Timebomb: A Thriller
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Timebomb: A Thriller

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Hard on the heels of last year's brilliant The Collaborator comes this multilayered novel of espionage and crime. In 1992, after being fired from a top secret nuclear facility, a KGB operative buried a nuclear suitcase--a dirty bomb. Sixteen years later he has found a buyer. Traveling with the buyer is an undercover agent, working for MI6. But as their shadowy journey begi...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Overlook Hardcover (first published August 5th 2008)
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Daniel
A disgruntled KGB ex-operative steals a devastatingly powerful dirty bomb from a top-secret nuclear facility. After escaping the facility he buries the bomb deep in his backyard with no immediate plans for it. Sixteen years later he finds a potential client willing to purchase the nuclear suitcase with a large sum of money. The buyer happens to be the ruthless Reuven Weissberg, head of the infamous Russian mafiya. There is a slim chance that a newly trained undercover agent ,Johhny Carrick, can...more
Thermalsatsuma
In the chaos of the end of the Soviet Union, a disgruntled officer at a nuclear weapons decommissioning facility steals a small tactical weapon and buries it in his garden under a sheet of lead. Fifteen years later he digs it up and arranges to sell it to a Russian Mafia boss for the sum of ... one million dollars (try not saying that in a Doctor Evil voice!). An intercepted mobile phone call from a certain town in Russia to a Russian 'businessman' in London rings alarm bells in the headquarters...more
Dianne
Gerald Seymour is one of my favourite authors. In this novel a KGB major, summarily dismissed from his base steals a nuclear bomb. 16 years later with a pension which does not amount to much he decides to sell it to some terrorist organisation, using a criminal organisation to broker the deal. Back in London an old style spymaster reads the signals and has a junior undercover policeman infiltrating the gang as a bodyguard. MI6 agents will back-up the agent and hopefully intercept and capture the...more
Chris
Wanted to give 3.5 stars. This book reads something like LeCarre. It builds up suspense rather than having firefight after firefight. It gives us a view into the characters minds, rather than just showing us action heroes stop the bad guy and get the girl. Or at least it tries. The execution falters in some places, but I think overall it is a good book. Definitely worth reading.
Michael Harry
A supposed "thriller" where nothing actually happens. Too many pointless characters, that are the same as each other. Too many diversions into history to give depth to characters you don't really care about. No action or events. Just pages and pages of setup for a finale that never happens. This book is garbage.
Neil Morgan
Listened to the audiobook as I have ben driving the last few weeks. Very good book. Good, strong story and characters. Not as good as some of his more recent books but a thrilling ride all the same.
Phil Blow
Gerald's typical mix of pace and twists. Just getting to the crunch part. Unfortunately this one takes a simple way out and doesn't deliver the usual punch at the end.
Michael
Wow....even at the end of the book it is really clear how nothing really happened, and nothing really mattered. It was pointless.
Wendy
This book picked up steam as it went along! great plot and characters, although I find Seymour's writing a little clunky.
Peter Hilton
Good thriller, but too much interrupted by the shoehorned historical reflection and not enough Le Carré detail.
stan
In the world of spy fiction one of the leading writers in the english language A good read recommended
Bob
Rich, historical, complex, and I think among his best, up there with Harry's Game.
Carlos
A very interesting novel about Stockholm syndrome and the Russian Mafia.
Marty
Excellent crafted thriller.
Pallav Jain
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Gerald Seymour (born 25 November 1941 in Guildford, Surrey) is a British writer.

The son of two literary figures, he was educated at Kelly College at Tavistock in Devon and took a BA Hons degree in Modern History at University College London. Initially a journalist, he joined ITN in 1963, covering such topics as the Great Train Robbery, Vietnam, Ireland, the Munich Olympics massacre, Germany's Red...more
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