eBook-Tipp: The Contract – (und mehr) Thriller von Gerald Seymour

Gerald Seymour, geb. 1941, ist ein britischer Autor, der seit Jahrzehnten erfolgreich Spionage-Thriller schreibt. Die Bücher sind keine Serie, man kann sich also ganz gelassen aussuchen, was man davon lesen will.

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The Contract

Thriller von Gerald Seymour

Discharged from the British Army in disgrace, Johnny Donoghue is eager to redeem himself. His task is to slip undercover into East Germany and persuade a prominent scientist working on Soviet missile systems to defect.But no one warns Johnny of the dangers involved in crossing the border, nor can he ever imagine the effect the actions of fickle politicians will have on his task.

Sein fünftes Buch, ursprünglich 1980 erschienen. “Seymour’s thrillers are notable for their lack of clear-cut winners and losers in whatever confrontation is played out. CONTRACT has more tragic figures than any of the author’s other books I’ve read.” (Leser) (16 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 336 Seiten noch günstig?


Thriller von Gerald Seymour

When British Intelligence asks Michael Holly, a mechanical engineer, to run an errand for them in the Soviet Union, the consequences of capture are never mentioned. But what seems a simple handover carries unimaginable risks, and now Holly is facing fifteen years imprisoned in a gulag in the midst of the frozen tundra. Along with his fellow inmates, Holly has to find the strength to fight the camp’s brutal regime in any way he can.

1989 erschienen. “A great clear story start to finish. Beginning, middle and end. There is no mystery unanswered. Characters clear and understood. The hero is unlikely however can be understood. In the same circumstances could the reader do the same?” (Leser) (87 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 336 Seiten noch günstig?

At Close Quarters

Thriller von Gerald Seymour

Peter Holt a young diplomat witnesses the horrific murder of his fiance and the British Ambassador within days of a new posting to the Soviet Union. The report of the murder lands on the desk of a British Intelligence officer who suspects Palestinian involvement althought the Russians insist that it was not a terrorist attack. The British government is determined to exact revenge and Holt is the only man able to identify the assassin.

Ein zeitlicher Sprung, das Buch ist 1987 erschienen. “What I like about Seymour’s novels, AT CLOSE QUARTERS included, is that the winners are left almost as damaged as the losers, and the victories won have a certain hollowness. This, I think, is more like real life.” (Leser) (38 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 352 Seiten noch günstig?

Home Run

Thriller von Gerald Seymour

Mattie Furniss has run British Intelligence agents in Iran from his desk in London for two decades. But when he is ordered to the country himself, it is clear that times are desperate. One of Furniss‘ key informants and close friends is Charlie Eshraq, a young Iranian whose family was murdered during the revolution. Charlie is determined to avenge their deaths and becomes involved in drug smuggling to fund his campaign.

Ein zeitlicher Sprung, das Buch ist 1987 erschienen. “He spins one of the world’s best yarns with the laid-back laconicism of the hardened pro.” (The Times) (7 Rezensionen / 4,8 Sterne), 352 Seiten noch günstig?

Condition Black

Thriller von Gerald Seymour

The Persian Gulf, 1991. Saddam Hussein is determined that Iraq should stop at nothing to arm herself with nuclear warheads. An English scientist, struggling to make ends meet, is seduced into the conspiracy. Meanwhile, young FBI agent Bill Erlich hears that a close friend has been murdered in Athens. Vowing to avenge him at any cost, Erlich uncovers a name: Colt, a dangerous British mercenary now working for the Iraqi government.

Aus dem Jahr 1991, mit Saddam Hussein als Bösewicht. “The usual high standard of suspense from Gerald Seymour in Condition Black.Many twist and turns throughout the book to keep you on your toes.” (Rezensent) (13 Rezensionen / 4,3 Sterne), 384 Seiten noch günstig?

The Journeyman Tailor

Thriller von Gerald Seymour

HEAR NOTHING. SEE NOTHING. KNOW NOTHING.This is the ruthless motto in the Provisional IRA’s most active brigade. To collaborate with British Intelligence means certain death. But there is a rumour that an informer is operating within the Brigade. When identified he will be ruthelssly interrogated, tortured, then shot. The MI5 agents running the informer must protect their man at all costs: he is their most critical asset, and they must keep him in place, even if that means innocent people must die.

Der einzige seiner Nordirland-Thriller, der derzeit im Sonderangebot ist. “This, in my opinion, is the best of Seymour’s Northern Ireland novels. It’s brilliantly written, has a compelling plot and brings Northern Ireland authentically to life.” (Rezensent) (29 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 384 Seiten noch günstig?

A Deniable Death

Thriller von Gerald Seymour

C.R.O.P.: Covert Rural Observation Posts are places where men like Danny ‚Badger‘ Baxter hide for endless, motionless hours, secretly recording criminal or terrorist activity. But now Badger has a bigger job than photographing dissident Republicans in muddy Ulster fields or Islamic extremists on rainswept Yorkshire moors. I.E.D.: Improvised Explosive Devices are the roadside bombs which account for 80% of British casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Und wieder ein Zeitsprung, eines seiner neueren Bücher aus dem Jahr 2011. “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.” (Rezensent) (146 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 449 Seiten noch günstig?

The Corporal’s Wife

Thriller von Gerald Seymour

An Iranian soldier sits in an MI6 safe house. He may only be a corporal, but as chauffeur to a top general he knows many secrets, such as the location of nuclear sites. But the Corporal won’t talk unless they bring his wife out of Iran, too. So the SAS are asked to do the job – but they say it’s impossible. Which is how Zach Bennett, a university drop-out recruited for his language skills, and a rag-tag team of three ex-soldiers find themselves on a mission to Tehran.

Und noch eines der neueren Bücher. “Once again demonstrating his ability to probe the moral murkiness of the spy trade and create an absorbingly diverse ensemble, Seymour crafts a sophisticated, reader-teasing tale.” (The Sunday Times) (257 Rezensionen / 3.8 Sterne), 433 Seiten noch günstig?

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