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The Geneva Trap (Liz Carlyle #7)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,014 Ratings  ·  122 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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Jan 07, 2015 Manny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Genevan masochists
What an absolutely dreadful book this was. Uninspired plot, slack dialogue, weak characterization, sloppy fact-checking, miserable writing. But it's the latest installment in a successful series. Apparently, the fact that the author used to run MI5 is enough to sell it.

Well, can't I play too? I used to work for NASA - admittedly, in a somewhat less exalted position, but that's also a glamorous organization. I know where the bodies are buried. So, without further ado, here are the opening paragra
This is so badly written, I'm astonished to find it is a late number in a series. People tried one and came back for more.

On the back cover the Wall Street Journal is quoted as saying the author makes a bid for the ranks of Le Carre, Greene etc. That's like saying McDonalds is making a bid for a Michelin star.

Read twenty pages, each more excruciating than the one before.

Clearly the woman doesn't know Geneva. She has the dude who kicks the book off wondering whether to stay home to have defroste
This review originally appeared on my blog;

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
Jun 18, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really glad to see that Liz is still with Martin!

Computer security plays a central role in this one, and it's handled pretty well. Technical things are explained accurately but at a general level -- the author knows that she's writing a novel, not a textbook.

The one weak spot in this one was the Russian bad guy, who was not really a fully drawn character. I wasn't able to hate him the way one wants to hate a bad guy, because I didn't find the story of what he was doing believable.
Don Teale
Sep 19, 2014 Don Teale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is more plot in an episode of Danger Mouse.
Nick Marsh
Mar 29, 2014 Nick Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stella-rimington
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
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
Peter Savage
Dec 19, 2013 Peter Savage rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Flat, uninspired story telling with two dimensional characters. An espionage novel needs to develop tension and anticipation; the unexpected may happen any time. No excitement, no slow build, no tension...... zip. Stella may know the ins and outs of MI5 but she doesn't know jack about a spy novel. I'll stick to rereading early Le Carre.
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
Meg Lynch
Feb 15, 2016 Meg Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rimington is a very good, if somewhat serviceable writer, whose main character across several spy books is Liz Carlyle. Carlyle feels like a real person, which is notable in a genre (spy novels), where most women are punctilious bureaucrats or lusty villains. And, because Rimington is the former (and first woman) director general of MI5, I assume her spycraft is accurate.
Lakota Schultz
Jan 05, 2015 Lakota Schultz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could NOT finish this book, despite several attempts. It was my first Rimington read, and will be my last. I don't think any book has ever bored me so much. Far too political, fR too technical, far too disjointed.
James Wattengel
Quick modern spy read.
Sam Roberts
I got this book as a freebie through IBooks, and gave it a go to pass the time in airports whilst travelling to Athens and back. It gets two stars since I kept reading until the end (although I rarely don't finish a book, regardless of how bad it is), but it is not a particularly impressive novel, and is an uninspiring read.

I was hoping given the authors background that this might be an insightful, modern take on the classic spy novel, filled with up to date intrigue and perhaps the odd titilla
Mar 12, 2015 DGT rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is revealing that at the moments of greatest tension in “The Geneva Trap” the main character, MI5 agent Liz Carlyle, and her colleagues, family and friends are not present. Rather, the tension is at its sharpest during two scenes centred upon an operator at a terminal in a US tracking station when a drone’s communication system is taken over by a foreign power. There is no need for character-development in these scenes; instead, the risks and high stakes are made clear, with Stella Rimington ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's OK. With Rimington's experience of working in the field, you would expect this book to be fairly authentic. As such, the reality of of intelligence work must be pretty mundane. The story is fine, but this isn't Ian Fleming; it is all about talking to people from other intelligence agencies, hit and miss tailing of suspects and plodding along, once piece of evidence at a time. Which is fine, I much prefer my intelligence services to work without high-speed gun-fights in the middle of the cit ...more
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
Bill Wilson
Jun 13, 2014 Bill Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
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
James Rye
Oct 16, 2015 James Rye rated it liked it
On the plus side, it was clear and logical with plenty of character and a sophisticated plot. She created the central problem posed by the plot in a careful manner and then managed it very skilfully through all the stages of denouement. I thought it had essential credibility. I enjoyed it. I will certainly read more in the series.

Three very minor points (my reasons for not giving it a higher rating):
1) Considering the danger of what was happening in the book, I found the style slightly understat
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.
Carey Combe
Too predictable, the characters are becoming charicatures and the plot devices are pretty thin but still readable.
george burns
Jun 16, 2015 george burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There is here, as always, a confident smoothness in Ms. Remington's espionage novels. No doubt this is because of her extensive experience as an intelligence officer. The plot in this installment is twisted and interesting. One problem is that her agents are careless, presumably to add a bit of danger. However, this detracts from believability. Another problem is the tepid love affair which is boring. A harder edged, more driven Carlyle would work better. Still, this book is an entertainin
Alison Evans
Jun 18, 2015 Alison Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Russian makes contact in Geneva offering information about a mole in the defence establishment working with the Americans on a new intelligent drone. He will only speak to Liz Carlyle, a senior British agent in London. Why her? There have been some random problems with the drone, but how can anyone have succeeded in compromising this secret project? And who? The Russian assures Liz that it isn't the Russians. This is good exciting stuff, and Stella Rimington must know the form, so it is all en ...more
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.

Aug 06, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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
Dec 22, 2015 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The back-cover blurbs compare the author to John Le Carré, but Enid Blyton might be a better bet. There's something rather jolly hockey-sticks about Liz and her chums as they whizz around the cliché-spots of Europe. No swearing, no sex, a bit of violence. A totally unbelievable fight scene about half way through is matched by an even more unbelievable climax, and then it all fizzles out slightly as Liz and her chums escape down the secret tunnel back to Kirrin Cottage in time for tea.
Andrea Susan
It's been some time since my last spy thriller I confess. Not sure what I expected with the author being who they are. I hadn't been aware of the previous books so even with the referral back to previous encounters it felt like an early book or even a stand alone. I liked the storyline for its feasibility and believed in plot. Think I would like to read some of the earlier books now I know they exist and see if my taste for spy books returns.
Sarah Moore
Feb 09, 2015 Sarah Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I liked this - a bit like John Grisham; simple to read and a plot that twists without taking too much concentration. The characters differentiate, although seem to be stereotypical characterisations that you get in any kind of spy / crime novel and this doesn't really scratch the surface in giving you meaning, understanding or depth. That said, it was a great, easy read - perfect for a journey or on the beach - and I will look out the other Liz Carlyle books to read in order for something simple ...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 nine Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.

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