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The Geneva Trap (Liz Carlyle #7)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  525 ratings  ·  80 reviews
At a tracking station in Virginia, U.S. Navy officers watch in horror as one of their communications satellites plummets into the Indian Ocean and panic spreads through the British and American intelligence services.When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the cyber sabotage, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Michael
This review originally appeared on my blog; http://literary-exploration.com/2012/...

The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington is my first real look into the Liz Carlyle series but this is book seven. So be warned that I’ve not read the other six books so my opinions of this book are only based as a standalone book. Liz Carlyle is a counter terrorism agent for MI5 who is approached by a Russian intelligence officer with some vital information of a cyber-sabotage plot on an American defence program. Liz
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Jeffrey
In The Geneva Trap, Stella Rimington's 7th Liz Carlyle espionage novel, the spycraft shares time with a subplot involving Carlyle's mother's boyfriend's daughter, who is being harassed by a cult for money to use in some terrorist scheme. Its a strange marriage for a spy book, but seems to be part of the story because the spy story is fairly thin.

In the Liz Carlyle portion of the story, Alexander Sorsky, a Russian spy, who used to know Carlyle when she was a student in university, approaches the
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Nick Marsh
A thoroughly researched book, which did not rely exclusively on the author’s experience at MI5, but also on her unique capacity to observe places, memorize them, and – most importantly – make them look realistic on the page. It’s especially the part taking place in Marseille (towards the end), when hot pursuit is kept under the close-up sharpness of a keen narrator, that Rimington’s skill emerges most prominently. But there’s a lot of that in the opening pages too, when the reader is dragged alo ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Geneva Trap is the 7th book by former MI5 agent Stella Rimmington featuring British counter terrorism agent, Liz Carlyle. Set in the present time, Liz Carlyle is approached by a former acquaintance, now a Russian agent, with information regarding the infiltration of a top secret project known as Operation Clarity involving the development of unmanned drones. Despite the vehement denial of any possible unauthorised access, Liz's investigation uncovers a message that seems to have allowed the ...more
Bree T
In Geneva, a Russian spy approaches an employee of MI5 and requests to speak to only one person: Liz Carlyle of MI6. After they figure out precisely who he is and what his connection is to Carlyle (and how he even knows about her) a meeting is arranged between the two of them in Geneva.

He gives Carlyle some valuable information: he tells her of a secret joint operation between the UK and the US that has been infiltrated by someone from a third country (but that third country isn’t Russia). At fi
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Tom Greer
Stella Rimington has the actual advantage of having run a major Intelligence agency so she knows what she's talking about.

Unfortunately, just because someone is an expert in the field doesn't automatically make them a good or interesting author. For instance, a lot of ex-policemen who write detective fiction write rather dull books. Why? Because they get stuck in the minutia of procedure rather than actually telling a gripping story.

Good Crime and spy novels only have to appear authentic; they
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Bill Wilson
Another very good effort by this author who I recently discovered. While Rimington may not be the next LeCarre, she is really good. Same kind of slow patient fact investigation, trying to deduce how the partially obscured fits together, dealing with uncertainty and multiple possibilities, and occasional strokes of good fortune, with decent amounts of character development and local color to give the entire venture some texture: the net effect is a book you've enjoyed reading, and a hope there's ...more
Andrew
This is the first book by Stella Rimington that I have read. I was impressed enough to say that it will not be the last.

I liked the fact that it is based on credible activities involving the development of the drone technology as a military tool.

I would describe this as a novel which is like watching an episode of the TV series 'Spooks'; you cannot stop concentrating for even a few seconds! The pace and significance of each event can potentially have a huge significance on the final outcome.

I fo
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Elyse
I wanted to like this book, especially since the female author brings us a seemingly strong, capable female protagonist. Overall, it was an interesting story and a quick read.

I found it distracting that new characters are introduced as late as the final third of the book, including one that is only a literary technique to tell what happens to one of the other characters (ie, an elderly lady walking her dog who witnesses something in the park). And then that "new" person vanishes from the script.
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Carey Combe
Too predictable, the characters are becoming charicatures and the plot devices are pretty thin but still readable.
Karen
It's always intriguing, who or what will be the next threats that espionage writers can employ in their thrillers. I'm not sure what it says about the world that we live in but there does seem to be no shortage of possible scenarios and nefarious goings-on to occupy the intelligence world. THE GENEVA TRAP is the 7th book in the Liz Carlyle series, and the main plot elements, as you'd expect from a writer with Rimington's background, have a ring of truth and absolutely credibility about them.

