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The Spanish Game By Charles Cumming The Spanish Game For six years Alec Milius has been trying to escape his past but his past refuses to release him Abandoned by MI after a disastrous operation against the CIA Milius has slowly rebuilt his life in

  • Title: The Spanish Game
  • Author: Charles Cumming
  • ISBN: 9780141017839
  • Page: 377
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  • The Spanish Game By Charles Cumming For six years, Alec Milius has been trying to escape his past, but his past refuses to release him Abandoned by MI6 after a disastrous operation against the CIA, Milius has slowly rebuilt his life in Madrid Older and wiser than the young spy who first caught the eye of British Intelligence, Milius still has a talent for deception and a fatal weakness for secrets So whenFor six years, Alec Milius has been trying to escape his past, but his past refuses to release him Abandoned by MI6 after a disastrous operation against the CIA, Milius has slowly rebuilt his life in Madrid Older and wiser than the young spy who first caught the eye of British Intelligence, Milius still has a talent for deception and a fatal weakness for secrets So when a prominent politician disappears under suspicious circumstances, Milius can t resist tracking him down But the rules have changed Alec is now working alone, outside the boundaries of any official agency Paranoid and expendable, he soon becomes vulnerable to the ruthless duplicities of a secret world in which no one can be trusted Yet as he comes face to face with the nightmare of modern terror, Alec is given one last chance for redemption.
    The Spanish Game By Charles Cumming

    Ruy Lopez The Ruy Lopez r , r u i Spanish ruj lope , also called the Spanish Opening or Spanish Game, is a chess opening characterised by the moves e e Nf Nc Bb The Ruy Lopez is named after th century Spanish The Spanish Game Alec Milius by Charles Cumming Feb , The Spanish Game is the second adventure of Alec Milius Alec is young, self centered, duplicitous he lies reflexively and instinctively methodical, intelligent and extremely paranoid, i.e the perfect spy The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming Summary and reviews The Spanish Game shows why Charles Cumming has won so much praise for his contemporary spy stories Cumming has woven an intricate web from a combination of fact Spanish history and The Spanish Game Ebook Forest St Martin s Publishing Group Release Date February , Imprint St Martin s Press ISBN Language English Download options EPUB Adobe DRM

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    1. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan The Spanish Game Alec Milius 2 Nevisande Charles Cumming ISBN 014101783X ISBN13 9780141017839 Dar 480 Safhe Saal e Chap 2006

    2. Alex Cantone on said:

      The liar is always vulnerable to his own deceit.Five years on from a botched industrial espionage project for MI6, Alec Milius is living in exile in Madrid He works for English investment bank Endiom and is sleeping with his employer Julian s Spanish wife, Sof a Old habits die hard he is constantly vigilant of being followed, keeping a bag of funds and false passport ready for escape His domestic routine is disrupted by the arrival of Saul, his oldest friend from England, whose marriage has fold [...]

    3. Jeffrey on said:

      This second book in the Alec Milius series finds our young ex spy living in secret in Madrid, sleeping with his boss s wife and basically hiding out from both the British and the Americans In the first book in this in series, Alec was involved in a bit of misdirection with the CIA, but has been on the run since it ended poorly and his girlfriend died under mysterious circumstances Alec has three passports, using multiple fake names and practices his spy craft on everyone Alec befriends a ex memb [...]

    4. John on said:

      I m so glad that I went back and re read A Spy By Nature before I started this sequel You need to understand the reasons for his paranoia to be able to get into this story As another reviewer commented, I wouldn t want to know Alec Milius, but in this book, I did have some sympathy for him It is, I think, better written than its predecessor, particularly in terms of sustaining the pace, despite a lot of interesting exposition about the Basque struggle It twists and turns and, like Alec, you begi [...]

    5. Tuck on said:

      moer plot twists than a plate of spaghetti, involving mi5 mi6 cia gal eta, set about 2003 in madrid and san sebastianex has been let go from mi6 and has been living underground for 5 years cia fucked him royal, and he was both very sad about that, and fired , but he s finally getting on his feet again in madrid, then solves a big case and thinks london is going to ask him bring him back from out the cold not so though.good book on settings, logistics, geopolitics, fairness.i would read charles [...]

