London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper.
But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.
After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the slow horses suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House but of MI5 itself....
©2016 Mick Herron (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd
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This is the third of the Slough House trilogy and I was sorry to get to the end. I had grown fond of all the Slough House inhabitants, even the appalling Jackson Lamb, who gets most of the best lines, and the nerdy Roderick Ho. All three books are wildly implausible, but terrific fun and beautifully written. The narrator, Sean Barrett, does all the characters justice. The Slow Horses have all had a good outing, but I hope another trilogy with different characters is in the pipeline.
Truly. If you like this genre, even if you don't, listen to this novel. It's my third in the Author's series and it is splendid. It is fascinating to see the ongoing characters sparkle and scintillate through a very nicely plotted yarn. The language is just right. Intelligent, descriptive and very, very amusing. there is enough action to suit everyone's taste and even recognisable villains or "goodies" abound..no matter. Tonnes of recognisable Reality offsets the fiction and makes you pleased that Goodness can still prevail over dangerous Nutcases. Please. Keep going Mr Herron- more Slow Horses please.
Really enjoyable. Characters are interesting (I love that they are flawed and that I can judge them on their actions rather than the author telling me how wonderful/bad they are). Lots of twists. And Jackson lamb is glorious.
Narrator amongst the best.
The third book in the Slough House series told by the deep soft purring voice of Sean Barrett. Excellent, gripping and humorous. The team, all stamped by their past bungles as "slow horses" or losers show yet again that despite machinations by the good and the great they can rise to any, even some, almost impossible tasks.
The series keeps getting better. More would be good as yet again we are left with loose ends!
It took me a while to get used to the style of narration, monotone delivery, no break for new chapters or changes of scene. But once I did I could appreciate that this was a good way to deliver this series of books. Although it's about the British intelligence services, I do hope they bear little or no resemblance to this lot! Amusing, entertaining and full of interesting characters, ...... But not who you want protecting the country!
"Even better than Slow Horses"
Cracking read! Fizzes with one liners. Would make a great TV series. Jackson Lamb is a superb character but to be fair all of the cast are really well fleshed out. Bring on the next book in the series....will Boris/P.J be P.M?
Funnily enough I like the Slow Horse characters; the first time I encountered them in 'Sleeping Lions' I thought I would not get on with such an unprepossessing crew but they are great!. Jackson Lamb whilst physically and socially abhorrent is caustically funny and made this reader laugh out loud in the street at several points.
I won't deal in plot-spoilers but I can say that there are many memorable moments for the reader!
There were convincing scenes of the ruthless dog eat dog nature of the secret world. The political element was represented by a character who was uncannily like a contemporary public figure and seemed to me to accurately portray him in all his repulsiveness! There is plenty of coherent and believable action as well to add a zing to the read!
Yes, I would have been happy to do that but I listen to about 30 minutes every day whilst power walking and it is just as enjoyable at that pace. I can't give higher praise than saying that even tramping through mud and rain is an enjoyable prospect with a 'Slow Horses' book to listen to!
Very high quality performance as always from Sean Barratt - he is one of the very best! The book is brilliantly written with superb characters and superb dialogue - there are brilliant Jackson Lamb 'one-liners' to treasure. The plot 'emerges' realistically from the actions of 'real-life' people not gun toting, karate chopping playstation figures.
In both the Slough Books books I have read - they have kept me guessing right the way through.
This is another fine addition to a wonderful series. Narrated with a real verve and expertise. Perfect combination of narrator and source material.
"Not focused. Not enough suspense/tension."
Tried to finish but gave up 2 hours before the end. No more mick Herron's for me, but that of course is very personal.
Good finish to the story thus far. Though the first, Slow Horses is still the best of the lot.
"More interesting than it initially appeared"
I found this got off to a rather slow start but am glad that I persevered as the story did become much more interesting and drew you in.
Narration was good as always by Sean Barrett whose books I do tend to follow.
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