The Echelon Vendetta

The Echelon Vendetta

by David Stone

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101215159
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Series: A Micah Dalton Thriller
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 543,844
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Stone is a former British army infantry officer. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations. He became a military historian in 2002 and is the author of the authoritative works Hitler's Army: The Men, Machines and Organisation, 1939–1945 (2009) and Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (2006).


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Ridley Pearson

Combines the eloquence of Lehane's Mystic River, the plotting of the best Ludlum novels, and the brains of a LeCarre.

John Lescroart

A terrific read. The Echelon Vendetta is terrifying, stylish, action-packed.

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"Vivid characters and spellbinding, heart-pounding, hallucinogenic plotting...You'll love this book." -RIDLEY PEARSON "Well-written, intelligent and sometimes funny...show[s] us what life is really like on the front lines." -WASHINGTON POST

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Echelon Vendetta 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Sueszoo More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have a large library, we often collect our favorite authors of fiction work. There are times when we look for a new author though, and here we found David Stone on B&N's bargain table. We began with The Echelon Vendetta and have since gotten his other books. The main character, Micah Dalton, is a CIA "cleaner", called in to clean up CIA operations (those that have gone either well or badly). Stone develops this character with depth: of course he has those necessary CIA skills that make the novel exciting and good for escapism. But Stone's character Dalton is different in that he has some personal issues and background that lead to self-doubt. In The Echelon Vendetta Dalton is called in to clean up the mess involved with the death of his friend and coworker Naumann. Despite being a professional, what happens (I won't give it away) leads to self-doubt too. It's also bizarre enough to be pretty funny, which makes this book entertaining too (at times laugh-out-loud funny!). The action takes place in scenic parts of Europe and America and there's some romance involved. The plot is good without being confusing. (I just hate when the plot gets SO convoluted in its attempt to be interesting that you're so lost you just give up. Nor do I like it when the main characters are just SO perfect they're superficial and unbelievable.) All in all this was such a great read that we went back and got the rest of Stone's books with this Dalton character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book, and it is a modern version of the old Cold War spy thrillers. The main character is Micah Dalton, a "good guy" agent of the CIA. The author really lets you get to know his character, which I always appreciate in any novel. The story takes place over various locations, via twists and turns during the two-week period of the whole book. The story follows Micah through death, mayhem, and assorted other adventures in the Thriller genre. However, this book is much better written than most, and there are some unusual plot twists and more ingenious events than in the average thriller. The author is actually a former CIA agent himself, and David Stone is just his "cover name." Supposedly....
Anyway, I would very highly recommend this book if you appreciate edge-of-your-seat & well-written spy stories or thrillers. It is long, but keeps your attention riveted. Makes a good book for a couple of long winter evenings, or on a vacation, or just... whenever!
MSWallack on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I read The Echelon Vendetta shortly after reading several thrillers that are more 'pulp' in their writing style, so adjusting to David Stone's more literary style took a bit of adjustment. In addition, certain events in the early part of the novel (which carry on throughout the story and into the next story as well) turned me off at first. Only later, as I began to get a better understanding of the protagonist Micah Dalton, did these events become easier to accept and incorporate into the character's personality and reality. The book took many twists and turns and kept me surprised throughout much of the story, which is a feat in an espionage-based thriller. By the end of the book, my initial trepidation was gone and I couldn't wait to start the next book in the series.
debavp on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This is one of those bargain pick ups at B&N. Been sitting around a while so I checked and found it was a first in a series and decided to give a it a try as I wanted something different to read. I'm not into all the CIA and spooks genre in general, so I was pleasantly surprised at this one. It got very dark and a bit gory right off, but Stone was able to throw some ridiculous moves in there and some wickedly funny tension breakers as well. I really like how he described the physical aspects of the characters, yet you were left not really being able to pick them out of a lineup. That was a nice touch.
melydia on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Most books I get free off the internet are worth about what I paid for them, so my expectations were not high coming into this. I expected it to be another generic thriller, just something to pass the time. I was pleasantly mistaken. I liked the characters, no matter how despicable. The scenery was described in wonderful detail without getting long-winded, and the action was well paced. I think my favorite part was the snarky ghost (or maybe he was just a hallucination) who haunted the main character as he attempted to solve the ghost's murder. There was a good balance between humor and drama. I read in a review somewhere to remember David Stone's name because he will be known for excellent thrillers. If this book is any indication of his future work, I think that's a definite possibility.
wdwilson3 on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Audio CD¿s of David Stone¿s Echelon Vendetta have been my driving companion for the past few weeks. It¿s my first experience with Stone, and I came upon the audio book by chance rather than plan. Based on what I¿ve heard, Stone is one of the most impressive new (to me) writing talents I¿ve encountered in the last decade. His descriptive passages are superbly lyrical. His characters are well developed, quirky but rarely over the top. His dialogue reminded me of Hammett and Chandler (no, people don¿t really talk like that, but we wish that they did). All of this is played out in plot studded with incredible gore and gruesome crime. I could have done without some of the blood-spatter, but the psycho-thriller genre now seems to have that degree of nastiness as a norm. The book is performed by Firdous Bamji, who is outstanding. I¿ve already ordered Stone¿s sequel and hope he kept up this high standard.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I certainly hope that David Stone comes out with more novels. This one was so incredibly good that I kept making up errands to do so that I could be in my car listening to it. It was an incredibly suspenseful read and I have to tell you that there are a number of twists and turns so it never gets dull or boring. If you like suspense, mystery or novels featuring "the Company," this one will keep you on the edge of your seat for a long time. I'll give you the basics (no spoilers, don't worry) but I can't do justice in a short synopsis, so you'll have to just go read it.Micah Dalton works for the CIA as a "cleaner," and his job is exactly that...when things go wrong in undercover ops, he steps in to take control and clean up the mess left by the situation. Ostensibly he works for a British financial firm, but he's really a company man. So when his very good friend Porter Naumann is found dead (in a not so nice manner) in a small town in Italy, Dalton is sent to survey the situation. He's told by the authorities that it's suicide, but of course Dalton doesn't believe it. So he begins investigating and his findings lead him from Italy to England and then back to the US, trying to figure out why anyone would have wanted to kill Naumann; along the way he uncovers other deaths that connect up with that of his friend. The only link is something called Echelon, but it makes no sense to Micah.The meat of this story is Dalton's search to unravel the enigma and it's a great ride. I loved this story and I will definitely buy anything else from this author in the future. Highly recommended for those who enjoy suspense...you will not be let down at all.
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