Tom Rob Smith
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris
January 5, 2012 / ISBN: 1611139902
Mystery/Thriller / Audiobook (Unabridged)/ 13 hours, 15 minutes
by Jo Rogers
Tom Rob Smith introduced us to Leo Demidov, Leo's wife, Raisa,
in his debut novel, Child 44. We met Leo's two daughters,
Zoya and Elena, in The Secret Speech. They return in this
book, Agent 6. The story begins a few years after the end of The
Leo no longer works for the KGB, the Soviet Union's secret police.
He had believed he was working to make a better world but no longer
did. He finally saw his job as Raisa did, so he quit. Life wasn't
as secure as it had been, but it was still good. Raisa still worked
as a teacher. Leo took a civilian job, but now he wasn't as trusted
by the government. They came to watch him as he had watched many
others in his years with the KGB.
Then the government assigned Raisa to plan a "Peace Tour"
to New York City. Several students would go with her and give concerts
at various venues in New York City and Washington, D.C. Leo, because
he was former KGB, had not been permitted to go with Raisa and their
two daughters. Had he been there, things might have gone better.
The concerts went off without a hitch until, in New York, tragedy
struck and Leo was powerless to stop it.
This story shows a more introspective Leo, whose disposition had
mellowed and whose values had changed since the adoption of his
daughters. Raisa is happier now that Leo is no longer with the KGB.
The daughters are almost grown. The action is still there but not
as much as before. This story is more about the head games the KGB
and CIA play to manipulate people. The quality of writing is still
the same, with a great plot, solid characters and lots of detailed
action. So, listen to Agent 6 and say goodbye to a great trilogy.
Reviews of other titles in this Trilogy
Child 44 [audio]
Secret Speech [audio]
Agent 6 [audio] [review]