Spy by Nature by Charles Cumming

a spy by natureBlurb from goodreads.com, Please scroll down for my review. 
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.

My Review.
I was looking forward to this one as I enjoy a good spy book, but there is something missing in this. So far it just plods along, and there are parts where it seems like chit lit, and after having read the bio of the author Charles Cumming it could even be a bit of an autobiography. Unfortunately things take way to long to get going, and fortunately, I seem to have plenty of patience as it was a very quick read or I would have given up reading. After the 200 pages or so, it does get a little better, although not much, the spying parts gets going, slowly.

The few twists in the story are really twists more like little bumps in the road. There aren´t many surprises either, it is all a little predictable. This is not a very good debut novel.

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