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Scorpion Betrayal

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite "Scorpion Betray

Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite

"Scorpion Betrayal" by Andrew Kaplan is a thriller which barely allows the reader a second to take a gasp of air in order to get ready for the next thrill-a-minute experience. Scorpion is a man who works as a governme...
Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite

"Scorpion Betrayal" by Andrew Kaplan is a thriller which barely allows the reader a second to take a gasp of air in order to get ready for the next thrill-a-minute experience. Scorpion is a man who works as a government agent - and yet, he doesn't. He is backed up in his espionage work by the government and yet, he isn't. He finds himself trekking all over Europe in search of the "Palestinian" who is bent on massive destruction via bombs and toxic plagues. There is a love interest in the form of Najla, a Lebanese woman who tells as many lies as dogs have fleas and yet, Scorpion is strangely attracted to her.

This book is flawlessly conceived and it moves at breakneck speed. The fate of the world at large appears to be in the hands of the Palestinian who appears unstoppable. But Scorpion is so well-developed in his character that the reader cheers for Scorpion to out-manipulate him and to restore the semblance of order to the Free World. The characters are unforgettable. The reader understands the manner in which each and every player in the plot thinks, feels and acts. But even so, the reader is kept guessing as to how they will all interplay to either facilitate or rescue the common folks who are clueless as to their impending fate. Kaplan is right up there with the best of the suspense writers and this book gives him an instant and lasting credibility in his field.

posted by ReadersFavorite on May 2, 2012

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Persuaded by the (two) reviews, I bought the book and am wonderi

Persuaded by the (two) reviews, I bought the book and am wondering whether the two reviewers who posted their comments have actually read it from cover to cover. The "Scorpion Betrayal" stretches imagination beyond credible limits - and frequently reaches in e...
Persuaded by the (two) reviews, I bought the book and am wondering whether the two reviewers who posted their comments have actually read it from cover to cover. The "Scorpion Betrayal" stretches imagination beyond credible limits - and frequently reaches in every sense of the word into the realm of fiction. Bond's gadgets are missing, but the Scorpion always carries several suitcases full of equipment on his travels so that he has every device needed at hand. Or does he? A master in picking locks, disabling security systems, there's the "Brazilian back leg sweep" or the famous "Krav Maga move" (you may have to read up on that one) - the Scorpion has it all and does it all.

Kaplan may have a background in intelligence, but clearly, he is no linguist. His attempts of introducing foreign languages are crude, and judging by the incorrect spelling of the German and Dutch quotes, one wonders whether a bit more editing would not have been appropriate (let done what Russian and Arab speakers would make of his liberally spread of attempted originality). Although Germany abolished the "Schutzpolizei" many decades ago, this does not appear to have been noticed by Kaplan who still lets them parade around Germany. Hence, when Karen P. described a "flawlessly" conceived book, she must have skipped many pages.

The most disappointing part is that the underlying plot is in itself credible and even feasible, but the execution lacks finesse and employs too frequently the famous "deus ex machina" to resolve critical situations. Hence, here's the basis of a good Hollywood movie script, and if Tom Cruise were not too busy jumping out of skyscraper windows, he would fit the role of Scorpion to the "T". In short: a well written book with a good and exciting plot that would have benefitted from a few weeks of additional work and editing.

posted by JurgenSchulze on May 17, 2012

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Persuaded by the (two) reviews, I bought the book and am wonderi

    Persuaded by the (two) reviews, I bought the book and am wondering whether the two reviewers who posted their comments have actually read it from cover to cover. The "Scorpion Betrayal" stretches imagination beyond credible limits - and frequently reaches in every sense of the word into the realm of fiction. Bond's gadgets are missing, but the Scorpion always carries several suitcases full of equipment on his travels so that he has every device needed at hand. Or does he? A master in picking locks, disabling security systems, there's the "Brazilian back leg sweep" or the famous "Krav Maga move" (you may have to read up on that one) - the Scorpion has it all and does it all.

    Kaplan may have a background in intelligence, but clearly, he is no linguist. His attempts of introducing foreign languages are crude, and judging by the incorrect spelling of the German and Dutch quotes, one wonders whether a bit more editing would not have been appropriate (let done what Russian and Arab speakers would make of his liberally spread of attempted originality). Although Germany abolished the "Schutzpolizei" many decades ago, this does not appear to have been noticed by Kaplan who still lets them parade around Germany. Hence, when Karen P. described a "flawlessly" conceived book, she must have skipped many pages.

    The most disappointing part is that the underlying plot is in itself credible and even feasible, but the execution lacks finesse and employs too frequently the famous "deus ex machina" to resolve critical situations. Hence, here's the basis of a good Hollywood movie script, and if Tom Cruise were not too busy jumping out of skyscraper windows, he would fit the role of Scorpion to the "T". In short: a well written book with a good and exciting plot that would have benefitted from a few weeks of additional work and editing.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 5, 2013

    Too many anagrams

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    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 30, 2013

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