Search Results: "Brian Freemantle"


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BOMB GRADE by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"A first-rate addition to a deservedly popular series, one whose chilling plot is no more bizarre than contemporary headlines."
Devious Charlie Muffin—Freemantle's immensely engaging stormy petrel of British intelligence (Charlie's Apprentice, 1994, etc.)- -proves as clever at thwarting terrorist threats to the New World Order as he ever was at outwitting the West's Cold War foes. Read full book review >

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RED STAR BURNING by Brian Freemantle
Released: June 19, 2012

"But to his fans, this is no more than a quibble: Muffin is back, and his followers will herald his return."
A talky thriller of rogues repeating half-truths in the hopes of manufacturing reality; a terrific story starring Freemantle's Charlie Muffin. Read full book review >

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THE NAMEDROPPER by Brian Freemantle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"A little long, but there's much fun in watching all the biters get bit."
Veteran spymaster Freemantle, creator of Charlie Muffin and other clandestine types (Dead End, 2005, etc.), spins a sly tale of cons, crooks and star-crossed lovers. Read full book review >

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KINGS OF MANY CASTLES by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Charlie's battles in the bureaucratic killing fields are usually worth the price (Dead Men Living, 2000, etc.), but here we get them unstintingly. It turns out to be too much of a good thing."
Despite a two-novel rest, MI5's Charlie Muffin returns to the fray a bit frayed at the edges. Read full book review >

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THE HOLMES INHERITANCE by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2004

"Forget the shaky premise—that while recovering from his fall at Reichenbach, Holmes fathered a son he's now jealous of—and enjoy the mastery Freemantle (Kings of Many Castles, 2002, etc.) shows of historical personages, political chicanery, and heroic derring-do."
Sebastian Holmes's brilliant father Sherlock and even more brilliant uncle Mycroft ship him off to America to thwart a German alliance on the eve of WWI. Read full book review >

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THE WATCHMEN by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"Painstaking detail within a lively plot, all in Freemantle's familiar formula."
Freemantle hits pay dirt as the UN Secretariat Tower is hit by a missile that's shoulder-launched from the East River and loaded with sarin and anthrax. Read full book review >

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LITTLE GREY MICE by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"Richly textured characters, the unusual premise, and Reimann's hypnotically cruel seduction—all make this, despite flaws (including an occasional snail's pace), one of Freemantle's finest."
A compelling case of sexpionage set in Bonn at the thaw of the cold war, by veteran spymeister Freemantle (O'Farrell's Law, 1989, etc.). ``Little grey mice,'' Freemantle lets us know, is spy slang ``for lonely, unattached women employed in government service''- -women like Elke Meyer, personal assistant to a top West German cabinet minister and perfect prey for a man like Otto Reimann, an East German ``raven''—a male spy trained in the arts of sexual seduction. Read full book review >

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MIND READER by Brian Freemantle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1998

"Hard-shelled but soft at the core, Claudine makes things all the better."
This time out, veteran Freemantle (Bomb Grade, 1997, etc.) gives us more than just a classy thriller. Read full book review >

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DEAD END by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"It's the ethicists squaring off against the moneychangers in a bristling, absorbing thriller. After 30-plus novels, Freemantle (The Holmes Inheritance, 2004, etc.), one of the genre's best pure storytellers, remains at the top of his game."
Man vs. the pharmacogenomics machine. Read full book review >

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RED STAR FALLING by Brian Freemantle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2013

"In Freemantle's latest sophisticated spy thriller, the Muffin man remains a compelling figure, even in convalescent mode."
In the finale of Freemantle's Red Star trilogy, British agent Charlie Muffin must outwit both his Russian captors and MI6 schemers who want him dead. Read full book review >

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COMRADE CHARLIE by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 9, 1992

"Intricate plotting, gripping intrigue, and a memorable romance add up to the tastiest Muffin in many a year."
After several clinkers (O'Farrell's Law, 1989, etc.), Freemantle proved with Little Grey Mice (p. 368) that he can write a solid spy novel outside of his Charlie Muffin series (The Run Around, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEAD MEN LIVING by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Top-flight spy fiction."
After giving Charlie Muffin a two-novel vacation (At Any Price, 1999, and Mind Reader, 1998), Freemantle brings back his favorite hero for a steadily gripping tale with wickedly cruel dialogue in high places and a plot that hooks right from the start. Read full book review >