The Bell Ringers

The Bell Ringers

Book - 2010
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The death of a former British head of intelligence triggers an all-out resistance movement led by the Bell Ringers against an out-of-control, security-obsessed state.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780802119315
Branch Call Number: Fic Port
Characteristics: 402 p. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 27, 2018

Great political thriller with à dash of dystopian future and a pinch of paranoia.

My first read of this author. Looking forward to more.

This political thriller is a page-turner that revolves around issues of data mining & personal privacy. The British government has secretly put in place a means of obtaining the most personal information of its citizens & does not hesitate to use this information to serve its own purposes. A group of concerned individuals is ready to expose the government but their calls are monitored, their computers are hacked, they are followed by drones & watched over by CCTV cameras. With a complicated plan in motion the group has to outwit the devious machinations of the government to prevent the scheme from escalating. Aside from its entertainment value, this story made me think about how easily we can be manipulated by fear tactics. (submitted by LL)

Apr 14, 2016

Very interesting read similar to Le Carre or Greene. Not particularly far fetched, given the Snowden leaks, the assault on WikiLeaks' Assange [again, neither woman ever filed an official complaint against him, the State of Sweden simply moved for his extradition for questioning, after they allowed him to exit the country?????].
And as applicable to the USA as to the UK! [The peculiar item about this book is that the author thanks Jill Kirby of the Centre for Policy Studies in the acknowledgements section - - Ms. Kirby is something of a rightwinger, or centre-right in their vernacular, and the CPS was the think tank vehicle which was crucial in Margaret Thatcher's coming to power! Given that the City of London Corporation is the oldest, continuously existing corporation on the planet, the plot thesis could be considered quaint!]

Nov 15, 2013

I read this a year ago and found it a thrilling, though far-fetched exercise in high-tech paranoia. Then the Snowden leaks happened. I plead naivete. Porter now seems like a prophet and I wonder just how many insiders he has cultivated in order to produce such a creepy and plausible portrait of the surveillance state, circa 2013. Well written, and featuring a strong female lead and the ever-enigmatic David Eyam.

Jan 05, 2013

This is a "couldn't put down book." Written in 2009, it is even more accurate of today's situation in UK. A damned good read!!

Aug 05, 2011

A really good read! Fast paced and a book you don't want to put down.

Apr 17, 2010

What a great read! For anyone who likes an action packed thriller, this is the book for you. Characters are multi-dimensional & you never really know what side each is on til the end. It's also an astute commentary on the world we live in today. Who decides where to draw the line between public safety & personal privacy? Intelligently written with scarey insight. Orwell would be proud.

Apr 12, 2010

Also in EPL as "The Dying Light" published by Orion.

Apr 12, 2010

Also available in EPL as "The Bell Ringers" published by Atlantic Monthly Press.

Feb 09, 2010

An interesting but far fetched story of Britain's extensive video/security monitoring system tipping over into a corporate take over of the state which knows everything about its citizens. A good thriller although some of the dialog and explanations are heavy-handed.


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