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explained The Trinity Six, review The Trinity Six, trailer The Trinity Six, box office The Trinity Six, analysis The Trinity Six, The Trinity Six 7950 The Most Closely Guarded Secret Of The Cold War Is About To Be Exposed The Identity Of A SIXTH Member Of The Infamous Cambridge Spy Ring And People Are Killing For It London, Late One Night, Edward Crane Is Declared Dead At A London Hospital An Obituary Describes Him Only As A Resourceful Career Diplomat But Crane Was Much Than That And The Circumstances Surrounding His Death Are Far From What They Seem Fifteen Years Later, Academic Sam Gaddis Needs Money When A Journalist Friend Asks For His Help Researching A Possible Sixth Member Of The Notorious Trinity Spy Ring, Gaddis Knows That She S Onto A Story That Could Turn His Fortunes Around But Within Hours The Journalist Is Dead, Apparently From A Heart Attack Taking Over Her Investigation, Gaddis Trails A Man Who Claims To Know The Truth About Edward Crane Europe Still Echoes With Decades Of Deadly Disinformation On Both Sides Of The Iron Curtain And As Gaddis Follows A Series Of Leads Across The Continent, He Approaches A Shocking Revelation One Which Will Rock The Foundations Of Politics From London To Moscow explained The Trinity Six, review The Trinity Six, trailer The Trinity Six, box office The Trinity Six, analysis The Trinity Six, The Trinity Six 7950 The Most Closely Guarded Secret Of The Cold War Is About To Be Exposed The Identity Of A SIXTH Member Of The Infamous Cambridge Spy Ring And People Are Killing For It London, Late One Night, Edward Crane Is Declared Dead At A London Hospital An Obituary Describes Him Only As A Resourceful Career Diplomat But Crane Was Much Than That And The Circumstances Surrounding His Death Are Far From What They Seem Fifteen Years Later, Academic Sam Gaddis Needs Money When A Journalist Friend Asks For His Help Researching A Possible Sixth Member Of The Notorious Trinity Spy Ring, Gaddis Knows That She S Onto A Story That Could Turn His Fortunes Around But Within Hours The Journalist Is Dead, Apparently From A Heart Attack Taking Over Her Investigation, Gaddis Trails A Man Who Claims To Know The Truth About Edward Crane Europe Still Echoes With Decades Of Deadly Disinformation On Both Sides Of The Iron Curtain And As Gaddis Follows A Series Of Leads Across The Continent, He Approaches A Shocking Revelation One Which Will Rock The Foundations Of Politics From London To Moscow

  • Hardcover
  • 354 pages
  • The Trinity Six
  • Charles Cumming
  • English
  • 20 June 2017
  • 9780312675295

About the Author: Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming is British writer of spy fiction His international bestselling thrillers including A Spy By Nature, The Spanish Game, Typhoon and The Trinity Six A former British Secret Service recruit, he is a contributing editor of The Week magazine and lives in London.



10 thoughts on “The Trinity Six

  1. says:

