The Talbot Odyssey [NOOK Book]

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IT STARTED AS A SIMPLE SPY HUNT.

IT BECAME A DESPERATE BATTLE TO SAVE THE WEST.

For forty years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole -- code-named Talbot -- inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop ...
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The Talbot Odyssey

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Overview

IT STARTED AS A SIMPLE SPY HUNT.

IT BECAME A DESPERATE BATTLE TO SAVE THE WEST.

For forty years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole -- code-named Talbot -- inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop uncovers a storm of espionage and murder on the streets of New York, while in a Long Island suburb a civic demonstration against the Russian mission masks a desperate duel of nerves and wits.

Engineered by Talbot, a shadow world of suspicion and deceit is spilling onto the streets -- leading to a new Soviet weapon and a first-strike war plan threatening the foundations of American government.

For the U.S., time is running out. For Talbot, the time is now.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759522596
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 34,387
  • File size: 784 KB

Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is the author of 18 acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther. His other New York Times bestsellers include Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. For more information on the author, you can go to www.NelsonDeMille.net.

Biography

Nelson DeMille has a dozen bestselling novels to his name and over 30 million books in print worldwide, but his beginnings were not so illustrious. Writing police detective novels in the mid-1970s, DeMille created the pseudonym Jack Cannon: "I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday," DeMille told fans in a 2000 chat.

Between 1966 and 1969, Nelson DeMille served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. When he came home, he finished his undergraduate studies (in history and political science), then set out to become a novelist. "I wanted to write the great American war novel at the time," DeMille said in an interview with January magazine. "I never really wrote the book, but it got me into the writing process." A friend in the publishing industry suggested he write a series of police detective novels, which he did under a pen name for several years.

Finally DeMille decided to give up his day job as an insurance fraud investigator and commit himself to writing full time -- and under his own name. The result was By the Rivers of Babylon (1978), a thriller about terrorism in the Middle East. It was chosen as a Book of the Month Club main selection and helped launch his career. "It was like being knighted," said DeMille, who now serves as a Book of the Month Club judge. "It was a huge break."

DeMille followed it with a stream of bestsellers, including the post-Vietnam courtroom drama Word of Honor (1985) and the Cold War spy-thriller The Charm School (1988) Critics praised DeMille for his sophisticated plotting, meticulous research and compulsively readable style. For many readers, what made DeMille stand out was his sardonic sense of humor, which would eventually produce the wisecracking ex-NYPD officer John Corey, hero of Plum Island (1997) and The Lion's Game (2000).

In 1990 DeMille published The Gold Coast, a Tom Wolfe-style comic satire that was his attempt to write "a book that would be taken seriously." The attempt succeeded, in terms of the critics' response: "In his way, Mr. DeMille is as keen a social satirist as Edith Wharton," wrote The New York Times book reviewer. But he returned to more familiar thrills-and-chills territory in The General's Daughter, which hit no. 1 on The New York Times' Bestseller list and was made into a movie starring John Travolta. Its hero, army investigator Paul Brenner, returned in Up Country (2002), a book inspired in part by DeMille's journey to his old battlegrounds in Vietnam.

DeMille's position in the literary hierarchy may be ambiguous, but his talent is first-rate; there's no questioning his mastery of his chosen form. As a reviewer for the Denver Post put it, "In the rarefied world of the intelligent thriller, authors just don't get any better than Nelson DeMille."

Good To Know

DeMille composes his books in longhand, using soft-lead pencils on legal pads. He says he does this because he can't type, but adds, "I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting."

In addition to his novels, DeMille has written a play for children based on the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin."

DeMille says on his web site that he reads mostly dead authors -- "so if I like their books, I don't feel tempted or obligated to write to them." He mentions writing to a living author, Tom Wolfe, when The Bonfire of the Vanities came out; but Wolfe never responded. "I wouldn't expect Hemingway or Steinbeck to write back -- they're dead. But Tom Wolfe owes me a letter," DeMille writes.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Cannon; Kurt Ladner; Brad Matthews; Michael Weaver; Ellen Kay
    2. Hometown:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
    2. Website:

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Written before 9/11!

    Wow....just think what might have happened if the terrorist of 9/11 had read this book. Would they have used planes or gone for the technological approach? Riveting, fast-paced, and twisted, DeMille keeps you guessing right up to the last 3 pages. Couldn't put this one down. He is in the same class as Jeffrey Deaver.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    Who is the Talbot? Part of the Cold War Spy Novel Genre's Best!

    Some other reviewers have stated that, unlike other Demille books, the Talbot Odyssey is a little harder to follow. I found also that it was not the page-turner at times, but this is such a great story if you can stick with it for 150 pages; then things pick up from there and you will constantly ask yourself "who is the bad guy?" because Demille weaves such a plot together that you are not sure who should watch who's back -- JUST like in a real-life spying. This is a Cold War spy fiction classic! There is a LOT of shooting in this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Great Reading

    I had read most of DeMille's books, so wanted to read 'Talbot Odyssey' as I was sure that it would be just as good as his others. I wasn't disappointed, and enjoyed this fast paced adventure from start to finish.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Ok, Not Great

    I had trouble getting into this book; too many characters thrown at you seemingly at once. About 1/3 of the way through I got past that confusion and settled down to a good DeMille read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    DeMille At His Best - Cold War Masterpiece

    The Talbot Odyssey is another DeMille Masterpiece and an example of DeMille's brilliant plot development and powerful denouements. Kate Mayfield and Tony Abrams help solidify Talbot Odyssey as a Cold War thriller you simply cannot put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    Another DeMille Thriller

    Another fantastic DeMille book that I just couldn't put down. Action packed from beginning to end. I've read all of Demille's boks and this was my second favorite (Charm School was my favorite).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Can't recommend this book. Sorry

    I discovered Mr. DeMille several years ago and have read all his books. In fact, I have his latest on pre-order now. I'm so glad I didn't read "The Talbot Odyssey" first, as I would have missed some great reading. I found this book to be too violent and missed the humorous main character he has in his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Not his best

    This book had some great things in it which kept my interest. However, there was too much going on and it got to be a major undertaking staying on top of it all. By the end of the book, I felt there was no closure and wasn't really sure who was who anymore. Not even close to the Charm School. I would recommend his other books before this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005

    Is it just me????

    I absolutely love reading DeMille books. Talbot Odyssey was one of the last of his books I have to read. Many times I picked it up, began to read it and just could not dig my heels into the story the way I usually do. I put it away for another day 3 times! I was hooked on Gold Coast after the first paragraph...can't seem to hold on to this one. Any suggestions???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    Comlicated .

    When I was reading it Ifelt like there were to many things happenning at the same time , it confused me .

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