Slingshot (Spycatcher Series #3)

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On the streets of Gdansk, Poland, Will Cochrane waits for a Russian defector bearing a top-secret document. But when the target shows up, so does a team from the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR. Then, in a hail of crossfire, a van speeds into the melee and snatches the defector out from under them all. Everyone wants the man and the codes he carries—but now he's gone, and it's up to Will and his CIA /MI6 team to find him before the Russians do.

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Overview

On the streets of Gdansk, Poland, Will Cochrane waits for a Russian defector bearing a top-secret document. But when the target shows up, so does a team from the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR. Then, in a hail of crossfire, a van speeds into the melee and snatches the defector out from under them all. Everyone wants the man and the codes he carries—but now he's gone, and it's up to Will and his CIA /MI6 team to find him before the Russians do.

Tracking the missing Russian and his kidnappers, Will believes the defector has his own agenda. But soon it's apparent that the real perpetrator is a former East German Stasi officer who instigated a super-secret pact between Russian and U.S. generals almost twenty years ago. An agreement, which if broken, is designed to unleash the world's deadliest assassin.

And when the Russians task their own "spycatcher" to retrieve the document, Will must face two very clever, deadly adversaries who will stop at nothing to achieve their aims.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Dunn's intelligent but convoluted third thriller featuring MI6 agent Will Cochrane (after 2012's Sentinel), rogue U.S. and Russian military leaders sign a secret pact in 1995 that could lead to a devastating attack on an enemy country, though the details of why and how remain vague. To ensure the lifelong silence of the signatories, conference leader Kurt Schreiber (a former Stasi official now working for Russia) has ordered a "deep-cover sleeper agent" (code name "Kronos") to kill anyone who talks about the plan ("Slingshot"). Fast-forward to the present, when Cochrane uncovers evidence of the document—and an enormous multilateral effort to ensure it doesn't go public. Schreiber un-leashes Kronos to assassinate the whistleblower, while American, British, and Russian intelligence services engage in all manner of intrigue, double-crossing, and violence. Dunn, a former MI6 agent, clearly knows his tradecraft, but the secret plot is never credibly convincing and most characters never rise above stereotypes, particularly the evil mastermind Schreiber. Agent: Luigi Bonomi, Luigi Bonomi Associates (U.K.). (July)
Kirkus Reviews
A single piece of paper that could trigger massive fatalities disappears in this cryptic thriller. Ex-MI6 field officer Dunn turns to a plot centering on a doomsday scenario. At an abandoned Soviet military barracks in Berlin in 1995, two Russians and two Americans gather to sign a document for an operation called Slingshot. Slingshot could cause the deaths of hundreds of millions of people, and so secret are its plans that the signatories are told they will be killed if they leak details. With the mystery of the plan's contents hovering, proceedings shift to the present and to Gdansk, Poland, where Will Cochrane, the eponymous protagonist of Spycatcher (2011) and Sentinel (2012), waits at night by the Vistula River to connect with a defector from the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. Allegedly, the defector carries "a single piece of paper" that is "lethal." But no sooner does the defector leap from an arriving Russian ship--in a swift and sharply written chase scene--than he is apparently kidnapped by a group of men in a van, who, it turns out, may be a privately funded group. Cut to Langley, where Flintlock, a CIA group so exclusive even the CIA at large knows not of its existence, assembles a group to retrieve the Russian agent and the vital paper. Eventually, all turn to Cochrane to spearhead the hunt. As usual, the opaque Cochrane remains a swift and deadly killing machine and an aficionado of Assam tea (brewed from leaves). But this time, he enters into--and sometimes becomes lost in--an infinitely more complex game, one played by many hands from several sides and involving enough characters (few entirely trustworthy, of course) to populate a minor Russian novel. Tricky and circuitous as the plotting becomes, it ultimately converges on a moving, personal story. Perhaps more cerebral and less breathtaking then Spycatcher but as rewarding as championship bridge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062038029
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Spycatcher Series , #3
  • Pages: 407
  • Sales rank: 649,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

As an MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations, and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He operated in environments where, if captured, he would have been executed. Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, covert deployment, small arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration.

Medals are never awarded to modern MI6 officers, but Dunn was the recipient of a rare personal commendation from the secretary of state for work he did on one mission, which was deemed so significant that it directly influenced the success of a major international incident.

During his time in MI6, Dunn conducted approximately seventy missions. All of them were successful. He lives in England, where he is at work on the fourth Spycatcher novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    This is the ral deal from a true insider!

    This series has been outstanding and #3 continues the twists and turns and deceptions and conflicts, layer upon juicy layer! Thought provoking and action packed simultaneously. Five stars!

