Weaponized

Weaponized

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by Nicholas Mennuti, David Guggenheim
     
 

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A GLOBE-SPANNING, WRONG MAN THRILLER CO-WRITTEN BY THE SCREENWRITER OF THE #1 FILM SAFE HOUSE.

Kyle West is a wanted man. Having fled the country to escape the false charges filed against himself and his former boss, billionaire government contractor Christopher Chandler, Kyle's hiding in Cambodia, living on borrowed time and finding more and more reasons

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A GLOBE-SPANNING, WRONG MAN THRILLER CO-WRITTEN BY THE SCREENWRITER OF THE #1 FILM SAFE HOUSE.

Kyle West is a wanted man. Having fled the country to escape the false charges filed against himself and his former boss, billionaire government contractor Christopher Chandler, Kyle's hiding in Cambodia, living on borrowed time and finding more and more reasons to be paranoid.

When a mysterious stranger named Julian Robinson walks into Kyle's favorite café and offers to swap passports with Kyle, Kyle can't believe his luck. Robinson looks so much like Kyle it's almost unreal, and seems in every way the yin to Kyle's yang—self-assured, charismatic and wealthy beyond measure. Traveling on business, Robinson needs Kyle's passport to get to Africa, where a lucrative deal awaits. Kyle needs Robinson's passport to safely flee Cambodia. The swap seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately for Kyle, it is.

This one decision plunges Kyle into a Pandora's Box of intrigue that threatens to swallow him whole. Suddenly he finds himself being pursued by Russian oligarchs, Chinese operatives, the CIA, and a beautiful woman trained to kill; because Robinson certainly isn't who he seemed. And time is running out for Kyle to discover who he is.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Memorable prose distinguishes Mennuti and Guggenheim’s excellent first novel. American Kyle West, a software genius whose algorithms linking the 9/11 terrorists impressed the U.S. intelligence community, has sought refuge in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (a city that, at night, resembles “the love child of Blade Runner and Rudyard Kipling”), after he and his boss, Christopher Chandler, become the objects of a Senate investigation. A stranger, Julian Robinson, offers a way out of life on the run by proposing that he and West swap identities, but of course things soon go awry. The authors have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary life, trenchantly observing, for example, that revolutions are outdated, because “when the revolution finally figures out what it wants, it’s already too late—the opposition has factored it into its own plan.” That sophistication extends to the plot and characters as well, making this the rare suspense novel that will genuinely surprise jaded genre readers. (July)
New Orleans Times-Picayune
"A gritty spy thriller and taut, suspense-filled ride."
New York Times Book Review
"[A] freewheeling thriller [with] Graham Greene-ish erudition and atmosphere."
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"[A] freewheeling thriller [with] Graham Greene-ish erudition and atmosphere."—New York Times Book Review "

[An] excellent first novel . . . The authors have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary life . . . The rare suspense novel that will genuinely surprise jaded genre readers."
Publishers Weekly (starred)
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Applying postmodern polish to the foreign intrigue of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, [it] leaves an imprint with its lively cast of characters, pungent locale and dizzy plotting."—Kirkus Reviews

Acclaim for SAFE HOUSE, written by David Guggenheim:"

A hectic plot, a huge body-count and pulse-quickening tension."—USA Today

Philadelpha Inquirer
"SAFE HOUSE rockets along."
Philadelphia Inquirer
SAFE HOUSE rockets along.
USA Today
Acclaim for SAFE HOUSE, written by David Guggenheim:

"A hectic plot, a huge body-count and pulse-quickening tension."

Kirkus Reviews
In this caustic, action-filled thriller, an American computer-coding whiz hiding out in sweltering Phnom Penh makes the mistake of trading identities with a high-powered businessman who looks exactly like him. Congress wants Kyle West for contempt for skipping out on charges relating to his work for a billionaire government contractor under indictment. Reputed to be the man who first made cellphones ignite improvised explosive devices, West is talked into temporarily trading passports with the shady Julian Robinson, who claims to work for a German telecom company. Robinson convinces his doppelganger that he needs the false ID to conduct business in Africa anonymously. West, who suffers from bad anxiety, discovers that life can get worse when, mistaken for Robinson, he is abducted by Chinese thugs and assigned a job by Russian supergangster Andrei Protosevitch. And then there's Lara, Robinson's gun-happy, Russian-born girlfriend, who first seduces West and then tries to kill him. The CIA man on the case is Fowler, a Vietnam veteran who, like most of the characters, has one foot in the '60s (West's parents were leftist radicals; the Russians are post-communists) even as the constant presence of CNN anchors everyone in the all-knowing present. Applying postmodern polish to the foreign intrigue of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, first-time novelist Mennuti and Hollywood screenwriter Guggenheim (Safe House, 2012) don't scrimp on the chase scenes and bloody encounters, one of which leaves West with a knife protruding from his stomach. Beware, too, the army of glue-sniffing monkeys being pursued by the Cambodian cops. Though a novel without much of a moral compass, it leaves an imprint with its lively cast of characters, pungent locale and dizzy plotting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316199957
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Mennuti is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing department at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His short stories have appeared in Agni and Skidrow Penthouse, and are forthcoming in The Ledge and Conjunctions.

David Guggenheim wrote the 2012 Denzel Washington hit Safe House for Universal, and the Nicolas Cage thriller Stolen for Millennium. He also penned the sci-fi adventure film 364; the action film Narco Sub, which was to have been the late Tony Scott's next feature film; and Puzzle Palace, a contained thriller, for Summit Entertainment. His most recent spec script, Black Box, sold to Universal with Madhouse and Bluegrass Films producing. Weaponized is his first novel. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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