Scorpion Betrayal

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The head of Egypt's State Internal Security is brutally murdered in a Cairo café—his assailant a faceless killer known only as "the Palestinian." It is the opening move in a chilling game of terror that has caught the international intelligence community completely off-guard, and the CIA turns to the one man they believe can get to the twisted roots of a looming nightmare shrouded in mystery: a former Company operative code-named Scorpion.

The breakneck hunt for a mastermind is ...

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Overview

The head of Egypt's State Internal Security is brutally murdered in a Cairo café—his assailant a faceless killer known only as "the Palestinian." It is the opening move in a chilling game of terror that has caught the international intelligence community completely off-guard, and the CIA turns to the one man they believe can get to the twisted roots of a looming nightmare shrouded in mystery: a former Company operative code-named Scorpion.

The breakneck hunt for a mastermind is leading Scorpion from the Middle East to the dangerous underworld of the capitals of Europe. With the fate of the free world in the hands of two well- matched adversaries there is no margin for error. But a shocking truth has been kept from the determined manhunter . . . and beauty will blind him to the ultimate betrayal.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this exciting follow-up to 1985’s Scorpion, Kaplan pits the deadly CIA agent known as Scorpion against the terrorist known as the Palestinian. Scorpion travels the world in an effort to catch his man and unravel the mystery of the massive terrorist incident he knows the Palestinian is orchestrating. The manhunt is overseen by the shadowy CIA National Clandestine Service deputy director Bob Harris, whom Scorpion knows to be as much his enemy as his friend. Despite being given only pieces of the information he needs, Scorpion takes the job anyway, partly because his employers are paying him a ton of money to be an independent agent, and mostly because he’s a true patriot. The intended attack, which includes the use of weaponized septicemic plague, could endanger millions of lives. The nonstop action will keep readers racing through the pages and hoping that Kaplan will put Scorpion back into action as soon as possible. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Harlan Coben
“Do this: read the first two pages of Scorpion Betrayal right now. See what I mean? It just gets better from there. Kaplan has written one of the smartest, swiftest and most compelling spy novels I’ve read in years.”
Katherine Neville
“Wow! More heart-thumping twists and turns, beliefs and betrayals, than The Day of the Jackal and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold rolled into one. . . . A textbook example of how to write a great thriller.”
Suspense Magazine on Scorpion Betrayal
“Excellent . . . [Kaplan’s] style matches the best of Ludlum, and then surpasses it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062064585
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 372,843
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Kaplan is a former journalist and war correspondent. He is the author of the spy thrillers Scorpion Betrayal, Scorpion Winter, and Scorpion Deception, along with his earlier bestselling novels, Hour of the Assassins, Scorpion, Dragonfire, and War of the Raven, and, most recently, the groundbreaking official series tie-in: Homeland: Carrie's Run. This is his second Homeland novel.

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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 May 2, 2012

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    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 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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Loved this book. It starts off with a bang and the action never

    Loved this book. It starts off with a bang and the action never stops. You're caught up in a world where nothing is as it seems (or is it?). Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? The ending is a surprise and yet, makes total sense. This book literally kept me up at night. I look forward to more books by this author.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Good story line

    But, fighting sequences read like a college student's first attempt at writing. To place this writer's work up there with the best is overly generous. Maybe I was expecting more as a result of the reviews, not sure. The over use of foreign verbiage followed by it's translation was overkill that I started skipping by chapter five. Good story line but this book suffered from poor editing at best.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Too many anagrams

    Didnt like this book:

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Very good reading. Highly recommend.

    Look forward to the next "Scorpion". This one an exciting page turner!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    I enjoyed Scorpion Betrayal as much as any work from the genre I

    I enjoyed Scorpion Betrayal as much as any work from the genre I have
    read. Author Andrew Kaplan does a masterful job of bringing the reader
    inside the minds of both the protagonist and his very capable enemy.
    Kaplan's meticulous descriptions of locations around the world and his
    insight into the practice of covert affairs make this an excellent read
    for any fan of spy thrillers. I look forward to reading the books in
    the Scorpion series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    "Scorpion Betrayal" is one of the most brilliant and c

    "Scorpion Betrayal" is one of the most brilliant and chilling spy novels in years. From its opening in a Cairo cafe that leads to a worldwide manhunt for an intensely intelligent terrorist, the book moves at breakneck speed as it follows its two protagonists in a deadly cat and mouse game. Scorpion is the code-name for the ex-CIA agent the Agency calls upon to stop the terrorist, code-named "The Palestinian" from carrying out a horrific terrorist attack. His assignment: find someone that the intelligence agencies around the world have no knowledge of or what he looks like. He might be anywhere in the world, using any name, identity or nationality and Scorpion only has two weeks to do it. Characters are original and fully three-dimensional, the spy world is authentically portrayed and the action and tension is nonstop. I couldn't put it down till the final, surprise - yet completely logical and realistic - ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    In writing this excellent spy thriller, Kaplan has shown again t

    In writing this excellent spy thriller, Kaplan has shown again that he has mastered his craft as a novelist. Reading this entertaining and informative book, I felt like I had visited a number of countries and benefited from being more educated on a number of contemporary issues that threaten world peace. Kaplan's attention to detail is marvelous and I loved, especially, his sprinkling a number of easily translated foreign lines within the dialogue. I can't wait until Kaplan publishes another Scorpion thriller. The literature world is lucky to have this gifted writer back in action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Great read!

    The beginning was a little confusing as you aren't sure who the characters are. Through out the book there are a lot of new characters. But it's riveting and the end will blow you away! I'll definitely read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Ok read.

    Moves along well. Too many translations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Dissapointing.

    To employ names such as Robert Ludlum and Vince Flynn in a comparison to this drowser is to compare a fifth grade school play to a Broadway production. I would have looked at it either way, but I now feel cheated. A word: if you feel a need to comment, don't lie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    I totally agree with JurgenSchulze. I was also drawn into this

    I totally agree with JurgenSchulze. I was also drawn into this book by reviews and comparisons to some of the greats in the thriller genre. Sadly, Mr. Kaplan did not live up to the praise. The plot was well-conceived and could have been quite intriguing but the execution was abysmal. Often, I found myself having to actually look up the foreign words he employed because of the ambiguity of his "translations" (which had no indication that they were actually translations making the foreign word appear as a descriptor when in actuality the translation became a redundancy). Apparently, Mr. Kaplan had poor advisors and even worse editors to allow this potentially fine concept to become so bogged down in proving his linguistic "prowess". Unfortunately, all I took from this book was a spattering of foul words in multiple languages. I obviously will not be purchasing other novels by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Not my cup of tea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Awsome

    I loved this book. It was filled withpage turning suspense. This is the first kaplan book i have read and cant waiit to get moe! I am a huge fan of spy thrillers. Kaplan rates right up there with flynn, thor, and rosenburg. I would definately recomend this novel to anyone who enjoys a fast paced page turning novel.

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