Scorpion Deception

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In Switzerland, a brutally efficient hit squad storms the U.S. embassy, stealing classified files and leaving no witnesses alive. Under intense political pressure to find those behind the attack—with Congressional leaders demanding military action—the CIA turns to the deadliest agent they know: Scorpion. But Scorpion is unwilling to get involved . . . until he learns his name is at the top of one of the stolen lists.

What Scorpion uncovers sends the CIA scrambling: evidence ...

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Overview

In Switzerland, a brutally efficient hit squad storms the U.S. embassy, stealing classified files and leaving no witnesses alive. Under intense political pressure to find those behind the attack—with Congressional leaders demanding military action—the CIA turns to the deadliest agent they know: Scorpion. But Scorpion is unwilling to get involved . . . until he learns his name is at the top of one of the stolen lists.

What Scorpion uncovers sends the CIA scrambling: evidence linking the attack to an unknown Iranian power broker known as "the Gardener." Scorpion follows the trail to Zurich and Barcelona, where he meets his match in Scale, an agent as lethal as the viper that is his namesake. A deadly dance of deception ensues, bringing Scorpion into Tehran's inner circle, but not even the political elite know who the Gardener is—or what his next move might be.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the enticing fourth installment to Kaplan's spy series (after Scorpion Winter), the illusive "Scorpion", code name for an ex-CIA operative turned independent agent, investigates a deadly attack on the American embassy in Bern, Switzerland, with few clues and no witnesses left behind. Orchestrated by a shadowy figure with unclear allegiances known only as "the Gardener", the perpetrators steal classified lists of aliases and photographs of CIA undercover operatives in Europe and the Middle East. Scorpion, whose true identity is compromised, spends the novel hunting or hunted by the ruthless Gardener, "as dangerous an adversary as he had ever faced," while the U.S. prepares, with shaky evidence, to declare war on Iran. For lovers of espionage and intrigue, the thriller overflows with coded messages, universal keys, and Krav Maga, while a dangerous side story involving Scorpion's lover Sandrine, a French doctor based at a Kenyan refugee camp, reminds of the daily tragedies affected by political machinations and power plays. Packed with action, however improbable, the plot is propelled by modern anxieties about America's potential for war with Iran and complicated by Scorpion's increasing despondency that even to know him is "lethal". Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (June)
Examiner.com on Scorpion Deception
“If are looking for a no-holds-barred, spy romp that is fast-paced and chocked full of intelligence gathering and espionage, then Scorpion Deception is the novel for you.”
Harlan Coben
“Kaplan has written one of the smartest, swiftest and most compelling spy novels I’ve read in years.”
Suspense Magazine
“Excellent . . . [Kaplan’s] style matches the best of Ludlum, and then surpasses it.”
Katherine Neville
“Delivers 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.”
New York Daily News
“In a word, terrific….The pace is blistering, the atmosphere menacing and decadent, and author Andrew Kaplan is in marvelously smashing form.”
Los Angeles Times
“Kept me up well into the late show hours… [paced] like a ride on the Magic Mountain roller coaster . . . Hollywood please copy.”
Washington Post
“Brimming with action.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062219657
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 346,587
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Kaplan is the author of the bestselling spy thrillers Scorpion Betrayal, Scorpion Winter, and Scorpion Deception. His books have been called "a gold standard for thriller writing" and have been translated into twenty languages. This is his first Homeland novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Loved it

    This was a great read had a hard time putting it down. I have read all the scorpion books and enjoyed them all hope he writes more.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite Scorpion Decepti

    Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite

    Scorpion Deception is the next installment in the bestselling Scorpion spy thriller series by Andrew Kaplan. This talented author is known for being one of the writers of the James Bond classic, Goldeneye and other Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue. A former journalist and war correspondent, his writing takes on a concise, efficient tone that quickly grabs your attention and holds onto it to the end. This 421-page novel is the 3rd in the series. It continues the saga of Scorpion, a classic spy hero involved in an action-packed, heart pounding thriller that spans the globe, taking readers into exotic corners of the world from Africa to Switzerland to Iran. 

    Kaplan has created a world and familiar characters. Along with his ability to describe fast-paced action scenes with exciting detail, readers who enjoy classic spy or action thrillers will love this series.
    I loved Kaplan’s earlier Scorpion novels. I don’t know if the premise is wearing thin or if the writing seems somewhat forced now, but this installment is not as good. That doesn’t mean it rates less than 4 stars, but it does mean that I hope his story-telling improves. With 3 Scorpion novels released in 14 months, I have similar love-hate feelings about other favorite authors who fast-track serials. What began as a great action thriller, borders on another well-worn story-line with a Bond-ish bad guy named “the Gardner” vs. familiar protagonist, Scorpion, an ex-government operative turned reluctant freelance superspy. As for Deception, for me at least, it’s like an addiction. I just can’t seem to stop reading. Kaplan does a great job writing action scenes and the way he weaves suspense into the plot is why this series is at the top of the charts.

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