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Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith

Agent 6 (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Tom Rob Smith

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Title:Agent 6
Authors:Tom Rob Smith
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2012), Paperback, 560 pages
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Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith (2011)

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Leo Demidov has once again changed careers and is no longer a member of Russia’s secret police but because of his former career is he is still very much on the government radar. When his wife Raisa and his daughters, Elena and Zoya, are invited to take part in a “Peace Tour” to New York City Leo is informed that he cannot travel with them. Leo does not want his family to go but his wife and daughters are committed to participating. Leo’s instinct was correct and tragedy strikes leaving Leo alone and totally devastated. Leo wants nothing more than to travel to New York City to use his investigative talents to determine what really happened, but of course his request is once again denied. Leo’s disappointment and grief do not decrease and 15 years later he finds himself in Afghanistan, addicted to drugs and aiding in fighting a war he cares nothing about. During his adventures he meets two young women who help turn his life around.

The unlikely trio finally do end up in New York City where Leo finally uncovers the answers he has waited so long to find.

This is the final instalment in the Child 44 trilogy, a series that started with a non-stop, page-turning story I had a hard time putting down. Mr. Smith’s writing talents, exciting action and extensive research carry through to both of the sequels but unfortunately that is where the comparisons end. I found this book was rather disappointing. It started out wonderfully, but as Leo’s personal decline continues through the book so did the story. Spanning almost 30 years, it seemed as if Mr. Smith ran out of steam and wanted to move the story along to get it done. Leo’s family takes a back seat in this book while Leo travels the world. That was too bad because it would have been nice to learn more about the characters I became invested in during the first two books. With the introduction of the two women in Afghanistan, once again, it seemed as if Mr. Smith tired of Zoya and Elena and, for a little change, simply substituted two new women into Leo’s life.

Admittedly, I did not enjoy this one as much as Child 44 or even The Secret Speech but I did find it worth reading as a conclusion to the series.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
With this final installment, Tom Rob Smith ties off his espionage trilogy involving the trials and tribulations of Russian State Security Officer Leo Demidov.

The journey has taken Leo from his cushy Moscow berth as a favored and faithful agent to demotion and denouncement under Stalin's rigorous regime. And now, in the deceptively ambivalent grip of Cold War conflict, a conspiracy unravels in America that will shake Demidov to the core and transport us even further afield to Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Smith has done some impressive work here. The series is thoughtful, the characters are deep and convincingly drawn, the mysteries and miseries engaging enough to have you keep the books close at hand. ( )
  Hanneri | Jun 2, 2015 |
I have to say that I was pretty disappointed with Agent 6. After completely enjoying Child 44 and its sequel The Secret Speech I was looking forward to the finale of the Leo Demidov trilogy. Unfortunately, it feels like Smith wrote a story that turned out to be less than 200 pages long, so he dropped a completely different story right in the middle of it to fill out the pages. The result is that Leo is absent from the entire first half of the book. When he does show up, rather than work towards a resolution of the situation, he goes off in the opposite direction for a couple of hundred pages. Finally, in the last 50 pages, everything comes together with so many coincidences lining up to get us there that it almost becomes comical. Punctuate it with a unsavory ending and I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth with this third installment. Definitely pick up the first two in the series. They are well worth a read. As for Agent 6, better to 86 it. ( )
  csayban | Jan 4, 2015 |
This is the final book in the trilogy following the life of Leo Demidov, a former KGB officer. Unfortunately, it is also the weakest of the three novels as the plot contains too many situations relying on unlikely coincidences to reach its conclusion. The writing is nowhere near as compelling as in the first novel, “Child 44”. Although Leo’s character continues to develop and change throughout the book and there are a number of difficulties for him to overcome, the overall result is somewhat disappointing.
1 vote camharlow | Aug 20, 2013 |
on the whole this was a bit of a disappointment - it starts of well but then by the time the characters get to America it keeps on rambling on and on and ever on the actual words 'Agent 6' do not appear until almost the end of the story and even he is a disappointment! I kept reading it only because I didn't have anything else too read. I've read Child 44 and that was a damn fine read but this - ??? ( )
  nikon | Jul 19, 2013 |
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Moscow, 1965. Former Secret Service agent Leo Demidov is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters to New York as part of a 'Peace Tour', meant to foster better relations between the two Cold War enemies. Leo's natural paranoia reaches its peak: Why have his family been selected? What is being planned? When Leo's worst fears are realised and a tragic murder destroys everything he loves, he demands only one thing: that he is allowed to investigate and find the killer who has struck at the heart of his family. Crippled by grief, his request denied, Leo sees no other option than to take matters into his own hands, thousands of miles from the crime scene. In a surprising, thrilling story that spans decades and continents - from the backstreets of 1960s New York to the mountains of Afghanistan in the 1980s - Leo will stop at nothing as he hunts the one person who knows the truth: Agent 6.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2012: To solve the murder that splintered his family, ex-KGB officer Leo Demidov escapes the ruins of Stalinist Russia through opium-soaked 1980s Afghanistan to New York's underbelly. Smith secures his place in the pantheon of crime writers with this taut, enthralling conclusion to the trilogy he brilliantly began with Child 44 and The Secret Speech. --Mari Malcolm

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"Former secret police agent Leo Demidov is thrown into a foreign conflict and is forced to question and confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself"--Provided by publisher.

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