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by Stella Rimington

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ISBN: 1847243118
ISBN13: 978-1847243119
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Author: Stella Rimington
Language: English
Publisher: Quercus; UK airports ed edition (2008)
ePUB size: 1326 kb
FB2 size: 1976 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Dame Stella Rimington served as Director General of Britain's Security Service, MI5, from 1992 to 1996. Eight years later, in retirement, her first spy novel was published, launching the Liz Carlyle series. Dead Line (2008) is the fourth in the series, now nine strong.

Clearly, Rimington has intimate knowledge of MI5 and its sister agency, MI6. So it's no surprise that every entry in the Liz Carlyle series rings with authenticity. What is unexpected is Rimington's proficiency with plotting, characterization, and scene-setting. Like its three predecessors in the series, Dead Line is a pleasure to read.

In this suspenseful spy thriller, a high-level Middle Eastern peace conference is scheduled to take place in Scotland. The presidents of Israel, Syria, and the United States are all scheduled to attend. The conference is just weeks away when MI6 picks up a credible agent's report that a plan is afoot to sabotage the conference. Thirty-five-year-old MI5 officer Liz Carlyle is assigned to work with MI6 to determine whether the threat is real and, if so, find out who's behind it—and thwart it at all costs.

Together with her able young aide, Peggy Kinsolving, and senior MI6 officer Geoffrey Fane, Liz sets out on an investigation that intensifies as the deadline approaches. Other agencies become involved, including the CIA, Special Branch, Revenue and Customs, and Israel's Mossad. Suspense builds steadily as the story unfolds, and it's not until the very end that Liz—or the reader—understands what's really happening. The novel concludes on a high note, but loose ends remain to be wrapped up in future stories.

After four novels in the series, Liz Carlyle is coming into sharp focus. She is professional to a fault, highly intuitive, and capable of facing down even the most formidable sexist male. Liz is also secretly in love with her (married) boss, Charles Wetherby, and fearful that the man her aging mother has paired up with is a gold-digger. And she's frustrated that her job hasn't allowed her to date. In other words, exceptional though she is, Liz Carlyle is an entirely credible thirty-something Englishwoman.
Liz Carlyle is a tough chick. I like tough chicks, there aren't enough of them. Morally tough, I mean. The sort who, when there are only bad choices, confront them and choose the least awful option instead of hiding under the bed or looking for someone else to blame.

But why,oh why, does the cover picture have to make her look like a lesbian? Is it because it's fashionable to be a lesbian, because the only tough chicks her editors know are lesbians? I don't object to lesbians, although the small number of man-haters can be obnoxious, but I don't propose to revere people who've got some wires seriously crossed.

It's possible to be morally tough and thoroughly feminine, and Liz Carlyle is an example. One of the reasons I like her.
I have become somewhat addicted to Rimington’s books. Having read all the rest, this one got out of order, so I am now up to speed on Liz Carlyle’s complete private life as well as her MI5 escapades. This is a pleasant casual read that with all the exotic locations and intrigue might make a good movie. We follow the lives of multiple characters, Fane, Charles, Peggy at MI5, along with Liz’s Mum and her romantic entanglements.

At some places in the timeline, Liz’s powers seem a bit implausible but this is a good yarn. You do get a good insight into what life is really like in the UK, with the class distinctions and the attitudes to foreigners and everything else.
Not as gripping as some of the other Liz Carlyle books by Rimington.
I returned this item because it was an abridged version of the book, not the one I expected. I didn't listen to it
As much as I like the two other books I am reading, I immediately began reading 'Dead Line' the day it arrived somewhat unexpectedly in the mail. I had Pre-ordered it a month or so ago. After the first short chapter I did not want this book to end and I could not put it down. I had to think a bit along the way, and yes, keep track of characters, but Liz Carlyle's personality kept me engaged. Thank You Stella Rimington. I will be getting 'Rip Tide' when it comes out in Paperback. (I see it has been released to Kindle first, trying to sucker us into buying electronics!)
I'm 4 books into this sieres and I enjoyed this book.I have a very easy time of transfering myself into books.I don't overthink what i'm reading I just read.The plot was good (stop an attempt on terror on peace talks).Deal with double agents,friends and would be lovers,a pompass co-worker and in the end save the day.I will buy and read the next book that comes out no question about that.Sometimes reviews are too harsh, it gives the person reviewing a misleading representation of whats entertaining,these books are entertaining. Namaste'
I ranked this is one of Stella Rimington's best works.
Action, suspense and a well defined set of characters.
Truly, it was hard to put this book aside until reaching the
climactic close. I want more!