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by Gerald Seymour (Author), Colin Mace (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 37 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Dec 2013
  • Language: English
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Holt, a diplomat, and Noah Crane, Israeli master-sniper, plan to walk by night into the dangerous Beqa'a Valley, where capture by the Syrian Army results in torture and death.

It is to find one man: the subject of an act of vengeance by the British, to display their strength in the face of terrorism. But when Holt and Crane are far into the Beqa'a, unrecoverable, their cover is blown....

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is essentially about two men . The inexperienced Holt and the ex-SAS Wylie.They are sent on a suicide mission to assassinate an assassin in the Beqa'a Valley.Seymour has interwoven the characters' thoughts and it's not long before you start to feel for each of them. The plot keeps you on tenderhooks right through. A definite read for anyone - don't wait as long as I did -15 yrs since being given the book.One of my all time favourites!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't be childish, Holt!" 3 Jan 2006
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Jane Canning has a minor spat with her lover Holt. A few minutes later, a lone gunman kills Jane, the personal secretary to the British military attaché in Moscow, along with the British Ambassador to the USSR outside their hotel in Yalta. Holt, the latter's private secretary, sees it all, including a close-up view of the assassin's distinctively scarred face.
Comparing Holt's description of the murderer to a database of surveillance photos, MI6 in London identifies the killer as Palestinian fighter Abu Hamid. Since Jane was also the Secret Intelligence Service's agent in Moscow, the MI6 Director General recruits Holt to accompany Noah Crane, an Anglo-Jewish veteran sniper on loan from the Israeli Army, into Lebanon's dangerous Beqa'a Valley to exact vengeance. The plan is for Crane to shoot Hamid after Holt positively identifies him. Haunted by Jane's last words, "Don't be childish, Holt", the young and inexperienced Third Secretary in Her Majesty's Diplomatic Corps agrees.
AT CLOSE QUARTERS is another in a series of excellent covert action novels by Gerald Seymour whose writing embodies the best of John le Carré and Adam Hall. Le Carré's spy stories emphasize the subtleties of character and plot development, while Hall's focus on the plot twists and close run things that bedevil his hero Quiller through many sagas. In this case, the character evolution is all Holt's as he's chaperoned by the crusty and non-communicative Crane into harm's way. Crane calls Holt "youngster", and instructs him, for survival's sake, to watch everything he does - and learn. It's OJT out on the sharp edge. In the meantime, the intelligence operatives of Syria, Israel and Great Britain are all conniving for better or worse in the background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His best book 8 April 2014
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This was the first Gerald Seymour book I read and I believe it is his best. Sadly, I lent my copy to a friend and did not get it back. I was delighted when I saw it advertised on Amazon.co.uk and quickly bought a copy. I am half way through it and I'm as fascinated as I was the first time around. The character of Noah Crane has been thoroughly researched. Brilliant stuff.
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