Secret Asset : (Liz Carlyle 2) The heart-stopping second novel featuring MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle, Paperback Book

Secret Asset : (Liz Carlyle 2) The heart-stopping second novel featuring MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle Paperback

Part of the Liz Carlyle series

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


From the former head of MI5 and bestselling author Stella Rimington comes the heart-stopping second novel featuring MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle.

When Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle learns from one of her agents that suspicious meetings are taking place at an Islamic bookshop, she trusts her instinct that a terrorist cell is at work.

Her boss, Charles Wetherby, immediately puts a surveillance operation into place.

An attack seems imminent. So Liz is surprised when Wetherby suddenly takes her off the case. And she's shocked to hear the reason why: he has received a tip-off that a mole is at work inside British Intelligence.

If true, then the potential damage to the Service itself could be immeasurable.

Now, as her colleagues scramble to avert a terrorist strike, Liz must find out who the mole is, and what their intentions are, before it is too late.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780099472599

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A well-written contemporary spy story, written with an eye to authentic (at least sounding) detail, as you'd expect. However, it didn't quite come off for me, although entertaining.

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Took a while to get into the characters but the second two thirds was pretty engaging. Similar to the TV show Spooks.<br/>

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standard Liz Carlyle (MI5) murder/terrorists with a little twist at the end. IRA mole in MI5 turned to Islamic terrorists. 2007.

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The second in the series (I've read book 3) and this time Liz in on the trail of a mole in MI5. this one was planted by the IRA and it's the death of an IRA hardliner that brings the case to light in the first place. The list of possible suspects is narrowed down and Liz heads off in search of them. Alongside this, there's a Muslim terrorist cell of 3 who are on the loose, being found at a bookshop, but them being lost and found and lost again. I like the way that you see inside the MI5 team, but also the details of the outside world. So a chapter on the cell is often told via their interaction with other people (the neighbours, the farmer, the policeman) rather than necessarily from them. I took a guess at the mole ahead of the reveal, but I suspect you're supposed to manage to come to that conclusion ahead of the reveal - make you feel smug for a couple of chapters that you're ahead of the game. And as you have additional information, I also knew why and guessed the target as well. But again, the breadcrumbs are there, so i can't claim ace detecting skills or anything. It's pacy, and not too lightweight. I listened to this in the car and it's a good listen in that environment.

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