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At Risk

Narrated by: Jennifer McMahon
Series: Agent Liz Carlyle Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A tense, fast-moving debut thriller from the ex-head of MI5.

“Our concern - and we’ve communicated this over the weekend to all stations, is that the opposition may be about to deploy an invisible.”

An “invisible” is CIA-speak for the ultimate intelligence nightmare: The terrorist who, because he or she is an ethnic native of the target country, can cross its borders unchecked, move around that country unquestioned, and infiltrate its institutions with ease. An invisible on mainland Britain was the worst possible news.

For Liz Carlyle, an MI5 Intelligence Officer, this report from MI6 marks the start of an operation that will test her to the limit and put her own life in jeopardy. As she sifts the incoming evidence and gets reports from her agents, she realizes the terrorist threat is imminent. But who or what is the target? And who or where is the invisible? Time is of the essence in this desperate search, and it becomes clear that it is Liz’s intuitive skills - her ability to get inside her enemy’s head - that offer the only hope of averting disaster.

In this terrifying and tautly drawn debut thriller, Stella Rimington takes us to the heart of the intelligence world. It is a place she is uniquely qualified to describe.

©2004 Stella Rimington (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Rimington speaks smartly about workplace issues while ratcheting the tension high in her authoritative debut thriller....It doesn't get more exciting than this." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Gripping - Excellent Narration

Rimington's experience as top "spook" makes this a gripping, if a bit disjointed story. It's a bit slow to get going but gathers pace to a thrilling and unexpected conclusion.
My greatest disappointment was to find that Jennifer McMahon does not narrate Stella's other works - in fact she is listed as narrator for only two other books. McMahon's narration is delightful and her characterisation excellent - quite the best I've heard. Please Audible, give us more Jennifer McMahon!

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Plots within plots, exciting and suspenseful

This book was fantastic! The ending a bit unexpected and the plots within plots that unfolded were exceedingly tangled and interesting. Learning the names and functions of the various British government agencies and roles takes some attention to detail for the uninitiated but is well worth the effort.

The author is a former Director General in the British Security Service (MI5) who writes novels relating to that setting with particular attention to counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism.

This book is the first in a series that follows the career of Liz Carlyle, a fictional (of course) employee of MI5. The book is exciting, interesting, adventurous, funny, a bit scary, detailed, and suspenseful, with an interesting mixture of subtle and not so subtle characters. The narrator, Jennifer McMahon, reads beautifully, using a convincing range of accents.

If you like thrillers, suspense, or crime novels, or any of that sort of thing, read this book. Or, get the audiobook from audible.com. It has an excellent narrator.

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  • Sally
  • Wickenburg, Arizona
  • 09-24-12

Rimington is the BEST!

Only three of the six (soon to be seven) Rimington thrillers are on audible. I can't wait til they are all recorded. Rimington, former director general of MI-5--Britain's CIA--writes realistic and modern spy thrillers that are the best I've ever read.

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Taut intelligent espionage

Intense storytelling, smartly paced, unexpected turns, wonderfully performed. Relatable characters who find themselves in the mist of today’s headlines. I am now a fan of this series! Recommend!!

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Rimington......

a little hard to understand at times and follow . I'll try another of her stories.

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Authentic, real humans, not super spies.

Very enjoyable, excellent narration. I wish someone would record the rest of Stella Rimingtons work.

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Too many characters to keep straight.

This is a solid and interesting story line with a good twist at the end. The ending was abrupt and I had to listen again to make sure I understood the conclusion.There are too many characters and names to remember in this story. Perhaps it would be easier to follow if I actually read the book, rather than listening to it. I did enjoy the heroine and will give the next book in the series a try.

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Long story for basically one incident

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Add more action and far less "relationships, which shoes, etc." You keep wondering if anything is ever going to actually happen.

If you’ve listened to books by Stella Rimington before, how does this one compare?

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Have you listened to any of Jennifer McMahon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Was At Risk worth the listening time?

Barely

Any additional comments?

The plot is okay as far as it goes, but way too many extraneous details and personal relationship and wardrobe stuff to fill out the rest of the content. Whole book could easily be a 90-minute TV episode.

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Heart of Terrorism

Sometimes fiction on terrorism offers more intelligence than fact-sodden books on the subject. This eye-opening thriller by a former director general of MI5 reveals the complex motivations of the players. Great reading, too.

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Excellent - Well plotted and a great narrator!

It was exciting to find an espionage type novel with a female protagonist. The book held my interest from the beginning with a tense and believable plot centered around trying to find and stop a couple of terrorists. The characters were developed - not just cardboard cutouts like many spy novels. The main character, Liz Carlyle, was likable and easy to root for - I am thrilled that this is just the first book in a series!