A Colder War

  • by Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by Jot Davies
  • 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence, before being removed or killed.
Then Paul Wallinger, MI6’s most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate. Kell soon discovers what Wallinger had already begun to suspect - that there’s a mole somewhere in the Western intelligence, a traitor who has been systematically sabotaging scores of joint intelligence operations in the Middle East.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Details overwhelm any story

Would you try another book from Charles Cumming and/or Jot Davies?

Have listened to other novels by Cumming, but this one was so slow to start that I could not stay with it.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was fine.


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- Kathryn

Loved it

What made the experience of listening to A Colder War the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the writing in the book and the suspense. It was hard to turn it off.


Have you listened to any of Jot Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of his other performances, but I really enjoyed this one.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried, which, to me, makes for a good read.


Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the writing, story telling, and suspense so much that I am currently in search of yet another Charles Cumming book.

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- Linnsey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio