‘The Trinity Six’, by Charles Cumming

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Grab your coffee, and read my review about ‘The Trinity Six’, my very first spy story read!

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Discovery:

I bought this book on a sale, and I chose it because I’ve never read any spy stories before, so I thought what the hell! I should try out.

Brainstorm:

I have mixed feelings about this book. There were times when I really enjoyed it, and then there were those days when I just felt like ‘meh’, and couldn’t get myself to continue. I’m not sure if it’s the book or me. The story kept my attention, even though I guessed basically every turn of the events, and none of the reveals really surprised me. I felt like the main character, Gaddis was the only one with dimensions, and even about him I couldn’t make up my mind. Sometimes he seemed sweet, human even, but those were mostly random, quick moments that felt like were there exactly to force him to seem so. I couldn’t understand what women see in him either. I think he would’ve been a more realistic character, had him only one young woman pining for him. I didn’t see the point of references of attraction most of the time, it wasn’t leading to anything. The other people felt more like promising ideas and not well-worked-out characters. Yet I found this book okay. Sometimes I was a bit confused because of the POV-s (one paragraph is one character, the next one suddenly another, and then back), but it was definitely not a badly written book. I liked its references to current politics.

Let’s give it a grade!

  1. Story: 4/5
  2. Characters: 3/5
  3. Style: 3/5
  4. The Subjective Factor: 3/5
  • GPA: 3,25

Uniqueness:

As this was my first book of the kind, I cannot really compare it to other similar ones. I liked that the MC was a simple university professor, and not somebody used to these kind of spiey things. What I also feel like I should mention is the fact a small part of the novel is set here in Hungary! The author captured it really well. I particularly liked the way he described how one instantly realizes that they’d arrived in a different world from Austria, even though technically there’s no border anymore.

Recommend to:

People who like a spy story that’s not all about high class cars and suit-wearing secret agents. This book felt more real than I expected it to be. The pacing is on a human scale, it’s not action on action, so if you’re interested more in the story and revealed-to-be secrets than in action-packed adventures, this book is for you.

Drink tip:

An occasional shot of vodka comes in handy.

Music room:

Jazz. The real hardcore abstract kind, without singers.

Future:

I feel like I should read some more spy novels, so I’ll have an overall picture of the genre in my head. I may or not read the next one from this author. We’ll see.

So, I really hope you liked my review! Have you already read spy stories? Did you like them? What were they like? Do you have one to recommend to me? I’m really interested in your answers! See the comment section below! πŸ˜‰

Hugs πŸ™‚

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