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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (711 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stella Rimington Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Liz Carlyle Series Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780739318423
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An announcement is made at a meeting of the British Intelligence Joint Counter-Terrorist group: “The opposition may be about to deploy an invisible.” An “invisible” is CIA-speak for the ultimate intelligence nightmare: a terrorist who is an ethnic native of the target country and who can therefore cross its borders unchecked, move around the country unquestioned, and go unnoticed while setting up the foundation for monstrous harm. 

Intelligence officer Liz Carlyle has had to prove herself in countless ways as she’s come up through the ranks of the traditionally all-male world of Britain’s Security Service, MI5. But this announcement marks the start of an operation that will test all her hard-won knowledge and experience–and her intelligence and courage–as nothing has before. Having analyzed information from her agents, she realizes that there is indeed an imminent terrorist threat. She may even have the invisible’s point of entry. But what she cannot draw out of all the “chatter” is the invisible’s identity and intended target. 

With each passing hour, the danger increases. As the desperate hunt continues, it becomes clear that Liz’s intuitive skills, her ability to get deep inside her enemy’s head, are her best hope for tracking down the terrorist. But will that be enough? And can she succeed in time to avert a disaster?

Drawing from her experience as the first woman director general of MI5, Stella Rimington gives us a story that is smart, tautly drawn, and suspenseful from first to last. At Risk is a stunning debut novel that plunges us headlong into today’s shadowy and fever-pitched battle between terrorism and Intelligence. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen Serviss | 2/6/2014

    " This was a book I wasn't particularly interested in that was recommended to me even though it is definitely not the genre I regularly read. It was good, I will give it that, but the plot was all over the map and it left several questions unanswered. Plus, the first third was incredibly boring, the second action packed, and the third was like a desert that you have heard is amazing, so you go to a restaurant and order it, only to find that it is a third the size of your fist. As I call it: a is appointing desert. It had so much momentum going for it, yet like the end of the third hunger games book, the final couple chapters felt more like the character was dreaming than actually living it. This is a borderline four/three stars, and the reason I chose four is because of how exciting the middle is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Corke | 1/24/2014

    " A punchy first novel by the former Head of MI5 that has an exciting and seemingly realistic plot line concerning the smuggling of terrorists into Britain in Norfolk. Made a change from reading very glamorous and blockbuster thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/15/2014

    " I'm so pleased to have found this series. A spy thriller with simple, steady increase of suspense through out the story. The tale has a very authentic feel I'm sure due to Stella Rimington's real life experience as General Director of Mi5. Very good read. I will look for more if her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/14/2014

    " I really liked this -- thought Liz was a great protagonist. Will definitely read more in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/23/2013

    " I try to judge books based on what the author is trying to do. Rimington hits a lot of the spy thriller cliches here: hero(ine) whose job prevents her from finding love--check, innocent victims of evil international villains--check, unexpected twists and red herrings--check, check. But somehow, the novel is not a cliche. Liz Carlyle is a British agent trying to find an "invisible": a UK citizen who also is an Islamic terrorist. The race-against-time plot shows off some solid pacing and my pages kept turning late into the night. Am looking forward to more in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazelmci | 12/2/2013

    " This is an excellent series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 11/9/2013

    " A thriller with an excellent twist written about a terrorist group in deepest Norfolk made more interesting by the author's background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inga | 10/24/2013

    " An fast, easy read . . . even for me. Very entertaining with a strong female lead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 10/21/2013

    " Great start to a super series. Very well done spy thriller. Extremely satisfying. If you like this sort of spy story, this is a definite read for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N | 9/18/2013

    " An entertaining fast paced story about a female intelligence officer in Britain's MI-5 Agency written by the former first female head of MI5. Would have liked to have gotten more detail about the innerworkings of the agency. More of an "action thriller" type of book - good for airplane reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 9/11/2013

    " The author was the head of MI-5 and knows her stuff. This is her debut novel. It is a fast moving thriller set in England, and the plot could have come of the headlines. It completely keeps your interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this novel! The story was really compelling and it seemed sort of terrifyingly plausible. I also think the author set up the heroine's life in such a way that there will be plenty to explore in future books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 8/10/2013

    " A good modern espionage procedual. I'm not rushing out to read the next Rimington book, but I will definitely get to it sometime. Reminded me of the great British spy tv shows like The Sandbaggers and MI5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie Beck | 11/20/2012

    " Written as fiction, a former head of MI5 creates the counterterrorist agent, Liz Carlyle, who is given limited time to find the worst kind of terrorist , an "invisible"-someone traveling on a British passport. As taunt, and suspenseful as a Robert Ludlum. Very Good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 5/3/2012

    " I was hoping this would be Bridget Jones meets James Bond. It was dry and not good at all..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/28/2010

    " Loved the authenticity, and personal-life parts weren't as great as the intelligence services, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giselle Evans | 11/21/2009

    " This is her first novel and it shows, with rather two dimensional characters and rather pedestrian writing. However, the plot is good, the detail impressive and one assumes she knows what she is talking about, as ex head of MI5. Enjoyable readable spy thriller, a million miles from James Bond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 4/25/2008

    " One of the first books I've read about a woman in British intelligence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookhuw | 9/25/2007

    " A solid page turner. Felt like a 'how to run an investigation' manual at times. Not that that isn't interesting in itself though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ros | 5/30/2007

    " NOt bad thriller in the mould of Spooks etc "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/5/2005

    " Agent of MI5 (British intelligence agency) races to stop terrorist that has entered England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Scott | 5/17/2005

    " Fun read---nothing too deep, about par for a thriller, but well-written. "

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About the Author
Author Stella RimingtonStella Rimington joined Britain’s Security Service (MI5) in 1969. During her nearly thirty-year career she worked in all the main fields of the Service’s responsibilities—counter-subversion, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism—and successively became Director of all three branches. Appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992, she was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director General whose name was publicly announced on appointment. Following her retirement from MI5 in 1996, she became a nonexecutive director of Marks & Spencer and published her autobiography, Open Secret, in the United Kingdom. She is also the author of At Risk, the first Liz Carlyle novel. Rimington lives in London.
About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.