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Timebomb: A Thriller
     

Timebomb: A Thriller

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by Gerald Seymour
 

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Hard on the heels of last year's brilliant The Collaborator comes this multilayered novel of espionage and crime.

In 1992, after being fired from a top secret nuclear facility, a KGB operative buried a nuclear suitcase--a dirty bomb. Sixteen years later he has found a buyer. Traveling with the buyer is an undercover agent, working for MI6. But as their

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Hard on the heels of last year's brilliant The Collaborator comes this multilayered novel of espionage and crime.

In 1992, after being fired from a top secret nuclear facility, a KGB operative buried a nuclear suitcase--a dirty bomb. Sixteen years later he has found a buyer. Traveling with the buyer is an undercover agent, working for MI6. But as their shadowy journey begins, it becomes clear that their man is beginning to suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, and the whole operation is very likely to be thrown into jeopardy. Displaying a fast-paced narrative and an in-depth knowledge of international politics, Timebomb is a racing thriller to keep you reading late into the night.

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Publishers Weekly
In the prologue to this dense spy novel from Seymour (The Collaborator), a disgruntled KGB agent who’s recently lost his job, Maj. Oleg Yashkin, secretly buries a suitcase-sized nuclear device in a remote patch of what until recently used to be the Soviet Union. Fifteen years later, in 2008, Yashkin sells the device to a Russian criminal outfit that plans to deliver the weapon to a terrorist network intent on detonating it in the U.K. or the U.S. Meanwhile, a group of Western intelligent officials who get wind of the plot organize Operation Haystack to prevent the bomb’s delivery. Major players include Russian nationalist Josef Shlomo Goldmann, a money launderer who leads a double life; Goldmann’s ruthless associate, Reuven Weissberg; and former British corporal Johnny Carrick, now working for Goldmann in an undercover capacity. International thriller fans who read chiefly for plot will be more rewarded than those who value engaging characters. Agent: Curtis Brown. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Embedded as a driver in the London home of Russian money launderer Josef Goldmann, undercover officer Jonathan Carrick's assignment is yielding no useful information. But when intel regarding the sale of a portable nuke makes Goldmann of interest to MI5, the stakes rise. Carrick foils an apparent assassination attempt and finds himself finagled into Goldmann's trust just as they hook up with the broker, mafia heavy Reuven Weissberg whose lineage, nihilism and innate distrustfulness descend from a survivor of the Sobibor extermination camp. As a pawn in the hands of the brusque, unorthodox Christopher Lawson, 38 years an officer with the Secret Intelligence Service, Carrick walks the high wire sans safety net, enduring ruthless tests by mafia thugs. Meanwhile two disgruntled former Soviet soldiers excavate the weapon from its hiding place in a vegetable patch and set off in a decrepit car on a bizarre, often Quixotic odyssey, facing border crossings and inspections with the weapon hidden loosely under a tarp. The buyer, an Islamic militant operative known as "The Crow," has lined up an expert to verify the device's authenticity, a nuclear scientist let go from his position for family connection to the tribal areas in Pakistan. Themes of disenfranchisement breeding treachery and buried evils inevitably resurfacing permeate this latest, balletic thriller from Seymour (Walking Dead, 2008, etc.), whose sense of historical underpinnings, earned from years of covering terrorism as a journalist, elevate this tale to the heights of the genre, offering sprung steel suspense and sobering depictions of a world tilting on its nuclear fulcrum from Cold War deadlock to post 9-11 volatility. As the threat of nuclear terrorism looms, Carrick's psychological state threatens collapse. Weissberg leads him to the site of one holocaust--will it become birthplace of another? Intricately crafted and clocklike in its controlled release of psychological and geopolitical tension.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468300093
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
02/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
801,060
File size:
715 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Gerald Seymour spent 15 years as an international television news reporter with ITN specializing in the subject of terrorism. His first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game. He has since written 24 novels, six of which have been filmed for television.

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Time Bomb 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
another good read from Gerald Seymour, author of numerous highly readable novels focusing on espionage and terrorism. This one is a post-cold war thriller that sees former glory agents of British intelligence seeking to intercept the sale of a nuclear bomb stolen from the former Soviet Union's arsenal. "Time Bomb" refers not to the bomb, however, but to events in the pasts of all of the characters that have led them to the situations they currently find themselves in. Trapped in the hold that their pasts have created for them, the cat and mouse game between secret intelligence, Russian mafia, disgruntled vets, and Islamic terrorists slowly funnel into one another. Will keep you going til late.