    6. Sam on said:

      I really liked this book until the end I m very interested in Spanish politics and Basque affairs and I loves how the author covered them but I felt the ending was bad It was too abrupt and didn t tie up a lot of loose ends Very disappointing.

    7. Max Everhart on said:

      Alec Milius is a complex protagonist Definitely flawed, but an intriguing and, at times, narcissistic former British spy leaving the ex pat exile life in Madrid After flaming out with SIS MI 5 in stunning fashion, he flees England for Spain where he works part time for a British run bank While there, he gets involved with his boss s wife and that weirdly draws him into a complex web of political scandal, dirty wars, and triple crossings This ain t Jason Bourne, not by a longshot Nor is it John L [...]

    8. Bev Taylor on said:

      alec milius quit the spying game 6 years ago or so he thought he lives in exile in madrid after being thrown out by the secret service has a job with a private bank and is bedding his boss s wife h e he is lured back by the disappearance of a prominent politician who he met thru the bank and works alone to find the answer thus unravels a novel of modern terror set in spain with all it s opposing forces brilliant research both hostorical and geographically 2 unanswered questions why did he agree [...]

    9. Jeanne on said:

      Every bit as enjoyable as the prequel A Spy by Nature Cumming continues to engage the reader with clever narrative in The Spanish Game While I am only vaguely familiar with the Basque conflict, in the author s note, Cumming states that the book had been written with respect for opinions on both sides It is never too late for a history lesson and I especially like a story that educates And I always find it interesting when reviewers totally disagree, in this case on the ending Regardless of how o [...]

    10. Nanci on said:

      Another great read from Charles Cumming I hope he comes out with another Alec Milius book someday I like these thrillers because they re thinking than action oriented.

    11. Teresa on said:

      Fun, twisty, spy thriller is thoroughly enjoyable especially for anyone who knows Madrid, San Sebastian, and a bit of the Basque history.

    12. Featherbooks on said:

      Enjoyed the Madrid setting and it moved right along in good thriller fashion.

    13. John Buckingham on said:

      A thrilling fast paced ride on the edge of your seat Enjoyed it immensely.

    14. Elizabeth Millard Whitman on said:

      Worthwhile for the alluring Madrid setting The protagonist, Alex, is remarkably paranoid and an incredibly skillful eavesdropper.

    15. Sue on said:

      Absorbing plot, with twists turns This is a follow up novel to A Spy by Nature.

    16. Mal Warwick on said:

      Intrigue and romance in Madrid in the waning days of Basque terrorismTyphoon and The Trinity Six, two of Charles Cumming s half dozen spy novels, are among my favorite espionage tales of recent times The British press compares Cumming to John Le Carre and Len Deighton, and those two stellar examples clearly show why For my taste, however, The Spanish Game doesn t quite rise to their level despite the fact that The Times of London describes it as one of the six finest spy novels of all time But, [...]

    17. Joe on said:

      The Spanish Game is the second adventure of Alec Milius Alec is young, self centered, duplicitous he lies reflexively and instinctively methodical, intelligent and extremely paranoid, i.e the perfect spy which is why he was recruited by the British Intelligence Service straight out of college Alec may not be the most likeable protagonist in a thriller series, but he is fascinating.In The Spanish Game, it s now six years after what transpired in the previous book, A Spy By Nature Alec has been di [...]

    18. Jim on said:

      This is the sequel to A Spy by Nature After destroying his embryonic career in the security services, seriously pissing off the CIA, and getting his ex girlfriend killed, Milius is hiding out in Madrid He has carved out a comfortable life a nice apartment, money to live on, a low key job in a bank, and a mistress He utilizes the tradecraft learned as a spy to secure his well being It s a nice enough life but maybe a little empty and a tad boring.Excitement re enters his life in the form of fanat [...]

    19. Tim on said:

      I picked this up in that good bookstore at SFO in Terminal 3, heading off to an actual trip I was carrying The Great Man and expected to finish it Which I did, and was grateful for this one I liked it, and a new author for me You can read about the plot in any of the blurbs In short Former British spy, living in Madrid, no longer in the game, but gets sucked in The sort of thing I would like And Cumming pulls it off well The happy surprise is that our first person narrator, Alec Milius, is a bit [...]

