Friday, 23 October 2015

Slough House #3

Title: Real Tigers
Author: Mick Herron
Published: 19th January 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these “slow horses” is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must breach the defenses of Regent’s Park to steal valuable intel in exchange for their comrade’s safety. The kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service. After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the slow horses suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House, but of MI5 itself.

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review (Thanks to EW and the Publisher)

I have to say this book started as very slow and with a few characters so it was difficult to kind of understand the flow of the book. After 20% of the book, that is when the real interest begins (okay so maybe not 20% exactly, but you get the jist)

There are so many interesting characters in this book it is really hard to pinpoint which character I like better, I feel like there wasn't much depth to the characters. Now, this could be because of two reasons; one I have not read the other books in the series and two this book does not primarily focus on depth of the character but puts more emphasis on the plot instead which is a fairgiven. Finally! A book where there is a break between the different POV's. Hooray!


I like to think I would have liked Lamb as he was a pain in the ass to the other characters but there was also something about him that you could not help but like. However, some of his erm...actions were off putting so I can't say I enjoyed that very much! Ew! But,it did cause a bit of a break between the scenes in the book which were very refreshing!

The plot? Is quite confusing not in the sense of understanding it but trying to explain it. There are 'schemes' which take place within this book which is part of a bigger plan, you have to note here this books kind of takes on a Political agenda (which reminds me, I hated Judd's character what a big jerk, selfish, conceited human being). Everything that happens to the slow horses (what a dergatory term for those people who are basically useless)is an act leading upto the bigger phase where these people in power are frenemies and are fighting to gain more power (and keep their position). They try to frame each other to keep their high powered positions and you can probably guess who they use as their pawn? Yep, these so called 'slow horses'. I have to say I was very satisfied with the ending even though I can only assume what happened as per the conversation.

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