At Risk (Liz Carlyle Series #1)

At Risk (Liz Carlyle Series #1)

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At Risk (Liz Carlyle Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
NoNonsenseReader More than 1 year ago
Even though Stella Rimington is not a professional writer (well, at least not yet, when writing this book), and it shows, I still give this novel the high mark.

First of all, the story is very believable. There are too many books in this genre today that are action-packed, but are full of stuff that has nothing to do with reality, as well as stereotypes beaten to death, and for an intelligent reader that makes it impossible to enjoy the book.

Ms Rimington is, of course, the former head of the British Security Service, so that alone is a good reason to believe her description of the work of a female MI5 officer, the terminology, technical stuff, etc. Also, the plot itself is very believable, especially taking into consideration all the news reports of terrorist acts prevented in Europe, including Britain, since the book was written, and the news reports of tragic events in Afghanistan shockingly similar to those described in the book. The only piece that I found to be questionable, was the background of the terrorist: it is highly unlikely that an educated family from Dushanbe (the capital of Tajikistan) would decide to cross a heavily guarded border with dirt-poor war-torn Afghanand to join local Tajiks in a fight against Taleban. But this actually is a very minor part, and does not specifically affect the rest of the story.

Some of the details in the book are actually quite interesting, for example, the silent PSS pistol, it really does exist (even though the translation of its full name is inaccurate in the book); the book gives readers a chance to learn a little about East Anglia geography, even though inexperienced American readers might need need some help with things like Vauxhall Astra (same as Saturn Astra) or car park (parking lot), RAF (Royal Air Force), etc, I am sure most will do just fine.

One other thing struck me while I was reading the book (actually, listening to an audiobook, and narrator Jennifer McMahon does an excellent job), it reminded me of the best parts of Ken Follett's novel "Eye of the Needle", a lot of similarities there.

Taking into consideration that this is Stella Rimington's debut, I think it is a good novel, I highly recommend it to those who like intelligent modern realistic thrillers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'At Risk' is a sharp edged first-class debut by an author who well knows her subject. The first woman director general of Britain's MI5, Stella Rimington, lived the perils and pitfalls found in this amazing spy thriller. She experienced the inner office politics encountered as a woman in a man's world, and faced the realities of terrorist attacks. After 25 years experience she is now a counter-terrorism expert and she brings all of her expertise to bear in penning her first novel. Akin to the author herself protagonist Liz Carlyle is an Intelligence Officer with consummate smarts. In a male dominated profession, she's a bit of an in-your-face gal wearing high heels and designers duds. While most of her colleagues at Thames House tend to be drably dressed, Liz 'often spent Saturday afternoons combing the antique clothing stalls in Camden Market for quixotically stylish bargains which, while they infringed no Service rules, certainly raised a few eyebrows.' Her one flaw seems to be found in affairs of the heart - her married boyfriend is really a louse. He's a man who '...had always had an unerring instinct for the tradecraft of adultery.' Ah, well, not even Liz can know everything. What she would very much like to know, actually needs to know is how to identify the terrorists who are able to cross borders because of their ethnic identity with the country they're entering. Almost before we know it our heroine is head to head with Al Qaeda and their like. She has consulted with her agents and determined that there is more than a probable terrorist threat - it's very possible. Suspense builds as each day and hour brings this possibility closer. Liz is aided in her search by her superior, Charles Wetherby, a rather enigmatic but intriguing married man. It's obvious early on that Liz's growing interest in him is more than professional admiration. Stella Rimington raises the bar for thriller writers with her compelling observation to detail, and shows a deft ability to create mounting suspense as the story unfolds. - Gail Cooke
KenCady More than 1 year ago
With the author now having written 6 novels starring her character,Liz Carlyle, my hope would be that her writing skills have improved. At Risk is awkwardly done, with lots of filler material. I was able to gloss over sections without missing a beat. Three stars, however, means that it wasn't a horrible novel, and it did have some interest for me. So I may take a look at number 6 in the series just to see how the story has improved.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At Thames House, the Joint Counter-Terrorist Group employees learn that the al-Safa organization of the Islamic Terror Syndicate is planting an ¿Invisible¿. Pakistan cooperates and the Immigration Office combs the lists for possible suspects. However, the M-15 and M-16 attendees know how difficult to uncover an Invisible is as these terrorists are a special breed being a native of the host nation. An agent just in from Islamabad corroborates that al-Safa is a rare Islamic terrorist organization because it welcomes full blood Caucasians.--- M-15 agent-runner Liz Carlyle sees her work as a means to avoid her matchmaking mother and a place to hide from her married lover, Mark Callendar, who is no longer convenient. The need to track down the Invisible becomes imminent as the evidence mounts that something big is about to occur. Liz starts to put a human face that seems increasingly female to the trigger, but who she is and who is her handler remains just out of visible scope especially since agents allegedly on her side decide not to share information with anyone.--- This exciting counter-terrorist espionage thriller travels on two story lines that connect via the heroine. Readers receive an exciting race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe while also seeing the inner office shenanigans of hiding critical information behind a need not to know façade and sexual harassment towards the token estrogen in a testosterone world. The prime plot is typical of the sub-genre with its adrenaline rush to climax, but is slowed down somewhat by the office side, which is more interestingly unique (and perhaps autobiographical) though not as exhilarating. Spy fans are not AT RISK reading this fine tale.--- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot, definitely worth reading!
ToriSinging More than 1 year ago
OK, As a woman I wish the Liz Carlyle books could all be perfect and puzzling and putting my mind in constant tension & uncertainty. But this one didn't. Maybe I should have not gone back to the first in the series. But I will read the next one!
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I almost paid $7 for this book. Reading the sample it was almost a clone of Rip Tide which I just finished reading. I am very impressed by this author's style of writing, but reading both of these books back to back with almost the same plot and characters is a bit much. I am not saying that I will never read it, maybe later.
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