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    If you enjoy spy novels or thrillers, you're familiar with MI6,

    If you enjoy spy novels or thrillers, you're familiar with MI6, British intelligence service.  I love the novels but tend to take the plot with a grain of salt.  Not this time, though.  Matthew Dunn is a long-time veteran of MI6 himself and has based his hero, Will Cochrane, on himself and his own experiences.  The plot of Sling Shot in fact is based on an actual case.  That got my attention right away.




    Cochrane is of course sort of a superspy but he's also human and is vulnerable when the villain threatens his only sister.  Their parents died years ago so she is his only family and he goes to great lengths to keep her safe, despite her resentment of his work and the danger that ensues from it.  Actually his Achilles heel in general is that he cares about people and tries to do the right thing, which is often a hindrance to his mission.  This is a man you can really admire and cheer for.




    The plot concerns a secret agreement between six Russian and American military and intelligence people overseen by a German, Kurt Schreiber, who was previously an East German Stasi officer.  Schreiber is devious and the opposite of Cochrane in that he doesn't care about anything or anyone but himself.  His goal is power and control of the major countries of the world.  He'll stop at nothing to achieve his goals, even killing entire families.  He has hired an assassin, a man who he calls Kronos, who has unbelievable skills in entering buildings undetected and in killing.




    Cochrane becomes involved in stopping Schreiber when he tries to intercept transfer of a Russian spy.  He knows nothing about the big scheme until much later, but the more he learns, the more horrified he is and the more determined he is to find out who is in charge and how to stop him.  




    The characters here are either sympathetic or totally hateful, and both types are skillfully drawn so that they are realistic, except for a few who seem a little over the top, i.e. Schreiber but then this particular character must be completely evil.  I admired the way Dunn created these people so efficiently and yet so fully.  One scene I remember concerns Cochrane and a woman who has become innocently a victim of the plot.  She has a baby girl and when the stroller breaks, she hands the baby to Cochrane.  This man is so tough but holding the baby he turns to mush.  He's so afraid he'll trip and fall and he carries the child inside his coat to keep her warm.  Thankfully she cuddles right up to him and he gets her safely home.  This same man can become a killing machine when necessary.




    I'm so glad to have discovered Matthew Dunn's Spycatcher series.  There is one previous novel called Sentinel which I have put on my list of books to read.  I look forward to more Will Cochrane adventures.




    Highly recommended
    Source:  Partners in Crime Book Tours

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    Matthew Dunn in his new book, "Slingshot" Book Three i

    Matthew Dunn in his new book, "Slingshot" Book Three in the Spycatcher series published by William Morrow brings us another adventure of Will Cochrane.




    From the back cover: Master spy Will Cochrane must catch a missing Russian defector as well as one of Europe's deadliest assassins in this action-packed follow-up to Sentinel, written by real-life former field officer Matthew Dunn




    Will Cochrane monitors the nighttime streets of Gdansk, Poland--waiting for the appearance of a Russian defector, a man bearing a top-secret document. Will believes the defector is about to step out of the cold and into the hands of Polish authorities, but suddenly everything goes sideways. The target shows up, but so does a team from the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR, and they are hell-bent on keeping the man from walking. Then, in a hail of cross fire, a van speeds into the melee and snatches the defector out from under them all. Everyone wants the man and the codes he carries--but now he's gone and it's up to Will and his CIA/MI6 team to find him before the Russians do.




    Will tracks both the missing Russian and his kidnappers, believing the defector has his own warped agenda. But soon it's apparent that the real perpetrator could be someone much more powerful: a former East German Stasi officer who instigated a supersecret pact between Russian and U.S. generals almost twenty years ago. An agreement, which if broken for any reason, was designed to unleash the world's deadliest assassin.




    Then Will learns that the Russians have tasked their own "spycatcher"--an agent just as ruthless and relentless as Will--to retrieve the document. Now Will knows that he faces two very clever and deadly adversaries, who will stop at nothing to achieve their aims.




    I think that the really best spy stories are the ones when they are spy versus spy. Sometimes equally matched, sometimes not, one knows the other but only the one and generally the bad guy. This is the environment that Will Cochrane finds himself embroiled in. As a former MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, small arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration, and conducted approximately seventy missions - all of them successful. If anyone can write about spy versus spy missions with authenticity it is Mr. Dunn. Mr. Dunn puts Will Cochrane's life is great danger as he and the other foreign agents hunt for the missing documents. "Slingshot" is a wonderful thriller as the tension mounts as Cochrane has to deal with two adversaries who have no qualms about killing him. "Slingshot" is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. When you finish this book you will heave a hugely satisfying sigh because you have enjoyed yourself immensely. Mr. Dunn has provided us with a great spy in Will Cochrane. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series from this very talented author.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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