Quiller Meridian

Quiller Meridian

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by Adam Hall
     
 

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One agent dead plus a Russian contact out in the cold equals a mess for Quiller. His mission: locate the contact before he (the contact) gets blown away.

But no one anticipates an extremist coup. Suddenly the contact's in jeopardy and Quiller's caught in a murderous cross fire.

"Great adventure, brilliantly plotted and told." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

Overview

One agent dead plus a Russian contact out in the cold equals a mess for Quiller. His mission: locate the contact before he (the contact) gets blown away.

But no one anticipates an extremist coup. Suddenly the contact's in jeopardy and Quiller's caught in a murderous cross fire.

"Great adventure, brilliantly plotted and told." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hero of 16 earlier adventures ( Quiller Solitaire , et al.), the eponymous British agent can still be depended on for quick thinking and unflinching derring-do. Here, his mettle is put to the test in the former Soviet Union when he is called in to salvage Operation Meridian. Quiller travels from Rome to Bucharest to Moscow trailing a skittish Russian contact, who then books himself on the Rossiya (the Trans-Siberian Express), bound for Vladivostok. Quiller entrains too, and the book plunges into almost nonstop action. During the course of the narrative, Quiller is shot at, survives a car crash and a train wreck, and battles the Russian militia, the violent Stalinist Podpolia underground and a rogue ex-KGB agent who is fond of bombs. The final confrontation takes place in Novosibirsk with leaders of the Podpolia , who are plotting a coup with the Chinese and the rogue bomber. As ever, narrator Quiller's voice is knowing and insouciant, deftly turning plot points with razor-sharp characterizations and keeping readers on the edges of their seats. The subtleties of the spy trade--and the inadequacies of British intelligence--are nicely limned, as is life in the new Russia. Adam Hall is the pseudonym of Elleston Trevor ( Deathwatch ). (Apr.)
Library Journal
When Quiller, British secret agent extraordinaire, is called upon to take over a botched mission code-named Meridian, he finds himself on a train to Siberia. His assignment: to track Zymyanin, a Russian informant who has startling information for the West. Quiller soon discovers the existence of a plot by the Podpolia, hard-line Communists unwilling to yield power, which involves the Russian army. Before he is able to pursue this lead, Zymyanin is killed and Quiller is framed for his murder. Not only must he run from the police, but he must uncover the plot without alarming the conspirators. Hall ( Quiller Solitaire , Morrow, 1992) also introduces a subplot, adding even more twists to a story already full of action but light on characterization. At times, Quiller talks to himself, at other times to the reader, but in any case the terse prose provides a minimum of information. Recommended only for those who prefer action to anything else.-- Roberta Pessah, St. John's Univ., New York
Wes Lukowsky
Just because the Soviet Union has splintered into substates doesn't mean there's no international intrigue. British agent Quiller, the smooth, unemotional hero of 16 previous spy novels, is sent to Bucharest to establish contact with Zymyanin, who may help the British stabilize the situation among the former Soviet Union's competing army factions. But the meeting goes bad, an agent is killed, and Zymyanin flees. Quiller follows him onto the Trans-Siberian Express for a journey that figuratively--and literally--carries them into the turbulent inner workings of the post-glasnost commonwealth. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, though the lack of a superpower adversary eliminates a little of the dramatic urgency one expects from a Quiller tale. Still, this is solid cloak-and-dagger fare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380715343
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Pages:
288

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