London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper.
But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.
After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the slow horses suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House but of MI5 itself....
©2016 Mick Herron (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd
This is the third of the Slough House trilogy and I was sorry to get to the end. I had grown fond of all the Slough House inhabitants, even the appalling Jackson Lamb, who gets most of the best lines, and the nerdy Roderick Ho. All three books are wildly implausible, but terrific fun and beautifully written. The narrator, Sean Barrett, does all the characters justice. The Slow Horses have all had a good outing, but I hope another trilogy with different characters is in the pipeline.
Truly. If you like this genre, even if you don't, listen to this novel. It's my third in the Author's series and it is splendid. It is fascinating to see the ongoing characters sparkle and scintillate through a very nicely plotted yarn. The language is just right. Intelligent, descriptive and very, very amusing. there is enough action to suit everyone's taste and even recognisable villains or "goodies" abound..no matter. Tonnes of recognisable Reality offsets the fiction and makes you pleased that Goodness can still prevail over dangerous Nutcases. Please. Keep going Mr Herron- more Slow Horses please.
Really enjoyable. Characters are interesting (I love that they are flawed and that I can judge them on their actions rather than the author telling me how wonderful/bad they are). Lots of twists. And Jackson lamb is glorious.
Narrator amongst the best.
The third book in the Slough House series told by the deep soft purring voice of Sean Barrett. Excellent, gripping and humorous. The team, all stamped by their past bungles as "slow horses" or losers show yet again that despite machinations by the good and the great they can rise to any, even some, almost impossible tasks.
The series keeps getting better. More would be good as yet again we are left with loose ends!
It took me a while to get used to the style of narration, monotone delivery, no break for new chapters or changes of scene. But once I did I could appreciate that this was a good way to deliver this series of books. Although it's about the British intelligence services, I do hope they bear little or no resemblance to this lot! Amusing, entertaining and full of interesting characters, ...... But not who you want protecting the country!
"Even better than Slow Horses"
Cracking read! Fizzes with one liners. Would make a great TV series. Jackson Lamb is a superb character but to be fair all of the cast are really well fleshed out. Bring on the next book in the series....will Boris/P.J be P.M?
"More interesting than it initially appeared"
I found this got off to a rather slow start but am glad that I persevered as the story did become much more interesting and drew you in.
Narration was good as always by Sean Barrett whose books I do tend to follow.
"Dreary to say the least"
I'm not usually negative, but this just didn't do it for me. Thank goodness for the returns system.
"Gripping, compelling,exciting, witty, dry, lol...."
I rarely review, I have too many titles (450+) to spend time on it... But Mick Herron's Slow Horses series is genius. I am talking the literary quality of Mankell or Rankin. There is some beautiful writing here, particularly in the descriptions of daily life, and it is exquisitely voiced by Sean Barrett. But, at the same time, the cast of characters is sympathetic, flawed, and engaging, ... except perhaps for Lamb, whose huge Smokey and malodorous leadership drives the slow horses with a drill, embittered wit that has me laughing out loud with his ultra dry dialogue. Hushed immediately with the serious and unexpected plot twists. I love Le Carre, Mankell and Rankin. Blend and whizz the best of these ... And enjoy the life of Slough House, MI5 (just). Fab.
"not the best for me"
the plot started slowly and refused to develop... this was a chore to listen to... the delivery was good though...
"Not one we enjoyed"
After seeing such promising reviews and really enjoying Sean Barrett's narration we chose to purchase this book. The story is just so unrealistic with sections of the British secret service trying to kill each other. We struggled to the end in the hope it would get better but it does not. Sean Barret's narration was as good as always.
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