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Present Danger

Present Danger [Kindle Edition]

Stella Rimington
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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'Another fast, action-packed thriller form the former head of MI5 ... the quality of her writing is still very high and you know that you are going to have a very exciting read with her entertaining stories ... the author did work for MI5 in Northern Ireland during her career and it adds an authenticity which is hard to ignore.' -- Euro Crime.

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When MI5 officer Liz Carlyle arrives in Belfast, danger immediately follows - she quickly learns that the peace process in the province is precarious.

Liz suspects The Fraternity to be a front for renegade IRA men. Also it looks as though a plot is being hatched against the security forces. Liz and her colleague Dave Armstrong believe that a former French Intelligence officer is involved. But during their investigations, Dave goes missing. Liz fears the worst, especially when she discovers that the obvious suspects have all disappeared.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1596 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849161941
  • Publisher: Quercus (29 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Rimington's best yet 24 Nov 2009
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is Stella Rimington's fifth novel featuring the clever and resourceful MI5 intelligence officer Liz Carlyle. While it's a stand alone novel, you'll probably enjoy it more if you've read some of her other books as many of the characters have made previous appearances.

At the start of the book, Liz Carlyle is transferred to Northern Ireland to take charge of MI5's agent runners division. Unbeknownst to her, the Director General is aware of her closeness to the recently widowed Charles Wetherby and wants to avert any potential inter-office romance. She expects to find that Northern Ireland is a backwater, but she soon discovers that there is a breakaway terrorist cell of former IRA members who want to continue the struggle by targeting policemen and members of MI5. When one of her colleagues comes under threat, she needs to quickly find answers.

As a thriller it's good but not outstanding. It's a well written and enjoyable read, but the tension never builds sufficiently to put it in the "can't put down" category. The villain is also devoid of any strong motivation or believability. On the other hand, what Rimington has going for her is credibility. As the former head of MI5, she knows the details that make the story feel authentic and knowing her pedigree definitely adds to the book. For example there is one early scene when an MI5 officer is meeting with his contact and the MI5 team are providing back up surveillance. Had I read this scene in another book, I might have thought: "well it wouldn't happen that way". Knowing Rimington's background, instead I could think: "oh, so that's how they'd do it". Fascinating.

I really like the way that Liz's character is developing and I thought this was one of Rimington's best yet.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series... so far. 3 Jan 2010
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In Dame Stella's fifth Liz Carlyle adventure, the MI5 agent is dispatched to take over in Northern Ireland, where a confused gang of American, French and Spanish criminals, pretending to be Irish Republicans, kidnap one of her agents.

I've enjoyed reading this novel more than the last couple in the series - the writing style seems to have improved a lot, although there are one or two moments that grate (two characters have wives named Moira just a few pages away from one another). The character of Liz is very realistic, but the other characters don't seem to have been given quite enough depth, including the baddies whose characterisation doesn't quite seem true to their motives.

The book moves at a good pace, and I absolutely love the level of detail that the writing goes into at some points. My favourite parts of these books are where the A4 teams tail suspects - it's so believable (presumably helped by Dame Stella knowing exactly how it's really done!) and her descriptions are some of very few that manage to translate themselves into images in my head. These A4 scenes are ones that I could really see in a cinematic form.

Overall, better than what I've been reading recently, and I am definitely looking forward to the next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story about intelligence operations 24 Dec 2013
By Gareth Simon TOP 100 REVIEWER
Present Danger, Stella Rimington, Quercus, 2010 (2009), 326pp.

This is an excellent story about intelligence operations, featuring the author's recurring character of Liz Carlyle and her regular supporting cast. This is not an action `thriller' as such, though there are many thriller elements, including commando raids and gun battles, but that is kept for the finale, and is not the bread and butter of the story. That is concerned with the detail of intelligence gathering and surveillance, which slowly builds up a picture that reveals what the baddies are up to, allowing for a response to be formulated. Being a thriller however, the baddies do throw a spanner in the works, aided by the occasional lapse of judgement by some of the MI6 agents. The basic plot involves a faction of former IRA members who have been taken over (and in) by a wealthy American who has thrown himself into the struggle - unfortunately a couple of years too late - and is now running a criminal organisation in Belfast. His operations slowly come to the attention of MI5, who have taken over intelligence gathering from the former RUC, and events start to escalate as he realises that MI5 are closing in. Throw in an international arms dealer, the French secret service, and a captured MI5 agent, and we are quickly in thriller territory; though moving at the measured pace of the stories in this series, with plenty of time for Liz's private life to be interwoven into the action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and exciting. 22 Sep 2013
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A very interesting and tightly controlled narrative where the characters are not super heroes but very much human and fallible. There's an exciting denouement and just a hint of romance...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic 24 Aug 2013
By RedFive
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I really quite liked all of this series of books. I'm sure they lif the lid of some very British aspects of espionage tradecraft whilst being totally believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Airport Read 31 Jan 2013
By jabt
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I was expecting a bit more inside information considering who the author is but it was a very enjoyable book if a little on the light side. Would be good to keep you entertained on a fong haul flight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 27 Jan 2013
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I absolutely love Stella Rimmington's books. Very believable, of course, not gruesome but with enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages. I have read all the Liz Carlyle series except one and I can't wait to read that too. I hope there will be a new one soon. I love the characters and the way they all follow on and yet you can pick them up out of order and still keep up. Brilliant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
like the the book. most enjoyable.
exciting and well written. good story line, flows along non stop. good read.
Published 3 days ago by K ev's mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very easy to read and understand. Good story line with plenty of action. This is the first stella Rimington book I have read and I will definitely read another.
Published 25 days ago by Tammy Woodhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Well written and believable. Good character base and done at a pace that keeps both interest and detail intact. Great series
Published 1 month ago by aspflyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly good read
A well paced story with authentic sounding detail. No unnecessary detail but a gripping narrative, with well defined characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by audreyview
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good authentic read. Enjoyed every minute of it. Obviously...
Enjoyed every minute of it. Obviously written by someone with real authority on the subject. I would definitely recommend it..
Published 1 month ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
A knowledgable writer, and a good story. The story has a few good twists, and it moves around to keep up the interest.
Published 2 months ago by Chris Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent page turner
Just what I have come to expect from Stella Rimington, a well thought out, believable story. A little slow to start but the pace picked up and it was rivetting from there on.
Published 2 months ago by M. J. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterly
Excellent novel, written with confidence in her subject [not that I would expect anything else]. Good use of language and the story flowed well.
Published 3 months ago by Sue Pipe
5.0 out of 5 stars clever plotting!
Stella Rimington writes superbly -from personal experience - and her characters are menacing and intriguing. I have become a regular fan. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Isobel Hamid
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious
Excellent thriller - I live where much of this novel is set and it was so realistic with this added ingredient - I am now a huge fan of Stella Rimington - will buy the rest of her... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angus
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