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Double Agent: From the bestselling author of Secret Service

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Have a senior officer whose husband turned out to be a spy for Russia, go off to Venice to meet up with him; or might she have been placed into a dull desk job rather than at the centre of an investigation into whether the Prime Minister is a Russian spy. I occasionally lost the plot (in more ways that one) but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 3. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from.

As I want to tread carefully with respect to spoilers for ‘Secret Service’, I will be vague about the plot for ‘Double Agent’.There were some parts that seemed a bit off to me but that's probably because I haven't read the first book in the series.

Riddled with doubt that the evidence she is presented with may not in fact be as bulletproof as it seems, Kate reopens the investigation into the PM. Complicating Kate’s assessment of the situation is the suspicion that her husband Stuart, codename ‘Viper’, was not the only Russian agent in MI6. Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. I'd recommend you read Secret Service first as both are so good, you wouldn't want to miss out on the background to characters and their history as could be a little difficult to understand the plot if you don't.It’s all pretty well done and Tom Bradby knows a lot about what he is writing about here – perhaps to the point of overdoing the detail at times. The author may have insights but not to bring clarity just enjoyments - if he had the truth an unknown hand would have to silence him, then who’d read the News. Shaken by the personal betrayals and tragedies detailed in Secret Service, Kate is not in a good place at the beginning of the new novel and things only become worse for her when a high ranking Russian intelligence figure offers proof of the Prime Minister’s true allegiance in exchange for political asylum and protection. While Kate is visiting Venice with her children, she is kidnapped by a senior Russian agent, who wants to defect. A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people.

These questions plague Kate as she tries to keep it together for her children and ailing mother, steadily losing sleep and, she fears, her sanity. There again begins an operation to determine the veracity of this and we get more office and political manoeuvring, Kate putting herself in danger again and so on. This would have been an absurd storyline in the context of the immediate zeitgeist of post-Soviet Russia.Her life is in shambles really, stress eating away at her, and as she's nearing breakdown and has to pick up the pieces somehow, new information comes to light that could spiral everyone's lives out of control- the Prime Minister is an agent working for the Russians and at their behest. Brooks places the epicenter of the Bigfoot war in a high-tech hideaway populated by the kind of people you might find in a Jurassic Park franchise: the schmo who doesn’t know how to do much of anything but tries anyway, the well-intentioned bleeding heart, the know-it-all intellectual who turns out to know the wrong things, the immigrant with a tough backstory and an instinct for survival. As she works through the case, Kate runs up against key people at the heart of the British Establishment who refuse to acknowledge the reality in front of them. There were some unanswered questions left in this book, so I'm pleased that there will be a third book, which will be published next year! How a modern intelligence service could permit an employee so clearly in crisis to continue to make momentous decisions is not addressed, and overall there's a sort of shaggy imprecision in Kate's MI6, so it's not a big surprise that the evidence of Ryan's guilt is suppressed or corrupted, and Kate's quest has plenty of scope for a third volume.

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