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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: Emma Fielding Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Al Menaster | 2/8/2014

    " 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 by Martha | 2/8/2014

    " 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 by Hugh Egener | 1/27/2014

    " 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 by Bookhuw | 1/24/2014

    " 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. "

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