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At Risk [Paperback]

Stella Rimington
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2 Jun 2005 Liz Carlyle (Book 1)

For MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle the nagging complications of her private life are quickly forgotten at Monday's Counter-Terrorist meeting. An invisible may have entered mainland Britain.

An 'invisible' - a terrorist who is an ethnic native of the target country, who can cross its borders unchecked and move about unnoticed - is the ultimate nightmare.

For Liz this signals the start of an operation that will test her to the limit. Who or what is the target? Where and who is the invisible? With each passing hour the danger increases. But as she desperately sifts the incoming intelligence and analyses the reports from her agents she finally realises that it is her ability to get inside her enemy's head that is the only hope of averting disaster.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099461390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099461395
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 three Liz Carlyle novels.

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With At Risk, Dame Stella Rimington's first novel, she is probably aware that she'll be under negative pressure for her literary efforts quite as she was for her true-life revelations concerning the world of spooks in her autobiography Open Secret. In fact At Risk is a strikingly assured debut, with a female perspective on the secret world (via Rimington's heroine Liz) that is as fresh as it is plausible. Rimington's position in MI5 led to the inevitable comparisons with Judi Dench's performances as the first female M in the James Bond films, but what we're shown here is clearly a picture of the author in her early days--Liz is an overworked lower-echelon secret service operative, dealing with both the casual chauvinism of her colleagues and a potentially devastating terrorist plot. The latter is handled with terrifying verisimilitude (one senses the author's intimate knowledge of this world here), and the chapters involving the activities of the 'invisible' (a terrorist who passes as a native of the host country) is probably the most chillingly handled section of the book.

At Risk appears to be partly autobiographical--a novel with a female intelligence officer as its heroine will be construed that way--but it wouldn't be enough to carry an indifferently written book--and this is anything but that. In a plot that mixes East End gangsters, hierarchy and the role of women in government organisations, the central theme here is terrorism. Rimington clearly sees this as the major threat to homeland security in this day and age. Liz Carlisle is a very promising character--and the fact that a series is pending is welcome news. --Barry Forshaw


"A cracking good thriller" (The Observer)

"Intelligent... Undeniably pacy" (The Guardian)

"This is something rare: the spy novel that prizes authenticity over fabrication" (Mail on Sunday)

"Rimington makes adroit use of her expertise as former MI5 chief" (The Sunday Times)

"Tense and terrifying" (Cosmopolitan)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Publisher: Arrow Books (2004), ISBN: 0099461390
At Risk is the debut spy thriller written by the former head of Security Service (aka MI 5), Stella Rimington. The author was the first woman to head MI 5, and the heroine of her story still comes up against some of the prejudices that continue to afflict women in traditional male bastions. Not that she is particularly bothered about this - she can afford to, she made it to the top after all - and nor is her heroine, Liz Carlyle.
Carlyle is a veteran with 10 years of service spent on the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorist desks. Her boss, the rather mercurial Charles Wetherby who's still in love with a wife afflicted by some sort of degenerative disease, has quiet confidence in Liz's abilities to tie loose threads of information together into a solid piece of analysis.
That first piece of information comes from Germany where a fake UK driving licence is ordered in the name of Faraj Mansoor, the homonym of a man known to Pakistan security services as a terrorist. Another thread is the chatter of terrorists who are eagerly expecting an "invisible" to come into the UK, a terrorist with the nationality and appearance of a national of the country in which he, or she, operates.
The story develops in a style reminiscent of Dan Brown's writing (The Da Vinci Code), a series of seemingly uncorrelated scenes which gradually morph into a full picture - I guess just like intelligence work. The plot does not let go of you and the author's tradecraft has undoubtedly instilled the story with a sense of verisimilitude. The dénouement is, however, a bit of a letdown - it is just a bit too soppy albeit not soppy enough to feel disappointed about having read the book in the first place.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent first novel (3.5 stars from me)! 23 Oct 2005
I really enjoyed this book. I was a little suspicious seeing the "From the former head of MI5" written on the cover. These marketing ploys by publishers get worse and worse lately. So, I picked it up with some reservations. But, I was not at all dissapointed. The story is wonderfully crafted. A whole lot of apparently unrelated bits and pieces of information get pulled togther, and this story was wonderfully realistic. One wonders if it perhaps comes from some MI5 files that the public will, of course, never get to hear about!!
AT RISK opens with an introduction to Liz Carlyle, the key character in the novel, currently an agent-runner with the counter-terrorism unit of MI5. Liz, while bumping heads with colleagues thanks to the usual inter-offfice, and indeed, intra-office politics in a male-dominated workplace, is also confidently supported by Charles Wetherby, her superior at MI5. We then witness the entrance into the UK of an "invisible", a terrorist and/or terrorist aid who can pass off for a local, and this invisible facilitates the entry into the UK of an arab terrorist. The plot takes off from there, and any further information would be a plot spoiler! It is certainly a fascinating and exciting story. And, with so much coverage of terrorism in the popular fiction today, this was a refreshingly original piece of story-telling (listen up, Vince Flynn!).
One cannot help but wonder how much the key character, Liz Carlyle, is actually Stella Rimmington. Carlyle's character is extremely well developed, and we get to learn a lot about her. In fact, all of the characters in the novel felt very real to me. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but not a great thriller 9 Dec 2006
As a former chief of the Security Service, Stella Rimington is well placed to write about the procedural details of an anti-terrorist investigation. The detail of what she describes rings true - even if one suspects that the "how to make a bomb" section may contain some deliberate errors. The type of terrorists that her heroine chases may also reflect the concerns of MI5 in the early 2000s. The heroine herself, and her love-hate relationship with the rakish anti-hero from SIS, or MI6, also tell us something about how the two organisations view each other. The plot is fairly gripping, but let down by a rather dull middle section, and an unsatisfactory ending.

