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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (429 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:
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Liz Carlyle, the quick, passionate intelligence officer of Britain’s MI5, returns to defuse a terrorist plot in this high-stakes, high-tension tale of international espionage.

When it appears a “secret asset”—a sleeper spy—has infiltrated British Intelligence, the director of counter-terrorism assigns Liz Carlyle to dig up the mole. The spy, possibly a former IRA operative now working with British-born Al Qaeda sympathizers, has one thing on his (or her?) mind: total devastation. With a major attack looming, Liz must trust her instincts and move fast. But this assignment is deadly, and suddenly she feels like she has wandered into a wilderness of mirrors, where nothing is what is seems and no one can be trusted.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fast-moving . . . Rimington continues to deliver on the promise of spy fiction written not only by a former spy but also by the head of British intelligence. This is a smartly constructed, sharply written thriller that exudes realism and a professional’s eye for detail . . . Rimington also proves adept at building characters and constructing plots. David Pitt, Booklist
  • Those interested in old school British intelligence thrillers will find much to like in the smart, enterprising Carlyle . . . Much is made of the authenticity of Rimington’s tradecraft (she was the first female head of MI5 in real life), and rightly so. Publishers Weekly
  • [Secret Asset has] whiplash control of momentum that raises your pulse a heartbeat at a time until the climax. Kirkus Reviews
  • The author makes effective use of her professional knowledge . . . The ingenious plot entwines strands of Irish Republican Army leftovers, disaffected spies, and Islamic terrorists . . . Rimington’s sense of place is strong. Library Journal
  • This is something very rare: the spy novel that prizes authenticity over fabrication. Mail on Sunday
  • Tense and terrifying. Cosmopolitan
  • A cracking good thriller Lynn Barber, Observer
  • Intelligent — Undeniably pacy Guardian
  • Rimington makes adroit use of her expertise as former MI5 chief Sunday Times
  • The Secret Service background is exceedingly convincing Evening Standard
  • First class Douglas Hurd, New Statesman
  • The story of MI5’s transformation is fascinating. So too is Rimington’s account of her rise in what was very definitely a man’s world. Guardian
  • She writes in a refreshingly self-deprecating style of juggling the roles of single parent and chief ‘spook’. Independent on Sunday
  • Open Secret is a fascinating account not only of Stella Rimington’s various roles in the evolving Security Services, but also of the strains on a single mother as she struggles to compartmentalize a life that is necessarily unpredictable, stressful and shrouded in secrecy. Time Out

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gina | 1/30/2014

    " A juicy thriller set in the world of MI5. Tight writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by SueDella | 1/22/2014

    " Stella Rimington is the real James Bond. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Pottenger | 1/20/2014

    " I think this was #2. It was a little dry at times, but a good read. I've got #3 to read from the library. Guess I'll have to track down the first one eventually. All in all, it was an enjoyable effort from Britain's first female director of MI5. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gerry | 1/12/2014

    " Not bad but not riveting. "

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