The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen: A Novel

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A stunningly clever idea lies at the heart of this sophisticated thriller. Former covert operative Ty Hunter has become, almost by accident, the number one film star in the world. Recruited for a clandestine mission to prevent the theft of nuclear warheads, he deploys every skill he has as an actor, soldier, and spy to match wits and muscle with an enigmatic billionaire and his nefarious protégé—even as he falls for the entrancing woman closest to them both.
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Overview

A stunningly clever idea lies at the heart of this sophisticated thriller. Former covert operative Ty Hunter has become, almost by accident, the number one film star in the world. Recruited for a clandestine mission to prevent the theft of nuclear warheads, he deploys every skill he has as an actor, soldier, and spy to match wits and muscle with an enigmatic billionaire and his nefarious protégé—even as he falls for the entrancing woman closest to them both.
            Racing from Hollywood to the Black Sea, Camp David to Prague, The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen is an electrifying novel with a hero who is sure to become an icon of the genre.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Leading man Ty Hunter, “the number one box-office star in the world,” uses his good looks, acting ability, and celebrity the way other action heroes use their ninja warrior and advanced weaponry skills in this well-crafted but subdued thriller from Caplan (Grace and Favor). At the Cannes film festival, Ty attends a party aboard a yacht owned by a wealthy businessman, Ian Santal, who with the help of Philip Frost, an American in Russia working to decommission surplus nuclear weapons, has managed to steal three of the nukes. Soon after the party, where Ty falls under the spell of Ian’s ward, the beautiful Isabella Cavill, the U.S. president asks Ty, a former covert operative, to lead an investigation into the theft of the nukes. The rather tepid action that follows will lead readers to hope for more gunplay, explosions, and thrills in Ty’s next adventure. Former president Bill Clinton, a roommate of the author’s at Georgetown University, provides an introduction. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Founder of the Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction and the author of three novels, Caplan jumps into frothier territory with this thriller featuring covert operative-turned-Hollywood superstar Ty Hunter. Asked to help keep a bunch of nuclear warheads from passing into the wrong hands, Hunter uses all his actorly skills as he goes up against billionaire Ian Santal. Sounds promising, and you can't ignore the introduction by President Bill Clinton.
Kirkus Reviews
Caplan's (Line of Chance, 1979, etc.) adventure novel shoots for high concept by assigning hero duties to a soldier turned film star turned spy. Ty Hunter is an accidental actor who made it big in Tinseltown. He was a special-ops–tested military intelligence officer recovering from injuries when he met a film producer. But Caplan doesn't rush Hunter into play. First there's a stop in Kansas City to meet Wilhelm Claussen, owner of an international construction company. Claussen's ready to back out of a deal with a Russian group. The scene shifts to a missile installation near Russia's Sea of Azov where warheads are being removed. Next it's the Cannes film festival. There Ty enters the narrative and encounters Ian Santal, once a science guru, once a money manipulator, and now a billionaire financier. Also on the scene are Santal's protege, Philip Frost, part of the official nuclear-weapons watchdog team at Azoz, and Isabella Cavill, celebrated jewelry designer, Santal's goddaughter and the novel's requisite love interest. Ty is next called to Camp David to meet the president and his top security adviser. They enlist Hunter to go undercover. Rumors are circulating that Santal has nefarious contacts. It develops that Santal's megalomaniacal idea is to assure peace by reframing the balance of nuclear power--while earning a tidy profit. Ty's mission-almost-impossible is to discover if Santal threat is real. Caplan litters the pages with exotic locations, beautiful people and more than enough scene-setting, exposition, sparkling conversation and back story to present a tutorial on the lives of the mega-rich. The denouement comes at Gibraltar, where good guys and bad guys meet aboard Santal's yacht, Surpass. That's a fitting moniker, since everything within the story involves stratospheric superlatives--"sleek furnishings," "most amazing stones," "great eclectic mansion," "far too sophisticated." Characters are stock players, including Middle Easterners with disposable billions, a quartet of computer nerds and a bad guy escaping to plague Hunter in Caplan's next Bondian escapade. An adventure where atmosphere dominates action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143122876
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 719,345
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Caplan, a founder of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, is the author of three previous novels, Line of Chance, Parallelogram, and Grace and Favor. He lives in Maryland.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    Best Thriller in Ages!!!

    An advance reviewer's copy of The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen found its way to me through a friend who works in a bookstore. How nice to discover a thriller that so credits the reader's intelligence! I absolutely loved this mesmerizing story of spy and sidekick, with its rapidly evolving conspiracy and ultra-glamorous settings. The book immediately grabbed my imagination and swept me away on a fabulous intrigue-filled trip all over the world. I was pulled into every scene, not merely in modern Hollywood or the ancient capitals and ports of Europe, but into the cicles and conspiracies of some of the world's most fortunate - if sometimes amoral and occasionally evil - people. It certainly did not hurt that my guide was Ty Hunter, the most fascinating action hero I've come across in ages. As for action, there is a heart-pounding race across the Mediterranean, in which the fate of the world is at stake. Piracy, treachery, kidnapping and murder all twist the plot, as does an unparalleled manipulation of financial markets by a brilliant, yet often comical quartet of geeks. But watch out, and pay attention! Just as in real-life, many of the most important events take place when you aren't expecting them. There isn't a sentence that doesn't surprise, inform or contain a clue. Good luck putting this novel down. Far better to prepare for a few late nights...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen

    A so-so book.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Intriguing!

    Starting with Bill Clinton's introduction in the beginning of this book all the way to the last page, I was riveted to this story. Who wouldn't love a Hollywood type who is recruited by the government to track down missing nuclear warheads from a secret Russian site? The author had a unique way of letting the reader into the minds of his characters which was a special treat to me. Although this book took longer for me to read than most because of the long narrative passages, it was well worth it in the end.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    An Adventure Worthy of Another Classic Battle Between Good & Evil

    With a dashing hero, an attractive jewelry designer, and a megalomaniac billionaire villain worthy of James Bond, Caplan brings to you a thriller for the modern day. You'll sail on a luxury yacht and get lost in foreign locales. Filled with passion and betrayal, technology and money hungry men, this book will bring you up to a new level of story telling, and keep you there for the entire ride.
    The hero: former covert operative, now number one box office movie star Ty Hunter, recruited by Washington to track down missing nuclear warheads from a decommissioned Russian military site. The villains: Ian Santal, a billionaire with twisted justifications for any action and Phillip Frost, Santal’s ruthless second in-command. The lure: Isabella Cavill, Santal’s goddaughter, a British designer working in Rome. The problem: the warheads are en route to their eventual owners, fanatics who sponsor terrorism. Hunter must use both his skills as an operative and an actor to thwart those who would try to control world destiny.
    This novel is filled with long narration and in depth philosophical passages. The action is analytical, logical, and decisive. Caplan gets into the minds of the main characters, showing faults, quirks, loves and regrets, and how history affects the present. Don’t expect a quick read, but be ready for an adventure worthy of another classic battle between good and evil.
    Review written by Stephen L. Brayton, author of “Beta” for Suspense Magazine

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