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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stella Rimington Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Liz Carlyle Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781415955222
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Liz has been transferred to counter-espionage—the hub of MI5 operations during the Cold War, which has been scaled back as anti-terrorism has gained priority. But there’s plenty for her to do: there are more spies operating in London in the twenty-first century than there were during the height of East-West hostilities. Even the Russians still have a large contingent, although now they spy on the international financial community and on the wealthy ex-pat oligarchs who make England their domain.In her new assignment, Liz quickly uncovers a plot to silence one of these Russians: Nikita Brunovsky, an increasingly vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin. The Foreign Office is adamant about forestalling a crime that could become a full-blown international incident, but there’s not a single clue as to how the assassination will be carried out—and Liz is solely responsible for averting disaster. So she goes undercover, attaching herself to Brunovsky’s retinue: racing against the clock to determine who betrayed him and suddenly facing a wholly unexpected second task—unmasking a Russian operative working undercover alongside her.

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  • An ideal beach read for the upcoming vacation season . . . Elements of the old-fashioned spy novel–sudden twists and characters with hidden agendas–combine with James Patterson’s secret to success. Booklist

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  • Rimington’s plot, as one should expect from a former head of MI5, bristles with subterfuge and splices in allusions to Litvinenko’s poisoning to give Illegal Action a contemporary feel . . . Carlyle, in her third outing, has depth and tenacity. Financial Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ReneeB | 2/16/2014

    " I just love these books. I thought it was so current with all the Russian activity in London. Fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Robles | 2/4/2014

    " A good book but not one of her best. Though I'm still looking forward to the next Liz Carlyle novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginger | 1/20/2014

    " Gave up - couldn't get into it. It could have been me and not the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justine | 1/14/2014

    " Ok, quick read, nothing special. Really like hearing her interviewed but can take or leave Liz Caryle based on this one book. Maybe I should look out her autobiography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 12/23/2013

    " Boring. Her first two books are much better. You can skip this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Mahony | 12/20/2013

    " Love espionage and this is a new author for me. Will read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki M | 12/20/2013

    " This was a very easy read and a good story too. Its the first book I've read by this author and will definitely read some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/9/2013

    " Nice old-fashioned British espionage in the spirit of the older books by Le Carre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 12/6/2013

    " A spy thriller about an agent from MI5. Good enough; I suppose I just don't like spy novels all that much... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy T | 11/30/2013

    " I'm not much into reading espionage novels, but I thought this book was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SirPoochala | 11/27/2013

    " I like this character and I look forward to Rimington's next book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 11/24/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one. Spy action with attention to detail and believable female characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/24/2013

    " Pleasant read. Not as good as the first two, which were super. Hope Stella can turn up the heat for the next one. Congratulations to her being selected to manage this year's Man Booker prize committee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 7/15/2013

    " post cold war British spy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Twins | 6/6/2013

    " My first book in this series and probably not the last. A very easy read however a little bit predictable. Just not enough happening for my liking but I very much like the character of Liz Carlyle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Crosby | 11/24/2012

    " Another strong counter-espionage story from Rimington. The ending had two clever twists near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/1/2012

    " Interesting read as author was head of MI5 or MI6 (I forget which). Also, interesting view of Russians! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bachyboy | 10/16/2012

    " Read this when recovering from hip surgery so not sure I gave it my best shot. Sort of spy book and all those confusing Russian names again. I liked the action at the end and the strong female character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/29/2011

    " The author was the 1st female head of Britain's MI5, so I had high hopes for her latest book. The main character, Liz Carlyle, was fairly interesting, but the plot & the male characters were tepid at best. Not a page-turner, but OK for a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 11/27/2011

    " Stella Rimington writes great, current spy novels set in England. I reccomend all of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 7/14/2011

    " The author is a very good writer. You are sucked into her books, and they move at a fast pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/13/2011

    " Third in a series about spies by the ex-chief of MI? This one is much better than no.2, if still a bit formulaic and light on in the character development area. A 3 star thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Menaster | 5/21/2011

    " Third of Rimington's spy thrillers. OK, but the actions of the bad guys makes no sense at all, making it impossible to predict or make sense out of the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The | 5/15/2011

    " My first book in this series and probably not the last. A very easy read however a little bit predictable. Just not enough happening for my liking but I very much like the character of Liz Carlyle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bachyboy | 3/23/2011

    " Read this when recovering from hip surgery so not sure I gave it my best shot. Sort of spy book and all those confusing Russian names again. I liked the action at the end and the strong female character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/18/2010

    " Pleasant read. Not as good as the first two, which were super. Hope Stella can turn up the heat for the next one. Congratulations to her being selected to manage this year's Man Booker prize committee. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 7/10/2010

    " Not what I had hoped. Some plotting is a bit contrived, especially at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob & Liz | 6/12/2010

    " Good story and action / Rob "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 3/21/2010

    " Stella Rimington writes great, current spy novels set in England. I reccomend all of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 3/16/2010

    " Another strong counter-espionage story from Rimington. The ending had two clever twists near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/25/2009

    " The author is a very good writer. You are sucked into her books, and they move at a fast pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 9/16/2009

    " post cold war British spy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 9/8/2009

    " A good book but not one of her best. Though I'm still looking forward to the next Liz Carlyle novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginger | 7/12/2009

    " Gave up - couldn't get into it. It could have been me and not the book. "

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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

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.