The Accidental Agent

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  • Audiobook
  • 336 pages
  • The Accidental Agent
  • Alan Judd
  • 11 September 2017
  • 1471152316

About the Author: Alan Judd

Alan Judd is a pseudonym used by Alan Edwin Petty Born in 1946, he graduated from Oxford University and served as a British Army officer in Northern Ireland during The Troubles , before later joining the Foreign Office he currently works as a security analyst He regularly contributes articles to a number of publications, including The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator as its motoring correspondent His books include both fiction and non fiction titles, with his novels often drawing on his military background He lives in Sussex with his wife and daughter.


The Accidental AgentPlotting In The Best Le Carr TraditionMail On SundayFrom The Author Of Legacy, Now A Major BBC Film, And The Kaiser S Last Kiss Comes A Brilliant New Novel For Fans Of John Le Carre And Charles Cumming Brexit Looms And Charles Thoroughgood, Chief Of MI, Is Forbidden For Political Reasons From Spying On The EU But When An EU Official Volunteers The EU S Negotiating Bottom Lines To One Of His Officers, Charles Has To Report It Whitehall Is Eager For But As The Case Develops Charles Realises That It May Not Be Quite What It Appears At The Same Time, He Finds He Has A Family Connection With A Possible Terrorist Whom MI Want Checked Out In Both Cases, Charles Is Forced To Become His Own Agent, Seeking What He Really Does Not Want To Find Authoritative And Packed With In Depth Knowledge,Accidental Agentis A Gripping New Spy Thriller From A Master Of The Genre Judd Infuses His Writing With Insider Knowledge New Statesman Wonderful One Of The Best Spy Novels Ever Peter Hennessey OnLegacy Belongs To The Classic Tradition Of Spy Writing Guardian Judd Has An Infallible Grasp Of IntelligenceSpectator

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10 thoughts on “The Accidental Agent

  1. Elite Group says:

    Pure Class.Charles Thoroughgood is the head of MI6 He has returned to the service after a short period in the wilderness and finds himself involved in the minutiae of life in any area these days health safety, form filling, budget pressures and the expectation to perform miracles with ever decreasing resources His thoughts naturally therefore often turn to his imminent retirement.The government is in the middle of protracted negotiations on Brexit when his long time friend, and unofficiall Pure Class.Charles Thoroughgood is the head of MI6 He has returned to the service after a short period in the wilderness and finds himself involved in the minutiae of life in any area these days health safety, form filling, budget pressures and the expectation to perform miracles with ever decreasing resources His thoughts naturally therefore often turn to his imminent retirement.The government is in the middle of protracted negotiations on Brexit when his long time friend, and unofficially acknowledged successor, Gareth Horley, presents a memo which purports to contain classified information on the EU s bottom line negotiating their position on an acceptable divorce bill amount This information, if it can be verified, could pave the way to a quick settlement and is well received by certain influential members of the Cabinet But Charles is uncertain as to its veracity and starts digging Has his friend been gilding the lily and what other crimes may he be guilty of Has Gareth been simply na ve in swallowing the bait offered or are darker issues involved Investigating a friend and possibly doubting his word is never a task willing Alan Judd writes with humour and, clearly, with some inside knowledge of the workings of government We can all identify with the frustrations experienced by Thoroughgood and his confidantes when trying to get things done outside the system Even the powers of the head of MI6 apparently have boundaries.The plot carries along the reader effortlessly with a varied pace which allows time for reflection and thought The theme of Brexit negotiations, around which the plot is based, is bang up to date and contemporary The intrigue is palpable.The comparison will inevitably be made with Le Carre who, in my opinion, is the master of this genre but Judd stands up admirably to this comparison and ranks amongst the few who aspire to this position effortless read of intrigue for lovers of spy thrillers.First class mr zorgBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review

  2. Malcolm Hamer says:

    I have enjoyed Alan Judd s work in the past he is an excellent writer But I found Accidental Agent weighed down by procedural detail and rather short on thrills.

  3. John Kaye says:

    I ve read and enjoyed most of the previous Charles Thorogood stories Thiis one didn t seem to be as good, but it was short, dispatched in the day, so I obviously was happy to keep reading But is seemed rather formulaic and the characters not well fleshed out, and I never really understood why the deputy did what he did, and it made the whole thing rather unsatisfactory Also the godson sub plot didn t seem to add anything, other than being a bit topical Not the best of them.

