The Moscow Sleepers

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Oct 2018

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Stella Rimington's experience for many years as the head of her government's intelligence agency is apparent in the careful details of her absorbing plot.  The fun love interests help move the book along and prevent it from being an ordinary spy novel.  All in all, a pleasurable and informative read.
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Stella Rimington's prolific output is not augmented by this work but not downgraded either. I did not find The Moscow Sleepers as thrilling or mysterious as I would have expected. However, it's is well-written and sensible considering the plot.  Nice to read if you have time and patience.
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Delighted to have included this latest in the terrific series by Stella Rimington in The Globe and Mail newspaper's December holiday gift books package.
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"The Moscow Sleepers" by Stella Rimington is another great story in the adventures of MI-5 agent Liz Carlyle. This series wasn't even on my radar until I saw this book available in NetGalley. I immediately checked out the first installation of this series from my local library and was instantly drawn into Liz's story and read through the entire series before reading this ARC. As a fan of the show "MI-5/Spooks" and also "Alias," this series is definitely my cup of tea! 

In "Moscow..." we are pulled into a storyline that seems ripped from the current headlines...the possibility of deep sleeper agents inserted into countries years ago and preparing to be activated for nefarious reasons. Like all books in the series, this book utilizes Stella Rimington's previous experience as Director General of MI-5 to provide more realism than I've found in other espionage series. 

Overall, an enjoying suspense read and I look forward to what adventures Liz will encounter next. 

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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In Stella Rimington's The Moscow Sleepers, the 10th installment in the Liz Carlyle espionage thriller series, this novel follows a riveting tale that could take place in our own country. For Liz Carlyle, an agent with MI5, it all started when a mysterious Swiss man visited a Russian man in an American hospice before he died. That started the investigation on who the man was and what he was after, when the FBI had contacted London. With a thorough background search, they followed the leads to a mysterious school called the Bartholomew Manor in Southwold. For Liz and her partner Peggy Kinsolving, they dig a little bit deeper into what made that school so unsavory and what purpose did they have to teach refugee students computer skills. Before it unraveled faster than a ball of yarn, one of their own agents, Bruno MacKay, did his own investigation in Russia and discovered the truth between two Russian brothers while in Germany, Dieter Nimitz thought he had knew his wife Irma. But she had her own secrets of her own to share and she's connected to the English school. When the secretary wound up dead and a brave student escaped the school, things heated up and took a dangerous turn for Mi5 and in Germany, when they managed to tie up loose ends and extract Bruno out safely before his cover would be blown.
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This was my very first Liz Carlyle book, and I really enjoyed her character. However, I wish the story was more concentrated on her. The beginning of the book was slow as all the characters were introduced. But once the story started to pick up - I couldn't get enough of it. The book includes good spies, bad spies, international secrets, espionage. The story took us from England to Germany, Russian, USA... What an exciting rollercoaster ride.

My main concern about any book is too many characters. And this book has way too many spies and agents. As a reader that just being introduced to the series, it was extremely hard to pick up on every character's storylines. 

I would certainly give Liz Carlyle book another chance. I like Stella Rimington's writing, however, I feel that once I'm fully familiar with all the character's, I would enjoy the novels much better.
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Remington knows her stuff.  She knows that counterespionage is more about putting pieces together and pulling the little threads than it is about guns and bombs and running around.  Real Cyber espionage- or cyber warfare- can be even more challenging to describe in an exciting manner.  Liz Carlyle is a good character, with good intentions, a quick mind, and a focused determination.  That said, there are a lot of characters here, some of who pop in and out in a poof, which while realistic, can be frustrating in a novel.  Don't expect this to be a page turner as it's a slower read.  If there's a quibble, it's that this doesn't have the nuance of some other quiet espionage writers. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. This can be read as a standalone.
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Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book, in return for a fair and honest review.

An enjoyable entry in the Liz Carlyle series.  I’ve enjoyed all of the books so far, and was delighted to see a new one!

One particularly appealing part of this book is that it involves the cyber warfare that is so prevalent  now.  While we certainly have some of the “traditional” cloak and dagger spy v. spy type action, a central plot here is the use of bright teenage refugees being trained as computer hackers.  So, up to date issues, with the growing number of refugees (in this case, particularly from Syria) and Russia’s use of computer technology.

Another appealing part of the book is the growth of characters.  We’re seeing Liz dealing with and perhaps getting beyond her grief over Martin Seurat, moving to a new home, perhaps starting a new relationship.  Peggy, too, has moved past Tim, the boyfriend who created such trouble for her previously, and is moving ahead professionally.  Even Bruno MacKay is developing!

