At Risk

At Risk

Book - 2005
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An announcement is made at a meeting of the British Intelligence Joint Counter-Terrorist group: "The opposition may be about to deploy an invisible." An "invisible" is CIA-speak for the ultimate intelligence nightmare: a terrorist who is an ethnic native of the target country and who can therefore cross its borders unchecked, move around the country unquestioned, and go unnoticed while setting up the foundation for monstrous harm. Intelligence officer Liz Carlyle has had to prove herself in countless ways as she's come up through the ranks of the traditionally all-male world of Britain's Security Service, MI5. But this announcement marks the start of an operation that will test all her hard-won knowledge and experience--and her intelligence and courage--as nothing has before. Having analyzed information from her agents, she realizes that there is indeed an imminent terrorist threat. She may even have the invisible's point of entry. But what she cannot draw out of all the "chatter" is the invisible's identity and intended target. With each passing hour, the danger increases. As the desperate hunt continues, it becomes clear that Liz's intuitive skills, her ability to get deep inside her enemy's head, are her best hope for tracking down the terrorist. But will that be enough? And can she succeed in time to avert a disaster? Drawing from her experience as the first woman director general of MI5, Stella Rimington gives us a story that is smart, tautly drawn, and suspenseful from first to last. At Risk is a stunning debut novel that plunges us headlong into today's shadowy and fever-pitched battle between terrorism and Intelligence.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005
ISBN: 9781400043705
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2016

Liz Carlyle works for the UK’s internal intelligence service, MI-5, and is on the case of an ‘invisible’ whose goals and actions must be dissected to keep a terrorist action at bay.

MPR’s Kerry Miller’s The Thread suggested Rimington’s female spy for summer reading. As a long-time fan of the TV series ‘Spooks/MI-5’’, I gave this series a try. I’m hooked!

Nov 20, 2012

I really enjoyed this novel. I appreciated its modesty, ie that it was a novel that did not go over the top with extravagant action. Knowing that the author was the previous head of MI5 may have given me a degree of confidence that the story had a strong sense of being based in reality. The heroine Liz Carlyle is a realistic figure and the other characters reeked of British traits and eccentricities. I look forward to reading more of Rimington's novels.

Sep 19, 2011

Entertaining first novel from the former MI5 director, pitting two unusual terrorists against a group of operatives and police in the English countryside. Rimington gives the appropriate amount of detail and has a good sense of pacing throughout, and her main character Liz is a strong woman with depth. I'll continue to read her later books.


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