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Summary

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

As the agents dig into the circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

©2013 Mick Herron (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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A small beginning to get to the bigger picture

As always an excellent narrative by Sean Barrett who smooth, rich voice eases the horrors of sudden death or near deaths.

Mick Herron's Slough House crowd, all of whom have lost the right to be active agents, are a bunch of losers and misfits resentful of their outcast status from the frontline spies or spooks in Regent's Park. Lamb's instincts and his "team's" fishing expeditions build a far from benign picture that, almost despite themselves, they rescue the City from the brink of disaster. Strangely or sadly, yet again they are unable to claim the credit or cover themselves with glory; they are the "Slow Horses" and unlikely to the heroes of any story or so Regent's Park think!

There is also a keen humourous streak that keeps you amused and laughing despite everything.

I am enjoying this series!

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Another good one in the series

I enjoyed this as much as the first one. I like the characters, who are somewhat flawed, and the story is good. I would suggest reading them in order so that you get to know the characters. The writing is excellent, too. The narrator, as ever, is first class.

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Good, but not great.

I downloaded 'Dead Lions' immediately after finishing 'Slow Horses', which I reviewed was a "slow burn". Having established the characters, I was hoping the pace of this story would be a bit quicker. However, it's another 'slow burn' story, though as well developed and as excellently narrated as the first novel regarding the 'spooks' of Slough House.

However, what let it down for me was that regardless of the clever plotting there was a glaring plot flaw and an ending that I found anti-climactic after 8+ hours.

I'm sure I'll return to this series, but for now it's time for a break and a change of pace.

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Terrific

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book. It was my first thriller in some time and was a great choice. Sean Barrett is a fantastic narrator, bringing enormous character and humour to the dialogue. I will definitely be seeking this narrator and author again,

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Very clever story

I struggled a little to get all the characters straight in my head to start but as the story unfolds the different roles became clear. Very clever, lots of twists, I couldn't put it down.

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I just gave up

I dragged myself through the first 5 chapters and then just gave up. Too many characters and nothing really happening. More than enough exciting books to listen to.

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Not as good as book 1. Bit slow

I quite like this series but I found the first book a lot better, more tense, edge of the seat type stuff. I found this one a bit slow and struggled keeping listening in places. That said, the narration is very good.

I was originally thinking I would follow the full series but not sure if I will now. Certainly need a break from it so gone on to Once a Pilgrim which I'm loving!

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An excellent listen

This book is excellent and follows a complete series. The characters are rich and human beings in their actions .The story is easy to follow and understand but remains believable . The story teller has a voice which adds much. Easy listening.

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Dull and slow

The narrator makes you want to fall asleep, I had to keep repeating sections as it was so dull I forgot to listen. The story is slow and even when it picks up towards the end, it's still not exactly exciting.
After listening to the first in the series, I expected better things from this, and still have the third book to listen to - joy.

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Fantastic series of novels

I’ve only just discovered Mick Herron’s writing. The Slough House novels are wonderful: carefully plotted, somehow both exciting and funny on the same page, wonderful characterisation. I’m now going to have to get the whole series!

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  • 18-08-19

Great!

Every moment a joy. Buy it. I loved it. If you love intelligent, sharp, original, dark, witty thrillers

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  • M. Alman
  • 15-04-17

Absolutely superb

Brilliant book. Brilliant narration. Buy it. Don't look back, you'll love it if you love intelligent, sharp, original, dark, witty thrillers

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  • Chad Morrison
  • 16-05-21

Another very enjoyable listen.

"What this place needs is a cat"

Can't recommend this series enough. the Characters are so 3 dimensional and Sean Barrett handles them all in style.

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  • 27-05-20

Brilliant mick heron

One of the sharpest, wittiest writers of spy thrillers. Dead lions continues the Slow Horses series in brilliant style, with anti-hero MI5 spook Jackson Lamb running his bunch of weirdos and wash-ups who find themselves in compromised situations, either of their own making or because of their position as has-beens, copping the blame for others’ cock-ups.

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  • 23-07-15

Good Brit MI5 drama

There is a plodding nature about the series about the Slow Horses of Slough house which is captivating. It is a little like Le Carre, with more humour. I enjoyed it.