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Timebomb: A Thriller

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  133 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
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 begins, it becomes clear that their man is beginning to suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, and the whole operation is ver ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by The Overlook Press (first published August 5th 2008)
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Feb 01, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Parker
Gerald Seymour has been described as the world's "finest thriller writer". I have read two of Seymour's books previously. No, I lie; I have read one and couldn't be bothered to finish the second. I've avoided his books for several years because I don't like his style of writing. I dislike chopped sentences that have no grammatical sense and would fail an English Literature exam. But that's his style, and he gets way with it. I struggled with Timebomb: really struggled. I wanted something to happ ...more
May 20, 2009 stan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the world of spy fiction one of the leading writers in the english language A good read recommended
Jan 09, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rich, historical, complex, and I think among his best, up there with Harry's Game.
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
Feb 05, 2011 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, espionage
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
May 21, 2014 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down. It was so suspenseful and actually realistic. I feel like I got an insight into international espionage.
Mar 24, 2016 Luke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've not delved into this genre before, but I was pleased to be entertained most of the time. However I was left frustrated and disappointed. Characters who displayed development, ended up not changing, while those who showed no change made drastic, unexpected and irrational change in order to achieve a rather quick and dull ending. An easy read to be read once.
Apr 20, 2016 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not enjoyable.
Jul 28, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 23, 2015 Russ0831 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow reading for me. Lots of characters to follow and lots of sub-plots to try keeping straight. Somehow it all comes together and works. Provokes some thinking about pretty important subjects that are not so much fun to think about.
Oct 01, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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.
May 27, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow....even at the end of the book it is really clear how nothing really happened, and nothing really mattered. It was pointless.
Jan 10, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
A very interesting novel about Stockholm syndrome and the Russian Mafia.
Mar 17, 2010 Marty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent crafted thriller.
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May 15, 2009 Pallav Jain is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
its gud...
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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
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