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The Defector
     

The Defector

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by Mark Chisnell
 
What will you do, when it's you or them?

This is the dilemma at the heart of The Defector - can Martin Cormac turn his back on his ruthless past as a dealer, a major city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in a succession of sleazy dives...

One night, Cormac gets caught trying to chat up the bar owner's girlfriend and soon needs

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What will you do, when it's you or them?

This is the dilemma at the heart of The Defector - can Martin Cormac turn his back on his ruthless past as a dealer, a major city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in a succession of sleazy dives...

One night, Cormac gets caught trying to chat up the bar owner's girlfriend and soon needs rescuing. Unfortunately, his white knight is anything but - Janac's a big-time drug baron with a psychotic urge to test people to the limit, and if possible... over it.

And soon Cormac is running from more than his past, he's running from the most dangerous game he will ever play.

The Defector was a #1 Thriller on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. Along with the sequel, The Wrecking Crew, it's a regular in the thriller charts.

This is what people said about the Random House and HarperCollins editions:

'An excellent drug-smuggling thriller.'
The Bookseller

'This is a remarkable thriller - chillingly violent, full of tension and with a very original ending.'
Publishing News

'New British fiction writer Mark Chisnell will have to go a long way to top his debut.'
Bristol Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475194128
Publisher:
CreateSpace
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Chisnell writes the kind of stories that keep you turning the pages on holiday, and still thinking about them when you get back to work ...

The books include the chart-topping thrillers, The Defector, The Wrecking Crew and The Fulcrum Files - as well as award-winning works of non-fiction.

He's a former professional sportsman, and now also works as a broadcaster and journalist, writing for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian.

Probably his greatest achievement was hitch-hiking to Mt Everest base-camp in Tibet. In training shoes. Or maybe that was the stupidest.

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The Defector 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guellen Hunley More than 1 year ago
Opening the book with the "Prisoner's Dilemia" was an interesting and original way to grab the reader. Interesting way make the bad guy appear more sinester. Characters were not very complex, could've been written with more dimention. The story bogged down due to the technical info about sailing. Less of this would have allowed the story to flow better. Good story line. I've even looked into reading more from this author.
RainMaker44 More than 1 year ago
Interesting story, quick pace. Now reading this author's book Wrecking Crew.
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You never knew who u could trust. Martin was so clueless and should have ran as fast as he could with the first meeting. With 672 pages it made u just screem from the tention. Great book
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LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
Someone should have really prepared me for this book before I started ... or maybe it was better that I found out for myself. This is one dark puppy! I may be dating myself here but, do you remember the short story 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson? Great short story - another dark puppy! I loved 'The Lottery'. I guess it appealed to my dark side. 'The Defector' appealed to that same side. Janec is likely the most evil character I have ever met in a work of fiction. The games he came up with were bizarre, genius, really, really, really sick and twisted. The book does explain what the Prisoner's Dilemma is in detail. In fact the entire plot is basically an enactment of how the dilemma can be used for evil. I don't think I can do it justice by explaining it here but the first paragraph in the foreword gives an overview: The Prisoner's Dilemma - n. A philosophical conundrum enacted through a game with two participants which gives an insight into the behavior of the individual in society. OK, the definition is dull but the book is definitely not dull. Ever. Martin is the protagonist in the story. He is just your average Joe off the street. Until he gets mixed up with Janec and the games begin. Janec loves his games. Martin isn't too fond of them. I was impressed with Martin's resilience and luck. He pulled off some fantastic escapes! He was smarter than either he or Janec expected. I loved that Martin learned so much about himself as the novel progressed. Kate was the love interest in the book. She provided the love triangle angle and the perfect pawn for Janec. I didn't like her at all. She seemed so shallow to me. Not really worth fighting for. But what I thought of her really doesn't matter. It's what Marin thought of her that made all the difference to the story. There were definitely times, when reading the book, that I just wanted to stop. Some of Janec's evil games were almost too evil for me. But Mark Chisnell's writing style drew me in and wouldn't let me go. Just the same way Janec wouldn't let Martin go. The fear, felt by those unlucky enough to get on Janec's bad side, was palpable. In fact, I finished the book over an hour ago and my stomach is still in a small knot. Decompression could take a while. This is definitely a book for the Halloween season. You want scary, this book has it in spades. Nothing paranormal or otherworldly, but weird for sure.
southsidemke More than 1 year ago
The author maintains a taught grip weaving the fabric of this tale. Mark Chisnell makes you want to skim past one part to get to another, only to find another shear uphill climb in front of you. The only let down was the ending. It had a bit of a "let-down" feeling to the ending similar to a TO BE CONTINUED notice hastily pasted to the back cover of a book.
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Ken Armitage More than 1 year ago
Good read...would read more by this author
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