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Red Station [Hardcover]

Adrian Magson
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (2 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727869396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727869395
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 13.7 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred review - "The nail-biting suspense, high-octane action, and keep-'em-guessing plot set this book apart from the usual spy thriller, but it's smart, tough, fearless, quick-thinking superspook Harry Tate who puts it in a whole other league. Superb!" --Booklist (American Library Association)

"... a ramped-up spy story of unusual vigor and imagination. The plotting is intricate... the action intense fast-paced... a strong sontender in a field long dominated by John le Carre and Ian Fleming." --LIBRARY JOURNAL (US)

"British author Magson takes a break from crime fiction with this solid, suspenseful first of a new espionage series. MI5 agent, Harry Tate... is an intriguing addition to the ranks of the genre's reluctant spies, and readers will eagerly await his next adventure." --PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY

"This is an assured polished piece of writing. Magson lays down the ominous sense of betrayal carefully as anything you'd expect to read in a Fleming or le Carre. So I can't wait until the next Harry Tate thriller." --Shots Magazine -

"... takes a portion of styles (thrills, drama and spying as a dirty business) and mixes them together into a thrilling espionage tale. Those who like spy stories logical, topical, with a hint of trade-craft and characters you actually care about, will find a lot to enjoy... " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over 17 Nov 2011
Move over John Le Carre, Len Deighton, Forsyth and all the others. Here comes Adrian Magson.
Red Station is the first book featuring Harry Tate. Following a botched drugs bust, Harry from MI5 is unjustly blamed and posted to 'Red Station' somewhere in eastern europe he is given a No Contact Rule.
What his bosses haven't told him however, is that Red Station is a posting for problem spooks, these are people from MI5 and MI6 who have screwed up or are burnt out and they won't be going home.
Harry soon realises that he and his fellow spooks are being watched. He begins to dig and finds that those who were recalled or left to go home never made it. Harry begins to suspect there is something very wrong at Red Station and in the highest echelons of the secret services. With his life is in danger from an invading Russian army and a government assassination team known as The Hit, Harry has had enough and he decides to fight back in the only way can.
Red Station is written with great authority. Magson gives us atmosphere, authentic speech and characterisation all done with the light touch of a master. Harry Tate? I look forward to reading more.
In my opinion Magson just gets better and better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Station by Adrian Magson 31 Dec 2010
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Review by Geraldine Evans

After an operation more bungled by circumstances than any incompetence on his part, MI5 agent Harry Tate is posted to Red Station in south Ossetia, a drab place where, apart from the ever-present followers, nothing much happens.

But then things start to hot up. A British agent - one of the `Clones' stalking Tate - is murdered. He begins to suspect there is a mole in his small department. Worse, the Russians are massed on the border. The situation is becoming tense, but with no orders to leave the county, Harry Tate and his colleagues are left to fend for themselves, knowing that someone in England's shadowy spy world has set an assassin lose - with them as the target. Tate and two of his colleagues, their escape fraught with danger, stalked by a terrible death dealer, finally make it back to England. It is time to find out just who it was that ordered their murder.

I enjoyed this book. It starts with a bang and, after a while in the spy's often humdrum world, we are treated to more excitement. All in all, a very good novel that is an enjoyable and intriguing read. I hope we'll be seeing more of Harry Tate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quality author 12 Dec 2010
By Fi
I have read Adrian Magson's earlier books and if you like edge of your seat non-stop action you will enjoy them.
Red Station is quite different in content to his earlier thrillers but just as enjoyable, innovative and imaginative. He is able to take you to another world, keep you engaged in the plot and enthralled as to what will happen next. I also love his style of writing. A quality novel, gritty but not gruesome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very good start for a new spy character 26 Oct 2010
I declare up front that Mr Magson kindly sent me this hardback book f-o-c. I now have to be objective in reviewing it!

After five books about Reily/Palmer, Magson has the task of building a new character. I found Harry Tate to be somewhat in the mould of Harry Palmer, if not down at heel, then at least an anti-hero, the DI Frost of the spy world, capable, but not over-equipped, taking on kitchen sink duties rather than James Bond global ones. Cynical characters are often good value, and spies are as cynical as they come. I prefer those in reduced circumstances, it is something most of us can relate to. (When I order my Dom Perignon from the waiter on the bar of my verandah of my second ranch, I'll reconsider that.)

The plot here is a bit of a slow burn, spies chasing spies and wheels within wheels - some find this engrossing, the internal politics and the political machinations. Others just want action - this has a good balance, but leans towards intruige rather than explosions tho there are some well-timed moments of the latter. Everybody seems to have a cover story so you can take a stab at the winners and losers if you choose.

You would not wish to be sent to Red Station, there really is nothing to do there and its hard to locate so like Tate, you'd think a lot about coming back even to face the music for your supposed cock-up. Magson's gradualist approach isn't over-dramatic, but his gift is for making it all knit together and grow on you - plot, character, writing. He did the same with Palmer/ Reily. It is pleasure drip fed slowly.

He creates enough warmth to sustain interest and leave enough tails to create a sequel or at least, carry-over material - and characters returning.
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