Summary: an interesting read, but not a great thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable yarn 4 Mar 2012
By RoverP
I approached this book with some trepidation and without reading other reviews. I had expected that it would be more in the Le Carre mould with Rimmington using her wider ranging knowledge of MI5 to create a complex web of intrigue and perhaps going a bit over the top with unnecessary details about operational detail. A rather more heavyweight approach is fine when delivered with the literary finesse of a Le Carre or a PD James but I was not expecting Rimmington's literary skills to be quite that honed.

But far from being too heavyweight, the book is, in fact, at times perhaps rather too lightweight. Her writing style is also pretty fluent and what we get is a good readable yarn which never gets bogged down and which keeps you turning the pages.

Excellent first effort and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read.... 31 Aug 2006
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I am not usually into thrillers, but decided to give this book a go. the first few chapters were a bit slow, but once I got into the book, I couldnt put it down. The ending was a bit of an anti climax though, I had expected something a tad more exciting, but I will definately be reading her other book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believable!
Let's get it out of the way immediately. If you like plenty of detail about blood and guts on the floor then don't bother with this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wrinkly
5.0 out of 5 stars THRILLER
Typical Stella story which we have enjoyed reading.

We like her style and her great detective work. Look forward to future stories.
Published 1 month ago by P. T. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Liz Carlyle Book
I actually ended up reading all the other Liz Carlyle books before I got to this one, not least because the others are all available on Kindle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JohnT
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very good character. For a change the female lead wasn't abused as a child, sexually assaulted by a colleague and doesn't seem to have deep dark secrets! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gillian Middlemiss
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but creaks in places
I was given this for Christmas and quite enjoyed it but found it creaked in places. I felt the author was handicapped by being too close to her subject, so that the book was rather... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets!
Liz Carlyle a great character. Hope the stories keep coming. Brings the Secret Service to life and how it works
Published 6 months ago by Suzie Wong
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not ring true
There is a description in (I think) The Inklings of a book in which the protaganist arrives to work in his city job by seaplane that he parks of the Thames. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Henry Gladwyn
4.0 out of 5 stars At Risk
Great captivating story. Couldn't put the book down once I started reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes this genre.
Published 11 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Believeable Characters and Great Writing...
The pace of this book keeps the reader interested and curious about what is unfolding with the characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by VC, Hertfordshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Which I had read Stella Rimington books before now, brilliant, can't wait to read the rest of her books, thanks
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Jacky Jones
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