The Outsiders Winnie Monks has never forgotten or forgiven the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian army major turned gangster Now years later she hears the Major is travelling to

  • Title: The Outsiders
  • Author: Gerald Seymour
  • ISBN: 9781444705881
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winnie Monks has never forgotten, or forgiven, the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian army major turned gangster Now, years later, she hears the Major is travelling to a villa on the Costa del Sol For the young British couple housesitting it is supposed to be a carefree break in the sun But when the secret service team arrives in paradisWinnie Monks has never forgotten, or forgiven, the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian army major turned gangster Now, years later, she hears the Major is travelling to a villa on the Costa del Sol For the young British couple housesitting it is supposed to be a carefree break in the sun But when the secret service team arrives in paradise, everything changes.

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    1. A typical Gerald Seymour novel. I find his books not an easy read, but they certainly get your attention. Then you simply have to finish them. Many of his thrillers have apparently quite separate threads - which is what I find difficult to comprehend - that gradually converge toward the end point, with the consequence that a spectacular finish is almost always guaranteed.For many readers this book would be worth 5*. An excellent read.

    2. Synopsis/blurbWinnie Monks has never forgotten - or forgiven - the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army Major turned gangster. Now, years later, she hears the Major is travelling to a villa on the Costa del Sol and she asks permission to send in a surveillance unit.They find an empty property near the Major's. The Villa Paraiso. It's perfect to spy from - and as a base for Winnie's darker, less official, plans.But it turns out that the property isn't deserted. [...]

    3. The Outsiders are former or current Intelligence personnel who carry out a semi-freelance operation to avenge the murder of a colleague. It is not giving too much away to reveal that there is Russian mafia-style involvement. Previous Seymour readers will expect to find various exotic locations together with presumably authentic acronyms for police and intelligence bodies, and assuredly reliable details of firearms; they will not be disappointed.The main locale is Malaga. The author's journalisti [...]

    4. I read this book by cd in the car and was somewhat disappointed with it .However the story and plot were well constructed and it did keep my interest until the end. On the other hand, I felt that it was too long winded for my taste, with a lot unnecessary repetition. If it had been cut back by say 10%, I think that I would have enjoyed it more. I gave what ought to have been a 4 star rating, 3 stars

    5. A brilliant taut thriller pulling all threads together at the end without any sense of contrivance or happy ever after. Complicated cast of characters meant I couldn't leave it alone for long in case I got confused. Believable in so far as the world of terror and espionage can be to Joanne Public. Really enjoyed it!

    6. As usual, bang up to the minute. A little confusing at times but it does all come together in the inimitable GS style. Irresistible reading.

    7. This story is one of my favourites from Gerald Seymour. He is truly an exceptional writer who has produced, yet another, masterpiece! His books are sophisticated and challenges the reader to keep up with his multi-layered story line that have a plethora of characters which he refers to almost randomly, but with great purpose. The storyline unfolds gradually which gives the reader time to identify the characters (which amount to more than twenty). These include, but aren't limited to the Graveyar [...]

    8. An awfully painful read. Wonder what made the author write such a confusing novel, mucking up a decent plot about Russian mafia living in Southern Spain, away from the long arms of law, but continuing to indulge in their dark deeds.While there are lot many characters introduced by the author without a care, not one stands out, despite the irritating detail in which their thoughts and emotions are described.For sure, the author would have laboured a lot to write this novel, but that is nothing co [...]

    9. Not a book for the faint of heart! Descriptions of bodies being put through "chippers" can turn a weak stomach. I found the language unnecessary as it didn't really add to the story. I did however enjoy the twist and turns and would welcome reading other books by Gerald Seymour. If you enjoy "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo" then you may very well enjoy this author's work too, I did.

    10. Time Taken to Read - 3 daysPublisher - Hodder & StoughtonBlurb From Winnie Monks has never forgotten - or forgiven - the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army Major turned gangster. Now, years later, she hears the Major is travelling to a villa on the Costa del Sol and she asks permission to send in a surveillance unit.They find an empty property near the Major's. The Villa Paraiso. It's perfect to spy from - and as a base for Winnie's darker, less official [...]

