Illegal Action

Illegal Action

Illegal Action The new installment in Stella Rimington s series of frighteningly authentic espionage thrillers Chicago Tribune featuring the fiercely intelligent ambitious MI officer Liz Carlyle Liz has been trans

  • Title: Illegal Action
  • Author: Stella Rimington
  • ISBN: 9780307268853
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The new installment in Stella Rimington s series of frighteningly authentic espionage thrillers Chicago Tribune featuring the fiercely intelligent, ambitious MI5 officer Liz Carlyle Liz has been transferred to counter espionage the hub of MI5 operations during the Cold War, which has been scaled back as anti terrorism has gained priority But there s plenty for her tThe new installment in Stella Rimington s series of frighteningly authentic espionage thrillers Chicago Tribune featuring the fiercely intelligent, ambitious MI5 officer Liz Carlyle.Liz has been transferred to counter espionage the hub of MI5 operations during the Cold War, which has been scaled back as anti terrorism has gained priority But there s plenty for her to do there are spies operating in London in the twenty first century than there were during the height of East West hostilities Even the Russians still have a large contingent, although now they spy on the international financial community and on the wealthy ex pat oligarchs who make England their domain.In her new assignment, Liz quickly uncovers a plot to silence one of these Russians Nikita Brunovsky, an increasingly vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin The Foreign Office is adamant about forestalling a crime that could become a full blown international incident, but there s not a single clue as to how the assassination will be carried out and Liz is solely responsible for averting disaster So she goes undercover, attaching herself to Brunovsky s retinue racing against the clock to determine who betrayed him and suddenly facing a wholly unexpected second task unmasking a Russian operative working undercover alongside her.Dame Stella has once again distilled her experience as the first woman Director General of MI5 into a spy novel of arresting psychological complexity and unflagging suspense.

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    When Stella Rimington first published a novel in 2004, I was pleased, surprised, and interested. It was kind of cool, watching the watchers, and seeing what she decided to share with us of her life, her work as the first Director General of Britain's domestic security service, MI-5. Her earlier work, particularly her first novel At Risk, was good. But a really great editor wouldn't have let her get away with this latest narrative, which did not quite reach the mark. Perhaps writing is a stress-r [...]

    In Illegal Action, the third novel in the Liz Carlyle series by Dame Stella Rimington, Liz is transferred from her prestigious post in Counter-Terrorism to a new job in the Russian section of Counter-Espionage. The section is widely considered a backwater in MI5, but ts acting director feels differently. Brian Ackers is an old hand from the Cold War who sees little difference between the KGB of the 1980s and the SVR of the 2000s. He’s rigid and often unreasonable. However, as a more credible s [...]

    "Illegal Action" by Stella Rimington, noted by TV Spooks Tessa actress Jenny Agutter (aneyespy/2012/06/s) as former MI-5 director, became familiar, for previous reading, rather than plot predictability, read through both times, so probaby look for sequel. (Could X-rate for slit wrist murder.) Two rumors accrue enough confirmation to coach Liz Carlyle as an art student focussed on assassination threatens Russian painter Pashko, insert her in a wealthy household. Assassination threatens a Russian [...]

    We are promised authenticity with this book and we probably get it. Being a spy is probably as dull and pedestrian as this.This is Stella's third spy novel so you'd think she'd have hit her stride by now but she seems content with an unambitious amble. She has no doubt used her experience as Head of M15 to good effect, but she doesn't seem to have used her qualification as a graduate in English literature.The book has no pace. The dialogue doesn't crackle. There is no tension.Having just compare [...]

    We listened to an audio version of this book, read by Emma Fielding. While listening to an audio version in a car isn't always the ideal way to 'read' a book, it certainly whiles away the long hours of travelling. The story is nicely plotted, with some good scenes. There's nothing totally gripping about it - or maybe it felt like that because of the way we heard it. Rather it's a good workmanlike piece of fiction, and though the style is steady rather than vivid, Rimington certainly makes the mo [...]

    In place of "Illegal Action", Stella Rimington might have more appropriately called this one "Lack of Action". As compared to the first two entries in her Liz Carlyle series, this one was a bit on the slow side.The plot is anything but straightforward. Liz, a British MI5 operator, is assigned to what amounts to a babysitter role with a London-based Russian oligarch who British intelligence thinks may be the subject of an assassination. Carlyle, who normally is portrayed as being an astute judge [...]