    20. Nick on said:

      This is spy literature of the highest order, right up there with Le Carre.Alec Milius has lived in exile in Madrid since his bid to get in to MI5 six years previously went tits up when he blurted an unnecessary confession to his ex girlfriend about the industrial espionage operation he was on, who is then tragically killed in a car accident, for which he blames the CIA.Madrid is treating Alec well, he lives in a nice apartment downtown, drives an A6, practices counter surveillance, has his money [...]

    21. Alec on said:

      I read the first book of the Alec Milius series years ago but didn t remember much about it when I picked this book up However, as I read some of the details came back to me One of the interesting things about this series is the way Charles Cumming flips the espionage thriller on its head There is much tedium, insecurity, and general lack of excitement than Bourne movies or other famous spies lead you to believe in the life of a spy While this may sound boring, it is enough of a twist that it b [...]

    22. B. Morrison on said:

      After a disastrous operation six years ago, a disillusioned Alec Milius left MI6 and has been living under the radar ever since He believes that both MI6 and the CIA, who figured in his last op, are looking for him, so he employs all the counter surveillance techniques he learned as a spy multiple phones, multiple email accounts, always on the watch for a tail He s landed in Madrid where he s built a new life for himself, working for a banker, Julian Church, whose wife is Alec s mistress.This, f [...]

    23. Caitlin on said:

      This is a follow up to A Spy by Nature A Novel, which I haven t read maybe should for bits pieces of this book to make sense to me.Lots of people think this guy is the next Le Carre, but I m not one of them There are plenty of twists turns in this the writing is clean effective, but ultimately I couldn t manage to care about the main character in this book that was a problem for me.Cumming plots well, keeping the pieces of his puzzle in play quite easily He writes fairly vividly of Madrid of th [...]

    24. Tom Tischler on said:

      Alec Milius has been trying to escape his past He has been in danger and on the run for 6 years but his past refuses torelease him He has been abandoned by MI6 after a disasterousoperation with the CIA He has been rebuilding his life in Madrid where he now has a job, a flat and a relationship with the wrong woman Alec has a fatal weakness for secrets so when a prominent politician disappears he can t resist tracking him down The rules have changed though, he is now alone and out of the boundarie [...]

    25. Christopher Culp on said:

      Cumming s first book about Alec Milius A Spy by Nature was so so This second chapter by Cumming about Alec Milius is better, and, in fact, makes me like the first book when viewed together with this book as of an integrated two volume set The Spanish Game has excellent character development, a provocative and semi plausible plot involving Basque separatists in Spain, and dives much deeper than Cumming s first Milius book into his addiction to espionage After reading both books, I understand Mi [...]

    26. Tony Mac on said:

      I m not normally one for spy thrillers but this is the most enjoyable one I ve ever read I had read one of Cumming s early efforts and wasn t particularly impressed, which made this even of a surprise The plot is suitably complex but never baffling and takes its time to properly come to the boil.Much of the book is in fact a detailed character study of the anti hero, a former SIS agent on self imposed exile in Madrid after a botched job, whose attitudes to his former trade are somewhat contradi [...]

    27. Rachael on said:

      I ve enjoyed Charles Cumming s books so far, but I lost the plot a bit with this one and that may be because the author did as well The first half while initially promising consisted mainly of Alec Milius being tiresomely paranoid and a bit of a misoginistic jerk but we won t hold that against him Lots of back story on ETA and the Basques, which was interesting for a while, but it became too convoluted with newly introduced but never to appear characters and doublecrosses The main problem was th [...]

    28. Alecia on said:

      This is a sequel to A Spy By Nature, and I think it is a helpful glimpse into the character of Alec Milius if that book is read first Now Alec is a bitter expat he s British living in Madrid What follows is a complicated, twisty plot that I found hard to comprehend I usuallly find the plots in spy novels hard to follow This one is based heavily on the Basque Separatist Movement But, sometimes the twists are enough for me without fully comprehending the why s I have always found this to be so in [...]

    29. Jonathan on said:

      Another great spy thriller from Charles Cumming, packed full of cliff hanging chapter endings and a plot that twists and turns all over the place Second in his Alec Milius set of stories, it is set in Spain in 2003, where Alec has created a new existence for himself since his departure from Britain, after the events of the previous book A Spy By Nature Although he now works for a British investment bank in Spain, Alec finds himself becoming caught up in the war between ETA and the Spanish govern [...]

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