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The Echelon Vendetta

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    A new author for our fiction library

    My husband and I have a large library, we often collect our favorite authors of fiction work. There are times when we look for a new author though, and here we found David Stone on B&N's bargain table. We began with The Echelon Vendetta and have since gotten his other books. The main character, Micah Dalton, is a CIA "cleaner", called in to clean up CIA operations (those that have gone either well or badly). Stone develops this character with depth: of course he has those necessary CIA skills that make the novel exciting and good for escapism. But Stone's character Dalton is different in that he has some personal issues and background that lead to self-doubt. In The Echelon Vendetta Dalton is called in to clean up the mess involved with the death of his friend and coworker Naumann. Despite being a professional, what happens (I won't give it away) leads to self-doubt too. It's also bizarre enough to be pretty funny, which makes this book entertaining too (at times laugh-out-loud funny!). The action takes place in scenic parts of Europe and America and there's some romance involved. The plot is good without being confusing. (I just hate when the plot gets SO convoluted in its attempt to be interesting that you're so lost you just give up. Nor do I like it when the main characters are just SO perfect they're superficial and unbelievable.) All in all this was such a great read that we went back and got the rest of Stone's books with this Dalton character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

    A great thriller

    I just finished the book, and it is a modern version of the old Cold War spy thrillers. The main character is Micah Dalton, a "good guy" agent of the CIA. The author really lets you get to know his character, which I always appreciate in any novel. The story takes place over various locations, via twists and turns during the two-week period of the whole book. The story follows Micah through death, mayhem, and assorted other adventures in the Thriller genre. However, this book is much better written than most, and there are some unusual plot twists and more ingenious events than in the average thriller. The author is actually a former CIA agent himself, and David Stone is just his "cover name." Supposedly....<BR/>Anyway, I would very highly recommend this book if you appreciate edge-of-your-seat & well-written spy stories or thrillers. It is long, but keeps your attention riveted. Makes a good book for a couple of long winter evenings, or on a vacation, or just... whenever!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

    A character with flaws is always more acceptable

    A pretty decent book. A good one to pass on as I don't think it's one to read over and over.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

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    Great!

    I don't know why this book is in the Bargain section. It is quite original in both plot and characters. The scenes are will defined and in unique style which I found very entertaining. I really like his writing style. I'm impressed! I'll be reading more of his works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    A Thriller Masterpiece

    David Stone's writing is a masterpiece of writing. It is one of the very best thrillers I have read in many years. The characterization is full and complete -- and the scene descriptions bring me RIGHT THERE! The storyline is described above -- but the IMPACT of David Stone's writting sets a new benchmark for simply great, exciting, in your face, visceral reading -- the scenes and smells and touch come alive in your hands. Read The Echelon Vendetta! Amazing experience! Wow!

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    AN INTRIGUING NEW PROTAGONIST

    Quite often discovering a new and intriguing protagonist is akin to making another good friend, someone you know you'll enjoy, a person you want to spend time with. Such was my feeling when first coming upon Micah Dalton in The Echelon Vendetta. He's unique, having formulated his own morality system. He's also very much aware of the best and the worst in people. Cynical, romantic, often approachable, courageous, determined all describe Dalton. He works for the CIA as a 'cleaner' - precisely what the name implies. It's up to him to clean up messes made by others or step in when undercover operations go dramatically awry. His best friend and mentor is or better said was Porter Naumann. It appears to have been suicide when Naumann's body is found in a chapel courtyard in the beautiful hillside town of Cortona, Italy. However, Dalton isn't buying any of that suicide nonsense and decides to do a little investigating on his own beginning in Venice where Naumann lived. (Don't you love this author's locations?) The deaths of Naumann's family in London corroborate what Dalton was beginning to suspect - there's a mad man on the loose, a killer hunting those with ties to the CIA and someone has to stop him. Known primarily for his outstanding work in stage productions, Firdous Bamji delivers a suspenseful reading of this too-close-for-comfort tale. His narrative is well paced, his diction scrupulous, and his voice masterful. - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Remember the name David Stone

    In the parlance of the CIA, Micah Dalton is a ¿cleaner¿ the person sent in when it is time to fix whatever goes wrong in the field. He is sent to the roman chapel of San Nicolo in Cartona Tuscany to examine the body of field agent Porter Naumann. The police think he mutilated his body before he killed himself but Micah has doubts. A man going by the name of Rainwater drugs him causing him to have hallucinations that clear up in a few days.------------------------- He is sent by his superiors to Porter¿s London home where his wife and two daughters are found murdered and mutilated. Several agents who were part of the Echleon project in the Rainwater group are being killed by the same man who killed Porter and his family in the same gruesome manner leaving behind a picture that point to an Indian as the murderer. As Micah follows the clues, he doesn¿t know he is being used for an evil purpose or who the people running him are.------------------ Remember the name David Stone because in the future everyone will know him as a top thriller writer. The protagonist is trying to find the killer, shake off the effects of the poison and obtain justice for his friend who often appears to him in his ghostly form. Readers will wonder if he is hallucinating or not. THE ECHELON VENDETTA takes the reader into the shadowy areas of a CIA operation that is a normal activity for the agency.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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