At Risk : (Liz Carlyle 1), Paperback Book

At Risk : (Liz Carlyle 1) Paperback

Part of the Liz Carlyle series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


For MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle the nagging complications of her private life are quickly forgotten at Monday's Counter-Terrorist meeting.

An invisible may have entered mainland Britain. An 'invisible' - a terrorist who is an ethnic native of the target country, who can cross its borders unchecked and move about unnoticed - is the ultimate nightmare.

For Liz this signals the start of an operation that will test her to the limit.

Who or what is the target? Where and who is the invisible? With each passing hour the danger increases. But as she desperately sifts the incoming intelligence and analyses the reports from her agents she finally realises that it is her ability to get inside her enemy's head that is the only hope of averting disaster.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099461395

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An excellent (fictional) story of everyday counter-terrorism by MI5, written with the authenticity (it seems anyway) only someone from the inside could have provided (Stella Rimington was Head of MI5). The settings in North Norfolk particularly interested me, as someone who lived there for 12 years.

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A competently plotted and smoothly written page-turner that keeps the tension until the final twist. But don't imagine that the identity of the author (former head of MI5) will add any particular insight.

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A good page turning thriller. The author's background meant that whenever I thought the plot was getting slightly far fetched, I recalled that it could be based on a real incident in her experience at MI5. Some of agent Liz Carlyle's thoughts and reactions clearly mirror the author's own, as recounted in her autobiography Open Secret. Even so, the reasons for the radicalisation of Jean/Lucy seemed a bit thin and her involvement in the revenge plans of Faraj Mansoor based on what seemed a pretty remote coincidence. Having said that, reality is indeed often stranger than fiction. Would it have seemed credible in 2000 that terrorists would crash hijacked planes into buildings and kill 3000 people? The novel is strong on the depiction of the mindset of the terrorist who convinces him or herself that their actions are justified, whatever the consequences in innocent lives lost. Jean/Lucy's change of heart at the end in not planting the bomb she helped make seems slightly unconvincing given that she has already committed the face to face murder of a young man whose car she hijacked by shooting him in the head. But these issues add a thought-provoking dimension to what might otherwise be a more run of the mill thriller.

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