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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    Very Well-Written And, Ultimately, Enjoyable But Don't Expect A Fast-Paced Read!

    Agent 6 is the final book in the Child 44 trilogy. Similar to its predecessors (Child 44 and The Secret Speech), in Agent 6 Tom Rob Smith's prose is spot on; his narrative is engrossing; the main character, Leo Demidov, continues to be one of the most richly developed and memorable characters in the thriller genre. Also, as I experienced in the first two books, Smith weaves his tale in Agent 6 in such a way that I, as the reader, felt I was right in the middle of the action with the main characters. That being said, while Agent 6 is a worthwhile read -- and is likely to be a "must" read for those who enjoyed Child 44 and The Secret Speech, its plot is inconsistent in terms of being continually riveting. Now, I'll try to explain what I mean. For me, this inconsistency comes about because Smith's 467 page plot in Agent 6 varies in intensity and interest as it spans about a thirty year period and a few continents. The first 200 pages or so are very interesting and create a slow but steady level of excitement during the periods ranging from 1950s Moscow to 1960s America. It is during this time that the plot describes how Leo comes to meet Raisa (who subsequently becomes his wife), how they both come to meet a famous American singer with strong Communist sympathies, and how their association with this singer leads to a series of events many years later in which Leo Demidov's wife and daughters, while part of a "Peace Tour" in New York City -- a trip in which Leo is not permitted to make -- get caught in a web of conspiracy and betrayal that ends in tragedy. When Leo learns of what happened and the impact it has on his life, he swears revenge. However, it is not until 15 years later that Leo's long pursuit of justice will be permitted, and will force him to confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family and himself. This portion of the book encompasses the last 70 or so pages and will have your eyes glued to every word on each of these pages. It is these pages that made me draw the ultimate conclusion that I enjoyed this book very much. The lack of consistency in terms of mystery, excitement and intensity comes about in the middle section of the book, which spans about a 15 year period and almost 200 pages, and has Leo, often under the influence of drugs serving as an advisor to the Soviets in their war in Afghanistan. Although this section is generally interesting, it "reads" slowly and mainly, to me, serves as an overlong distraction to show how Leo's life had steadily deteriorated from the mid 60s until finding a way in 1981 to obtain the answer to the question that has haunted him all these years: What happened in New York? While I would rate the first and last sections of the book between 4 and 5 stars, I would only give 3 stars to this portion of the book. Nonetheless, despite Agent 6's inconsistencies in intensity, it is a very well-written, entertaining book, and hopefully will allow Smith to build on the large fan base he developed with his first two books.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

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    Start to Finish

    The conclusion of the trilogy featuring Leo Demidov is sweeping, from his early days as a KGB agent to his exile in Afghanistan and beyond. Especially interesting is the Russian occupation of that beleaguered nation and the beginnings of the United States involvement there as Russian lost face in its defeat.

    More important to the plot is the intrigue, obfuscation, double-dealing and plotting of the Soviet Union and United States during the Cold War. The story begins with Leo meeting a Paul Robeson-like character in Moscow when he was an agent, and the consequences in the years following.

    Tightly plotted, despite its length, the novel reminds us of the challenges of the years during which the two superpowers confronted each other. The characters are real, from an over-zealous FBI agent to the unfortunate victims of those countries’ invasions of Afghanistan. An absorbing thriller to bring “The Secret Speech” and “Child 44” to a satisfying finish.

    Recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Finis

    Love Tom Rob Smith's books! Farewell Leo--your journey was awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Loved this sequel to Child 44 and the Secret Speech.  Great read

    Loved this sequel to Child 44 and the Secret Speech.  Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Very good book

    This is 3rd book. I loved first 2. This one was also very good but had couple parts little slow for me. Over all it was good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Excellent story

    His stories are carefully researched and very believable. Outstanding as always. Thank you for your excellent skills as an author. Best regards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    LOVED IT

    A little over detailed but not very much. Like that's a bad thing. :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2014

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    I loved Child 44 and the Secret Speech.  They kept me interested

    I loved Child 44 and the Secret Speech.  They kept me interested and I had a lot of moments where I teared up and became emotionally invested in the characters.  I felt that Agent 6 just fell flat. It left me disappointed.  

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    No other author I know of can make you feel the oppression that

    No other author I know of can make you feel the oppression that his characters feel. The weight of his descriptions of Soviet AND American oppression is palpable. I only hope that this book is not the end of Leo and his daughters. I want more. I want an end to the story, preferably happy, although acceptable will do as well. You should red his first book Child 44 first though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Read before movie

    So damn good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Awesome read


    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    why is the paperback only availible at amazon?

    why is the paperback only availible at amazon?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    A Must Read!

    I have read all the books in this series and they have kept me on the edge of my seat. This one was, admittedly, a little slower as we see into Leo's life in Afghanistan. The book did not dissappoint, however. I only wish there was going to be more additions to this incrdible series!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Great book but........

    I loved the story and thought it was well paced throughout the wholle book. I found myself struggling to put it down and sleep. Many sleepless nights!!!!! My one complaint is the ending. It was very uneventful and didnt go with the flow of the book. DISAPPOINTED

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    AWESOME!!!

    This mysterious book ruled!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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