    I'm really impressed with this series, based on the first three. It seems that Brits can still write plausibly about espionage in the post-Cold-War world. Here in America, we are taken with the "war on terror," which has yet to be the backdrop for a really good book. (Readers, please correct me if I'm wrong about that. TV, yes [I like "Homeland"], but no books.)Of course, Brits wrote the best Cold-War espionage books, too. Oh well.

    Wonderful characters. Subtle plot, with lots of espionage fiction twists. A believable view of inside politics and its effects on daily activities in the intelligence world. The plot centers around current era Russian emigre oligarchs, and may be a little top heavy with bizarre twists. The characters are a delight and carry the story. A very good read.

    I purchased this book ages ago (at Borders!). I didn’t realize that this was the third in a series featuring agent Liz Carlyle. I think I bought it because of the author’s background (as the former head of MI5). It has been many years since I read him, but if memory serves, Illegal Action wasn’t exactly up to the caliber of John le Carré . This was a quick, fast paced read and I did like the depiction of the drudge detail of spycraft and particularly the character of Peggy Kinsolving, the [...]

    Picked this up as almost the only English-language representative among the large collection of German and Swedish books at the little hotel we are currently ensconced in, but finished it largely out of a sense of duty. With its distant heroine, who is surprisingly dim and who doesn't actually do anything or discover anything (the narrative is entirely driven by contributions from minor characters), and its portentous plot with bathetic "denouement" (all seen previously in bits and pieces in min [...]

    OK, so it's an airport book, so I didn't have very high expectationsBut still, you'd think somebody like Stella Rimington could afford a decent editor. The quality of the writing was pretty poor, which was a shame because the book was actually well plotted.Illegal Action is one of those books that take a bit of time to get going, and I know this is a real turn-off for some readers, although I don't mind it so much - and once the plot did get moving it was exciting enough.Will I make a point of r [...]

    Illegal Action by Stella Rimington is the third in a series featuring Liz Carlye an agent with the British government. For those readers who like espionage novels, this will be of interest. A Russian oligarch living in England is in the market for a famous painting and Liz goes undercover as an art student. Various other agents from M15 and M16 are also involved and sometimes it is difficult to keep the characters straight.

    This book was a bit disappointing. Not as good as At Risk. I enjoyed it, but it was just the last 50 pages that were really exciting. A light, quick read.

    Rimington, Stella. Illegal Action, Arrow Books, London 2008. (Pages 394, Paperback)Rating: 5/10This book certainly couldn’t be a Booker Prize nominee, but Booker prize is what made me read it.I like a book to have a good story. It should be easy to read and a page turner if possible. Over the years, the Booker nominees and winners have increasingly frustrated me. True, I could admire the beautiful prose in The God of Small Things (1997) or The Line of Beauty (2004); but Arundhati Roy’s was p [...]

    Not all that long ago, Abbeys Bookshop in York Street, Sydney, was giving away a Stella Rimington title when you bought a thriller. My husband got one, read it (he can't remember which one it was) and said it wasn't much good. But he's like that. Illegal Action is an intricate and involving story in which Rimington makes good use of the knowledge she gleaned during her long career in Britain's security services, culminating in her appointment as the first female Director General of M15. What beg [...]

    Starts promisingly, and ends tiresomely.I actually listened to the audio book version of this while driving long distances, and it's probable that my opinion of the story wasn't helped by the woman doing the narration. I've heard some some superb audio books over the years, with 'The Quiet American' being a stand out. The narrator there managed accents and male and female voices with subtlety and detail and added to the exerience of the story. Unfortunately, this narrator was on par with Terry W [...]

    Part of my current fiction binge. I am almost sated. I enjoyed this book: the main characters are well developed and (generally) likeable and very human.Liz Carlyle, MI5 agent, is now working in the Counter-Espionage Branch. While it was once the hub of MI5 operations, Counter-Espionage has been reduced in size since the end of the Cold War – even though there are significantly more spies operating in London. Drawn in part by London’s status as the base of the international financial communi [...]

