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Timebomb [Hardcover]

Gerald Seymour
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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2 Jun 2008
In 1992, after being fired from a top secret nuclear facility, a top KGB man buried a nuclear suitcase. Sixteen years later he has found a buyer for it. An exchange point in Eastern Europe is agreed upon. Travelling with the buyer is an undercover policeman, working for MI6. But as their shadowy journey across Europe begins, it becomes clear to a top psychiatrist at MI6, that their man may be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and the whole operation is very likely to be thrown into jeopardy …

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593060059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593060056
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years, where his first assignment was covering the Great Train Robbery in 1963. He later covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland.

Seymour's first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game, set in Belfast, which became an instant bestseller and later a television series. Six of Seymour's thrillers have now been filmed for television in the UK and US.

Gerald Seymour has been a full-time writer since 1978. The Dealer and the Dead is his twenty-seventh novel.

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A long, distinguished career as an ITV war reporter gives Seymour's books absolute authenticity. He knows how the nuts and bolts of undercover surveillance and terrorism work. (Guardian)

Intricately crafted and clocklike in its controlled release of psychological and geopolitical tension. (Kirkus Reviews)

[An] excellent, multi-layered novel . . . The thrills and action in this fascinating cloak and dagger story pile on and the author keeps the suspense of what will happen almost until the last page. (Eurocrime) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The new stunning, contemporary thriller from a master of the genre.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not his best 21 Mar 2009
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This is not Seymour`s best book but I feel that it is good enough to award it five stars. Most of this author`s books follow a similar pattern. There are disparate situations and areas and every ten pages or so we move to a different scene until a climax is reached. You either love this approach or you will dislike it and clearly, some of the reviewers were in the latter category. All of the themes of his books are frightenly topical and this is no exception. An entertaining and thought-provoking novel.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start....then grips like a vice. 30 Jun 2008
Gerald Seymour's rich vein of form continues with his latest novel.Set in the present day it is a thriller about the supply and purchase of a former soviet dirty bomb and British Intellegence efforts to prevent a disaster from happening. This novel does begin slowly, partly because Seymour has assembled a vast cast of characters in this book and it takes the first 100 hundred pages or so for the strands to pull together.Every so often Seymour writes a novel that I just can't get into ('Traitors Kiss' being the last) and I feared that this might be such a book.
Seymour uses a writing style that it weighty narative and little dialogue, the characters are as ever deeply layered and complex.The plotting is tight and has a stronger grip on the reader as the pace and tension increases and all within his standard 20 chapters.
His lead Character Carrick is simular to other Seymour characters so far as that he is a troubled loner sent into a dangerous situation undercover, a ploy that Seymour used in his first novel 'Harry's Game ' and continued with books such as 'The Jouneyman Tailor' 'Killing Ground' and 'The Untouchable'.
This is Seymour's 25th novel in 33 years. Few writers, if any have kept up such a high standard of work for so long. He is in my opinion the best spy thriller writer at this time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good build, but average finish 13 April 2010
By Clive
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A story tracking several characters as they journey to Sobibor in Poland to trade a nuclear weapon. A Jewish money launderer travels from London accompanied by `Johnny' an undercover policeman. A Russian mafia dealmaker travels from Berlin with his henchmen. Two retired Russian military drive from Northern Russia with the weapon in the boot of an old laden car. An Islamic purchaser travels from Dubai as a scientist and `sleeper' from Birmingham comes to check the weapon. At the same time the agent is tracked by an ageing MI5 handler and his piecemeal team. The journey itself makes up 80% of the novel and in doing so Seymour coils the tension so tightly that we are on the edge of our seats for the climax. Unfortunately we don't get such a commensurate ending in the last 20% and as typical with Seymour the intense characters tend to fade away in less dramatic circumstances. The book has a lot of stark history of the Sobibor prison camp, the abuse of Jew's during WWII, and the great escape in Oct 1943. This is told well and adds to the depth of characters, the choice of rendezvous and overall bleak setting for a more current WMD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Sobibor 16 Jun 2009
"He is obstinate, aloof, dismissive, cruel, and he is the most effective intelligence officer in that wretched building ... He is honourable, he has honour, and that is not a word often echoing through the corridors of (the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6) ..." Agent runner Christopher Lawson, as described in TIMEBOMB

Any thriller by Gerald Seymour is a treat to be savored. And each is topical; it plumbs the deep and dangerous currents flowing across the world at the time of its writing.

Here, it's 2008. Two old Russians, ex-KGB major Yashkin and his friend Molenkov, an ex-political officer (zampolit), both unceremoniously discarded by the regime some fifteen years previously, are smuggling a stolen Small Atomic Demolition Munition out of Russia to a buyer in the West for the promise of a million dollars. It had been spirited out of a weapons depot by Yashkin as a hedge against rainy days sure to come immediately after he'd learned he was to be sacked. Now, the handover is to take place on the Bug River, the border between Poland and Belarus. Converging on the rendezvous are the Russian middleman for the sale, the vicious mafiya boss Reuven Weissberg, his London money man, Josef Goldmann, and their entourage of bodyguards, including Johnny Carrick, an undercover operative for the British Serious Crimes Directorate. Almost against his will, Johnny has been seconded to the Secret Intelligence Service for the operation, the MI6 team for which is headed by the aging Cold War warrior, Christopher Lawson, perhaps the most detested executive at the SIS headquarters building at Vauxhall Bridge Cross.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Seymour, Timebomb 30 Jun 2013
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I found the book Timebomb a little slow at the beginning but once the story got started the tension was great, I couldn't put it down.
Always a high standard from Gerald Seymour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timebomg Reviewed. 30 Jun 2013
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The story line was feasable but nost quite up to ther very high standard that Seymour has set so it dosn't get quite top mark.s
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5.0 out of 5 stars seymour does it for me 22 Nov 2012
By charlie
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such a feasible plot which is scary in itself . I normally leave my reading until bed time but i find that my bedtime gets earlier and earlier when reading gerald seymour books . So many wheels within wheels as usual in this novel but they all have a huge input to the overall story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I still think Seymour is the best thriller writer, but this is not his best work. It follows his usual style of contemporary subject with disparate initial strands woven together... Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by G. J. Weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars Mugged in Naples

I was reading this on holiday but was mugged in Naples and the book was stolen. (I would have loaned it to him if he had asked! Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by RR Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Timebomb By Gerald Seymour
well werth a read i have all his other books i have just got his new one waiting for to arive its just a pitty his other books arnt on kindle as i would read them all again would... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate
Unfortunate describes this book. A pretty poor book from a great author. Seymour has written some fantastic books and really, it is a shame that this one gives such a poor... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by G. Heywood
1.0 out of 5 stars Making money out of the dead
It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to have the Shoah as the backdrop to your novel. It takes even more chutzpah to fail to double-and triple-check every last Jewish reference... Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by NotALamedVovnik
1.0 out of 5 stars Damp squib
Haven't read a Seymour novel for some time and Timebomb reminded me why. What a load of pants. Predictable plot and a story that could have been finished in 200 pages let alone... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by Santiago Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, incredibly hard to follow
I managed to get through 50 pages of this book, I gave up because it is just too difficult to read and follow the plot.
Published on 10 May 2009 by Richard Kong
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