By Stella Rimington Bloomsbury UK
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.