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Agent 6 (2011)

by Tom Rob Smith

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Leo Demidov werkt niet langer meer bij de geheime dienst van Moskou en is daardoor automatisch verdacht. Hij kan niet mee met de 'peace tour' die zijn vrouw Raisa en dochters Zoya en Ellana gaan maken naar New York. Een tour die zou uitlopen in een tragedie

In de verschrikkelijke nasleep, Leo vraagt slechts één ding: de moordenaar die zijn familie vernietigd te vinden. Zijn verzoek wordt summier geweigerd. Verlamd door verdriet en achtervolgd door de noodzaak om precies te weten wat er gebeurde op die avond in New York, neemt Leo het heft in eigen handen. Het is een zoektocht die decennia overspannen, en neemt Leo over de hele wereld - van Moskou, naar de bergen van Sovjet-gecontroleerd Afghanistan, naar de achterbuurten van New York - in de zoektocht naar de man die de waarheid kent: Agent 6 .

Het is wat mij betreft een minderwaardige afsluiting van een trilogie die begint met [b:Kind 44|6472412|Kind 44|Tom Rob Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327855838s/6472412.jpg|2167258] en [b:Kolyma|7636265|Kolyma (Leo Dimidov, #2)|Tom Rob Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327579127s/7636265.jpg|6221043]. Boek bevat niet veel spanning Er is niet veel spanning. Er zijn een aantal spannende momenten, ja, maar ze zijn allemaal maar tijdelijk. Leo lijkt in dit boek een ondergeschikte rol te spelen.

Het verhaal begint goed, met een stuk uit het verleden van Leo, maar dan, een sprong van 14 jaar verder en verderop in het boek weer een sprong verder in de tijd.

Als u geïnteresseerd bent in het lezen van deze trilogie zijn adviseer ik dat u stopt na het tweede boek. Verspil uw tijd niet verspillen met deze.
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  EdwinKort | Nov 6, 2018 |
Good story.....page turner ( )
  ibkennedy | Oct 17, 2018 |
Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious.

Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.

In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands only one thing: to investigate the killer who destroyed his family. His request is summarily denied. Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands. It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world--from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet-controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York--in pursuit of the one man who knows the truth: Agent 6.

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This book was a good ending for the trilogy. It was very atmospheric and I loved the history of Leo in the past from 1950 through 1980. We received lots of information of the brutal Soviet Union of the 1950's. Some parts held me on the edge of my seat. The book flowed very easily and I liked the short chapters. The story does leave you wanting to know more about his family and what happens to them in the future. I found it to be a very interesting spy story and would highly recommend this trilogy. ( )
1 vote EadieB | Feb 21, 2018 |
This is the third novel in the author's best-selling trilogy beginning with Child 44, centred around the life of (latterly reformed) KGB man Leo Demidov. This novel actually covers a period of over 30 years, beginning when Leo is a young and still idealistic KGB officer under Stalin in 1950, convinced that spying on citizens who keep a diary is a justified activity for the State he serves. He also acts as escort to a visiting Communist celebrity from the USA, an Afro-American singer Jesse Austin (clearly based on Paul Robeson). 15 years later his wife and daughters get a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit New York as part of a peace delegation and Austin is once again involved. I don't want to give away too many plot details but it involves campaigns of dirty tricks and deceit, assassinations, "ordinary" murders, international cover ups, and a second half of the novel set in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1980-81 where Leo is an informal adviser to the regime. A great deal happens throughout this near 500 page novel and there is a wide range of colourful, tragic and ruthless characters, Soviet, Afghan and American. The ethos of the cold war, the desperate ideological issues, the different perceptions of treachery and loyalty involved, come across clearly and with conviction. The ending of the novel is sad, albeit tinged with some happiness, and provides a slightly ambiguous end to Leo's run of luck, but in a way that seems to make it clear there won't be any more novels featuring him, which I slightly regret. An excellent read. ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 17, 2018 |
Vivid and readable. Excellent feeling of what it must be like inside a totalitarian state. Slightly annoying "game of two halves (the Paul Robeson story and the much later story of the hero's getting his revenge). Sudden surges of violence very credible. Quirky titling it Agent 6 when A6 is really only a minor character. As light reading with a punch and a documentary strand, it's pretty good. ( )
1 vote vguy | Nov 30, 2016 |
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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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