Rip Tide (Liz Carlyle Series #6)

Rip Tide (Liz Carlyle Series #6)

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by Stella Rimington
     
 

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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.

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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 coincide with Rimington's newest novel, this is a relevant, insightful story with a unique perspective on a crucially important issue.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608198207
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
Liz Carlyle Series , #6
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
613,923
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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Rip Tide 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read with action and suspense.
Kricket77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Alan_Houston More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
While being an American, trying to read "proper English", posed a few problems, overall this book is so well written that it did not really matter. Storyline was great and made for interesting reading. Too bad most Americans don't really know what the UK intelligence and spy services do, and who does what. Even struggling with that, I still recommend this to all!
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BettinainNYC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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My first Liz Carlyle, but it won't be my last
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Sourdough More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Believable action, believable characters. Not a lot of real tension, but close enough to be interesting.
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Jumps between countries and characters and lengthy details about them make this tedious reading. Just not my kind of dtory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.