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Publisher's Summary

Alec Milius is young, smart, and ambitious. He also has a talent for deception. He is working in a dead-end job when a chance encounter leads him to MI6, the elite British Secret Intelligence Service, handing him an opportunity to play center stage in a dangerous game of espionage. In his new line of work, Alec finds that the difference between the truth and a lie can mean the difference between life and death - and he is having trouble telling them apart. Isolated and exposed, he must play a role in which the slightest glance or casual remark can seem heavy with unintended menace. Caught between British and American Intelligence, Alec finds himself threatened and alone, unable to confide in even his closest friend. His life as a spy begins to exact a terrible price, both on himself and on those around him.
Richly atmospheric and chillingly plausible, A Spy by Nature announces the arrival of British author Charles Cumming as heir apparent to masters like John le Carre and Len Deighton. A best-seller in England, it's the gripping story of a young man driven by ruthless ambition who finds himself chasing not just success but survival.
©2001 Charles Cumming (P)2007 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Chou Young on 02-14-08

I highly recommend this little gem

I never written an audible book review before, but I find the low rating of this book is so unjust that I’m propelled to express my opinion.

I enjoyed listening to this book very much. I thought Charles Cumming is a terrific new writer, and I can’t wait to read/listen to his other books. As I grew up, I was a Sherlock Holmes fan. Arthur Conan Doyle made all his characters so vivid and so real. I think Charles Cumming also has the talent to bring all his characters alive. Alec Milius, the main character, a somewhat confused young person you may know somewhere. He will invite you to join him as his confidant. You will meet the people he meets and experience the same events as he endured. By the end of the book you almost feel as if you have witnessed real incidents unfolding. The only thing preventing me from thinking the accounts in this book could not be totally real is the current political climate. I do not think an American Intelligence Organization will be involved in a few of the most devious deeds as depicted in this book.

If you like action packed, shoot-them-up type of cheap thrillers, you can skip this book. If you like intelligent, well written, intriguing stories about the modern world of espionage, I highly recommend this little gem.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Linda Hanson on 12-26-07

A Spy By Nature

If a story about a self-indulgent loser is your cup of tea, then this book will be just what you are looking for. But anyone seeking a well crafted espionage story or thriller should leave this one alone.
The prose is alright and the reading well done. It's a hopeless story about a hopeless young man. I'm sorry to have wasted those hours of listening.

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