Present Danger, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


MI5 officer Liz Carlyle is posted to Northern Ireland.

From the moment she lands in Belfast, danger follows.

She soon discovers that the peace process in the province is precarious. Then a source reports strange goings-on at a house on the Irish Sea owned by the Fraternity, an organisation Liz suspects of being a front for renegade former IRA men.

Its head is Seamus Piggott, an Irish-American with a gun-running past.

When another informant reports a plot is being hatched against the security forces, Liz and her colleague Dave Armstrong suspect Piggott is involved, along with a former French Intelligence officer. Moving from London to Belfast to the South of France, the latest Stella Rimington Liz Carlyle novel is a propulsive thriller filled with action and nail-biting suspense.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9781849161947

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Very entertaining, though rather lightweight, and somewhat predictable.

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I can't compare this to any of the rest of Rimington's oeuvre; this is the first I've read, but it's a pretty solid representation of the genre, and I would definitely read more.The plot is credible, the goodies sympathetic, the baddies the opposite; the action is compelling enough and the climax satisfying. Characterisation is sketchy but not entirely absent.The big minus is that while the Belfast setting lends realism, it is distinctly unglamorous; the big plus that Stella Rimington's name and CV lends the stamp of authority: one feels, rightly or wrongly, that this is, or at least approximates as closely as possible within the rules of readable fiction to what it was (is?) really like - and not just the techniques and processes, but, more importantly, the relationships among and between MI5 officers and their colleagues nationally and internationally.This is worth a great deal in the mind of the reader, and is the reason why I think this series of novels stand a chance of a slightly longer afterlife than many like it.

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