MI6 plan to assassinate the leading maker of IEDs - roadside bombs- as he leaves his house in Iran. But first, they need to know when he is leaving. So it is that Danny 'Badger' Baxter finds himself in Iran, lumbered with a partner he loathes, lying next to a mosquito-infested marsh, observing the house. And knowing that if they are caught, Her Majesty's Government will deny all knowledge of them.
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Seymour at his best,a well developed plot, characters entirely believable. and enertaining from start to finish. I can't remember reading this author and having been bored, again Seymour at his best
Very much recommend. Seymour's characters feel real and are inbuilt with the complexities, vices, emotion and doubts that drive and cripple us. It's not that the story has twists and turns that makes it so interesting. You feel with the characters at every step and just have to keep listening.
"Slow burner but leads to almost unbearable tension"
Be patient with this book-it is a slow burner but well worth it. The second half is almost unbearably tense. So much so that I found myself chewing my lip with anxiety as I listened.As with all the Gerald Seymour books I've listened to, his characters are so well-rounded that it's impossible not to empathise with them all - even a bomb-maker, for goodness sake. His research and understanding of his subject is as always, impeccable. I highly recommend this, especially for anyone who's ever wondered about what it's really like to be a covert operative.
"Oh so boring"
Well narrated, but so slow, it started to pick towards the end but by that time I'd given up...
"Another brilliant story from Seymour"
I have read and enjoyed all of Gerald Seymour's novels and 'A 'Deniable Death' ranks with 'Harry's Game' as one of my favourite and most thought provoking. As usual, the characters personalties, traits and back stories are expertly sewn into the narrative so that you really connect with them and understand what motivates them to act as they do as the story reaches its climax. Although listening late at night, I could not hit pause until I learned how Badger's heroic attempt to bring Foxy back home worked out. I missed out on badly needed sleep but it was well worth it.
I really enjoyed this book. I have read a lot of Gerald Seymour books over the years and he is a great storyteller. I admit I had not read one of his for a while but the write-up attracted me to this because of my background. It was tense and suspenseful and really drew me along with it. The narator was good and overall I would thoroughly recommend it.
This story had me from the beginning, I expected a plot twist or two and as several coarses of action converge into the grand scheme of things, this managed a few more.
Some I saw coming as they built up, some not.
The action builds to a double peak, and then a sympathetic 'closure'.
It is brilliantly read, with voices and accents that seem fitting of the characters.
Nicely written (and read). Interesting, original premise. Very, very slow. Rather pretentious and self-consciously profound.
"Plot too similar to his other books"
This was an unusual plot but the layout of the characters and storyline are becoming a little bit too like a standard formula for GS and lack the originality of his earlier works, time for a change of direction for GS I think. Nevertheless, it is a good listen to those unfamiliar with GS's books and worthwhile for that, its just I've either read or listened to all his previous books and they're becoming a bit tired.
"A Deniable Death"
A rather confusing book with a strange plot centered around two characters involved in a 'crop' operation watching a house. As usual there are a number of strands to the book but unfortunately the reader seems to slip seemlessly between those strands and leaves the listener wondering where they are! I have listened to many audio books over the past 3-4 years and this one is definately ranked towards the bottom of my list.
"The price of Surveilance"
I cannot recall a book devoted to an important surveillance in hostile country so this book is a first for me. It is realistic in the detail and the psychological dramas that being still and listening for days at a time. I have spoken with spooks in my career and find the characters here so completely fit the types that are prepared to undergo dreadful privations to get the important information for others. Gerald Seymour may never win a literary award but he is masterful in his build up of suspense, narrative drive, and maintaining interest in the minutiae of surveillance technique.
The narrative is complimented with a sympathetic reading which has sufficient characterization with out parody.
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