The Moscow Sleepers

by Stella Rimington

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Moscow Sleepers

If you thirst for credible, convincing spy novels then look no further.

What? You haven’t read a Stella Rimington novel! Don’t worry, nor had I… and even better The Moscow Sleepers can easily be read as a standalone novel. If you are now feeling rather smug as you are already well on board this particular series then I trust you won’t be disappointed. I now plan to start at the beginning and read the first ten in the ‘Liz Carlyle’ novels as I trust they will be just as addictive. Liz Carlyle becomes embroiled in a case that appears to be fractured and confusing, gradually however the pieces begin to slide, one by one into deadly place. As you’d expect, Stella Rimington writes with a commanding pen, I felt in safe and secure hands as I sank below the surface into the dangerous world of international intelligence. An intricate web with a number of characters weaved together in the most utterly believable way. The Moscow Sleepers isn’t sexy, fickle, excitable fantasy, instead I felt as though I was in a completely plausible world, one that particularly at the moment, feels all too heart in mouth real - highly recommended.

Liz Robinson

The Moscow Sleepers Synopsis

For fans of Spooks, Homeland, McMafia and The Night Manager, the latest thriller in Stella Rimington's bestselling espionage series sees Liz Carlyle investigating a sinister Russian plot - tense, gripping and global in scope A man lies dying in a hospital in upstate Vermont. The nurses know only that he is an academic at a nearby university but they have been instructed to call the FBI should anyone visit their patient. News of this suspected Russian illegal soon reaches MI5 in London where Liz Carlyle has been contacted by a top secret source known as Mischa who is requesting a clandestine rendezvous in Berlin. Meanwhile in Brussels a Russian sleeper agent who has lived undercover for years is beginning to question his role, while suspicions have been roused about a boarding school in Suffolk that has recently changed hands in mysterious circumstances. The latest expertly-plotted thriller in Stella Rimington's bestselling series, The Moscow Sleepers is a white-knuckle ride through the dark underbelly of international intelligence, simmering political animosities and global espionage.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781408859742
Publication date: 20th September 2018
Author: Stella Rimington
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Primary Genre Espionage and Spy Thriller
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The Moscow Sleepers Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Espionage, Russian secret agents, MI5............the timing of this book is perfect, it couldn't be more topical and it all feels chillingly credible. Compulsive!

I love a thriller and this ticks all the boxes. I'm new to Stella Rimington and discovered that this is the tenth book in her series featuring Liz Carlyle of MI5. It stood alone as an absorbing read and was so enjoyable that I will seek out and read the earlier books.

Rimington writes intelligently and authoritatively - after all if anybody has the inside story in the world of espionage it must be her! It all feels very authentic and credible, but who really knows and that is part of the thrill.

The book links incidents occurring in the USA, Germany and Belgium with strange activities reported at a Suffolk boarding school and all are attracting the attention of the international intelligence agencies, we watch how they co-operate (or not) as they investigate mysterious and chilling Russian involvement. The plot moves along at a clip with lots of strands skillfully woven together with plenty of detail, well-drawn characters and a satisfying conclusion that made me keen to stay involved with Liz and her colleagues, hopefully in future novels.

The timing of this book is perfect, in view of recent news events it couldn't be more topical!

Jan Payne

A great telling of spy infiltration entwined with police procedural elements around schools and refugees.

A great cross between spy thriller and police procedural.

I really enjoyed the detail and thought behind the characters and plot here. With quite a few characters and locations simultaneously in the narrative I thought that it might become confused but I found that this never happened. Each element was clear enough and linking them together was done cleverly.

Liz Carlyle is a likeable lead character, meaning that I cared about what happened to her.

Neil Williams

A timely thriller in the Liz Carlyle series, with a large cast of characters, giving an insight into the world of espionage.

This is the tenth book in Stella Rimington's Liz Carlyle series, although it is not necessary to have read any of the previous books in the series (however it might to help understand some of the personal issues Liz is going through).

As the former head of MI5, Stella Rimington gives a convincing portrayal of espionage. It is also very timely with a plot covering Russian spies, immigration issues and terrorism. It starts with the death of a man in hospital in Canada and moves across many locations across the world, with a large cast of seemingly unrelated characters. We see the plot develop through the eyes of these characters to varying extents.

I thought the aspects of Liz's personal life were well done and these did not interrupt the plot development. If there is a failing in this book it is that some of the characters do not seem very developed or their narration seems almost wedged into the story; this is perhaps because there are so many characters to fit into the plot. However, I did enjoy the story and it would make me pick up another one in the series.

Katherine Stewart

Watch out for the spies!

I have not read any Stella Rimmington novels before and understand this is the tenth in the series of Liz Carlyle books. Rimmington writes with ease, believable characters and a storyline that bubbles along nicely. It is clear the author knows what she is talking about in her descriptions and methods of working. We are transported all over Europe and the story pieces together neatly but I felt more could be done to 'up' the excitement and keep me guessing what was going to happen.

Heather Byrne

Stella Rimington Press Reviews

Damn good ... I'd certainly take any sequel she writes - Daily Telegraph

Liz Carlyle remains one of the most interesting characters in the male-dominated world of the spy thriller - Daily Express

Rimington provides lots of detail of intelligence work used to counter today's terrorists that seem real - and intriguing - Financial Times

She bids to join the ranks of such secret-agent authors as Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene and John le Carre - Wall Street Journal

This is something rare: the spy novel that prizes authenticity over fabrication, that is true to the character and spirit of intelligence work - Mail on Sunday

Faster than le Carre, she creates the same sense of real characters struggling with real problems - John Sandford

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ISBN: 9781408859773
Publication date: 22/08/2019
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408859742
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Format: Hardback

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About Stella Rimington

Dame Stella 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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