The Operative

The Operative

by Andrew Britton
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The Operative by Andrew Britton

After more than a decade on the deadly front lines of the war on terror, Ryan Kealey believes he's finally put danger behind him--and some of his demons to rest. But his calm is shattered when he's swept into a merciless terror attack during a charity gala in downtown Baltimore. Among the dozens of casualties is the wife of CIA Deputy Director John Harper. With normal channels of investigation obstructed, Harper turns to Kealey, the one man with the resources, expertise--and freedom from government interference--to pursue the awful truth.

Following a string of secrets and violence, Kealey blazes a trail from the confines of the innermost chambers of government and big business to the dimmest reaches of the human psyche, forced to match wits with a new nemesis aided by new allies, each with a unique agenda. Slowly, Kealey unspools an unimaginable conspiracy that suggests America may in fact be its own worst enemy.

"[Britton] may well give Tom Clancy a run for the money." –St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"No-holds-barred action and gripping suspense." --Library Journal on The Exile

"The 'best' of Tom Clancy, Michael Connelly, and Robert Ludlum all rolled into a single book." on The Assassin

"Brilliantly well-written with plotting sharper than a fence full of razor wire, a sizzling page-turner." --Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author on The American

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786032136
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Series: Ryan Kealey Series , #5
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 16,263
File size: 816 KB

About the Author

Born in England, Andrew Britton moved with his family to the United States when he was seven, settling in Michigan, then North Carolina. After serving in the Army as a combat engineer, Andrew entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his degree just before his death in 2008, at the age of 27.

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The Operative 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite Wow! What a page-turner! In "The Operative" by Andrew Britton, former government agent Ryan Kealey hopes that he is out of the high-suspense and knuckle-biting business. But then terrorist attacks on New York and Baltimore bring him out of retirement at the request of the President and Kealey cannot refuse to become "active" in order to attempt to undermine a highly complex and well-thought-out group which is determined to test high tech security of both government and private agencies. Citizen casualties are commonplace and they appear at times in which government agents need to focus on the task of trying to stay a step ahead of the terrorists. Even Kealey's interventions seem to defy the power of those intent on destroying the existing government security agencies. Through one knucke-biting episode after another, Keeley attempts to out think the terrorists and he gradually eliminates those he can trust. This is a difficult book to put down because the reader becomes engrossed in hoping ordinary citizens will be saved and wondering who will be next in the crusade of casualties. Britton is a master of weaving complex information into a comprehensible plot so that readers simply cannot go without reading another chapter in the hope that their heart-pounding can be put to rest. Britton's understanding of the various government agencies combined with his knowledge of high tech weapons of mass destruction forces the reader to trust that Britton will not only find a way to save the USA but will also be able to prevent the reader from suffering a cardiac arrest.
Indinana More than 1 year ago
Reading now and loving it.
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
Like many other deceased authors, Michael Crichton and Sydney Sheldon immediately come to mind, author Andrew Britton's untimely death in 2008 has not halted the production of new novels under his name. Of course, this opens the whole debate about ghost writers and unreleased manuscripts that are passed off as new material from bestselling authors. Despite my growing dislike of this practice, the book jacket summary seemed promising enough that I decided to give The Operative a read. After years as a counter terrorism operative, Ryan Kealey is finally adjusting to a more peaceful lifestyle. This newfound peace is quickly shattered when Kealey finds himself smack in the middle of a large-scale terror attack at a charity gala. With many deaths and injuries, the CIA fears that some of their units may be compromised. Now Kealey is the only man who is both trusted by the US Government and capable to discover the truth behind the attack. As he delves into the depts of the conspiracy, he discovers unimaginable secrets that could shatter the stability of the entire country. There is nothing horribly wrong with this novel. The writing is serviceable, the characters do what they are intended to do, and the story comes to a solid, if a bit predictable, conclusion. To my taste, however, the pacing and structure of the story is too disjointed. The opening and build up to the main action takes entirely too much time. When Kealey is finally allowed to begin his investigation, the part that should be the most interesting, he blazes through to the conclusion without the intelligence and suspense that modern thriller readers have come to expect. Overall, the novel was a fine diversion, but ultimately not worth the time.
CFoe More than 1 year ago
Sad that Andrew Britton passed at such a young age. His legacy lives on through the Ryan Kealey series. I have read them all. In my opinion, this is the best Kealey story so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy is normally a good author however is book is a mess The individual chapters are interesting but the flow of the book is terrible He jumps all over the place and assumes the reader wil make sense of the hodge podge The idea of the book is a good one but the author was lazy and did not bring it together well at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a page turner! Sad that the author died so young. Would want more books in the series.
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Action packed throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though you may know what's coming, you won't know how its coming.
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Never read this author before. as good a Lustbader/Ludlum and Thor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No idea why he decided to change the entire backstory of Yasmin Rassin. Disappointing.
SK1BUM More than 1 year ago
Kinda tough to write a review when I won't get it for another month.