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A Deniable Death

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  458 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
A page-turning thriller of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world from the international bestselling author and "best spy novelist ever" (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The rules are simple. Break up your shape. Hide your smell. Never show your silhouette. Check the surfaces of your kit. Space the movements of your team. Use the shadows. Danny "Badger" Baxter has a
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ebook, 448 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Campbell Mcaulay
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
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Jonathan Tomes
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Richa
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
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Karen
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
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J M Leitch
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sid Nuncius
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Monica
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael Martz
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jeremy Hornik
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.
Sunshadow116
Jun 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring
Doug
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing. couldn't put it down.

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

brutal and touching conclusion.
Alistair Edwards
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
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bookworm
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rob
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brenda
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lola
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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David Gee
Jul 15, 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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Joyce
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, adrenaline
It's hard to call this a thriller--although that's the genre it falls in. The pace is slowed by the meticulous step-by-step set up of this covert operation and all the wonderful detail Seymour includes. Still there's a sense of urgency throughout, but the pace builds at a slow burn. It's been a while since I've read Seymour, and I had forgotten his love of background and character details that make the place and people seem real. Basically, this is the story of two men--a veteran and a cop with ...more
Matt
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Gerald Seymour knocks it out of the park. The plot centers on an effort by British, American, and Israeli security agencies to assassinate an Iranian known as "The Engineer" who manufactures the sophisticated IEDs used by the Iraqi insurgency. Two English surveillance experts, Foxy and Badger, travel from the marshes of southern Iraq across the border into Iran to discover when the target will travel overseas with his wife so she can have surgery for a brain tumor. However this inform ...more
Sherrie
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly outstanding espionage thriller, and I am not a huge fan of the genre. Filled with both physical and moral conflicts, This is a tale of an off-the-books assassination plot against one of Iran's premier bomb makers. There are many characters, from the two on the ground operators who despise each other, to the female-led team they are dependent upon for rescue, to the target of the plot and his family. Seymour takes quite a bit of time insetting up background and characters, and it richly p ...more
Tony Nielsen
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a Gerald Seymour thriller in a long time. On the basis of A Deniable Death more fool me. This is a brilliantly constructed contemporary thriller. The storyline involves an Iranian bomb maker who is considered the best of the best, personally responsible of inventing the IED's that result in hundreds of coalition throops heading home in body bags from Iraq & Afghanistan. Then the Allied spooks get a break and think they have an in to catching or despatching him. That's where tw ...more
Nick Johnson
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly skilled Iranian IED bomber makes one crucial mistake and is identified by UK/US intelligence, who also determine that he needs to travel to Europe with his terminally ill wife, for a last ditch operation that may save her. In the waning days of Allied involvement in Iraq two "croppies" or police surveillance men, are dropped into Iran to wait and listen for any indication of where the operation will take place. Once that happens an Israeli hit man will finish the job. All will be deniab ...more
Michael
There is a mission run by British M16 to assassinate the engineer. He is the person who is responsible for keeping the improvised explosive devices modern and ahead of US efforts to make them less effective. It is said that these explosive devices amount to 80% of allied casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The engineers wife has cancer and he will be bringing her to a specialized hospital for treatment. The assassination team want to learn of his route.

Members of the team are in the desert and su
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Abner
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have read several Gerald Seymour books, and they've all been highly entertaining and thoughtful, as we dive into the innards of terrorist activities, covert operations, and the people that undertake them. Yes, there is action in these books - the last pages of this one are gripping - but I've come to appreciate more so the intertwining that he does of the various characters' lives, the threads that we follow of, say, assassin, victim, and high and low level MI6 operators, all brought together ...more
Henry
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A fantastic read. As with a lot of ex journalist Seymour's work, you end up learning about a location (the Iraq/Iran border "badlands"), a discipline (covert rural surveillance) and much else besides.

Characters are complex, no silly stereotypical "heroes", all have flaws and many unlikeable. Not the world of your Jack Ryan/Dirk Pitts this one. The build up is measured but the actual denouement, dragged out over more than 100 pages is almost unbelievably tense. From characters you thought you ha
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Steve
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book jacket compares Gerald Seymour to Graham Greene, Eric Ambler and John le Carre. I would not have put him in that company. The book moves too slowly for me to consider it a thriller. Additionally, what is going to happen next is too predictable to keep one on the edge of his seat. There is a lot of what for me is extraneous detail about the characters, their background, and what they are feeling that causes the story to drag. I considered not finishing the book or just going to the last ...more
Cindy
Jun 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy chapter upon exhausting chapter of explicitly detailed descriptions of every thought, or action by every character (yes, even the birds) then this book is for you! Alas, it is the type of book I loathe. I had anticipated a thriller; tension building with each hour the sniper team spent in a blind, culminating in reliable intel or action followed by a harrowing extraction. The hours spent baking in a stinking, bug-infested blind are there but by this point the excruciating detail of ...more
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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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