By Stella Rim­ing­ton Blooms­bury UK

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - Jacq Ellem

HAVE you come across Stella Rim­ing­ton be­fore?

If you’re a fan of crime fic­tion, thrillers and ac­tion, or you’re a com­pul­sive reader, you can­not go past her books – and there are a few. I started with the first, then jumped in at the sixth.

And while I may have missed some of the back sto­ries al­luded to in Rip Tide, it does well as a stand- alone novel.

You have pi­rates at­tack­ing off the coast of So­ma­lia, a NGO in Athens run by for­mer CIA agents and so many lay­ers of truth and lies, it’s hard to fathom which is which. Then there’s the is­sue of home- grown ter­ror­ists and a level of de­tail that could only come from Stella as the for­mer head of MI5.

So when you get pulled in, you know that while it may be fic­tion, there is more truth in the de­tails than any other au­thor could give you.

And as an aside, while I do love my e- reader, this isn’t for­mat­ted well – I could only put up with it for a few pages be­fore I nipped down to my favourite book­shop and bought a hard copy.

Rip Tide is a fan­tas­ti­cal tale, which ap­peals be­cause of the pos­si­bil­i­ties it of­fers: An in­sight into an un­known world, ar­tic­u­lated by a wor­thy sto­ry­teller, makes it an­other com­pelling read.

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