The Dark Chronicles: A Spy Trilogy: Free Agent; Song of Treason; The Moscow Option

The Dark Chronicles: A Spy Trilogy: Free Agent; Song of Treason; The Moscow Option

by Jeremy Duns

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ISBN-13: 9780143120698
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 800
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeremy Duns grew up in Africa and Asia, and his journalism has been published by The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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The Dark Chronicles: A Spy Trilogy: Free Agent; Song of Treason; The Moscow Option 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MSWallack More than 1 year ago
(Note: Review is just for the first book in the trilogy.) Duns' debut novel scores well by just about any measure. First, the protagonist, Paul Dark, is very original. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him squirm and try to come to grips with his own sense of morals and/or lack thereof. Often, just as I thought I really had a feel for who Dark is, he'd do or say something to surprise me. Second, as anyone who knows me or who reads my reviews knows, I've read a lot of espionage thrillers over the years, but I don't think that I've ever read one that focused on the Nigerian civil war, a subject about which I knew very little. Thus, Duns' narrative and the ties to history kept me on my toes. I also thought that Duns' did a magnificnet job of capturing the time period. Several times, I thought I'd found an anachronistic error (e.g., a reference to the Concorde) that I promptly looked up and, to my surprise, each time Duns was correct. I don't know if his portrayal of life among diplomats and the press in 1969 Lagos is accurate, but it felt as if Duns knew what he was talking about. Finally, I can't help but remark on Duns' writing style and storytelling technique. This is a "serious" espionage novel, more in line with Le Carre than Fleming. But the best comparison that I can find, both for style and technique, is to Adam Hall's Quiller novels. And again, as anyone who knows me or reads my reviews can attest, that is high praise, indeed. Dark is not Quiller and Duns is not Hall, but if you enjoy Quiller than do yourself a favor and give Dark a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of unexpected twists and turns, this trilogy had me up reading late at night. Paul Dark is a most interesting and ambiguous character. As a British double agent for the Russians, he's constantly second-guessing everyone's agendas. Sometimes third-guessing. What with all the spy-versus-spy convolutions of thought, it can be hard to keep track without a flowchart of who did what to whom and when. But between all the second- and third-guessing, Jeremy Duns keeps the plot moving full speed. The writing is brilliant. And Paul Dark, for all his faults, is a character to root for. I'm looking forward to reading the next Paul Dark novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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