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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

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  • Robin
  • Kew, Australia
  • 04-03-16

Splendid

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.

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  • 03-10-16

Undiluted enjoyment

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Murdoch
  • 06-21-16

Great series

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.

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  • Rogayah
  • 11-10-16

Complicated creatures

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!

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  • anne
  • 07-15-16

Entertaining .

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!

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  • Paul
  • 04-14-16

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?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-17

Mick Herron just gets better!

I have loved this series and Sean Barrett brings the characters alive, particularly the pithy Lamb!

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  • K
  • 09-30-17

Accelerating

I'm incredibly into this series.
I continue to really like the characterisation of the inept (less so this time) slow horses run by a lazy and artistically flatulent hero. However, this offering by Herron is a little less quirky and a bit more main stream and, call me a sucker for the shallow, but, I really enjoyed it. This is much more Bond than Le Carre and certainly the lines are less blurred in this one. The morality pendulum is swinging away from the ambiguous. This may make the book less artistic but it is quite thrilling, nevertheless.
Sean Barrett does a fantastic job as always - he's the master of timing - he doesn't exactly go for the obvious humour in the text but I think that says more about his subtlety than his desire to get a quick laugh.

It's only seven o'clock, I've got time to get through a significant chunk of the next book in the series before bed, excuse me....

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  • david
  • 09-16-17

good read

it is a good read but at times it did tend to waffle. but worth the read

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  • Birdie
  • 08-18-17

Marvellous.

A fine thriller with a full cast of misfits and slithey toves, but the real star is the wonderful acerbic wit and humour. Not to be missed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-27-17

Brilliant and very funny

Great book, cery nicely read.
I have previously read Slow Horses, the first in the series, which was good, but this funnier, more thought-provoking and richer in the turns of phrase. Lots of excitement and a cast of characters you care about on all sides.

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  • Valerie
  • 02-12-18

Brilliant

I enjoyed this book so much and it was brilliantly read by Sean Barrett. Can't wait to read the next book.

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  • Col Gorman
  • 07-27-17

Fantastic addition to the series

I am really enjoying this series. Well written with another great story line.

The narration was spot on as always.

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  • Sandra
  • 06-16-17

Fantastic

What wonderful entertainment! Eloquently narrated by Sean Barrett, this audiobook will hold you captivated all the way through. A perfect mix of suspense and humour-I can't imagine why it took me so long to discover this author. It would make a fantastic screen adaptation.