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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (713 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stella Rimington Narrator: Jennifer McMahon, Jennifer McMahon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Liz Carlyle Series Release Date:
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A tense, fast-moving debut thriller from the ex-head of MI5.

“Our concern—and we’ve communicated this over the weekend to all stations, is that the opposition may be about to deploy an invisible.”

An “invisible” is CIA-speak for the ultimate intelligence nightmare: the terrorist who, because he or she is an ethnic native of the target country, can cross its borders unchecked, move around that country unquestioned and infiltrate its institutions with ease. An invisible on mainland Britain was the worst possible news.

For Liz Carlyle, an MI5 Intelligence Officer, this report from MI6 marks the start of an operation that will test her to the limit and put her own life in jeopardy. As she sifts the incoming evidence and gets reports from her agents, she realizes the terrorist threat is imminent. But who or what is the target? And who or where is the invisible? Time is of the essence in this desperate search and it becomes clear that it is Liz’s intuitive skills—her ability to get inside her enemy’s head—that offer the only hope of averting disaster.

In this terrifying and tautly drawn debut thriller, Stella Rimington takes us to the heart of the intelligence world. It is a place she is uniquely qualified to describe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exciting…[Rimington] bids to join the ranks of such secret agent authors as Graham Greene [and] John le Carré. At Risk is an exciting debut novel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Entertaining…Briskly told…[Will] keep you turning the pages.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “As engrossing and hard to resist as Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “A smart, clever, and brilliantly paced thriller that seems ripped from the headlines—if not today’s, then probably tomorrow’s…This is a tightly drawn, expertly told tale…It marks a promising second career for its author, whose future success will doubtless be much more public than her earlier accomplishments.

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Rimington speaks smartly about workplace issues while ratcheting the tension high in her authoritative debut thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shelley | 2/5/2014

    " I thought this book was quite well done, but of course the main motivation for reading it was because the author was involved in the world of espionage herself. I really enjoyed the strong female character and thought the work place politics were totally believable. The disappointing part of the book was the ending. While it wraps up the best that it can, I found it slightly less believable that the "invisible" would be so easily dissuaded from the task at hand. But I'd definitely read another one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Polo | 1/19/2014

    " Fun, thoughtful thriller with smart, strong female characters. Enjoyed the depiction of how the British handle terrorism threats. This was a holiday gift in a genre in which I rarely read and it was a page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren Koffs | 1/16/2014

    " I took up this book because it was written by a woman who became the first female director of MI5. That's a pretty remarkable thing, even today. And unlike similar books I have read, the author creates in this novel a world that is decidedly real. One of the most thrilling aspects of this story is that it very well could happen at any time. It also honestly explores the darker side to government operations. The missions and accidents that people are not so proud of, that they don't want the press or the people to hear. That said, there are a couple of reason why I gave it the rating I did. For one, the flow of the story was a bit choppy at times. She brought the necessary bits and pieces together, but sometimes in a way that was completely disruptive to the narrative. It would have earned 5 stars, even still, if Ms. Rimington had tied up a few of the loose ends a little more clearly, and had alluded to and explained some of the surprises a little more thoroughly. One thing that frustrates me in a book is a seemingly abandoned subplot. And the one I am referring to isn't even that important to the story, but the fact that she repeatedly brought it up, yet there was no real resolution to it perhaps because it was so minor, is annoying. But all other things considered, it was a very good first outing, and I am looking forward to trying her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 1/13/2014

    " This book was about a terrorist incident in England, and the agents working desperately to thwart it. I thought it was slow in the beginning, but interesting toward the end as it approached the climax of the story. I liked the main character, Liz, as she raced against the clock to figure out the target of the terrorists and their identities. "

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