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The Defector

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Original concepts

    Opening the book with the "Prisoner's Dilemia" was an interesting and original way to grab the reader. Interesting way make the bad guy appear more sinester. Characters were not very complex, could've been written with more dimention. The story bogged down due to the technical info about sailing. Less of this would have allowed the story to flow better. Good story line. I've even looked into reading more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    freaky

    Someone should have really prepared me for this book before I started ... or maybe it was better that I found out for myself. This is one dark puppy! I may be dating myself here but, do you remember the short story 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson? Great short story - another dark puppy! I loved 'The Lottery'. I guess it appealed to my dark side. 'The Defector' appealed to that same side.

    Janec is likely the most evil character I have ever met in a work of fiction. The games he came up with were bizarre, genius, really, really, really sick and twisted. The book does explain what the Prisoner's Dilemma is in detail. In fact the entire plot is basically an enactment of how the dilemma can be used for evil. I don't think I can do it justice by explaining it here but the first paragraph in the foreword gives an overview:

    The Prisoner's Dilemma - n. A philosophical conundrum enacted through a game with two participants which gives an insight into the behavior of the individual in society.

    OK, the definition is dull but the book is definitely not dull. Ever.


    Martin is the protagonist in the story. He is just your average Joe off the street. Until he gets mixed up with Janec and the games begin. Janec loves his games. Martin isn't too fond of them. I was impressed with Martin's resilience and luck. He pulled off some fantastic escapes! He was smarter than either he or Janec expected. I loved that Martin learned so much about himself as the novel progressed.

    Kate was the love interest in the book. She provided the love triangle angle and the perfect pawn for Janec. I didn't like her at all. She seemed so shallow to me. Not really worth fighting for. But what I thought of her really doesn't matter. It's what Marin thought of her that made all the difference to the story.

    There were definitely times, when reading the book, that I just wanted to stop. Some of Janec's evil games were almost too evil for me. But Mark Chisnell's writing style drew me in and wouldn't let me go. Just the same way Janec wouldn't let Martin go. The fear, felt by those unlucky enough to get on Janec's bad side, was palpable. In fact, I finished the book over an hour ago and my stomach is still in a small knot. Decompression could take a while.

    This is definitely a book for the Halloween season. You want scary, this book has it in spades. Nothing paranormal or otherworldly, but weird for sure.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Great read!

    Interesting story, quick pace. Now reading this author's book Wrecking Crew.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

    Reviews from the Original Hardback and Paperback Publication:

    'An excellent drug-smuggling thriller.'
    The Bookseller

    'This is a remarkable thriller - chillingly violent, full of tension and with a very original ending.'
    Publishing News

    'New British fiction writer Mark Chisnell will have to go a long way to top his debut.'
    Bristol Observer

    'A fabulous and brilliantly written story.'
    Peterborough Evening Telegraph

    'This thriller moves at huge pace, mixing philosophical debate with breathless action. The culmination of the game will astound you.'
    Trade-a-boat

    'Compelling, hard to put down but not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.'
    CityMix Auckland

    'The novel has an evil storyline, with little relief and with great tension created, particularly around the yacht chase.'
    Hawkes Bay Today

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Very good

    You never knew who u could trust. Martin was so clueless and should have ran as fast as he could with the first meeting. With 672 pages it made u just screem from the tention. Great book

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Gorey but good

    This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is one that keeps your interest and you have to read the first one to understand the characters. The villain is one that you learn to hate and cheer for his misfortunes. It is a book that hold your interest if you can put up with the gore.

    If you read this one read the first of the series.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Intricate "Blind Weave of Suspense"

    The author maintains a taught grip weaving the fabric of this tale. Mark Chisnell makes you want to skim past one part to get to another, only to find another shear uphill climb in front of you. The only let down was the ending. It had a bit of a "let-down" feeling to the ending similar to a TO BE CONTINUED notice hastily pasted to the back cover of a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    Enjoyed

    Good read...would read more by this author

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