Spycatcher (Spycatcher Series #1)

Spycatcher (Spycatcher Series #1)

by Matthew Dunn
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Spycatcher (Spycatcher Series #1) by Matthew Dunn

“Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there done-that authenticity make this one of the year’s best thriller debuts.”
—Lee Child

“Not since Fleming charged Bond with the safety of the world has the international secret agent mystique been so anchored with an insider’s reality.”
—Noah Boyd, New York Times bestselling author of Agent X and The Bricklayer

“A real spy proves he is a real writer—and a truly deft and inventive one. Spycatcher is a stunning debut.”
—Ted Bell, New York Times bestselling author of Warlord

A real life former field officer, Matthew Dunn makes an extraordinary debut with Spycatcher, a masterwork of international espionage fiction that crackles with electrifying authenticity. Fans of Daniel Silva, Robert Ludlum, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn will be on the edge of their seats as intelligence agent Will Cochrane—working on a joint covert mission for the CIA and MI6—sets out to capture a brilliant and ruthless Iranian spy. Timely and gripping, Spycatcher rockets the reader into a shadowy world of terrorism and counter-terrorism, and holds them in an iron grip until the last pulse-pounding page is turned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062037909
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Series: Spycatcher Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 7,599
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

As an MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations, and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He operated in environments where, if captured, he would have been executed. Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep- cover deployments, small arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration.

Medals are never awarded to modern MI6 officers, but Dunn was the recipient of a rare personal commendation from the secretary of state for work he did on one mission, which was deemed so significant that it directly influenced the success of a major international incident.

During his time in MI6, Matthew conducted approximately seventy missions. All of them were successful. He currently lives in England, where he is at work on his next novel.