    I had stumbled upon this book in my library The author was new to me but the interesting storyline made me give this book a try.Before I come to my review of the book, please allow me to say a few lines about the Cambridge Spy Ring The Cambridge Spy rings refers to the students of Trinity College, University of Cambridge who had been recruited by the Russian intelligence Members of the ring identified Kim Philby, Donald Duart Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross Later, these people went to work for the Foreign Office and SIS the British secret service and passed on intelligence to the Soviets during World War II and early years of the Cold War You can refer to the following links if you want to exposure of the ring created furore in the UK and caused much embarrassment to the authorities, but also provider fodder to spy thriller and non fiction writers, conspiracy theorists, TV series and movie creators.The plot of this novel is based on the premise that a sixth member of the Cambridge Spy Ring existed and this fact has been kept hidden by the SIS My interest was greatly piqued and started reading with pretty high expectations.The protagonist, Dr Sam Gaddis, is a professor of history and written a book entitled Tsars whcih criticized the current Russian government, headed by Sergei Platov , an ex KGB agent The book was not destined to be bestseller though.Gaddis is under heavy debts due to payments made to his ex wife for child support and also to sponsor her new boyfriend He learns from his journalist friend that a sixth member existed and she is on the verge of uncovering his identity No prizes for guessing that the friend was killed before she do that and Gaddis decides to investigate and write a bestselling book to expose the truth and also to tackle his impending financial crisis So Gaddis enters the world of spies and assassins and soon is running for his life that s what spy thriller protagonists do if they are not the ones doing the chasing.We have deceit, betrayal, murders as both the SIS and the Russian agency both try to prevent old secrets from being exposed Different people have different motives behind their actions and humans can do anything for their self interests.We get to meet the supposed sixth member and he really is quite a character.This novel is pretty realistic or what passes for realistic spy fiction Gaddis is no James Bond and there is little of the so called high octane action here He is a bit of a ladies man and this is his only similarity with the great British icon On the contrary, he solely depends upon others especially SIS officer Tanya Acocella for his survival.The story would take us on a journey from the UK to Continental Europe and even New Zealand More people would be murdered and the mystery would keep you guessing The Brits want to keep the sixth member a secret but why are the Russians on a killing spree Is something far bigger at stake There is mystery, suspense, tension and the novel made for a decent read It certainly had all the ingredients for a great thriller and the author tried at least I felt so, but still somethings were amiss.I could not feel for the protagonist his love for his daughter made him a little likable, but a character need not be likable to make the readers root for him I liked the character of Tanya the most She stood up to her superior for Gaddis s sake and even jeopardized her career and even life to protect him.The ending was tooooo simplistic and convenient I was expecting something , you know, climactic the words I would have liked to use are eluding me right now.If you like spy thrillers where the operatives don t carry exploding pens and you don t want too much blood and gore in it then you might want to give it a try I won t say this is a very good book but I do not regret the time I invested in it.

  2. says:

    Loved this book Here s what I told BOOKLIST What is it about British spy novelists From Graham Greene and Geoffrey Household and Eric Ambler to Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, and John le Carre for some reason, when it comes to writing about espionage and betrayal, nobody does it better than the Brits Something about the miserable weather in London, maybe That whole declining Empire thing Whatever the reason, the good news is that there s a new heir to the throne Charles Cumming, whose latest novel, The Trinity Six, reminds me of those classic Ambler stories about an ordinary man who gets caught up in circumstances beyond his control and must run for his life Cummins bases his tale on the real life ring of spies called the Cambridge Five, run by Kim Philby, whose revelation rocked the West during the peak of the Cold War His hero, a divorced, fortyish academic in dire financial straits, discovers that there may have been an undiscovered sixth mole And then the real trouble starts If the spy novel is like a well loved old leather briefcase that s seen better days, Cumming who s on his way to becoming one of our best spy writers takes it down from the attic, restores it and buffs it and makes it new again.

  3. says:

    It is 1992, a few years after the cold war and in a hospital in London late one night, a low level diplomat, Edward Crane is declared dead But Crane was much than that, and not everything is as it seems.A decade and a half later, Sam Gaddis, an academic with a particular interest in Russia, suddenly has a mountain of debt to pay The huge tax bill, and demands from his ex wife means he needs to land a lucrative book deal An old friend hints that she is onto the story of a lifetime, that she has discovered that there was a sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring He agrees to help with the research But both the British and the Russians want this secret suppressed, and within a few hours she is dead from a heart attack.With the blessing of her late husband, he picks up the investigation His research is flagged at the heart of the British Secret service and the wheels are set in motion to counter what Gaddis is trying to find out As he contacts people that knew about Crane, the Russians are not far behind, and they are taking steps to ensure that no secrets are ever spoken again.He is contacted by a man in a nursing home, who hints that he knows about the enigmatic man, Crane With his details and the records of a Russian journalist, Gaddis is closing in on his scoop of the century, but the threat to his life is ever perilous.Cummings has written here a magnificent spy thriller He has plenty of tension, a plausible plot that rings almost true, and a way of writing that means that you connect with the main character Gaddis It has a good pace too, even though it is just over 400 page in this edition, I zipped through this in no time at all It has all the hallmarks of a classic spy novel too, cold war history, double agents, tradecraft and secrets Cumming has also managed to convey that feeling of fear that as Gaddis suddenly realises that he is in way deeper than he imagined was possible Great stuff Will definitely be reading all his others.

