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The Geneva Trap: A Liz Carlyle novel (Liz Carlyle 7) [Hardcover]

Stella Rimington
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19 July 2012 Liz Carlyle 7

Geneva, 2012. When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the imminent cyber-sabotage of an Anglo-American Defence programme, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he, and what is his connection to the British agent?

At a tracking station in Nevada, US Navy officers watch in horror as one of their unmanned drones plummets out of the sky, and panic spreads through the British and American Intelligence services. Is this a Russian plot to disable the West's defences? Or is the threat coming from elsewhere?

As Liz and her team hunt for a mole inside the MOD, the trail leads them from Geneva, to Marseilles and into a labyrinth of international intrigue, in a race against time to stop the Cold War heating up once again...

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781408828663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408828663
  • ASIN: 1408828669
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,831 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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'Rimington's best work demonstrates a flair for narrative, with a sense of authenticity and an insider's grasp on the pressing issues of the day

(Washington Post)

For a pacy page-turner, she's a safe bet ... Rimington is particularly strong in her accounts of procedure, unsurprisingly, given her past role as Head of MI5 (Independent)

Liz Carlyle is an MI5 agent with the traditional thriller-heroine mix of dysfunctional personal life and steely ambition (Daily Telegraph)

Rich with authentic details from Rimington's own life as director general of MI5, this is a must-read for fans of contemporary spy fiction (Publishers Weekly)

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When a rogue Russian spy warns her of a plot to hack into the West's military satellite systems, MI5's Liz Carlyle finds her past catching up with her...

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A complicated plot grounded in authenticity 7 Aug 2012
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is called to Geneva when a Russian intelligence agent approaches MI5 and demanding to speak to her. He has news about the infiltration of a top secret US/UK defence project. As Liz and her team hunt for the mole hidden somewhere within the Ministry of Defence, the Swiss authorities are conducting parallel enquiries into another Russian intelligence officer based in Geneva. At the same time, Liz is trying to assist her mother's partner with a family problem associated with an anarchist group in Southern France. There are some connections between these storylines, although the connections are not as straightforward as it will initially appear.

What I always like about Stella Rimington's books are the way that they ooze authenticity. Even little throwaway lines like describing the MI6 headquarters as "a mixture of understated gloom and grandiose pomp." When she describes surveillance operations or the way that agencies exchange information, you know that it's grounded in the reality of how these things are actually done. While there is action and violence in her stories, it doesn't stretch beyond the limits of all credibility.

Rimington's weakness as an author has always been character development. She has a knack for writing extremely wooden conversations, but this story is very much investigation based so it's less of an issue than it is in some of her other books. The relationship between Liz and her French counterpart is still very much on, but it's a relationship that's entirely devoid of any spark. We are told of their feelings for one another without ever feeling them.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story. It's not a "can't put down" thriller, but it develops at a good pace and keeps some connections withheld until the very end.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, and one of the best in the series 24 July 2012
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In former MI5 director-general Dame Stella Rimington's seventh Liz Carlyle novel, the counter-espionage officer is called to Geneva when a Russian agent insists on talking only to her. It continues the style of the previous books, focussing heavily on depicting the realism of life in the security service while presenting a compelling tale.

The characterisation moves up a notch in this novel, with a significant sub-plot around elements of Liz's private life, and more of her backstory is revealed. The other characters are used more than in earlier books, with several of them getting significant portions of the narrative.

The plot is compelling and moves at a good pace - the realistic nature of the storyline may put some readers off as it's certainly not 'action packed', but I enjoy the insight into the actual workings of the security services that Rimington's real-life experience brings.

I found this to be one of the best in the series, with a good strong plot and compelling characters. I look forward to more adventures and finding out how the characters' lives will change.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal 30 Aug 2012
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Not many spy writers have actually run an intelligence agency but Stella Rimmington has. The depth of her knowledge shines through on every page of this compelling thriller. Excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels quite realistic 25 Nov 2012
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Relatively low key compared to more American type novels but giving a feeling of authenticity. It was a good story
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the geneva trap 26 Aug 2012
The seventh Liz Carlyle novel and Stella still keeps coming up with new authentic and believeable plots. Don't know where she gets them from but hope she keeps them coming. One of the rare authors that I can't put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expert on context 12 Dec 2012
By Cje
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Rimmington knows the world she writes about, can deliver a fair plot with Liz C a good female hero (we need more) but the climax isn't her best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Liz Carlyle yet. 4 Dec 2012
By Ashes33
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I have read all the Liz Carlyle books and unquestionably this provides continuous intrigue ,excitement and grips you throughout.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable romp 10 Sep 2012
By EmmaC
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The first Stella Rimington book I've read, and probably not the last. A little silly towards the end, but in keeping with most spy jaunts. I was guided by the other customer reviews, which at the time, were positive. Other books in the series have not faired so well, so I shall choose my next installment with care. A good holiday read which temporarily allows you to feel like a spy, but no big surprises at the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Geneva Trap: A Liz Carlyle Novel
Nobody does it better than Stella Rimington.
THE GENEVA TRAP is an incredible page turner. And Liz Carlyle is a fabulous character. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
I liked the story, although having to go back to remind myself of names and who they were. It was a bit long winded.
Published 16 days ago by Ingrid
5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling read
Another brilliant liz Carlyle novel, almost has your finger nails digging into the arm of the chair. Once started do not put down till the final word!
Published 20 days ago by Librarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable spy. Story
As spy stories go, easy to follow. Quite fast paced with a sub plot to add to the interest. Not bad.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Liz Carlyle adventure from a very knowledgeable...
Thoroughly readable and hard to put down. I look forward eagerly to the next instalment in the Liz Carlyle series.
Published 2 months ago by MJN
5.0 out of 5 stars Stella Rimington
This book was another great read by Stella Rimington, I would recommend her books to all. She really knows her subject as you would expect.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Mary E. Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and entertaining
This is the first Stella Rimington novel
I've read and I will read more. Fast paced and easy to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ali B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reas
Thoroughly enjoyable novel, well written and written with good inside knowledge [obviously].
Chose the book because I had enjoyed others by this author and wasn't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue Pipe
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea spoilt by sloppy ending
I normally like Stella Rimington's Liz Carlyle books and have read a number of them. She's not up there with the likes of Le Carre but still normally a very good read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Stephen F. Male
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read.
As usual many twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader guessing. Hopefully more books to come in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Dave Cook
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