Rip Tide (Liz Carlyle Series #6)

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In this fast-paced novel from the former director of MI5, a British-born Pakistani is discovered among a gang of pirates attacking a cargo ship off the Somalian coast, setting agent Liz Carlyle on a case that will unravel across continents and ideological boundaries, and ultimately bring bigger, more explosive trouble-far closer to home.

A riveting story full of treachery, Rip Tide is also a reminder that terror can lurk in the unlikeliest places. Published in paperback to ...

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Overview

In this fast-paced novel from the former director of MI5, a British-born Pakistani is discovered among a gang of pirates attacking a cargo ship off the Somalian coast, setting agent Liz Carlyle on a case that will unravel across continents and ideological boundaries, and ultimately bring bigger, more explosive trouble-far closer to home.

A riveting story full of treachery, Rip Tide is also a reminder that terror can lurk in the unlikeliest places. Published in paperback to coincide with Rimington's newest novel, this is a relevant, insightful story with a unique perspective on a crucially important issue.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Rimington's thought-provoking fifth thriller featuring MI5 agent Liz Carlyle (after Dead Line), Liz, MI5's liaison with French intelligence, interviews 23-year-old Amir Khan, a British citizen from Birmingham, who was captured by a French naval vessel when he and other pirates tried to hijack an Athens-based freighter owned by United Charities' Shipping Organization off the coast of Somalia. While Amir is mostly tight-lipped, Liz manages to squeeze out enough information to send the investigation to Birmingham and the New Springfield mosque, which has disturbing ties to Pakistan and terrorism. Meanwhile, UCSO in Athens, worried that its ships are being specifically targeted by pirates, wonders if there's a leak in the organization. Luckily, the charity director has the ear of MI5 and MI6 as the widening picture grows grimmer by the day. Rich with authentic details from Rimington's own life as director general of MI5, this is a must-read for fans of contemporary spy fiction. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews

A foiled Somali hijacking sets MI5's Liz Carlyle (Dead Line,2010, etc.) on the winding trail of international terrorists.

It's nice that the pirates who attempted to seize theAristides,a little ship carrying relief supplies on behalf of the United Charities' Shipping Organization, were seized themselves instead. But the abortive attempt raises several puzzling questions. What was British grocery scion Amir Khan doing in such flagrantly illegal company? Why have hijackers been targeting UCSO ships lately, especially those with unusually high-value cargos? Is there a leak inside UCSO that's tipping off its enemies? When Liz Carlyle interviews Amir in a French prison, his characterization of himself as an innocent bystander is so laughably glib that Liz is certain he's linked to some nefarious plot. But her own colleagues are anything but helpful in connecting the dots. Mitchell Berger, who heads UCSO's Athens office, never gets around to mentioning that he's ex-CIA. Geoffrey Fane, Liz's opposite number at MI6, who'd rather share his bed than his plans with her, secretly plants a junior op inside UCSO's Athens office, then acts blandly surprised when she gets herself killed. Liz's most readily forthcoming colleague is Salim Alavi, aka Boatman, an agent inside the Birmingham mosque at which he studied with Amir, who supplies useful intel right up until the moment his cover is blown. And when Fane urges that an agent be placed undercover on the next voyage of theAristides,Liz insists that it be one of her own, intelligence officer Dave Armstrong, only to see him removed from the ship by pirates who clearly know what a prize they've captured. Luckily, Liz, equally undistracted by her conflicts with her alleged mates and her romance with her French counterpart Martin Seurat, remains all business and foils plot after plot.

Though the incessantly buzzing threat board may give you more headaches than thrills, the densely imagined counterterrorist culture Rimington creates beneath the tradecraft is as compelling as ever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608198207
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Liz Carlyle Series , #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 347,581
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism. She was appointed director general in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She has written an autobiography and five Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

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    I have just finished reading the most incredible book. It is action packed with all the elements that I love in a book. It is fast paced, action packed with intrigue, murder, suspense, betrayal,danger and a bit of romance thrown in. There are so many characters it is hard to pinpoint the main ones. The visualization is strong and you can almost imagine the pirates when they are climbing up the ladder to seize the ship. It is an exciting read and you find yourself holding your breath to see how it all plays out. The word usage is suburb and the sentences just seem to flow. I give this book my highest recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Fun, quick read

    Quick read with action and suspense.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    A Great Read

    I started this series "in the middle" but wish I had started with the first book! I don't want to miss one of them.

    This series seems very believable moreso because the author was the former head of MI5. Excellent writing, suspense, and twists and turns.

    Recommend this to all mystery, spy novel readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Found it boring

    Jumps between countries and characters and lengthy details about them make this tedious reading. Just not my kind of dtory.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    An Insider's Look At "Intelligence" Agencies

    Ms. Rimington is the former "boss" of British intelligence, so she provides an inside view of how intelligence agencies work...and they work pretty much like the post office....political hacks at the top making life difficult for the folks who actually do some work. The author is not really a writer, so characters are cliches, none of whom talk like actual people, and an obsession with what people are wearing is a substitute for a plot. Although flawed, "Rip Tide" is rare...a book that warns us that the people who guard us from our enemies are pretty much like the people working at the Social Security Administration...and in government work, the cream never rises to the top.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    A Great Read

    I have discovered Stella Rimington's MI5 mysteries this summer -- love them all. She is an excellent writer -- both in storytelling and language skills. A real joy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Kept my interest!

    This is my first book to read by Stella Rimington and enjoyed the character of Liz Carlyle. Will purchase other books in this series and recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Surprise in the genre

    My first Liz Carlyle, but it won't be my last

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Chorus

    We were best friends. Just you and me. We were the perfect harmony. Longer than a phone call deeper than the sea. Just you and meeeeee.......oh just you and meeeEeeeee yeah.slow down

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Very good book. Believable action, believable characters. Not

    Very good book. Believable action, believable characters. Not a lot of real tension, but close enough to be interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Never Received

    Can't write a review because my order was delayed then cancelled - without any notification of the cancellation. Gave it 4 stars anyway since I've liked the previous books in this series.

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