  4. says:

    It wasn t just MaClean, Burgess, Philby, Cairncross and Blunt in the Cambridge Spy Ring there was a sixth man In Charles Cumming s novel his history emerges and promptly entangles itself with the past of a Putin like Russian President whist in the middle a battered, but oh so sexy, historian tries to figure out the truth in an ever dangerous world where murder is stalking him There are good ideas in this book, and it would have been interesting to see what a Le Carre, Deighton or even a Fleming would have done with them even if the first name on that list would surely have dismissed the amount of coincidence involved However, despite a good set up, what we re left with is a ploddingly pedestrian thriller starring a crumpled, yet charismatic, handsome, ladies man professor In short, the kind of figure that any academic slogging through essay marking at a crumbling university wishes he actually was What particularly annoyed me about The Sixth Man though was the portrayal of the female characters The two he meets are both young, highly attractive and potentially available to crumpled history professors but scarcely have any character beyond that Even Fleming works harder to give Bond s love interest a sense of personality In addition, the possible motivations for one of characters the actual why she met the professor and entered the narrative is seemingly forgotten about In a paranoid moment, questions are actually raised as to why Holly should trust this professor so much that she falls immediately into bed with him and gives him this wealth of material The short answer to that is that the plot demands it, but it s just incredibly lazy for the author to raise the issue, but not bother to find a decent character related answer.

  5. says:

    What is it about certain male authors who feel the need to create good looking, bad boy men in their forties who are irresistible to women half their age Is it wish fulfillment Or do these men really believe that all hot twentysomething women are panting after fortyish men I specify hot, of course, because these male characters certainly wouldn t care if a non hot twentysomething wanted to leap into bed with them This particular fortyish bad boy is Sam Gaddis, the main character of The Trinity Six, by Charles Cumming He is a rumpled, debt ridden academic with boyish good looks and charm although I found him to be annoying and dickish who stumbles upon one of the greatest kept spy secrets of the British government While pursuing the truth of this secret, he manages to bed one hot young woman, makes a play at another who is a spy and admires a third who he will keep an eye on because she may be susceptible to his creepy bad boy charm Gaddis is also a major fuck up who manages to get at least one person killed and puts many others lives in danger because he is, as I ve said, a fuck up He knows he s pursing a huge secret that neither the Russian government nor the British government want exposed yet seems surprised when people he talks to about this super hush hush secret keep turning up dead Gee, I wonder what s going on Perhaps if Gaddis would put effort into keeping the blood circulating to his brain instead of his penis, he d have a clue I didn t really like this book It s a fast paced read and it kept me interested although early on there is a good bit of Gaddis just sitting around listening to an old man tell stories about the super hush hush secret so that gets tedious , but novels about British and Russian spies from World War Two don t seem all that relevant Cumming doesn t tie the big secret to modern political goings on other than the most bland and obvious of connections and as I kept reading, I found myself thinking so what Nothing really happens in the book Seriously After all the wire tapping and killing and running around and sneaking out of countries with no passport, pretty much nothing changes Gaddis does learn the truth of the Big Secret, but he can t really do anything with that knowledge except view spoiler allow the Russians to buy his silence with a shit ton of money Yeah, okay, so some of the money is going to his dead friend s husband the Russians killed the journalist friend because she was snooping into the Big Secret , but people died who didn t need to and Gaddis gets a fat bank account blood money But he seems okay with it hide spoiler

  6. says:

    I ve always been intrigued by the UK s Cambridge Five My local Bookstore owner didn t have a good non fiction on hand for the subject, but instead recommended The Trinity Six a what if fictional mystery about a sixth Cambridge spy I hadn t read a good spy novel in many years, and this book makes me excited to continue with the genre once again.

