union, it s at once a heart pounding thriller and a richly atmospheric novel of extraordinary depth AGENT 6Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow s secret police But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a Peace Tour to New York City, he is immediately suspicious.Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal one that will end in tragedy.In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands only one thing to investigate the killer who destroyed his family His request is summarily denied Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York in pursuit of the one man who knows the truth Agent 6 My Review Unsuccessful That s about the size of it This is an unsuccessful book.There s not a lot of suspense There are some tense moments, yes, but they re all in the moment Suspense is built from wanting to know what is coming, how this knot will part, what secrets will we learn.Those expectations weren t well met, and weren t well set up It s an okay novel, a sort of late Soviet Doctor Zhivago, but it s not thrilling and I stopped caring about what would happen next after the central murder takes place.The ending is just flat out terrible and the author and editor should be held up for prolonged public ridicule for having the bad sense and poor sensibilities to foist it on readers who loved Child 44 and liked The Secret Speech.A poor performance on all parts To be avoided except by completists.


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  4. says:

    Hey Sera Thanks for the buddy read It was inevitable that I would finish this series I loved Child 44 so much that I had to continue Of course, the story of Leo is much sadder than I hoped for, and I don t think books 2 and 3 were as quite as compelling as the first I liked this book way better than The Secret Speech though One of Tom Rob Smith s talents is he doesn t write melodramatically His prose is simple and to the point Never once does this book drag Smith s characters were interestingly drawn, but I sometimes found their actions somewhat baffling For instance, his female characters always struck me as kind of cold At first I just thought this was a cultural thing, but then it seemed to pop up in all three books Not that they weren t compelling, I just didn t understand them, nor did I relate to them except maybe to Raisa in the 1st book However I did care about Leo, and I will miss him One thing Smith seems to have a talent for is writing slimy villains, like Wasilij from the first book.Yet Smith s best talent is in setting the scene and creating tension He always makes a place come alive with danger I also like how he brings out the injustice and humanity of every place Leo went Consequently, Smith s world is a very cynical world Leo seemed to always be encompassed in a bubble of gloom and this book was rather grim.I did enjoy Agent 6 though, and thought it was an exciting read, so I m going to give it 4 stars


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    3.5This historical mystery thriller installment of Agent 6 concludes the Leo Demidov trilogy with a very different approach and style then its predecessors Not only will it come to the end of Leo s career and possibly life, but we are also reading in timelines before Child 44 and after Moscow, 1950 Leo meets his future wife while staging a sham tour of the Soviet system for American singer and communist activist Jesse Austin At chance and surprised, Raisa plays her part as she has been thrown in to the mix to not blow the MGB s cover From there she now was involved And once involved always involved Time jump Leo and Raisa have been married for over 10 years and their adopted girls are teenagers Through school, the girls get the opportunity to travel to the United States and participate in the Good Will tour concert in New York Raisa will accompany the girls, and Leo is letting them go reluctantly He knows it will be very difficult to get in touch with them, as phone calls require permission and are controlled New York, 1965 Accompanying the class is Mikael Ivanov, a propaganda expert, working for Service A He uses his influence to manipulate Elena, Leo s daughter, to stage Jesse Austin outside the UN concert after the event for speeches And this is where things go awry Not all of his family members return from this trip Afghanistan, 1980 After a failed attempt in the 70 s to cross to the border of Finland to travel to the US and investigate what happened in NY the day of the concert, Leo is sent to Afghanistan He finds himself in a deep hole and becomes opium addicted During his training of Communist Afghans to serve in the secret police, he meets beautiful 23 year old Nara Ousted by her family for her views and modern lifestyle, she attaches herself to Leo During a local attack from Soviets, the two of them save a little girl and they are taken hostage by Afghan rebels In the exchange to spare their lives, they bargain asylum in America for the cause of American support New York The little girl and Nara are adjusting very well in their new home Leo is investigating secretly what happened to his family in New York in 1965 Andof course, there was a cover up and distortion of facts by the media Agent Jim Yates, a former agent Leo worked with turns up in his investigation and or less tells him about a Soviet plot meant to bring about a racially motivated Communist revolution in America that went all wrong This is where Leo gets the call that someone in his family back home is being questioned about his defection and with Nara and the girl safe in America and their new life, he leaves them to return to Russia We find Leo arrested as a traitor and imprisoned at the end of the book But if he can change the situation, that is the question here I enjoyed this novel, although it was so much different from the previous ones Initially confused at the beginning as it starts off with a very young Leo, I was not even sure who I was reading about But after a little while I got into the ever changing landscape of the plot that takes you all over the world Unlike the reviews with lower ratings, I was accepting of the changes of it I had purposefully not read the synopsis and as with many of my reads, I tried to go in open minded Although it was different and I may have missed a bit of the family dynamics happening, I was surprised how politically motivated this book was so then the others For that and tying it together at the end, I have to give Tom Rob Smith credit It could have gone a whole other way for me I had not imagined any of these things happen in the series But that is why we read, right


