The Orpheus Deception

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CIA cleaner Micah Dalton returns for another go-round of the international espionage, government cover-ups, and high-intensity pursuit that have cemented this series in the best of spy fiction.

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Overview

CIA cleaner Micah Dalton returns for another go-round of the international espionage, government cover-ups, and high-intensity pursuit that have cemented this series in the best of spy fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Readers hungry for sex, bloody action and flag-waving patriotism will best appreciate this sequel to Stone's debut, The Echelon Vendetta, which likewise starred CIA agent Micah Dalton. The disparate elements of this testosterone-fueled thriller gradually come together, including a stabbing in Venice; the hijacking of a freighter in the South China Sea; a rogue SAS (Special Air Service) agent, Ray Fyke, imprisoned in Singapore's notorious Changi prison; and a Serbian mafia leader with grandiose ambitions. Each piece of the puzzle carries its own carnage and enough international intrigue to effectively make Dalton and his putative allies the only ones who can salvage the situation. Stone handles with aplomb such details as weapons technology, bureaucratic bumbling and ship navigation in treacherous seas, then tests the limits of human endurance with his heroes Dalton and Fyke. Though the plot hangs together well enough, the resolution takes a gigantic suspension of disbelief and leads to a less than satisfying denouement. (Apr.)

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The grandiose greed of a Balkan warlord sets infernal machinery in motion from Venice to Singapore in a follow-up to The Echelon Vendetta (2007). Micah Dalton, the CIA "cleaner" who had an extraordinarily complex mess to tidy up in his first adventure, is thrown back in the mix before fully recovering from the hallucinogens administered in the last adventure. He continues to see the ghost of old associate Porter Naumann, who warns him of dark days ahead, and the ghost does indeed seem to know whereof he speaks. Naumann even turns up at his own funeral in Cortona, Tuscany, an event Dalton attends with gorgeous girlfriend and scholar Cora Vasari. But the funeral itself is a hallucination. Dalton actually lies near death in a Venetian hospital after being stabbed with a shard of Murano glass, a shiv shoved by a svelte blonde runner in a Venice marathon. The murderess was employed by Branco Gospic, a Serbian crime boss who still seethes from the beating Dalton administered to two of his sadistic henchman in a previous adventure. Gospic is keen to see that neither Dalton nor any of his chums in any way endanger his current criminal enterprise. It's a fiendish business scheme that has, so far, involved the bloody hijacking of a rusty tanker off Indonesia and the death of every mug and hooker in attendance at a pool party thrown by another Balkan thug. Still leaking blood from the belly, pausing only for a memorable night with Cora, Dalton climbs from his hospital bed and into harness with glamorous British agent Mandy Pownall. The two have been charged by their employers with the retrieval of rogue agent Ray Fyke, the only survivor from the crew of the hijacked tanker, a former associate ofDalton's now in a Singapore prison, where he endures daily torture. As they work their way east, bullets, jets and helos fly, and that stolen ship heads for the West with a deadly cargo. Hyperactive but entertaining thriller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515146042
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 637,155
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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 served in the military, has worked as an intelligence officer and as an investigator for a state-level law enforcement agency, and has lived and worked in North America, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    EXCITING, SOPHISTICATED BLOCKBUSTER THRILLER!!! NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

    It's been a long time since I read a book where I completely lost track of time and THE ORPHEUS DECEPTION did it!!! It was so terrific that it starts where THE ECHELON VENDETTA left off.....I loved that!!! I fell 'in love' with Micah while reading David Stone's incredible, intelligent debut thriller and then even more so with this new one. What a fantastic character he is and I'm so glad that, with this new book, it has developed into a series...and what a marvelous one it is!!!! His other characters such as poor, suffering Fyke, the lethal Gospic, Mandy, Brancati, etc.....they all come to life with David Stone's marvelous words. THE ORPHEUS DECEPTION grabs you with the first page and never lets go until the riveting last page. This is a sizzling thrill ride....compelling, mesmerizing with breath-taking non-stop action!!! David Stone is the master of chapter endings....just one more...just one more....suddenly it's one in the morning!!! It's the sign of a really good book when you cannot stop thinking about it after several days of ending it and it's difficult to even start reading another book as everything seems so boring in comparison!!! It was lovely to see a softer, more gentle side of him in Micah's relationship with Cora Vasari but just as much exciting to see him in action with that lethal Kiki and Vigo....and ohhhh that ending....just the perfect 'right on' scene!!! He writes with the maturity and conviction of a much more seasoned writer.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    superb action thriller

    CIA cleaner Micah Dalton is still recuperating from his escapades especially the drugs he was forced to take (see THE ECHELON VENDETTA) as he continues to chat with the ghost of former peer Porter Naumann. Whereas the spirit keeps warning Micah to be cautiouns as all hell is about to break loose, Micah and his girlfriend Cora Vasari attend Naumann¿s funeral in Tuscany. --- However, in reality, Dalton is hallucinating as he bleeds in a Venusian hospital after a female marathon runner stabbed him with a piece of glass. Serbian mob kingpin Branco Gospic had called for the hit after Dalton interfered with his operations making him look weak when he beat up two thugs. The Gospic gang also has hijacked a tanker off Indonesia killing the crew and murdered everyone who attended a party hosted by a rival. Meanwhile, Dalton receiving his next assignment, leaves the hospital, stops for some action with Cora, and accompanied by British agent Mandy Pownall goes into the field to rescue the only survivor of the tanker murders, rogue Special Air Service agent Ray Fyke, who is a guest resident of Changi Prison in Singapore. --- This is a superb action thriller in which the reader needs to ignore their plausibility metric meter and instead put on their seat belt and helmet to join Dalton on his wild international caper. The story line is fast-paced from the onset even when the hero lies in a hospital bed and never slows down as blood flows except for sexual interludes. Fans who enjoy over the top thrillers will appreciate Dalton¿s second globalization adventure, an exciting tale impossible to put down. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    I got this for one buck at the dollar tree

    I got this for $1 at the dollar tree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Good Read

    Good read for mindless,exciting fluff. Gives Lincoln Chind a run for the money

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    A new hero

    A different concept in writing. I have 3 of the Micah Dalton books and enjoyed each and every page of each of them.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    A different kind of thriller/spy novel, intelligent and fast-paced.

    I have always enjoyed this particular genre of fiction (the spy novel thriller), and have read several dozens of them. I found David Stone's writing style to be refreshingly different; intense, intelligent, original, and unafraid. He writes like somebody who has actually been there, done that. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anybody wanting a thriller that will keep you turning the pages.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Deception

    Many successful thriller writers ask us to suspend belief to enjoy their stories, but The Orpheus Deception just asks too much in that respect. Thin charcters and a meandering plot causes this read to be more of a plod.

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