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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608194892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608194896
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She provides lots of detail of intelligence work used to counter today's terrorists that seems real - and intriguing Financial Times Rimington's best work demonstrates a flair for narrative, with a sense of authenticity and an insider's grasp on the pressing issues of the day Washington Post She uses her knowledge of covert spy operations to create powerful story lines that are exciting yet plausible Daily Express Rip Tide incorporates the epic sweep and global concerns expected of a contemporary spy thriller Irish Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dame Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She was appointed Director General in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She has written her autobiography and five Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.

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Suspense, humor and a fast pace.
Randy
A great page turner, easy to read on those night when you don't want to put too much effort into your reading.
Adrienne
Stella Rimington provides a good tale.
Stuart H. Johnson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the sixth novel in Stella Rimington's series about MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle. Whilst you could pick this up not having read any of the others (indeed, she spends a tedious amount of time early on filling in back stories), it's not the best in the series by a long shot.

The plot kicks off with a pirate attack on a charity's cargo ship off the Somalian coast. Liz Carlyle gets involved when one of the pirates turns out to be a Pakistani British citizen. It appears that there is a link between a militant Islamic group in Birmingham and the attacks in the Indian Ocean. The pirates also seem able to access information about the charity's shipping plans, so the action moves between Africa, Greece and the UK.

I enjoyed this book but in a half-hearted way. It felt like it had been written by numbers: one character is twice referred to as "ineffably sad", another is frequently described as "dogged" or "like a bloodhound". The plot also gets wrapped up abruptly towards the end, with Carlyle mysteriously acquiring critical information about a key player, which felt at odds with the pace to that point. Whilst a number of characters reappear from previous installments, none of them have evolved or developed in any way. Liz has a new romantic partner who plays a lead role, but he also remains bland throughout.

Nevertheless there was enough here to hold my interest and there are occasional moments of genuine tension. The other thing I enjoy about Rimington's books are the way that they are rooted in current events (with the unfortunate exception of two references to Osama Bin Laden being alive) and reflect her insider knowledge about intelligence procedures.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. on November 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The word mediocre was invented for reviews of novels like this one. Yes, the author tells a story, but the plot is odd, the characters rarely fleshed out, and the writing indicative of someone not born to write. Yet book contracts are available for someone of her past,so she takes them. It doesn't add to her reputation any, in my opinion, but it no doubt helps the pocket book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Ashcroft on June 1, 2013
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Liz Carlyle is a terrific character. I have read all of the Liz Carlyle books and I am never disappointed. A great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth quackenbush on January 30, 2013
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I've really enjoyed this series. The plots are s engaging and they seem very authentic. This book, like the others in the series, kept me very interested.This book included very curent topics such as Somali pirates, funding for terrorist groups through piracy the unlikely person could be a terrorist. I'm glad I discovered this author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Brodie on November 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Rimington's novels including her autobiography. She is developing as a novelist. Since she was an MI5 Director General with a long career, you have to give her credit for writing at least believable operational details. Not that she'd give away secrets. Excellent novel for this genre.
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The French Navy has just stopped an attack by Somali pirates on a Greek ship in the Indian Ocean that is carrying a UK-based charity's cargo to Africa. Two things about this incident just don't gibe with your ordinary everyday pirate attack: For one, one of those pirates turns out to be a young British national of Pakistani descent from Birmingham. For another, this would have been the third such hijacking of this charity's cargo--in each case a cargo that's far and away more valuable than their usual shipments. Not only does this get the attention of the charity's London and Athens offices, but also MI5's Liz Carlyle and MI6's Geoffrey Fane and MI6's French counterpart, Martin Seurat and Andy Bokus of the CIA. Obviously there's a security leak somewhere, probably in the charity's Athens office. MI5 sends an undercover operative to Athens to find the leak, but she won't live long enough to tell what she's found out. And the "pirate" from Birmingham isn't talking. And so it begins...

This sixth in the Liz Carlyle series is, as expected, another ripping good yarn. But I'm sure what Liz fans really want to know is: Did she go back to Charles? Or is she still with Martin? Or is there Somebody Else??? Not saying.

11/12 update: Now available, book seven in the series, "The Geneva Trap," a case of cyber-espionage.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Barton Phelps on July 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Somehow I clicked on this book (Kindle Edition) and read it - it goes fast - on our shore-side vacation and now report.

As literature it's simply not. Absolutely not. Cardboard characters. Kind of a weak thriller plot - only ships carrying valuable relief supplies from Athens to Mombassa get hijacked off the Somali Coast. Others get through. Why these? Well, there must be a leak someplace. And Kay Carlyle (who is, apparently, a long time literary heroine invented by Dame Rimington) of MI5 investigates and then everything works out after 250 pages so that the good guys win and the bad ones get what's coming to them.

Not being a big fan of thriller literature, a rating for this book is kind of a guess because I don't know what thriller fans really like. But offhand I'll give it three stars and say that Dame Rimington, who I must assume from her distinguished record as a supervisor in MI5 and her honorary title from the Queen is a very nice lady, really ought to stick to what she knows - and that's not writing novels. But if you are addicted to thrillers, spies, intelligence operatives, the relations between MI5 and MI6 and jaded English clubmen with handkerchiefs in their sleeves (men who are really "carrying" and are deadly when aroused) I'll guess this is average for the lot.
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