The Echelon Vendetta

The Echelon Vendetta

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by David Stone
     
 

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CIA agent Micah Dalton is a "cleaner." He takes care of other agents' mistakes. When a friend and mentor commits a grotesque suicide, Dalton's investigation leads him into the snare of a madman, into the arms of a beautiful, mysterious stranger-and into a conspiracy within his own agency. Dalton knows only one thing for certain-this job is going to get very messy.

Overview

CIA agent Micah Dalton is a "cleaner." He takes care of other agents' mistakes. When a friend and mentor commits a grotesque suicide, Dalton's investigation leads him into the snare of a madman, into the arms of a beautiful, mysterious stranger-and into a conspiracy within his own agency. Dalton knows only one thing for certain-this job is going to get very messy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Vivid characters and spellbinding, heart-pounding, hallucinogenic plotting...You'll love this book." -RIDLEY PEARSON  "Well-written, intelligent and sometimes funny...show[s] us what life is really like on the front lines." -WASHINGTON POST
Patrick Anderson
David Stone's first novel is well-written, intelligent and sometimes funny, but most of all it is violent.
— The Washington Post
Tucson Citizen (Arizona)
A fast and terrifying ride.
Washington Post
Well-written, intelligent and sometimes funny... show[s] us what life is really like on the front lines.
Booklist
A smoothly written spy thriller...packed with the kind of nitty-gritty detail that draws espionage fans. A promising debut.
Military.com
Stone not only knows the espionage scene but also how to plot a complicated, fast-paced thriller. Take [it] for an adrenaline-fueled test drive.
Entertainment Weekly
As he follows a trail from Tuscany to London to CIA headquarters to the Rocky Mountains, Dalton encounters government spooks, Native American mysticism, hallucinogens, and gruesome violence with which he seems creepily comfortable.
Publishers Weekly

Somebody is killing the former CIA agents who took part in a brilliant but highly illegal top secret operation known as Echelon. A couple of ghosts may also be involved, real or imagined, but they don't interfere with the credibility or the sustained excitement of the pseudonymous Stone's debut thriller. His hero, Micah Dalton, is a "cleaner"—a special operative sent in under cover to make sure no agency dirt gets into the public air. When his friend and colleague, Porter Naumann, is found savagely slaughtered in a Tuscany hotel, Micah tries to find out what happened. Cool and endlessly resourceful, the likable Micah does whatever it takes to clean up the mess. Also memorable are a shrewd Italian policeman, who can tell when something isn't kosher, and Micah's immediate boss, Jack Stallworth, "a short, sharp, bullet-headed hard-nosed razorback hog with all the languid charm of a quick knee to the jaw." The author, who has served in the military and been an intelligence officer, clearly knows his way around the higher levels of official treachery. 75,000 printing. (Feb.)

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Library Journal
Someone is using intricate knifework to murder CIA agents in batches, and it's up to cleanup guy Micah Dalton to stop the bloodshed. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hallucinogens, Indians, orchids, butchery, treason, ghosts and politics pop up in Venice, London, Washington, Simi Valley, Butte and the high western desert in a smashing debut thriller by a pseudonymous former military intelligence officer. Micah Dalton is a "cleaner" for the CIA. Cleaners go in and tidy up messes, and the mess left by the grotesque suicide of Dalton's friend and colleague Porter Naumann is a doozy. Naumann was found outside a chapel in a Tuscan hamlet having apparently ripped out his own throat. The shrewd Carabinieri intelligence officer on the scene, Major Alessio Brancati, recognizes that someone or something drove Naumann to suicide, making the spy's death a murder. Brancati allows Dalton to follow up on the very few clues associated with the murder, but he turns up again when the investigation takes Dalton to Naumann's old haunts in Venice, where the agent falls victim to a near-fatal dose of the same vicious psychotropic drug that figured in Naumann's death. The effects of the drug dog Dalton for the rest of the book as Naumann's sardonic, pajama-clad ghost materializes whenever things get hairy-which they frequently do. Dalton enjoys a brief poignant flirtation with a gorgeous Venetion dottoressa but is called much too soon to London where Naumann's unpleasant family was found butchered in their Belgravia home. The intercontinental fiend seems to be an extraordinarily tall, long-haired, American Indian in silver tipped cowboy boots who has also been doing in a number of minor ex-CIA operatives in the western states. Dalton saw his backside in Venice, but the man has the power to cloud cameras, a bit of technology available only to the very best spies, and it isthat connection Dalton must unravel, a process that takes him back to the Agency and a long-hidden Company disaster that set the grizzly plot in motion. Fast-moving, smart, sexy and alarming. Everything you want in a thriller. First printing of 75,000

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515144024
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
1,195,878
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Ridley Pearson
Combines the eloquence of Lehane's Mystic River, the plotting of the best Ludlum novels, and the brains of a LeCarre.
John Lescroart
A terrific read. The Echelon Vendetta is terrifying, stylish, action-packed.
From the Publisher
"Vivid characters and spellbinding, heart-pounding, hallucinogenic plotting...You'll love this book." -RIDLEY PEARSON "Well-written, intelligent and sometimes funny...show[s] us what life is really like on the front lines." -WASHINGTON POST

Meet the Author

David Stone is the cover name for a man born into a military family with a long history of honorable service. Stone himself has served in the military and has worked both as an intelligence officer and as an investigator for a state-level law enforcement agency. He has lived in North America, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

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Echelon Vendetta 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Sueszoo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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....
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!
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A pretty decent book. A good one to pass on as I don't think it's one to read over and over.