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Spy by Nature: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Good Spy Tale

When writing a spy novel, the author hopefully looks to be original, thus avoiding what we have already seen many times. Cummings is very original in this one, creating a spy whose perspective is much different than that of the typical guy. Alec Milius is a temporary sp...
When writing a spy novel, the author hopefully looks to be original, thus avoiding what we have already seen many times. Cummings is very original in this one, creating a spy whose perspective is much different than that of the typical guy. Alec Milius is a temporary spy, on probation to see if he can make the grade. But he finds to his dismay and danger that he is being used on many levels. There is the usual deceit and betrayal, but we find it from surprising corners. Given his effort to do something different, Cummings takes chances, and expects the reader to indulge him as he does. In this respect I think he overestimates his reader, as some of his approaches require more patience than most readers can provide.

posted by KenCady on December 28, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Not Bad

I stumbled upon this book by accident. First off, I would say that this is not a typical spy novel (though I haven`t read many of those). The main character, Alec Milius, is more of an antihero, someone that I found very hard to symphatize with. But then again, he seeme...
I stumbled upon this book by accident. First off, I would say that this is not a typical spy novel (though I haven`t read many of those). The main character, Alec Milius, is more of an antihero, someone that I found very hard to symphatize with. But then again, he seemed more real than most spy heroes are - he seemed like one of us (a God brought down to Earth and crushed to mere human in front of our eyes - hm, I am not sure that we like that).
The story is also, I would say, slower-paced and less action-packed than the average spy book. I personally didn`t mind that, but I can imagine that some do. That, everyone has to decide for her/himself.
I liked the author`s style, short, succinct,efficient, it suited the theme very well. Sometimes it could gave read better...but this, I think, was the author`s first novel, so we have to cut him some slack there.
Anyway, I spent a cozy, rainy day with this book, and I liked it.

posted by Aglaia on April 11, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    Worst Book Ever

    I have never bothered to write a review before, but I had to warn as many people as possible how LAME this book is

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Maybe the worst read ever.....

    I got this as a "Free Friday" book for my Nook.

    I got what I paid for.....

    I am a big fan of espionage books so this looked like an interesting read.

    The story was disjointed and I really doubt people get killed over an oil field report.

    It was completely unbelievable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Tedious snoozefest

    Title says it all.. I wanted to like it, and the first 1/3 showed promise, but there was no tension, no sense of high stakes, no real effective conflict (I felt his inner conflict to be over the top), and a horrible ending...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    Not a good book. I regret wasting my time reading it. 

    Not a good book. I regret wasting my time reading it. 

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    Posted February 23, 2011

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