Vengeance Is Mine [NOOK Book]



Twenty years after ex-CIA special ops agent Ian Wallace watched a KGB colonel brutally murder the love of his life and their unborn child, he’s still wishing the monster Vladimir Ivanchenko had killed him off, too. Endlessly haunted by nightmarish memories of torture, Wallace, the fanatically conservative private investigator, ...
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Twenty years after ex-CIA special ops agent Ian Wallace watched a KGB colonel brutally murder the love of his life and their unborn child, he’s still wishing the monster Vladimir Ivanchenko had killed him off, too. Endlessly haunted by nightmarish memories of torture, Wallace, the fanatically conservative private investigator, can’t seem to escape the bowels of Moscow’s Lubyanka prison, even while reaping the comforts of life in suburban Boston.

But when the devil himself comes to Beantown on another twisted mission, who better to hunt down Ivanchenko—the Russian mafia don now deemed the most dangerous man in the world—than the fueled-by-guilt and hungry-for-revenge Wallace?

All he must do to earn the forty grand the CIA offers him for the task is dedicate the next two weeks of his life to guarding Ivanchenko’s target—an obnoxious, greedy, and big government–loving MIT professor, whose research on Ballistic Missile Defense is a matter of national security. That, and partner up with the irresistibly sexy and tough-as-nails Kathy Donahue. Straight from the bleak deserts of war-torn Afghanistan, she just might be the secret to opening up Wallace’s sealed and scarred heart. Tension between the highly experienced agents builds, but Wallace’s bloodthirsty desire for Ivanchenko’s demise reveals his own evil nature, scaring Donahue away. And, as friends and enemies sacrifice their lives to harbor and reveal secrets, Wallace doesn’t know to what maniacal extreme he will go to bury his own.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
MacKinnon, the author of the memoir Rolling Pennies in the Dark, makes his fiction debut with a thriller that plays off the controversy over traditional values in today’s political landscape. Boston PI Ian Wallace, a former CIA operative who quit after he was captured and tortured while on assignment in Moscow, takes a case from his former employer: protecting a Russian defector, now a top Pentagon computer expert, whom the Russians are trying to kidnap. Wallace leaps at the job for three reasons: it pays ,000; it comes with the assistance of a shapely CIA handler, the flirtatious Kathy Donahue; and it targets the Russians’ main headhunter, Vladimir Ivanchenko, who happens to be the thug who tortured Wallace years earlier in a dank prison cell. Wallace’s musings about politics and his personal observations about life will resonate with conservative readers, but even they might wish the author had tried harder to provide a credible, suspenseful plot. Agent: Frank Breeden, Premiere Literary Agency. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451640984
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 522,660
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas MacKinnon served in the White House as a writer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and afterwards in a joint command at the Pentagon, where he had a top secret government clearance. He is a regular contributor to several major newspapers. To date, he has published more than 600 columns in every major paper in the country—including Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Examiner—and makes frequent appearances on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. He is the author of a memoir, Rolling Pennies in the Dark.
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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Will keep you guessing

    This book was a nice surprise. The book stars a fascinating main character, Ian Wallace, a former CIA agent who has some old-fashioned values that are not seen very often in today's suspense/thriller books. He actually likes and respects women, believes in honesty, and has a wonderful sense of humor. I know, this sounds pretty dull but that’s not so, as you will see in the first few pages. Ian had a tough life growing up but found some good friends along the way. He ended up being recruited by the CIA and became a special ops agent in Moscow. He met and fell in love with a lovely skater in the Soviet Union who was killed by a brutal KGB Colonel in front of Ian. Ian was sent back to the United States and opened his own Private Investigation service but, even after twenty years, he is unable to stop the nightmares of that horrible night in a Soviet prison. A friend of Ian’s comes to Boston, where Ian has his business, and asks that Ian take on the job of body-guarding an MIT professor who is a defector from the Soviet Union and is working for the government on some secret military defense systems. It seems that his old friends from Moscow are on the hunt for this professor and they want him back with all of his secrets. Initially Ian is not interested but when his CIA buddy tells him that the bad guys coming for the professor are being led by the man who killed his Ian's girl in Russia, and is now with the Russian Mafia and, Ian wants in. The story heats up with Ian working with a female CIA agent and dealing with many, many Russians who are out after Ian’s hide. There are a lot of fascinating characters in this book and some really obnoxious ones. The professor who they are guarding is really a greedy guy who doesn’t think he needs protecting. This professor makes it difficult for the two CIA people to keep up with him and the Russians are all over the place, moving the pace faster and faster. Quill Says: This was a great read and extremely suspenseful. It’s a job sometimes keeping the players straight without a score card but, the hero is someone you want to know. He’s a really nice guy and, believe it, this book will keep readers entertained until the last page. A definite keeper!!!

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