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The Spanish Game

A Novel

By Charles Cumming

The Spanish Game
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  • Hardcover: Nov 2008,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Nov 2009,
    352 pages.

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Like many spy thrillers, The Spanish Game is awash in an alphabet soup of acronyms. Below is a brief translation for the uninitiated.

MI5: "Military Intelligence, Section 5." Formed in 1909, MI5 is a UK counter-intelligence and security agency which concentrates its efforts mainly on security issues within the UK (approximately equivalent to the FBI). For more about the Military Intelligence Units & MI5 see the sidebar to At Risk by Stella Rimmington.

SIS: "Secret Intelligence Service" (sometimes incorrectly known as MI6). Formed in 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau, the SIS is the UK's external intelligence-gathering agency (approximately equivalent to the CIA). During World War II, SIS adopted the name MI6 as a 'flag of convenience', becoming one of 17 wartime military intelligence units. The name MI6 fell out of official use years ago but much of the media still refers to the SIS as such. For ...

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