The Corporal's Wife

Author(s): Gerald Seymour

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This is the moment that MI6 has been working for: an Iranian soldier has been caught in a Dubai honey trap and flown to a safe house for interrogation. He may only be a Corporal in the Revolutionary Guard, but as chauffeur to a top general, he knows the location of secret nuclear and military sites and often overhears unguarded conversations in the car. It#65533;?s a coup to put the Brits one up on the Americans and Israelis. But the Corporal won#65533;?t talk unless they bring his wife out of Iran too. The SAS is asked to find the woman and smuggle her out of Tehran #65533;? but they turn it down as an impossible risk... which is how three former soldiers hired from a London agency and Zach Bennett, a university drop-out recruited for his Persian language skills, find themselves about to cross the world#65533;?s most dangerous frontier on a mission that will mean certain death if they are caught. And the Corporal#65533;?s wife is not the kind of person they expected to find. In fact, the fiery, independent, beautiful Farideh is not like anyone Zach Bennett has ever met in his life. The Corporal's Wife is an epic, nail-biting story of courage and betrayal, a brilliant glimpse into a closed society and the way the secret services operate on both sides of the line between politics and morality.


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Those [Seymour] sends off into dangerous territory are, in fact, his readers. With each book, we enter a dangerous universe, and are totally involved with utterly plausible characters, faced with moral choices that are rarely straightforward ... The single most important element here is the obsessive Winnie, whose pursuit of revenge for her dead agent is the motor for all that happens. Winnie is a forceful creation, with her burning resentment against those who feel contempt for the way the rest of us live. -- Independent 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 [Seymour's] books are rich in the drama of people reacting to events and situations they never could have expected. -- Weekend Press, New Zealand Picking up a novel by Gerald Seymour is like taking a deep breath of fresh air ... his subject here is the Middle East, presented with a vividness and veracity that makes most of his rivals look footling ... As always with Seymour, the sense of a minatory foreign landscape is acutely rendered ... never have the badlands of Iraq been evoked with such oppressive rigour. And how many other writers would have fleshed out the bomb-maker, who would simply represent "evil" in most thrillers? Seymour allows us into the life and consciousness of this man, movingly describing his marriage to a mortally ill woman. When readers get to the nailbiting climax, involving an agonising wait for airborne rescue, they may be wondering why they should bother with any other thriller writer. -- Independent Seymour is a master of the thriller set on the murky edges of modern war ... As ever he juggles action, context and suspense with a special-forces level of expertise. How long before he turns to Libya? -- i Gerald Seymour is the grand-master of the contemporary thriller and Deniable Death is his greatest work yet. Gripping, revealing and meticulously researched, this is a page-turning masterpiece that will literally leave you breathless. -- Major Chris Hunter, author of Extreme Risk After 28 novels, Seymour's empathy for those he ensnares in his moral minefields remains movingly even-handed. -- Daily Telegraph gripping thriller -- Sun Mr Seymour is ... on form ... The tradecraft of silent watching and the discomfort, thirst and increasing claustrophobia of the hideout are brought very much to life ... the grim landscape of the border region and the harsh lives of its inhabitants are skilfully evoked -- The Economist (Australia) Seymour is not one to cut corners. He does his research, thinks hard about his story and gives us richly imagined novels that bristle with authenticity. -- Washington Post on THE COLLABORATOR Seymour [is] incapable of creating a two-dimensional character' -- The Times 'Discerning thriller readers can safely say that the best practitioner currently working in the UK is the veteran Seymour. He is, quite simply, the most intelligent and accomplished in the current field ... Here, we have a typically compromised Seymour anti-hero, a masterfully organised globe-spanning narrative and a mass of highly persuasive detail. The Dealer and the Dead is Seymour firing on all cylinders, and his rivals need, once again, to look to their laurels. -- Barry Forshaw With Seymour, not only do you get a cracking story deftly told, but you also feel you are learning something. -- Birmingham Press In a class of his own -- The Times on THE WAITING TIME one of the modern masters of the craft -- Daily Mail on THE COLLABORATOR

Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1978 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME. The first major thriller to tackle the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, it was described by Frederick Forsyth as 'like nothing else I have ever read' and it changed the landscape of the British thriller forever. Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years. He covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland. He has been a full-time writer since 1978

General Fields

  • : 9781444758566
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • : August 2013
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Gerald Seymour
  • : Paperback
  • : 813
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 420