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    Description It is 1965 Leo Demidov, a former secret police agent, is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters from Moscow to New York They are part of a Peace Tour, meant to foster closer relations between the two Cold War enemies On the tour, Leo s family is caught up in a conspiracy and betrayal that ends in tragedy In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands one thing that he be allowed to investigate and find the attacker that struck at the heart of his family on foreign soil From the highest levels of the Soviet government, he is told No, that is impossible Leo is haunted by the question what happened in New York In a surprising, epic story that spans decades and continents from 1950s Moscow to 1960s America to the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s Leo s long pursuit of justice will force him to confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself. The safest way to write a diary was to imagine Stalin reading every word Even exercising this degree of caution there was the risk of a slipped phrase, accidental ambiguity a misunderstood sentence Praise might be mistaken for mockery, sincere adulation taken as parody Since even the most vigilant author couldn t guard against every possible interpretation, an alternative was to hide the diary altogether, a method favoured in this instance by the suspect, a young artist called Polina Peshkova This was a bit of a let down The first book is the best, a front loaded trilogy.3.5 Child 443 The Secret Speech2.5 Agent 6


  7. says:

    Agent 6 is the third installment of the Leo Demidov series about a Russian spy turned modern day hero Leo Demidov makes a compelling man equal parts rough and redeemable Two stories twisting together make this last book a little too long, and a little too drawn out for me Some parts still had that cliffhanger making me anxious to keep reading, and other sections I felt the need to skim over Great series with deeply drawn characters that I really enjoyed, just wish that the story arc didn t end so abruptly in the story of Raisa, Zoya, and Elena, and shift to a new cast of characters.


  8. says:

    Here s the good news Agent 6, Tom Rob Smith s final installment in the Leo Demidov trilogy, is just as breathtakingly good as Child 44 This is a beautifully written book, with a plot almost too complex to summarize His spare, bleak prose, his masterful descriptions of place, love, grief and betrayal, his sympathy for the powerless of this world, his grasp of the way the past returns to influence the present, easily catapult him to the strata of writers like Graham Greene and John leCarre.Young Leo Demidov, a rising star of the Russian secret police, is being tutored on the intricacies of reading a confiscated diary Read in just the right tone of voice, twenty two words are twisted from an innocuous sentence praising Stalin to a sarcastic barb meriting the writer s arrest Welcome back to the USSR Agent 6 begins in the past, with the events that brought Leo and his beloved Raisa together Seeing her on a subway platform, he falls instantly, irrevocably in love When he picks up the courage to introduce himself, she snubs him At the same time, Jesse Austin, a famous black American singer, is visiting Moscow, and Leo is assigned to ensure that he only sees what the Party wants him to see Simultaneously, he is inadvertently responsible for the arrest and death of his trainee s new girlfriend at the hands of the KGB The prologue culminates in a concert given by the Communist singer, tying together the threads of the tragedy to come The story leaps forth in time to 1965 Raisa is alone in New York with their daughters, Zoya and Elena, leading a joint Soviet American concert for peace Secretly using Elena as a go between, the American Communist Party requests that Jesse Austin, who has been ruined by his association with Communism, attend a demonstration outside the UN Catastrophe strikes, altering the course of Leo s life Fast forward to 1980 Leo is an adviser in Soviet controlled Afghanistan, living in an opium colored trance that shields him from his feelings His new trainee is a pretty young Afghan girl, as blindly enthusiastic about the brave new world that the Soviet state has to offer as he once was The progression couldn t be clear The people of the Soviet Union were enslaved by corrupt leaders, American blacks were first slaves, then enslaved behind prejudice Women, all over the world, are still slaves I can t tell you any Agent 6 has compelling, believable characters and a heartbreaking juggernaut of a plot Tom Rob Smith has enough compassion for everyone, for heros and villains, for perpetrators as well as victims You will not be able to put this down.


