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Red Station (A Harry Tate Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Magson
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First in the brand-new Harry Tate thriller series - Having been made the scapegoat for a botched drugs intercept operation, MI5 officer Harry Tate is dispatched to 'Red Station', a remote outpost in the Balkans, ostensibly to avoid press scrutiny, but where in effect the security services send 'problem' agents they'd like to be rid of. But the outpost is thrust into the international spotlight when troops begin massing in the area; and, as the situation becomes increasingly dangerous, Tate discovers the real, truly shocking, purpose behind 'Red Station' - and decides to fight back . . .

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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 - shotsmag.co.uk

    "... 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... "
    --permissiontokill.com/blog/2010/11/08/red-station/

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 486 KB
    • Print Length: 272 pages
    • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 April 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004ZGLCXY
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    I am a freelance writer and reviewer, the author of 18 crime and spy thrillers, a writer's help book, a YA ghost novel and 4 collections of short stories.

    Listen to my interview with Publishers Weekly talking about Harry Tate, 'Execution' and other writing -
    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/podcasts/index.html?channel=7&podcast=143

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    The RILEY GAVIN/FRANK PALMER crime series - now available on Kindle:

    'NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED'
    'NO HELP FOR THE DYING'
    'NO SLEEP FOR THE DEAD'
    'NO TEARS FOR THE LOST'
    'NO KISS FOR THE DEVIL'

    The Harry Tate spy thriller series:

    'RED STATION' - the first in the series
    'TRACERS' - No. 2.
    'DECEPTION' - No. 3
    'RETRIBUTION' - No. 4
    'EXECUTION' - No. 5

    The Marc Portman spy thrillers:

    'THE WATCHMAN' - No 1
    'CLOSE QUARTERS' - No 2

    Police series set in Picardie, France, featuring Inspector Lucas Rocco:

    'DEATH ON THE MARAIS' - No 1.
    'DEATH ON THE RIVE NORD' - No 2
    'DEATH ON THE PONT NOIR' - No 3
    'DEATH AT THE CLOS DU LAC' - No 4
    'ROCCO AND THE SNOW ANGEL' - a Lucas Rocco novella (on Kindle)
    ~~~~~~~~~

    'SMART MOVES' (Kindle) - part crime, part adventure and a little bit sexy, too.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    YOUNG ADULT
    'THE LOST PATROL' - a paranormal tale for young adults, about a teenage boy who can see the dead, is now available on KINDLE.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    SHORT CRIME FICTION
    'SHADES OF MAYHEM - Vol 1' - Available on Kindle - 6 crime stories ranging from hard to almost soft.
    'SHADES OF MAYHEM - Vol 2' - 8 more crime stories of women sleuths,hard-boiled gangsters and those caught in between.

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    NON-FICTION
    'WRITE ON! The Writer's Help Book' - (Accent Press)- is an edited compilation of his 'Beginners' articles from Writing Magazine, containing pages of advice, encouragement and packed with tips for writers. Now available in paperback and ebook + Kindle.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    WOMEN'S FICTION - WRITING AS ELLEN CLEARY
    As a professional writer, I used to write fiction for women's magazines, much of it under the pen name ELLEN CLEARY. If you prefer some gentle reading, this might be the thing for you.
    'SHORT STORIES WITH HAPPY ENDINGS - Vol 1'
    'SHORT STORIES WITH HAPPY ENDINGS - VOL 2'

    ~~~~~~~~~

    OTHER WRITING
    Apart from writing novels and short stories (short fiction has appeared in 'Plots With Guns', Thuglit, the Sunday Express, on Sniplits.com (audio), and in the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime collections(ed Maxim Jakubowski), I also reviews thrillers for Shots Magazine - http://www.shotsmag.co.uk - and write the 'Beginners' and 'New Author' pages in WRITING Magazine (UK).

    For more information on my writing, see:

    Website: http://www.adrianmagson.com

    Blog: http://adrianmagson.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thank you for reading.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A very good start for a new spy character 26 Oct. 2010
    Format:Hardcover
    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Move over 17 Nov. 2011
    Format:Paperback
    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
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant spy thriller.. 3 Oct. 2010
    By Rufus
    Format:Hardcover
    This is the first book featuring MI5's Harry Tate, who having been made the scapegoat for a botched drugs job, he is dispatched to 'Red Station', a remote outpost in South Osettia, ostensibly to avoid press scrutiny, but where in effect the security services send 'problem' agents they'd like to be rid of. Arriving at his destination, Harry meets the other exiles Whitehall has seen fit to punish. But it isn't long before Harry realises some very strange things are going on at 'Red Station'. For example, he and his fellow spooks are being watched 24/7 and fellow exiles who were supposedly recalled to London have disappeared. Harry realises corruption at the highest levels of the British government and decides to fight back. However, Harry also discovers that the Russians are about to invade South Ossetia. Spy thrillers are back in fashion and this is a must because it isn't your run-of-the-mill spy novel. Like a good spy, Harry Tate is smart, tough, fearless and men will wish they were him and women will wish they were with him. I can't recommend it enough.
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