#BloodyScotlandReader Pint Sized Review #TheManBetween by Charles Cumming @CharlesCumming @HarperCollinsUK @BloodyScotland

The Man Between by [Cumming, Charles]

This was one of the books I’d read as a Bloody Scotland Reader and I am delighted to see that it has made the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize this year!

He risked it all to become a spy. Now he must pay the price.

A gripping new standalone spy thriller from the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year and ‘the master of the modern spy thriller’ (Mail on Sunday).

One simple task for British Intelligence takes him into a world of danger.

Successful novelist Kit Carradine has grown restless. So when British Intelligence invites him to enter the secret world of espionage, he willingly takes a leap into the unknown.

But the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal, as Carradine finds himself in Morocco on the trail of Lara Bartok – a mysterious fugitive with links to international terrorism.

Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing politicians have spread hatred and violence throughout the West.

As the coils of a ruthless plot tighten around him, Carradine finds himself drawn to Lara. Caught between competing intelligence services who want her dead, he soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate or to risk everything trying to save her.

My review:

Well, this one was a little curveball for me! I’m not a huge fan of spy thrillers so it was with some trepadation I started reading this! The novel tells the tale of author, Kit Carradine, who finds himself caught up in a real life version of his own spy thrillers when he is approached by British Intelligence.

What follows is an intricately plotted, fast paced and compelling read that completely consumed me as I followed Kit on his journey from London to Morrocco on the trail of an international fugitive. The author created an intriguing character in Kit Carradine, from the faded and jaded author wishing his life away to an almost boyhood fantasy of becoming a real life spy come true, we seen Kit change in confidence as the story develops, we get to see his internal conflict when he realises that he has been dragged into something that may place his own safety, and indeed, his own life in jeopardy.

A perfect sense of place drew me into the hot and dusty streets of Morrocco, the clandestine meetings and coded messages all provided a taut and tense reading experience.

A fast paced plot with short sharp chapters to ramp up the tension “The Man Between” had me engaged right from the beginning; riddled with suspicion, suspense and subterfuge this book is a sure fire winner!

The Man Between is available to purchase from:

Amazon UK

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