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Secret Asset by Stella Rimington

Secret Asset

by Stella Rimington

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Compelling and enjoyable thriller - this is a great series. Highly recommended for any fan of thrillers. ( )
  cazfrancis | Nov 28, 2013 |
The second in the series (I've read book 3) and this time Liz in on the trail of a mole in MI5. this one was planted by the IRA and it's the death of an IRA hardliner that brings the case to light in the first place. The list of possible suspects is narrowed down and Liz heads off in search of them. Alongside this, there's a Muslim terrorist cell of 3 who are on the loose, being found at a bookshop, but them being lost and found and lost again.
I like the way that you see inside the MI5 team, but also the details of the outside world. So a chapter on the cell is often told via their interaction with other people (the neighbours, the farmer, the policeman) rather than necessarily from them.
I took a guess at the mole ahead of the reveal, but I suspect you're supposed to manage to come to that conclusion ahead of the reveal - make you feel smug for a couple of chapters that you're ahead of the game. And as you have additional information, I also knew why and guessed the target as well. But again, the breadcrumbs are there, so i can't claim ace detecting skills or anything. It's pacy, and not too lightweight. I listened to this in the car and it's a good listen in that environment. ( )
  Helenliz | Nov 7, 2013 |
standard Liz Carlyle (MI5) murder/terrorists with a little twist at the end. IRA mole in MI5 turned to Islamic terrorists. 2007. ( )
  reader68 | May 28, 2013 |
Took a while to get into the characters but the second two thirds was pretty engaging. Similar to the TV show Spooks.
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  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
Written by the former head of MI5, it is an enjoyable read but not5 so gripping as Tinker, Tailor by John le Carre ( )
  magentaflake | Oct 1, 2011 |
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MI5 Intelligence Officer, Liz Carlyle learns from one of her agents that suspicious meetings have been taking place at an Islamic bookshop. She feels instinctively that a terrorist cell is at work and when she reports this to the Director of Counter Terrorism, a surveillance operation is immediately put into place.… (more)

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