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Publisher's Summary

In 2012, in a Middle Eastern souk, CIA agent Miles Brookhaven was attacked. He was infiltrating rebel groups in the area and no one was certain if his cover had been blown or if the act was just an arbitrary attack.

Now, Liz Carlyle and her Counter Terrorism unit in MI5 have been charged with the task of watching the international under-the-counter arms trade and British Intelligence forces have become increasingly concerned that extremist Al-Qaeda jihadis are building their power base ready to launch another attack. As the pressure mounts, Liz and her team must intercept illegal weapons before they get into the wrong hands.

©2014 Oakhill Publishing (P)2014 Stella Rimington

Critic Reviews

"She bids to join the ranks of such secret-agent authors as Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene and John le Carré" ( Wall Street Journal)
"A wealth of persuasive detail, obviously drawn from first-hand experience" ( Marie Claire)
"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 remains one of the most interesting characters in the male-dominated world of the spy thriller" ( Daily Express)
"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)

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  • Louize
  • 14-05-2016

Narrator aghhhhh

Nice gentle spook story, but I'm afraid all but ruined by the narrator. She doesn't read well and her voices were so bad it was irritating and rather spoilt the book

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  • L. E. Walsh
  • 20-02-2015

Very current story

Another great book from Stella Rimington wonderfully read as always can't wait for the next book.
Very good listen x

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  • A Regular
  • 13-07-2021

Thin Plot, Dreadfull narration

Plot is barely a short story padded out with endless repetition, possibly for the benefit of readers who have fallen asleep. Narration is slow, monotonous and packed with silly accents. I will avoid both author and narrator in future.

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  • darkrev
  • 06-06-2021

like a bad episode of Allo Allo for most of it

Nope, not even...maybe...boring, predictable and the faux french accent , the fallen Madonna with the big boobies would be proud of ..

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  • Nick
  • 27-05-2021

shells rimington

very enjoyable., l liked the narration too, a pleasant voice to listen to while still being interesting.

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  • Charlie Bravo
  • 03-03-2021

Not her best

I used to enjoy a lot this serie, and read most of it in random order, and I found this one too similar to others in terms of storyline, rythm and interactions between the main characters. It is ok, but not much more than ok.
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  • Vivsgoodies
  • 07-07-2019

Excellent story, awful reader

Excellent, and exciting fast moving story but spoilt by the abysmal reader using comic accents.

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  • J
  • 24-10-2018

Half decent story but told without much depth or subtlety

Story was ok. Performance was weak.

The narrative was one dimensional, no depth to the prose: very flatly descriptive, no great craft in the writing nor depth in the characters.

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  • Ms NA Collins
  • 04-02-2018

totally up to the Rimmington standard

the expertise and knowledge makes this as with others by Stella Rimmington a fast moving cannot put down tale. The fact that it must so mirror reality is a large part of the whole experience.

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