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Stella Rimington
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Book Description

5 April 2007 Liz Carlyle (Book 2)

When Liz learns from one of her agents that suspicious meetings are taking place at an Islamic bookshop, she trusts her instinct that a terrorist cell is at work. Her boss, Charles Wetherby, Director of Counter Terrorism, trusts her as well and immediately puts a surveillance operation into place. An attack seems imminent.

So Liz is surprised when Wetherby suddenly takes her off the case. And she's shocked to hear the reason why: he has received a tip-off that a mole is at work inside British Intelligence. If true, then the potential damage to the Service itself could be immeasurable. Now, as her colleagues scramble to avert a terrorist strike, Liz must find out who the mole is, and what their intentions are, before it is too late.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099472597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099472599
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,286 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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"A cracking good thriller" (Lynn Barber Observer)

"Intelligent... Undeniably pacey" (Guardian)

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

"Tense and terrifying" (Cosmopolitan)

"The Security Service background is exceedingly convincing" (Evening Standard)

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From the former head of MI5 and author of the bestselling At Risk comes a heart-stopping new thriller that returns us to the high stakes world of MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Great 9 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1965 and during her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism - and became successively Director of all three branches. She was appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director-General whose name was publicly announced on appointment. Following her retirement from MI5 in 1996 she became a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer and published her autobiography.

With a background like that you would think the author would find writing a book full of authentic facts a stroll in the park and I am sure her ability to do so cannot be questioned. The characters in the book are well thought out, even those on the peripherals of the plot and the story is fast paced and well linked together, but on a personal note I just found it lacking something. However it would be wrong of me to criticise a book that another reader may well find a terrific read. I did enjoy the book, but not as much as I thought I would.

The plot itself revolves around a terrorist cell and the fact that intelligence suggests that there is a mole at work inside British Intelligence. Liz Carlyle is an MI5 agent and while her colleagues are scrambling to avert a terrorist strike, Liz must find out who the mole is, and what their intentions are before it is too late.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant page turner/ beach novel 29 Aug 2006
By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If you like spy thrillers you will almost certainaly love this book. As well as trying to stop a terrorist attack, Liz Carlyle must find an IRA mole (who infiltrated MI5, but was never activated.)

The characters are great and the story cracks along at a terrific pace. There are the usual twists and turns, and although I did guess who the mole was about half way through, there was always the chance that I was wrong (!) and it did nothing to spoil my enjoyment of the book.

Rimington also adds in some nice touches. Even characters who are only bit part players are well drawn and we find out small details about their lives and why they were in that place at that time.

If this is the kind of thing you usually enjoy then buy it! Safe houses, surveillance techniques, the inner workings of the terrorist mind, IRA informers.....this book has it all.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The former DG's new best seller 5 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
Reads just like an episode of Spooks, but a hundred times better.

The story isn't as fast paced as "At Risk", but it dosen't lack any of the realism.

With real locations and twist and turns on every page this sure to become a No1 best seller.

Richard & Judy need to review this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Great 24 May 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1965 and during her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism - and became successively Director of all three branches. She was appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director-General whose name was publicly announced on appointment. Following her retirement from MI5 in 1996 she became a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer and published her autobiography.

With a background like that you would think the author would find writing a book full of authentic facts a stroll in the park and I am sure her ability to do so cannot be questioned. The characters in the book are well thought out, even those on the peripherals of the plot and the story is fast paced and well linked together, but on a personal note I just found it lacking something. However it would be wrong of me to criticise a book that another reader may well find a terrific read. I did enjoy the book, but not as much as I thought I would.

The plot itself revolves around a terrorist cell and the fact that intelligence suggests that there is a mole at work inside British Intelligence. Liz Carlyle is an MI5 agent and while her colleagues are scrambling to avert a terrorist strike, Liz must find out who the mole is, and what their intentions are before it is too late.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting Rimington 12 Jan 2010
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What a superb writer Stella Rimington is! Undoubtedly her stay with MI5 has helped her enormously but that said, what a rivetting read! Every page challenges you to put the book down - action from start to finish, well worth the value!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller ! 1 Nov 2008
By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I started reading Rimington with her first book 'At risk', where I found the conclusion a real let down. Then I carried on with her latest 'Dead Line' and again exact same phenomenon,a complete anti-climax ending. Still there is something I like in Rimington's thrillers because I moved on to 'Secret Asset' and this time right on target ! The two-strand plot is riveting, Liz Carlyle is fleshed out very convincingly and the whole book is a completely gripping success !
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spymistress doesn't quite Hit the Mark 19 Nov 2006
By Mr. S. J. Bonsor VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
At the very least it would be impossible to fault the authenticity of this novel. Rimington's former life as the head of MI5 gives this the pedigree of someone who clearly knows what she's talking about.

The day to day details of the UK's Security Services are deftly written: all the interview and investigative procedures ring true and Rimington also has a good eye for character and motivation.

The plot twist is quite novel but the denouement leaves a lot to be desired- it's as if a kind of real-life reticence kicks in: what is reqired is the unbuttoned fantasy of a hollywood plot to create the kind of climax most readers have come to expect. No doubt the author knows what is real and is unwilling to suspend disbelief.

I enjoyed this book, and would not discourage the interested reader from giving it a go. My advice to Ms Rimington on writing the next one would be: keep the authentic detail, stick with your characterisations, but don't be afraid to spice up the action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Asset
This was an extraordinarily well written book, it's clear that Stella Rimington really knows her subject. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Laura Tomlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another book by Stella Rimington that I could not put down
Published 14 days ago by Lynda Gilmour
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
Anyone who enjoys a good thriller should try Stella Rimington. The books are well written and once started difficult to put down
Published 2 months ago by T.H OFARRELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel.
Another excellent novel by Stella Rimmington,I would recommend this series to any fan of spy style novels. Have just bought my next one.
Published 2 months ago by Peter jermey
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller
Another excellent read from Stella who never fails to entertain.

The background knowledge she uses lends itself to the story.
Published 4 months ago by P. T. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Amazing exciting informative gripping story that unravels piece by piece! I loved it, a really worth while read for all.
Published 5 months ago by Haysie
5.0 out of 5 stars Stella Rimington is the spy story expert.
Stella Rimington knows what she is talking about and it shows. No nasty holes in her plots or dead bodies left lying around unaccounted for. Read more
Published 5 months ago by christie
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
A good read which is hard to put down. Fiction with no gimmicks because the author has no need for fantasy
Published 5 months ago by Peggyrose
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Typical Stella. I love the way she drops in terms only an ex-mi 5 would know. Not taxing just enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars secret asset
secret asset was an enjoyable read not heavy but right for reading before bed it swept you along playing with the characters so you were unaware who was the villian.
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