A new cold war is coming, and Liz Carlyle is about to find herself on very thin ice. Still reeling from the loss of the man she loved in a botched antiterrorist operation in Paris, Carlyle has been posted to MI5's counter-espionage desk, where her bosses hope the relative quiet might give her the chance to find her feet again.
However, they hadn't counted on the aftershocks of Russia's incursions into Crimea and President Putin's determination to silence those who would oppose him, wherever they may be living in the world. As a result, Liz soon finds herself on the hunt for a Russian spy on British soil--a spy whose intentions are unknown, and whose presence is a threat not only to Russian dissidents living in England but also to the security of the nation itself. And with MI5 and MI6 coming under painful public scrutiny in the post-Edward Snowden world, for Liz and her team, security is something that is beginning to feel increasingly remote.
Pacy, gripping and drawn from her own experience, Stella Rimington's latest Liz Carlyle thriller brings the new cold war compellingly to life.
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If you are looking for an excellent series that deals with government intelligence and espionage, Dame Stella Rimington is the author to follow. This is her 9th novel featuring Liz Carlyle who works with MI-5. And, in fact, Dame Stella Rimington, was the Director General of MI5 in the 1990's.
MI5 deals with threats inside the UK, Domestic intelligence and security, and MI6 combats overseas threats or foreign intelligence. James Bond was from MI6, and their headquarters at Vauxhall in London.
This book, 'Breaking Cover' finds Lz Carlyle back at MI-5, mourning the loss of her lover and colleague. She is assigned desk work to give her time to recover. However, word has come from a source in the Ukraine that Russia is planting operatives in the UK, US and France to cause unrest and to form groups to retest the government's secret work. How very timely, now that the US has discovered Russia has hacked the Democratic Committee's email and phone networks. As Liz and...
A prominent civil liberties advocate named Jasminder Kapoor is saved from muggers on a London street late at night by a passerby. Within weeks, she has fallen in love with the man, a Norwegian banker. There is something a little strange about him, but she can’t put her finger on it.
Meanwhile, a Russian officer stationed in Ukraine witnesses the mangled bodies strewn about by the crash of a Malaysian airliner downed by a Russian missile. Disgusted by the experience, he approaches the CIA and volunteers to pass along information. A high-ranking CIA officer flies to Ukraine to interview him. The soldier has insisted on speaking with a “British expert,” and Miles Brookhaven fits the bill. In a short, tense meeting, Miles learns that the FSB has begun placing undercover Russian agents — “illegals” — in the West. One is in England.
The CIA immediately informs MI5, where Liz Carlyle heads counterespionage. With no additional...
This was one of the best of the series to date. I am glad that Liz Carlisle had progressed from a flat where her washing was never done and there was no edible food in the fridge. Now grieving over the death of a lover yet she is able to do her job well to head up an investigation of anti Putin "illegals". We also see the rise and fall of a tragic character brought into MI6 to give it a less secretive image. Even as an outstanding academic her fall seems understandable due to the deep love of her family and the fatal flaws she shares with some intellectuals who are competent in their working life but naive in making decisions in their social life. The minor characters work well in developing the plot and we learn something new about them too.
I would recommend this novel to Stella Rimington fans and to those who enjoy reading spy novels which draw successfully on current events to add depth to the plot.
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