Search Results: "Brian Freemantle"


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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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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 >

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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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TRIPLE CROSS by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2004

"The list of Freemantle's outings runs to thirty-plus now. While this one is a smidge less than his best, no one in the field is more consistently readable."
Megalomaniac gangster goes on a killing spree as he tries to become Russia's bossky of bosskies. Read full book review >

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THE BUTTON MAN by Brian Freemantle
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"Read this for its smart local color and sharp insight into human relations—not for its strained, eventually almost suspenseless, storyline."
That writers are dreaming up still more variations on the serial-killer thriller is some sort of testament to human ingenuity. Read full book review >

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NO TIME FOR HEROES by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 4, 1995

"Compared to the current glut of suspensers using Russia's political instability for story fodder, however, it looks pretty good."
An honest Russian cop teams up with a recovering alcoholic FBI agent to stop a worldwide organized crime syndicate. Read full book review >

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AT ANY PRICE by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Even so, the story bears a slight patina of datedness in that the even grander economic struggles of today (the Indonesian crunches, etc.) never figure into the big picture."
Best known for his seriocomic Charlie Muffin series (Bomb Grade, 1997, etc.) about British Intelligence, Freemantle (writing as Jonathan Evans) first published this suspenser in England (in 1982) under the title Chairman of the Board. 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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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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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 >