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A Spy by Nature - A Novel

Charles Cumming

This is what they told me a long time ago. Only make contact in the event of an emergency. Only telephone if you believe that your position has been fatally compromised. Under no circumstances are you to approach us unless it is absolutely necessary in order to preserve the security of the operation. This is the number. 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 Carré and Len Deighton. A bestseller in England, it's the gripping story of a young man driven by ruthless ambition who finds himself chasing not just success but survival.

This is what they told me a long time ago. Only make contact in the event of an emergency. Only telephone if you believe that your position has been fatally compromised. Under no circumstances are you to approach us unless it is absolutely necessary in order to preserve the security of the operation. This is the number. 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 Carré and Len Deighton. A bestseller in England, it's the gripping story of a young man driven by ruthless ambition who finds himself chasing not just success but survival.
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This is what they told me a long time ago. Only make contact in the event of an emergency. Only telephone if you believe that your position has been fatally compromised. Under no circumstances are you to approach us unless it is absolutely necessary in order to preserve the security of the operation. This is the number. 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 Carré and Len Deighton. A bestseller in England, it's the gripping story of a young man driven by ruthless ambition who finds himself chasing not just success but survival.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

11h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:24


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

16:09


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:23


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

30:23


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

06:37


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

50:16


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

20:47


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

18:14


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

09:01


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

13:04


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

09:45


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

28:25


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

15:38


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

03:13


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

04:42


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

21:25


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

04:56


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

38:28


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

37:17


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

19:29


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

15:12


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

25:35


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

15:27


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

28:27


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

20:30


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

05:59


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

13:03


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

21:08


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

13:11


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

27:34


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

06:45


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

07:35


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

38:45


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

08:27


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

15:27


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

31:26


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

24:53