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Spy by Nature: A Novel

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3 out of 3 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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3 out of 3 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 November 23, 2012

    MESS HALL

    YOU EAT HERE

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific espionage thriller

    In London twenty-four years old marketing consultant Alec Milius works for Central European Business Review selling advertising space to the new capitalists in that region. Alec understands the dubious meaninglessness of his vocation, but it pays the bills so even as his theme song is ¿We¿ve Got to Get Out of this Place¿, he feels he has no options if he wants to eat. That is until a member of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) M16 meets him and hires him. As a rookie, they place Alec undercover with a British oil company his real job to support another agent as needed. Alec enjoys the duality of his duplicity until the seemingly safe mission turns dangerous due to double and triple crosses that leave the rookie exposed in the cold with neither friend, family or British and American Intelligence to bring him home safely because he trusts no one. --- A SPY BY NATURE is a terrific espionage thriller that stars a delightful protagonist who gets what he wishes for, a little excitement in his life. However, little turns into Mt. Everest as Alec is caught in a horrific spy vs. spy fiasco caused when the Yanks and the Brits fail at sharing information with both sides of the Anglo-Atlantic wanting to look superior so it costs a SIS tyro his life. Charles Cumming¿s tale will remind readers of TV¿ Secret Agent Man even with a bungling neophyte muddling to survive the dangerous middle. --- Harriet Klausner

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