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A Deniable Death

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  89 reviews
C.R.O.P.: Covert Rural Observation Posts are places where men like Danny 'Badger' Baxter hide for endless, motionless hours, secretly recording criminal or terrorist activity.
But now Badger has a bigger job than photographing dissident Republicans in muddy Ulster fields or Islamic extremists on rainswept Yorkshire moors.

I.E.D.: Improvised Explosive Devices are the roadside
Hardcover, 439 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jonathan Tomes
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gerald Seymour’s A Deniable Death is a must-read for lovers of thrillers, particularly those focusing on clandestine operations. In this novel, British intelligence is trying to take out an Iranian genius in developing IEDs (improvised explosive devices) whose efforts have resulted in hundreds of casualties. A two-man team is sent into Iran to stake out his home, based on the report that he may be leaving home to take his wife to Germany for a desperately needed operation to remove a brain tumor ...more
Huw Rhys
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Two strange blokes sit in a hide in a reed marsh for the first 400 pages, watching another strange bloke. A few miles away, a strange woman waits to take the first two strange blokes home - whilst another strange bloke waits in Europe to hear from the first two strange blokes so that he can arrange the death of the other strange bloke.

There are some strange, illogical plot twists - and some other, pretty inconsequential, strange additional characters who aren't really necessary. They just add to
Campbell Mcaulay
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Disappointingly dull and not very exciting thriller

OK, I won't explain the plot or introduce you to the characters - there are plenty of other reviews that cover that angle. I will start by pointing out that I am not a particular fan of the action/adventure political/military thriller genre that this novel seems to align with. I read, many years ago, most of Tom Clancy's early thrillers (if my memory serves me well, Deniable Death is quite close in its premise to Clear and Present Danger) and en
J M Leitch
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Gerald Seymour and I thought the plot was excellent and I enjoyed the range of characters inhabiting the pages. For the most part I think the book was well-written and gripping. It must have taken a huge amount of research and I respect that together with the attention to detail regarding descriptions of the vehicles and weapons involved, but having said that, there are a couple of elements of Seymour's style that I did not like.

Perhaps it was because I listen
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Many things went very wrong with this book.. lets see which:
1.This book could have been shorter and hence, crispier... crunchier. The author kept on and on about it with too much of description and mental debate, which actually served no special purpose. Instead, it makes the book dull and you want to just tell the author to get done with it!
I confess I resorted to speed reading after around 300 pages. I just wanted the damn thing to conclude! (Please excuse my expression.)
2.Shallow. I guess th
Sid Nuncius
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the end I was utterly gripped by this extraordinary thriller. It has a slow, meticulously developed beginning which gradually reeled me in and left me quite unable to put it down for the last hundred pages or so.

The story is of an intelligence operation to attempt discover where a key Iraqi bomb-maker is travelling to for medical help for his wife, and there to kill him. Seymour's research is exceptionally detailed into all aspects of the operation, and he gives us the minutiae of the intelli
You'd think, on the face of it, that this would be a book that would be right up my dark and twisty alley but for some reason A DENIABLE DEATH took an age to read, and I came away from it with a mild sense of disappointment.

And try as I might, I can't quite put my finger on why, as there was much about the book that I did like. It's very much a contemporary thriller, with a very strong idea as the central plot, delivered with pace and authority. I suspect what didn't quite work for me was the co
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british
This book is a truly gripping story of an unsanctioned covert operation on the Iran Iraq border. Months of dangerous fieldwork have uncovered the identity and location of the senior bomb engineer in Iran - a man responsible for the deaths of countless soldiers and civilians and the deteriorating situation in Iraq as the Allied troops are withdrawing.

A small team of British and Americans is sent to set up an assassination, with no official status and no back up beyond themselves - deniability is
John Machata
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Probably very like the real thing. Modern espionage is more bureaucrat than James Bond.
Boring. I gave not a hoot about any of the characters.
Michael Martz
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I 'discovered' Gerald Seymour about a year ago and have cycled through several of his books. This is a pretty good effort, albeit a bit long.

The plot is interesting and he seems to know a lot about clandestine activities, which I think is one of his strengths. The story is basically about the surveillance preceding an unsanctioned government 'hit' on a bad guy who had been responsible for a lot of allied death and destruction during the war on terror. Most of it is pretty believable.