    11. This is another intricately plotted and minutely researched novel from Gerald Seymour. It is very well-written and makes an enjoyable and interesting read.In this book, Seymour deals with the fight against global organised crime, and specifically the Russian "mafiya." As always, he sets out not just to entertain but to illustrate the processes and politics of intelligence operations, the moral dilemmas they pose and the effect on the individuals involved. Seymour's agenda is clear early on when [...]

    12. It's like a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle - the pieces keep moving around and one joins to another, then another, until the picture begins to emerge. There is the piece about the brutal murder of a young MI 5 agent in Budapest which starts it all off years earlier. There is Winnie Monks, the head of his team, who vows revenge, but whose team has been scattered by the agency's shift of priorities from organized crime to counterterrorism. There is the collapse of the Spanish economy and the influx of [...]

    13. Another fantastic read.As always, complex characters, nobody completely likeable. You get drawn into the world completely. Love the explanations of organised crime and its horrible influence, far outstripping "terrorism", yet the security agencies having it as a miniscule sideline in comparison. That was believable.As was the Costa Del Crime. The explanation of the Russian criminal bigwig, backed by true state protection, with its footsoldiers being ex special forces brutalised in Yugoslavian an [...]

    14. Pre Read - looking forward to this, usually like SeymourPost read - this was quite hard work and uninspiring. Seymour has a very particular writing style, which is sometimes a bit of a challenge to follow - vast leaps from one sub story to the next, but leaving you to work out which leap has been made, which is just plain annoying. This time he took it to new lengths and I found this book much less enjoyable than it should be. A good basic plot, but with thumbnail developed characters, I'm afrai [...]

    15. A group of former and active MI5 personnel move to avenge the death of a young colleague several years earlier Their target identified (a Russian thug of the first order), his whereabouts known (in a Gibraltar retirement community), and access assured (but for the unfortunate detail of a couple of innocent people who are house-sitting what the MI5 types take to be empty property with access to their target), what could go wrong? Plenty, as in John LeCarre's most recent book, also set in the same [...]

    16. This is not the sort of book I would usually read but I thought it was an interesting story and very well written; the descriptions made the regions and events described really come to life without getting bogged down in too much detail (be warned though, there is some gory stuff). It took me a long time to read this book; I had to re-read a lot of it and it moved around quite a bit with many different characters. However, it was worth persisting because I really enjoyed it and I'll be looking f [...]

    17. Who would you rather be, a soc or a greaser? Well in the Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the socs and the greasers represent the struggle between rich and poor. pony boy is the novels 14-year-old narrator and youngest of the greasers, darrell known as darry is pony boys oldest brother which is 20 who is raising pony boy because their parents died in a car accident, soda pop is the middle child pony boy envies soda pops good looks and charm. There is many many more Great characters.

    18. Take a couple of hapless 20-somethings on holiday in Spain. Add in a surveillance team, a sniper, some Russian ex-pat criminals, and MI5 and you have a recipe for an interesting holiday. This tale has a definite British feel to it, and I found it maddening in places, intriguing in places, and overall a good read. I give it 4.5 stars.

    19. Very much enjoyed this spy thriller and will now look out for more Seymours. Quite twisty and turney so you weren't quite sure how it was going to end. Very interesting mix of characters I thought - quite incredible really when you think about it.

    20. Unreadable. It felt like every paragraph jumped to another thread of the story and so there was no flow or building of character. I had to stop reading it as there have to be better books to spend my life reading.

    21. Seymour writes some great page turners. This one brings together the Russian Mafia , British Intelligence and London East End Crooks.It will make me look at the Spanish Costas through a different lens - a good book for the beach if you enjoy this style of novel.

    22. Generally you can't go wrong with Gerald Seymour and this is no exception. Interwoven stories and characters to create a satisfying read. A good story, well paced and contemporary. I recommend it to anyone into thrillers

    23. It was not an easy read for me as I had to forcibly remember the characters in the book. They were too many of them. Certainly not a book you can put down for long. It was written well though.

    24. Audiobook: I could not keep up with which of the many characters were actually performing. Very poor editing is my guess.

    25. One too many story lines. Too much navel gazing. Weakest and least engaging of the several Gerald Seymour books I've read.

    26. Overly repetitive, irritating characters and far fetched scenarios. Not inclined to listen to another by Gerald Seymour, though I have say it was very well read by Jonathan Aris.

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