  7. says:

    A tribute to wily 90 year olds Sam Gaddis, a Russian scholar, is broke, but thinks he can write a best selling book from research left by a journalist friend Before she unexpectedly dies, Gaddis s friend, Charlotte Berg, confides she s unearthed a possible sixth to a notorious 1930s ring of Cambridge recruited Russian spies Her source Irascible Thomas Neame He claims he s the sixth man s confidante, is ninety one and hard to find But Gaddis, aided by Charlotte s notes, tracks Neame down in a nursing home, receives his story and likes what he hears More or less for awhile, at least.Happily, I faced no learning curve I d heard of this gang of traitors before Philby, Burgess, Mclean et al Guy Burgess, especially, is vividly drawn in Michael Dobbs Winston s War What did come across, though, as kind of a stretch, was how deeply in debt, impoverish Sam could always come up with a wad of dough Three thousand pounds to pay off a source Charlotte had tapped before she died Not that this stopped me from liking the book or secretly cheering Thomas Neame Deprived of his freedom, passport and cash, he still outwits the M16 and wickedly gets the last word in the end.Three and a half stars rounded up to four.

  8. says:

    With my library copy and a few days off over the Easter period, this was a page turning and enjoyable read.With not too much cerebral investment required by me, I met Dr Sam Gaddis and the other characters in this novel of spies, espionage and deception of a retired Secret Intelligence Service officer who being the undiscovered Sixth Man of the Cambridge Five the real spy ring who were recruited by the Russians in WWII and the 1950s and who successfully in various guises passed information about the UK to the USSR , was continuing to be denied his moment in history by MI6.In the main Charles Cumming s book and his characters were plausible for a non spook and having read other leading thriller authors no far fetched The meeting with a key person in Vienna, following Sam s ease of infiltrating pun intended the wedding, was perhaps too simple as was the events thereafter but not once did I groan or consider putting it down In fact it was a great way to end a day at the beach, at an old castle or charging around the hills, and that is really all I ask of a holiday novel.

  9. says:

    An extremely good Cold War thriller set in the present day when our protagonist, a British professor, finds himself investigating claims surrounding the classic Cambridge affair and the Cold War decades afterwards It seems that there are still people out there who don t particularly like the fact that he s doing research and dredging up old stories, but who s trying to kill him and those close to him In today s thriller world, most geopolitical thrillers involve Muslim extremists, and for good reason, but it was a blast here to get something of a flashback to the glory days of the likes of Ludlum and Le Carre, when the Russians were the bad guys and the global stakes were huge This was a joy to read and fun from start to finish It was full of good characters, starting with the protagonist and carrying through to the retired spies and the new breed of spies who have replaced them And then there are the bad guys, of course The story was good, as well, and I had no complaints with the pacing, which seems to be a rarity for me these days Really, the only beef I had was in the fact that there really weren t any last minute plot twists, or anything In that sense, you could have pretty much figured out where this was all headed when you were about halfway to two thirds of the way through it An eleventh hour surprise or two could have lifted this one to five star status, but instead it s just a very solid four.

  10. says:

    The fact that the book has only two stars from me is because I struggled to come to terms with fact and fiction The Trinity Six begins by outlining what Burgess, MacLean, Blunt, Philby and Cairncross had been up to so was quite gripping It then drifted to fiction, which in fairness it is and doesn t claim to be anything else, when Sam Gaddis appeared and, hard up, he wanted to make some money by exposing the sixth member of the Cambridge group And he went to any sort of length to get the truth.Yes, there are moments of excitement as Gaddis and his various lady friends wander around Europe in an attempt to get to the truth but overall it rather left me cold, with the ending particularly disappointing.

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