Liz
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Julia
MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is called to Geneva when a Russian intelligence agent approaches MI5 and demanding to speak to her. He has news about the infiltration of a top secret US/UK defence project. As Liz and her team hunt for the mole hidden somewhere within the Ministry of Defence, the Swiss authorities are conducting parallel enquiries into another Russian intelligence officer based in Geneva. At the same time, Liz is trying to assist her mother's partner with a family problem as ...more
Sam Still Reading
Sep 19, 2012 Sam Still Reading rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy thriller fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: sent by the publisher
Stella Rimington is one of those authors I’ve heard about and always meant to get around to reading. So when this book landed on my doorstep, courtesy of Bloomsbury, it was fate. Time to imbibe! As soon as I started reading, I had a real “D’oh!” moment. This is definitely the kind of book I enjoy – how could I have been such an idiot to walk past Rimington’s previous Liz Carlyle novels?

There are six prior novels in the series about intelligence officer Liz Carlyle – I really don’t think it matte
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Alexander Peck
Jan 15, 2013 Alexander Peck rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy fans, anglophiles, George Clooney
Recommended to Alexander by: Mother
A good spy novel.

As you would expect from a novel written by the former head of MI5 and the first woman to hold that post. The female characters were good and the events seemed real people acted plausibly and the situation was plausible. Also it is very British.

On the other hand, as you would expect a novel written by the former head of MI5 there really isn't anything fantastic about the plotting, characters, story telling. Not that there was any faults in these but there were certainly no stren
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Ingo
Started February 12th, 2014.
Given her age I just hope that this will not be her last book in the series.
Ah well, just finished it and it seems like she may chose to end this series with this book.
The theme of the book, a highly classified crypto-protocol for newly developed drones is top-notch and realistic even now, without straining too much into SF.
Given the high stakes, people are murdered without hesitation.
The question of who is the real enemy is muddled and open till near the end.
A secon
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Beth
One in a series of stories about England's secret service, the main "spy" is a woman with connections.

The story is about finding a mole in a super secret technology project.

Good plot, nice characters and no twists and turns.
Caroline
Good story. Not as complex as Le Carre which to me is good because I always get lost! Very enjoyable read, how have I missed the first six?

Really enjoyable read, with Christmas coming up the first six may have to be added to my list for Santa.
Hereswhatsgoingon
This and the other Liz Carlyle novels are good, old fashioned style spy novels, placed in modern times. Their style reminds me a bit of Deighton's Bernard Sampson series. I thoroughly enjoyed them, and will look for more.
Frank O'connor
This is a book about international espionage. It shows how the process is a truly international phenomenon. Time and again, in the story, the question is not about individuals and their motives but about countries and their overlapping agendas. Sometimes the national spies almost literally trip over each other in their attempts to get information. The events, in general, are very believable and the characters, though thin, are drawn with a certain amount of realism and sympathy. The cracks show ...more
Joyce T. Enderle
Another excellent read by Liz Carlyl

Enjoyed this story from beginning to end. I couldn't put my Kindle down. Locations I have visited made story more real for me. Will look for Another.
Jill
This is the seventh in this series of spy books by Stella Rimington and the third I have read. Like other reviewers I was a bit disappointed by this novel. I found the plot convoluted and not very convincing,the characters seemed stereotyped and the ending was predictable. The author's first novel was original and compelling. After all it was fictional spy story by the retired head of MI5!

In many series novels as the characters and style become familiar to readers it becomes more difficult for
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Marina Sofia
I read this for the location, I have to admit. An easy, quick read, with enough intrigue to keep it interesting, but average in terms of plot and characterisation.
Megan
This is a good quick read. I think that some credibility is given to the Stella Rimington books through her role as past Director General of MI5. The books feel intelligent and unglamorous - but not really gritty either.
As a reader, you occasionally feel that you are 'briefed' on the characters, and there's no mucking round with anything remotely artsy. This is a lightweight antidote to those who are thirsty for a bit of plot, but would also like to feel that MI5 are in control, so all is good i
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Marianthy
This was a freebie for ios8 launch, and I never say no to free books! It was easy to get absorbed in the story, and wonder who is the infiltrator. The background stories made sense. Took me a bit to connect the dots and kept me on my toes for Liz... An enjoyable read and I would return to Liz's MI5 team for more intriguing stories.
Joanne
I really like Stella Rimington's espionage novels. This one has a mysterious Russian who claims MI5 and the CIA have been hacked. Have they?
Carole Pitt
I've read all of Stella Rimington's books and The Geneva Trap is undoubtedly the best one. In this book she draws on her experience of counter terrorism to provide a realistic and original plot.
Christie
First book by Stella Rimmington that I have read, will shortly read rest in this series
Don Teale
There is more plot in an episode of Danger Mouse.
Patrick SG
This is the sixth Liz Carlyle novel written by the former director of Britain's MI-5. Over the series the character has developed and this most recent novel is among her best. The story has its beginnings in Geneva, but much of it, including he dénouement revolve around France. As in other novels several strains of stories are involved, two of them coming together in the end. The story is suspenseful and the insight into the workings of the British security services seems well-informed. Overall ...more
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Dame Stella Whitehouse Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She was appointed Director General in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She has written her autobiography and five Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.

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