- Hardcover: 274 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers (1 Dec. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0727869396
- ISBN-13: 978-0727869395
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.8 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Red Station Hardcover – 1 Dec 2010
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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/ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Adrian Magson was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award in 2001. As well as the new Harry Tate and Lucas Rocco series, he has had five novels published in the Riley Gavin/Frank Palmer series, and has written a writers' help book based on his 'Beginners' column in Writing Magazine. He lives in Oxfordshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
So, to Red Station. The first in the Harry Tate series, here we have an ex soldier and MI5 agent who is involved in a drugs bust that goes wrong. To get him out of sight he is posted to Red Station, a small outpost in Georgia to join a small group of British agents who have been hidden out of the way. And there is lots going on around Red Station, the Russians are on the border, the Brits are being watched by a mysterious team and, as things hot up, it becomes apparent that they can trust nobody, not even each-other.
This seeps with atmosphere and strong writing. What’s going on with the Russians, why is Red Station actually there for and do the team have a real purpose or are they just expendable?
Tate tries to find answers and they don’t come easy, especially when people start to die.
This is a proper old fashioned (in a good way) intelligence thriller. Finding the author’s books has been a great discovery and he is one that deserves to be far better known and should be selling books by the truckload. I am going to have to work my way through more of the author’s works and you would be missing out if you didn’t too.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A new name very welcome to this author's previous list of active characters!Published 18 months ago by Mr J B Bruce
Excellent thriller, nicely balanced and firmly grounded. Harry is deftly drawn and engaging. Although it's a spy/adventure thriller, and of course, we know little about the real... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2015 by Alison Morton
Fantastic fast-paced read - kept me guessing - loved the Harry Tate character can't wait to read more!Published on 12 Nov. 2014 by Heather O'Neill
First time I've read Adrian Magson but will definitely read more if this book is anything to go by. Edge of the seat stuff - wonderful.Published on 28 Nov. 2012 by ChrissieH
Once I started to read books by Adrian Magson, I had to read them all. I have enjoyed all of them. They are beautifully written, they demand that you turn the pages, the plots and... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2012 by B. F. Orme
Took this on a recent holiday and finished it in a matter of days. I just couldn't put it down. Given a choice between Harry Palmer and James Bond I'd always go for the former, and... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2012 by L. S. Ball