The characters are growing in interesting ways, and the plot is staying up to date – the series continues to be intriguing, and I’m looking forward to the next one!
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I love Stella Rimington books for the way they reveal the inner workings of Britain's intelligence services. This one deals with sleeper agents and recruiting kids to be hackers but the real treasure here is the incredibly realistic characters and the insight into the spy business. Recommended for any fans of espionage books.
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Stella Remingtons writing drew me right in.Espionage at its best Russia hacking spying add in romance so well written so intriguing.#netgalley #bloomsbury .
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The Moscow Sleepers synopsis sounded interesting when I read it. Once I began the book, however, I quickly lost interest. The story just didn't capture my attention. This book was a miss for me.
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This is an excellent addition to the Liz Carlyle series. The entire plot was much too believable and made you imagine it had "been borrowed from the headlines." In particular it will be interesting to see if Mischa survives the Bruno escapade. And the added plot line of Liz's new relationship with Pearson also added to the book's enjoyment. I look forward to the next one.
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Generally, Stella Rimington writes good spy stuff, and the spy stuff in The Moscow Sleepers is good. What I didn't like was all of the romances, with no less than three major characters indulging in them. It's hard to take a spy novel seriously when it could just as easily be a romance novel.
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This was my first Liz Carlyle mystery that I've read, though they've been on my radar as something I wanted to check out for awhile now. I found this to be a smart, fun global espionage mystery. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, which was difficult at first, but I think that would have been a lot easier if I'd read others in the series. The mystery felt modern yet timeless in some way. Liz Carlyle seems capable and tough, yet somehow I wanted more from her throughout this read for some reason; more personality, more introspection, or just something. Parts of this were quite predictable, yet there were a few major surprises along the way, so it kept me on my toes. 

I would certainly read another Liz Carlyle mystery, mostly because I want to know more about her. Fun and smart, and I enjoyed the broad array of characters from far-reaching places.
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I really enjoyed The Moscow Sleepers.  I am not much of a fan of espionage novels but I find Stella Rimington's plots very enjoyable and not too convoluted.  There are enough twists and turns to keep you interested.  I would recommend reading them in order especially if you are interested in how the main character develops.  I read this book in one day and recommend it.
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Stella Rimington's latest espionage thriller Moscow Sleepers kept me engaged throughout.

Dame Stella Rimington, DCB is a British author and former Director General of MI5, a position she held from 1992 to 1996. She was the first female DG of MI5, and the first DG whose name was publicised on appointment. Wikipedia

I've read one other book by Rimington and was pleased that I enjoyed this one as well. The story begins in Vermont with a dying university professor in a hospice. When a visitor finally arrives, the nurse notifies the FBI, as she has been instructed to do.

From Vermont, to London, to Brussels and Berlin, to a school in rural England--the plot involves the unraveling of the importance of the dying Vermont academic to a conspiracy involving immigrant children and computer hacking. Liz Carlyle is back on the job with MI5. 

As a result of Stella Rimington's nearly 30 years of experience with MI5, her plots have a realistic feel. Rimington's work is more concerned with putting together puzzle pieces than the more violent works of other espionage writers. I enjoyed the puzzle and the characters.

Read in August. Blog review scheduled for Nov. 1.

NetGalley/Bloomsbury USA
Espionage/Mystery. Nov. 13, 2018.
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Once again, Stella Rimington doesn’t disappoint. I love this series. This was another book that is so relevant to today’s issues - hacking, immigration, Russia. It was fascinating, and I couldn’t put the book down. I’m ready for the next book! 

Thanks to Netgalley, Bloomsbury USA and Stella Rimington for the advanced copy.
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I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

This follows on directly from the plot of the ninth instalment, and if you have just read that one (as I have), you have to plough through a fair amount of recapitulation of the plot of that novel. There is a certain amount of repetition within this instalment itself, as well as a scene bemoaning the fate of Jasminder (from the previous book), which would be lost on anyone who hadn't read "Breaking Cover".

Having said all that, I enjoyed this instalment, especially Liz's relationship with Pearson, and Bruno's exciting extraction from Moscow. The plot seemed a bit far-fetched, although this is addressed to a certain extent in the final chapters. I found the storyline concerning the Russian sleeper agent in Brussels interesting; his motivation (or lack thereof) was thoughtfully depicted. 

Are we still awaiting the discovery of the "French couple" referred to in book 9, or is Brussels an approximation for France?
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