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Author: Stella Rimington Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Liz Carlyle Series Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781415938881
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With her debut novel, At Risk, Stella Rimington introduced us to Liz Carlyle–a smart, impassioned MI5 intelligence officer whose talents and ambitions are counterbalanced by an abiding awareness of her job’s moral complexities. In SECRET ASSET, we are plunged back into her high-stakes, high-tension world.

Liz has always been particularly skilled at “assessing people,” and trusts her instinct that a terrorist cell is at work at an Islamic bookshop. But when her boss, Charles Wetherby, suddenly takes her off the case, she’s shocked to hear why: Wetherby has received a tip-off that a mole is at work in one of the branches of British Intelligence.

As her colleagues work to avert an impending terrorist strike, Liz is charged with the momentous task of uncovering and exposing the mole before it’s too late. Download and start listening now!

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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 Sarah | 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 Gerry | 1/12/2014

    " Not bad but not riveting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookhuw | 1/10/2014

    " It's a page turner, not much more, not much less. The suspense fades, the thrust is very muted, but hey, at least you won't be stuck reading it for too long. Needs more salt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoy the realism with which Rimington embues her story--this is not about chasing bad guys with guns, but about diligent investigation and analysis. I do find myself hoping that not all her stories are about MI5 being compromised in one way or another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hugh | 1/2/2014

    " I enjoy Rimington's writing more because she has excellent inside knowledge although the endings leave much to desire. Her real life story against the old boy establishment is interesting. "

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

    " Bit plodding. I guessed who the baddie was quite early on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gala | 12/12/2013

    " An intriguing novel written by the former head of British Intelligence MI5, Stella Rimington. Also read her book "At Risk" which was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/5/2013

    " Like an episode of MI5. Taught and great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/22/2013

    " I've always been a fan of mysteries and spy novels, and this author handles both with a deft hand. Realistic characters, great pacing, and a feeling that you're part of the MI5 team as they try to solve the latest case-- I'm looking forward to reading more from Rimington. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 10/30/2013

    " This book was ok, but at times I felt like I was reading her first book all over again. Not sure that I'll read any more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 10/20/2013

    " Story not as good as the first but I still really like the main character Liz Carlyle and look forward to more books by Rimington. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cilla | 10/15/2013

    " Written by the former head of MI5, this book is a bit light weight compared to John le Carre's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 6/28/2013

    " Pretty good. Slow early, when our heroine is just interviewing folks. But picks up and is a pretty good spy novel, catching terrorists in England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 6/15/2013

    " Terrific pageturner. I want to read more books by this woman...who was the head of the British Secret Service so she knows what she is writing about. I'm sure that the boss in the James Bond movies is modeled after the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lian | 12/2/2012

    " Very ordinary prose, but the story is good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 11/10/2012

    " moves too slow for my tastes. like the heroine though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/21/2012

    " Good vacation reading, but entirely predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 4/28/2012

    " This is a great story! After I read it - I found out there's another one, and I can't wait to read that either. The author ran MI5 in the early 90's. If you are into "spy stories", enjoy this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/19/2012

    " 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 Sandy | 11/1/2011

    " I didn't get hooked on character(s) and that's always important to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snarky's | 9/29/2011

    " I am obsessed with all things Stella Rimington, particularly after hearing her on NPR. I think it's fabulous Judi Dench's version of M is based on Dame Stellalicious. MI5 forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/15/2011

    " 2nd in the Liz Carlyle series. Like a police procedural about MI5. Written by the first female Director General of MI5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/7/2011

    " Love this series....I suspected, but didn't know until the very end, who the bad guy was. Love that it isn't obvious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 3/1/2011

    " Rimington was with British Security Service and is now writing engrossing spy novels with a great female protagonist, Liz Carlyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 1/24/2011

    " The second Liz Carlyle story from the former head of MI5 Stella Rimington. Reads like an episode of Spooks but with less tension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/11/2010

    " Like an episode of MI5. Taught and great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 7/5/2010

    " Terrific pageturner. I want to read more books by this woman...who was the head of the British Secret Service so she knows what she is writing about. I'm sure that the boss in the James Bond movies is modeled after the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 6/12/2010

    " Ok book by former M15 Director, not a strong writer but has an interesting and different kind of plot.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/8/2009

    " 2nd in the Liz Carlyle series. Like a police procedural about MI5. Written by the first female Director General of MI5. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 6/12/2009

    " This book was ok, but at times I felt like I was reading her first book all over again. Not sure that I'll read any more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/29/2009

    " I didn't get hooked on character(s) and that's always important to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/18/2009

    " Good vacation reading, but entirely predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/21/2009

    " I've always been a fan of mysteries and spy novels, and this author handles both with a deft hand. Realistic characters, great pacing, and a feeling that you're part of the MI5 team as they try to solve the latest case-- I'm looking forward to reading more from Rimington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/5/2009

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

About the Author

Dame Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the service: countersubversion, counterespionage, and counterterrorism. She was appointed director general in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She has written her autobiography and eight Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk, England.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor is an English-born television, theater, and multiple-award-winning audiobook narrator. Her television credits include Love in a Cold Climate, Rumpole of the Bailey, Sherlock Holmes, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has won numerous Audie awards and AudioFile magazine Earphones awards.