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Real Tigers by Mick Herron

wintrovia's review

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4.0

This third full entry in the series follows a similar pattern to those that came before. That could be seen as a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective but I liked this story world, the cast of characters and the format the stories take, so wasn't disappointed that this book basically takes the same formula and applies it to a new scenario.

The Slow Horses are a misfit bunch of spies that have messed up in the past and have been put out to pasture in an obscure office to work on mundane tasks. Only they can't seem to keep away from trouble. It's a silly enough premise but the twist of the spies being somewhat inept rather than flawless heroes gives an interesting twist on a genre that has otherwise been done to death.

This story focussed on the abduction of one of the Slow Horses and how the rest of the team rally to rescue them and the twisty conspiracy they uncover in the process. Fairly standard spy stuff but done with a lightness and a tongue-in-cheek humour that makes it a fun read.

motherofladybirds's review

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4.0

Really entertaining, fast paced could not put it down. I always enjoy this series, the humour and the characters add to the mix. My last star is always, did I learn anything, which this did not do, but I did not expect it to. Pure escapism.

joannaod's review

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adventurous funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

caridwen's review

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

romonko's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I am fast becoming a Slough House junkie.  This series is excellent, and bright as a new penny.  The characters are unforgettable. The dialogue is crisp and witty, and you have to be quick on your feet to keep up with lumbering, acid-witted Jackson Lamb.  In this book Lamb loses one of his Slough House agents, and the rest of the team find out before he does and set off to find the missing employee.  Each of the four have their own demans to deal with, and that is why they are part of the Slow Horse team, but each of them have one or two amazing spy craft skills, and if they work together, they can do amazing things.  Lamb finally clues in to what happens, and then look out.  For as lazy and alovently as he looks, his mind is as sharp as tack.  He is continually underestimated by his superiors, Ib their best day, they cannot hope to catch up with Jackson Lamb and the workings of his brilliant mind.  I highly recommend this series, and I cannot wait to read more.

jbc30's review

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adventurous funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

carlosferrero72's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

saramacc1's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I read this immediately after the first two of the series. I found it more hard going at the start. I almost gave up. However I am pleased I persevered as the second half moved along much better. A sense of real risk for the Slow Horses and a big set piece fire fight. Jackson Lamb was as charasmatic as ever although River is really not as good as he thinks he is. 

lauramanderson0710's review against another edition

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adventurous funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

acmccloskey's review

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4.0

Third in the series. Thoroughly enjoyable.