  4. Jackie Cain says:

    I enjoyed this book It had a pace and a flow that I liked It started with a party and introduced a host of characters, including cleverly providing backstory about our protagonist s wife and in chapter two getting straight into suspicions all over the place For once, I have read the latest book in a series without reading the earlier ones I noticed that there are quick introductions to the characters and what they have done in the past I think it is the sort of back story that I d have cons I enjoyed this book It had a pace and a flow that I liked It started with a party and introduced a host of characters, including cleverly providing backstory about our protagonist s wife and in chapter two getting straight into suspicions all over the place For once, I have read the latest book in a series without reading the earlier ones I noticed that there are quick introductions to the characters and what they have done in the past I think it is the sort of back story that I d have considered quite nifty if I were familiar with the series but, as a newcomer, I was left thinking it was almost too little and wondering if that is always the case It is probably an ongoing problem for writers of series how do you appeal to new readers without irritating regular readers I very much enjoyed the mixture of operational spying and head office responsibilities I also liked how, in both cases that we are following, a feeling of unease builds gradually over the book and the answers are provided by the end without being too simplistic or glib However, I did feel it just sort of finished, quite abruptly I m not really sure what else I wanted but I was still left a little surprised I am not particularly moved to go back and read the start of the series

  5. Jo Shaw says:

    This was an intriguing and timely spy thriller, given that it takes place with Brexit firmly in the background It doesn t have the thrills and spills of many spy thrillers, it issedate than that, but it certainly held my interest from start to finish It is certainly from the leCarre school of espionage books Charles Thoroughgood is Head of MI6, and together with the assistance of a colleague, Sonia, has to investigate the work and actions of his potential successor, Gareth Throughout th This was an intriguing and timely spy thriller, given that it takes place with Brexit firmly in the background It doesn t have the thrills and spills of many spy thrillers, it issedate than that, but it certainly held my interest from start to finish It is certainly from the leCarre school of espionage books Charles Thoroughgood is Head of MI6, and together with the assistance of a colleague, Sonia, has to investigate the work and actions of his potential successor, Gareth Throughout the investigation, all is not quite what it seems, and it comes to an interesting conclusion In addition, there are a couple of inter connected side stories, which add an interesting dimension to the work that Charles does in the Service I had never come across the works of Alan Judd prior to reading this, but I am certainly interested to see that there are a number of books starring Charles Thoroughgood, and I definitely intend to explore further Many thanks to Simon Schuster UK via Netgalley, for the opportunity to read this book

  6. Ian says:

    This is a very contemporary spy story, set in the wake of the 2016 Brexit referendum MI6 is forbidden from spying on the EU but when head of the service Charles Thoroughgood discovers that his deputy has been holding clandestine meetings with a senior Brussels official, the opportunity to gain an edge in the negotiations to leave the EU is too good to pass up.This is a procedural spy thriller very much in the leCarre mould and Judd paints a convincing picture of civil service bureaucracy bangin This is a very contemporary spy story, set in the wake of the 2016 Brexit referendum MI6 is forbidden from spying on the EU but when head of the service Charles Thoroughgood discovers that his deputy has been holding clandestine meetings with a senior Brussels official, the opportunity to gain an edge in the negotiations to leave the EU is too good to pass up.This is a procedural spy thriller very much in the leCarre mould and Judd paints a convincing picture of civil service bureaucracy banging heads with operational espionage concerns The main story is also skilfully interwoven with a sub plot concerning Thoroughgood s own godson becoming a convert to Islam and worries he may become radicalised.Not exactly edge of the seat but it will keep you turning the pages

  7. Brian& says:

    The best thing about this book is it s only 250 pages long This is a political thriller but it s as boring as a parliamentary debate There are sections that are just board meetings about health and safety There is also a second plot involving Islamic extremism which goes nowhere and has no relation to the other plotThis 250 page book is just two short stories and a lot of filler There is a section at the start which I presume is supposed to add excitement and get the reader interested and thr The best thing about this book is it s only 250 pages long This is a political thriller but it s as boring as a parliamentary debate There are sections that are just board meetings about health and safety There is also a second plot involving Islamic extremism which goes nowhere and has no relation to the other plotThis 250 page book is just two short stories and a lot of filler There is a section at the start which I presume is supposed to add excitement and get the reader interested and thrilled but it comes out of the blue, is quickly over, and is not mentioned again 2 stars because it was short and I didn t wastethan a day on it

  8. Joanna says:

    As a spy secret agent book the author seems to know his stuff There are dull moments and gripping moments with the clandestine meetings, traveling around and general operational information just enough to make it all very believable I m not sure why there is a subplot about the godson and Syria which made the ending a bit inconclusive for me A good read otherwise.

  9. Greville Waterman says:

    Well written , atmospheric, beautifully researched and written by someone who has a deep knowledge of the murky world of espionage, this is an exceptionally good spy thriller that grabbed my attention from the outside and took me on a deeply satisfying ride to its eventual conclusion.This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last.Highly recommended.

  10. Mary Crawford says:

    A very procedural English MI5 read Some interesting aspects of how spies operate especially during the Brexit negotiations Some Islamic propaganda in terms of how members of their community are viewed with suspicion and treated by the security forces, parallels of how Irish people were treated in England are easy to be seen Not for me.