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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Agent 6 is the concluding book in a trilogy featuring Leo Demidov, a former Russian Secret Service agent (the other two books are `Child 44' and `The Secret Speech'). The book opens with a flashback to the younger Leo in 1950: a committed, idealistic, member of the secret police who has discovered the secret diary of a young artist, Polina Peshkova. A single sooty fingerprint led Leo to deduce that the diary may be hidden in the chimney. The consequences of the investigation begin a journey which takes Leo into a different life by 1965, when we meet him and his family in Moscow.

Leo discovers Elena's secret diary, but stops himself from reading it. He will have cause to regret this. Leo's wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena, have been chosen to travel to New York as part of a `Peace Tour' meant to foster better relations between the USSR and the USA. Leo is forbidden to travel with them. Leo's paranoia about this proves to be prescient. A tragic crime is committed in New York, and Leo is determined to find the truth.

The action in this novel takes us from the civil rights unrest in the USA in the 1960s, to the USSR's involvement in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Leo is working as an adviser in Kabul, still a long way from solving the central mystery in the novel. The mystery is eventually solved, after a number of interesting but at times frustrating diversions. The plot is complicated, and some of the twists and turns detracted from the overall story. While I kept turning the pages, I found this story less interesting than the earlier novels in the trilogy: Leo Demidov is a less compelling and more deeply flawed anti-hero. I think that, ultimately, the action overwhelmed the story.

I'm glad I read it, but I think that it is by far the weakest link in the trilogy.

`I don't know what he is going to say so I can't predict what I'm going to do.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2012
After reading both Child 44 and The Secret Speech, both of which were excellent, it seems that Rob Smith ran out of gas in this third outing of his trilogy. The atmosphere and tone that characterizes the first two books still exists but the plot in Agent 6 is desperate, draggy, and stretches credibility. Leo Stepanovich Demidov has become Zelig-like popping up in many significant historic locales and events (still not as pervasive as Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther). I give credit for how the author communicates Soviet-sensibility but I must confess little attachment or engagement with the mystery set-out in the novel. The twists and turns did not intrigue...they stretched credibility.
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I gave this before book four stars because I genuinely love the character of Leo Demidov. The first two books were amazing and I would read them again in a heartbeat, this one however seemed to lose its zeal, for me at least.
For those that have read Child 44 and The Secret Speech I would certainly recommend reading this one as well, even just to spend one last adventure with Leo.
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on April 29, 2015
Amazing how the author keeps up the tension despite making big leaps in time. Again the mixture of historical facts in the story make it an interesting read. Going deep into the cultural differences of the people involved. Loved all three books in this trilogy.
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on August 3, 2015
This is an incredible series. Mr. Smith writes about an era and a country that we know little about. I find myself cheering on Leonid as he progresses through his life and all its trials and tribulations.
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on July 30, 2015
The child 44 trilogy from tom rob smith is very good more than very good it s incredible a must read for anyone
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on June 22, 2015
Very interesting and enjoyable read. I cannot wait to read the other books in this trilogy.
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on May 25, 2015
enjoyed and learned from them. Tom Rob Smith a great author.
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on April 13, 2014
The book Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith came properly packaged and came within promised time space.
The book was in excellent condition. I enjoyed reading it.
I would recommend it to anyone.
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