    Stella Remington knows of what she writes. Stella, not of "A Streetcar Named Desire" fame, was the first woman Director General of MI5. She has probably used her experience in MI5 in writing her 4 novels. So, being true to life, we must forego the car chases and gun battles and settle for the psychological mystery.Liz Carlyle, quite possibly fashioned after Stella, is working for the counter-espionage department of MI5. She and the department are faced with the changing look of espionage from th [...]

    This is the third book in the Liz Carlyle series. Following an enquiry after incidents in the previous book, Liz has been moved to a different branch of MI5. She is now working in Counter-Espionage. Her old boss Charles Wetherby is taking time off, so her new boss is Brian Akers.The story is built around the new threat from the Russian states, not the old Cold War threat, but this time a threat to a wealthy oligarch. At first the pace was a little slow compared to the previous two books. However [...]

    The third in the series and my least favourite so far. Liz has moved to counter-intelligence (mainly Russia) and has a new boss. She reluctantly agrees to pretend to be an art student so she can hang around at the house of a Russian oligarch who is an art lover and who might be at risk of assassination (or he might not). There was also a strand involving the oligarch's chauffeur-bodyguard being forced to report to the Russians on his boss' contacts.The plot was extremely unlikely and I never qui [...]

    This third book about MI5 agent Liz Carlyle offers a bit more detail of her personal life as well as a story of Russian oligarchs and high-end art collecting. The device of third-person narrative with shifting focalizers adds suspense but sometimes also confusion: in one chapter, "the woman" ambushes "the woman" (Liz is the intended victim, but the attacker doesn't know her identity). Some plot developments are signaled early, so that the suspense is more in how rather than what will happen. Det [...]

    Pretty good. The author's career in MI5 allows her to convey an air of realism in certain aspects of the story, however you often wish that there were more details. The plot is at times a little weak and requires a bit of a suspension of disbelief at several points (the pretense used to install Liz in the house, the lack of follow up after one violent incident, the series of events used to separate her from her cell phone) The final confrontation was tense and I read the last 40 pages quickly ea [...]

    Third in e Liz Carlyle series, here she goes undercover as an art student to protect a Russian oligarch in London when MI5 get wind of a possible plot against him by an "illegal" agent.I liked this better than the previous one in the series as it felt more plausible and the plot wasn't so predictable. I like that the action is rather low-key and that Liz isn't a gun-toting super-hero, it all feels more realistic, so you can sort of believe that this might actually be how things go in MI5.My bigg [...]

    I'm having trouble reviewing this book because I'm having trouble remembering this book. Turns out it's the third in a series (curse you community lending library for not having the first two books) and is about an M15 officer (Liz Carlyle) and her transfer to counter-espionage. While it's cool that someone who really worked in that area wrote a book about it, I do remember being surprised that someone who seemed so poorly qualified would be thrust into a Russian oligarch's inner circle. Some sc [...]

    Solidly enjoyable, but not spectacular, rather like Rimington's personality I am coming to feel. I noticed how underepresented female writers are in my library and wanted to branch out. Rimington as the former female head of MI-5, writes more manly than say, John Updike, who in his Eastwick series coems across as quite the feminine empath. Her spy book is much like a report, where hotshot agents get fired and scolded, rather than saving the day. This adds a level or realism that gives me a bette [...]

    Objectively this book isn't very good, but I love spy/secret services thrillers, so I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I have put the others on my hold list at the library because I love the genre, and this was competently written. In a way I wonder if the ultimate pointlessness of the plot was, in fact, the point. Is Rimington making a point about the sprawling nature of MI5 and MI6 investigations and their fluidity? I don't know, the book didn't give me a clue as to whether it was a case of not that [...]

    The prospect of reading a spy novel from the former Director General of MI5 (and the only woman to have ever held that post) was intriguing.Unfortunately, the story itself was not.The story was OKd I'm sure that many of the technical aspects of the book were accurate. But the characters were really flat. The main character (predictably) got herself into a dangerous situation towards the end of the book and I found myself not really caring what happened. And.ral of the other characters acted very [...]

    I have to say I found these books (the Liz Carlyle series) rather late - the first one was written in 2004! Having just completed this, the third in the series, I have to admit I'm now totally a fan! In Illegal Action, Liz gets transferred from Counter-Terrorism to Counter-Espionage and becomes involved in a plot to kill a London-based Russian oligarch - or is there more to this than meets the eye? Without taxing the brain too much, these stories by Stella Rimington are well written in an easy-t [...]

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