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At Risk by Stella Rimington
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Mar 26, 11

Read from March 17 to 23, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Stella Rimington really grabs the reader from the very beginning. Characters and plot are intertwined like strands of string in a cord, each heading toward a final event that has anti-terrorist agents worried. Along the way, we grown closer to intelligence officer Liz Caryle, who has spent a lifetime trying to prove herself in a very dangerous, male-oriented environment.

Liz and her counter-terrorist teammates must learn whether the opposition has finally been able to land an foreign agent on UK soil to commit an horrendous act with the help of a "invisible." An invisible, explains the book cover, "is CIA-speak for the ultimate intelligence nightmare: a terrorist who is an ethnic native of the target country and who can therefore cross its borders unchecked, moves around the country unquestioned, and go unnoticed while settng up the foundation for monstrous harm."

This is the backdrop of At Risk. This novel is authored by novelist Stella Rimington, after she retired from Britain's Security Service (MI5) as director general after thirty-five years of service, which included responsilibiies of investigationing counter-subversion, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism. In short, Rimington writes from her own experiences working in that gray netherworld that is seldom touched by daylight. A well-written, well-crafted novel. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy this genre.
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