The writing
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
A deniable death appears to have divided opinions on goodreads. The lovers extol the nail biting finale and the haters bemoan the slog through the opening, actually first 300 pages. I am firmly a lover who however can only agree with the reviewer who pointed out that the first 400 pages are two strange blokes sitting in discomfort. It’s sounds boring and indeed it is monotonous but in a kind of morbidly forensic unglamorous way that ratchets up the tension until in the last 50 pages of glorious ...more
Jeremy Hornik
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
A solid thriller about marginal players in the covert operations world. A couple of croppies (Covert Rural Observation P-somethings) hide out and watch an Iraqi bombmaker. Lots of detail about the techniques of surveillance, and a great relationship between the experienced but whiny older guy and the ruthlessly efficient but naive younger guy.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
amazing. couldn't put it down.

complex characters with real interactions. realistic plot and beautifully written.

brutal and touching conclusion.
Alistair Edwards
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Whenever I wander around the library I generally cannot think what I am in the mood to read. I picked this one out because it was a contemporary thriller written by a journalist; I thought he might have some insight into the world of which he was writing. I think he did, at least judging by the technical details he seemed keen to include.

It seems common in modern novels to describe them as 'filmic'. (Don't get me started on Dan Brown). I would certainly apply that description to this book - fast
Nigel Pinkus
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Seymour is up there with Le Carre, Deighton, Greene and Eric Ambler (which is a long time ago). He writes well researched, vivid accounts of war torn areas and characters and allows you to come along for the ride. In this episode, he takes you initially to Basra, Iraq and then highway 6 onto where you learn about forward operation bases (FOP), marsh birds, golden hours, land mines, 'croppies', bund lines and berms, gillie suits and interdictions- all in the first 150 pages or so. But, what sets ...more
Barry Bridges
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Another tense thriller from a master of the genre. What starts as a simple mission slowly unravels as nature and antagonisms work against the two surveillance operatives sent into enemy territory. Seymour has that knack of getting the narrative to pick up pace as the tension mounts, leaving you relieved at the finish no matter what the ending brings.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: espionage
Fantastic thriller. Gripping from start to end, Seymour is quite a find. The marshlands of Iran come alive and you can feel the tension slowly mounting as the story head towards an inexorable climax. One of the best spy thrillers I've read in ages.
Mark Marcus
Dec 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read the audio book edition.

The narrator was awful.

Perhaps the story was fine but I couldn’t get past the terrible rendition of the audio performance.
May 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Can't say I enjoyed this at all! Audio book in the car, could not get into it at all!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put this book down! A fantastic read
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Started off a bit slow but I must say they last 30% of the book I found pretty intense.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: librarybooksread
A war story from the view of those who fight and die on the ground
David H
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent from start to finish. Great ending especially. One of Seymour's best
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very tragic spy story. From chapter 12 it is a page turner. Gerald Seymour brings back memories John La Care.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of Gerald Seymour's best IMHO.

It's a typical Seymour political thriller. Based on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plot hinges on the identification by the British spy services of a master Iranian bomb-maker, responsible for the technologies in IEDs (improvisd explosive devices, or road-side bombs) that have taken a toll on allied soldiers, both physical and mental. The decision is made to assassinate the bomb-maker.

I'd hate to give much away, so let me just say that the plot is the us
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Engineer, an Iranian bomb maker, is being sought by the US and British spy services. They believe that almost 80% of the injuries and losses suffered by US and British forces in Iran and Afghanistan are attributable to the bombs and IEDs that the Engineer developed and made and they want to stop him. A small team of covert operatives has been tracking the Engineer down and they now have confirmation through DNA which has lead them to a man in Iran who they believe is the Engineer. There are ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This book (audiobook actually) was recommended to me by a patron. I hadn't read the author before so it was an adventure to me. It was a tough read, the suspense builds as we follow the view of the story from different protagonists. There is definitely violence so be prepared, but it also shows the strengths of different people in very different circumstances. Well written, three stars because I prefer a lighter read but those who like suspenseful books including military interaction will apprec ...more
Ahmed Dawod
Sep 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
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David Gee
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two English surveillance experts sneak across the Iraq/Iran border to spy on an Iranian known as the Engineer who is constantly improving the technology of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) which terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan are using to such lethal effect against the vehicles and troops of the Western powers.

51-year-old 'Foxy' is a career soldier, 28-year-old 'Badger' is a policeman. Dug into a sandbar in the marshes, they do not bond as they watch and listen to conversations 100 metres
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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