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Spycatcher 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Spycatcher is your typical spy thriller. Will Cochrane is an MI6 agent with seemingly superhuman powers, sent to take down the Iranian terrorist, Megiddo, who's threatening an attack on either Britain or the United States. Will is basically a rugged James Bond (ironically, both are MI6 agents). At first I felt that the author was trying too hard to mimic Bond in his character, but later realized that Matthew Dunn was a real MI6 agent. After that, my interest shifted from the book to the author because, frankly, the book wasn't all that good. Will Cochrane is constantly withstanding life-threatening injuries and returning to the chase the next day "a little stiff". I realize it's a work of fiction, but I expected it to be more realistic, especially when it's written by a former MI6 agent. Will's impossible resilience also ruined the suspense. I soon realized that he could be decapitated and still show up for work the next day; I certainly never wondered if he would make it out alive. All things considered, Spycatcher is decent if you're looking for mindless action. If you require a bit more realism to satisfy your palate, I'd pass this up. Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The latest novel from Matthew Dunn, Spycatcher, has so many details and expertise of scenarios that you automatically begin to see yourself as the main character. Will Cochrane is a super elite MI6 agent code named Spartan, who goes out to seek his father's killer who has plotted to strike against the US or the UK. This plot sends him and his crew on a hunt for Meggido, a mastermind behind many of Iran's terrorist plots to bring down the west. Little does Will know that this mission is perhaps the most perilous mission that he and his crew will face. Will's pick of the finest trained operative's may never see the end of this mission. Does Will have what it takes to bring Meggido down, or will he succumb to his most deadly nemesis to date? Spycatcher is a never ending twist of action, mystery, and never ending action that you will not want to put the book down from the moment you open the cover! I received this book compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I have to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars for the storyline that sounds like it came out of experience rather than imagination! A must read for all of the military, mystery, and spy junkies! Thank you Matthew for such an exhilarating ride while reading! Thank you Matthew Dunn for Spycatcher!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In New York, MI6 agent Will "Spartan" Cochrane searches for Iranian Revolutionary Guard international terrorist Megiddo. Spartan's hunt is professional as the agencies know this terrorist has a nasty scheme and personal as this terrorist killed his father over two decades ago. Having been shot, Spartan works the case injured but will not rest until this animal is stopped. He locates the alleged former lover of Megiddo in Paris. Journalist Lana Beseisu agrees to assist Will even as they are attracted to one another. However, Spartan vows to keep his hands off his partner until the mission is completed; then all bets are off. As they get closer to their target, Megiddo proves quite elusive. This is a fun espionage counterterrorist thriller starring a fascinating hero who seems like a combination of Doc Savage and his entire team. Spartan's extreme fitness training enables him to deal with a multitude of wounds though it still seems over the top but in an entertaining way. Fans of cat and mouse spy games will relish the chess match as this is one British field agent who prefers the cold. Harriet Klausner
casual2atee More than 1 year ago
Spy-thriller is not my typical genre read but this one caught my eye and I figured I should round out my reader's advisory. Will Cochrane is an MI6 agent who, over the course of the years, has lost his family, any sense of personal identity, and survives only on the adrenaline surge of his work. Suddenly, though, Will comes face to face with not only his family history and the opportunity to avenge his father's death (also a former agent), but also the call to necessarily save the West from a ruthless, elusive terrorist. Dunn's writing is lightening quick, engaging and seemingly well-researched, as his personal experience as an agent for British Secret Intelligence Service would indicate. My only questionable thought during the adventure was, "Just how many times can one man be knifed, shot, and hit in the head and walk about the next day?" Okay, maybe also, "Will they really let you fly that stoned? Maybe it's a first class thing." The next installment, Sentinel, comes out in August and I look forward to picking it up as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since other reviews have mentioned it, the miraculous healing powers of Will are a bit too much. But other than that this is a very good, well written story. Put yourself in 007 mode and enjoy the book.
BentParrot More than 1 year ago
John le Carré, Matthew Dunn is not. I think Spycatcher's author feels so bound be the Official Secrets Act and other laws that prohibit him from divulging operational aspects and duties related to his work in intelligence, that he fell compelled to create a work so outrageous and preposterous that it would be unbelievable. In that, he succeeded. If you like super action heroes, you will love the protagonist, Will Cochrane. By page three hundred, I lost count of the number of times he was shot, stabbed, blown up, strangled, and nearly froze to death. Nevertheless, he always rises to the challenge and dispatches the bad guys post-haste. The plot jump back and forth among cities in the Balkans such as Zagreb and Sarajevo, to Paris, Prague, Zurich, Vienna, New York, Boston, Montreal, and Washington. The only constant is the snow. The climactic battle takes place over one hundred or so pages in the frozen wilderness of upstate New York. There, the body count of Iranian terrorists rises dramatically, until the final confrontation with the Number One evildoer in upper Manhattan, and the race against the clock to thwart his 9-11 type attack.The plot finale can be deduced a quarter way through the book. Yes, it is that amateurish! If you want exciting, nonstop, if incredulous, action, buy the book. But if you are looking for intelligent, thought-provoking fiction about the dark world of spies, counterspies, and intelligence - a la John le Carré - save your money. This book ain't gonna do it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely slow. Limited descriptions of action scenes. Could not finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very long and the reading is tedious. Very little dialog. Descriptions are so detailed that the main thought of the description is lost. Very, very violent. I won't be buying the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the intrigue.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
There is a lot to like in Mathew Dunn's novel, Spycatcher. But you have to ignore a lot to enjoy it. A terrorist threat is discovered, but where and against whom is unknown. Massive death could result. So the US spares 4 CIA agents and Britain spares one M16 agent. That's right. In the face of this horrible threat the government can only muster up 5 men to fight it. They then bring in a woman who might have ties to the mastermind of the threat. Apparent romance is ensuing between her and the lead agent. Romance that is so wooden that the reader is a fool to believe it will come to pass. So we travel the world, this tight band of men trained to kill matching wits in place after place until one or more of them is down. Does the government then come up with replacements in the face of this horror? Um, no. The resulting chase to stop the bad guys leads to a cheap New York hotel. What happens there is amazing. What happens after that is amazing. By now you know what I might mean by amazing. Enjoy.
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Really enjoyed this book. Do not usually read spy novels. This one really grabbed me from the start. Look forward to reading the rest of the series I
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not just a skimmer but a skipper. I read the first 100 pages and skipped to the last 20 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many plot spoilers here ruining the book including the ever present harriet klausner who absolutly ruins every book she comes across. Why do these people feel like they have to tell the entire story in their so called reviews? A simple line or two to say if its good or not is enough. Bn pleaseban these plot spoilers and delete their plot spoiling posts.
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That the poor man is delusional and needs the royalties for therapy before he tries to fly off a cliff what are the royalties of 98 cents? writing for 15 min a day in a journal then not reading it for three months is usually part of depression therapy after meds exercise and diet and talk therapy. there is reality therapy but he missed that page counter
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JSSCT More than 1 year ago
A really great read. Very well written. The characters and the atmosphere really ring true. Hard to put down.