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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 ...
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.
Posted October 24, 2013
Posted July 19, 2013
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.
Posted December 23, 2013
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