- Taschenbuch: 322 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8. Mai 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1475194129
- ISBN-13: 978-1475194128
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,1 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.036.316 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Defector (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Mai 2012
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Mark Chisnell has written 16 books, they’ve been translated into five languages and topped sales and download charts in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Mark writes suspense and mystery thrillers, technical books on the art and science of racing sailboats, along with non-fiction books and journalism on travel, sport and technology for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. Mark began his writing with travel stories, while hitch-hiking around the world. He got a job sweeping up and making tea with the British America’s Cup team in Australia in 1987 to earn the money to get home. He worked his way onto the boat as navigator and has sailed and worked with six more America’s Cup teams since then. He’s also won three World Championships in sailing, and currently runs the Technical Innovation Group at Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team. Mark now lives by a river in the UK with his wife, two young sons and a dog – whenever he gets a couple of minutes peace he can usually be found reading a Jack Reacher novel, or the latest from Michael Lewis or Malcolm Gladwell.
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Anyone who has seen "The Return of the King" understands what too much denouement means. The interminable final reel of Peter Jackson's film remained true to the interminable final book of Tolkien's series. Too much "final resolution," as the characters flew into the sunset, were crowned, rode into the sunset and finally sailed into the sunset. How many times could one book or movie end?
"The Defector" is the polar opposite of my above example. Climax hits on one page, followed by a half-page epilogue. That's it. This good (not great) book, which had held my attention for 93% of the file, was suddenly over. The author might as well have written "then we got away and got on with our lives" right after leaving us on a cliff at the climax. I was baffled then disappointed, paging back and forth, looking for more. Instead, the final 7% was a preview of the next book in the series as (presumably) the antagonist finds another couple to terrify.
Too many plot lines left hanging, too many motivations left unexplained, too many "why?" questions remained in my head after reading this book. I was very happy with the first 92% and thus give 3 stars. The problem was I thought the remaining 8% would answer these question and tie up the loose ends. Instead, nothing. Like writing a sentence without
Here, the protagonist is Martin, a former London currency trader whose love life and professional career hit a major speed bump. Fleeing Old Blighty, he now lives in Thailand attempting to reassemble his life. One night in a Chaweng Beach watering hole, Martin is about to be beaten bloody in a dispute over a bar girl when a stranger intervenes with quick and effective violence on his behalf. The stranger, Janac, is obviously a Hard Guy. Martin is understandably grateful.
But Janac, who once may have been a member of an elite American special forces military outfit, has a creepy side. He's obsessed with The Prisoner's Dilemma, a game of hard choices that's too complicated for me to explain here. (Look it up on the Internet or, better still, read this book.) Janac gets his jollies coercing, and then watching, others play the game. And Janac makes sure his version is painful and deadly. Martin soon finds himself enmeshed in a game forced on him by a drug frame-up engineered by his pal Janac, who's also a big time drug dealer. Martin's nightmare has only just begun.
Much of THE DEFECTOR takes place on the high seas. Yachting enthusiasts should be particularly engaged. Overall, the novel is punctuated with gritty violence that establishes Janac as a nasty piece of work.
I found Martin to be an odd sort of protagonist. He didn't completely earn my sympathy for his plight since he landed between a rock and hard place via a string of bad decisions based on a lack of moral fiber. While saying he got what he deserved would be too strong a position to take, especially since his predicament ultimately results in collateral damage to others, I wasn't rabidly cheering for him either. As a hero, Martin is of the expendable sort.
The one thing that prevents me from awarding five stars is an unexplainable contradiction in the evolution of the Janac character when he subjects Martin to the first instance of The Game that involves death to the players as a potential outcome. You should recognize it when you read it, and its puzzling presence is plot-altering.
The last pages of this e-book edition of THE DEFECTOR preview the first two chapters of the next in the series, The Wrecking Crew. If you bother to read this sample, you may become intrigued at the direction the author has chosen to take. I've seen it in episodic feature length films but not to date in written fiction. Well, perhaps I need to get out more. In any case, I've already downloaded the second installment.
The middle part dragged a bit as the main "good-guy" character Martin (and I do agree with some posters in that he is a hard character to cheer for) and Kate were on the run from Janac on a racing sail boat, and the author went into a lot of details about how the ship runs and such. This slowed the story down a bit with almost all the characters whining about things (and the big thing ~ no Janac for a long time). But the story picked up at the end as the characters on the boat were forced to play the prisoner's dilemma game with their lives on the line.
When all is said and done, I do plan to read the next Chisnell thriller featuring Janac in the near future: The Wrecking Crew (Janac's Games #2).