The Skorpion Directive

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In Vienna for a secret meeting, CIA cleaner Micah Dalton notices he is being followed. When he turns the tables and captures one of his watchers-mysterious operative Veronika Miklas-he is targetd by not only his enemies but his allies. He has inadvertently uncovered a secret that could shatter America's strategic global alliances. And Dalton will have to push himself to the very edge in a desperate attempt to save his honor and his life.

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Overview

In Vienna for a secret meeting, CIA cleaner Micah Dalton notices he is being followed. When he turns the tables and captures one of his watchers-mysterious operative Veronika Miklas-he is targetd by not only his enemies but his allies. He has inadvertently uncovered a secret that could shatter America's strategic global alliances. And Dalton will have to push himself to the very edge in a desperate attempt to save his honor and his life.

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Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Stone's entertaining fourth thriller featuring Micah Dalton (after The Venetian Judgment) takes the CIA “cleaner” (an operative who cleans up the mess after an agency mission has gone awry) to Vienna, where Micah finds himself being followed by a team of agents of unknown origin. In short order, Micah captures one of his pursuers, Veronika Miklas; beds her; fights off an attack by two killers; and goes on the lam, with Veronika voluntarily joining him. Soon everyone wants Micah dead, including his own CIA handlers. An old buddy, Ray Fyke, who's “exactly what Micah Dalton needs” despite Ray's reputation as a crazed killer and a drunk, joins Micah and Veronika on a body-strewn rampage through Europe in an effort to learn why Micah has become a marked man. While the nearly nonstop action and the consistently interesting lead character will keep readers turning the pages, a limp ending disappoints. (May)
Library Journal
This fourth work in Stone's espionage thriller series (after The Echelon Vendetta, The Orpheus Deception, and The Venetian Judgment) begins comparatively slowly—CIA "cleaner" Micah Dalton is, once again, in bad odor with agency higher-ups. But a hideously disfigured enemy is out to destroy Micah for no immediately discernible reason, and the Company also seems complicit in Micah's destruction, so he must outwit and outfight a variety of enemies, foreign and domestic. Fortunately, he is superendowed with martial talents and has contacts in a variety of well-described locations all over the world who have just the right expertise to help. The storyline is extraordinarily complex; there is no shortage of characters; the plenteous bloodshed is described in graphic detail, some of which is literally gut-wrenching; the sex is casual; and the unexpected plot twists are typical of a Stone thriller. Micah's final victory offers a splendid release of tension and the hint of more sequels. VERDICT Enjoyable by faithful Stone spy fans who are able to maintain their suspension of disbelief. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/10.]—Jonathan Pearce, California State Univ. at Stanislaus, Stockton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515149265
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 364,790
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.20 (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 has 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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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    excellent espionage thriller

    CIA "cleaner" Micah Dalton is in Vienna meeting with former-Mossad field operative Issadore Galan when he feels something is not right. Used to cleaning up the mess of failed operations, he fears he will need a cleaner too, as he quickly realizes that he is under surveillance by unknown assumed to be hostile enemies. Not one to sit back and wait, Micah catches one of them, Veronika Miklas.

    After sex, he flees with her accompanying him following a failed assault on him. Someone wants Micah dead, but he is unsure why; especially since his CIA contacts and handlers are part of the death squad pursuers. He turns to his alcoholic psychopathic friend Ray Fyke to insure he has his back covered. As the trio travels to the Balkans, the former KGB assassins, an American top secret agency, other espionage groups, and Smoke the Serbian killer follow with death to the threesome as their mantra.

    The latest Cleaner espionage thriller (see The Venetian Judgment, The Echelon Vendetta and The Orpheus Deception) is a great conspiratorial story line filed with action, action and more action. The cast is especially powerful including the enigmatic killing machine Smoke while the locales enhance the exciting plot. Genre fans will enjoy The Skorpian Directive as someone high up has decided to clean the cleaner.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Too predictable

    I have really enjoyed this series up until this one. This book felt too much like "more of the same". It felt like I had already read it. I enjoy the characters but they need to be put into a totally new atmosphere.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    An very good read.  4th in the series.  It was out in March 2011

    An very good read.  4th in the series.  It was out in March 2011.  My only question is, now that is almost 2014, why is there not a 5th book out?

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Pretty Good, Until...

    I agree with Publishers Weekly that a "limp ending" was a major flaw to this otherwise highly enjoyable novel. Putting one of the characters in a Venetian jail also seemed to be a limp way to get her out of the picture once the author was done with her. But don't let these flaws keep you from reading the novel. I liked it most of the way, and the ending is arguably okay, so go along for the ride and have a good read.

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