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    Rating 2 of five The Publisher Says THREE DECADES.TWO MURDERS.ONE CONSPIRACY WHO IS AGENT 6 Tom Rob Smith s debut, Child 44, was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction Named one of top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR, it hit bestseller lists around the world, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize In this spellbinding new novel, Tom Rob Smith probes the tenuous border between love and obsession as Leo Demidov struggles to untangle the threads of a devastating conspiracy that shatters everything he holds dear Deftly capturing the claustrophobic intensity of the Cold War era Soviet Union, it s at once a heart pounding thriller and a richly atmospheric novel of extraordinary depth AGENT 6Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow s secret police But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a Peace Tour to New York City, he is immediately suspicious.Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal one that will end in tragedy.In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands only one thing to investigate the killer who destroyed his family His request is summarily denied Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York in pursuit of the one man who knows the truth Agent 6 My Review Unsuccessful That s about the size of it This is an unsuccessful book.There s not a lot of suspense There are some tense moments, yes, but they re all in the moment Suspense is built from wanting to know what is coming, how this knot will part, what secrets will we learn.Those expectations weren t well met, and weren t well set up It s an okay novel, a sort of late Soviet Doctor Zhivago, but it s not thrilling and I stopped caring about what would happen next after the central murder takes place.The ending is just flat out terrible and the author and editor should be held up for prolonged public ridicule for having the bad sense and poor sensibilities to foist it on readers who loved Child 44 and liked The Secret Speech.A poor performance on all parts To be avoided except by completists.


  10. says:

    While I wouldn t go so far as to say this third part in the Leo Demidov trilogy is a disappointment, it is definitely the weakest of the three, which is always a shame for a trilogy.Don t get me wrong I enjoyed it The first half of the book, which shifts the spotlight away from Leo himself and onto his wife and two daughters, was really good It was a real shift in tone, which caught my attention and held it until the first act s tragic ending Said tragic ending was absolutely gutting, too.It s a shame then that the second half of the book is such a huge diversion from the plot up to that point The focus shifts back onto Leo but puts him in such a situation that the events of the first half of the book are largely ignored In fact, the second half is practically a completely different book and would have worked better as a separate book in my opinion As it was, I find it difficult not to get bored of the events of the second half because they just seemed largely irrelevant to the story I d been reading in the first half It introduced a bunch of new characters, none of whom I could bring myself to care about and none of whom have any bearing whatsoever on the rest of the plot.When this huge diversion is finally over and we actually get to Leo trying to resolve the threads left dangling from the by this point, quite distant first half of the book, it takes about three heartbeats to end It was almost as though Tom Rob Smith had got so engrossed in the diversion that he couldn t really be bothered to resolve the first half of the plot in any great detail It felt glossed over and left me feeling largely unsatisfied.I ll stop there as I m making it sound worse than it actually was I did still enjoy the book, for all its flaws, and would definitely read other books by the author I just hope he s done with Leo Demidov and can move on to other projects.


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