The Defector

The Defector

by Mark Chisnell

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Overview

What will you do, when it's you or them?

This is the dilemma at the heart of The Defector - can Martin Cormac turn his back on his ruthless past as a dealer, a major city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in a succession of sleazy dives...

One night, Cormac gets caught trying to chat up the bar owner's girlfriend and soon needs rescuing. Unfortunately, his white knight is anything but - Janac's a big-time drug baron with a psychotic urge to test people to the limit, and if possible... over it.

And soon Cormac is running from more than his past, he's running from the most dangerous game he will ever play. When he runs into the arms of his ex-girlfriend - and his only real love - even the wide open spaces of the ocean may not be a big enough place to hide.

The Defector is a suspense thriller with a psychological twist, and a finale that ranks with the all-time classic sea adventures - read the opening chapters in the sample.

Reviews for The Defector.

'An excellent drug-smuggling thriller.'
The Bookseller.

'This is a remarkable thriller – chillingly violent, full of tension and with a very original ending.'
Publishing News.

'New British fiction writer Mark Chisnell will have to go a long way to top his debut.'
Bristol Observer.

'A fabulous and brilliantly written story.' Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

'Compelling, hard to put down but not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.'
CityMix Auckland.

'I really enjoyed this book, it's a tense action thriller with a great psychological edge.'
Booked Up.

'Well plotted and as smoothly written as anything else I’ve read lately.'
Kindle Obsessed.

'If you’re a fan of fast-paced psychological thrillers, you’ll love The Defector.'
JulieW8.com.

'I finished the book over an hour ago and my stomach is still in a small knot. Decompression could take a while.'
Let’s Book It.

'It was a pleasure to read a thriller in which some of the conflict was physical, some romantic, and some took place on the battlefield of competing philosophies.'
Reading Review.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940000704707
Publisher: Mark Chisnell
Publication date: 10/09/2009
Series: Janac's Games , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 528 KB

About the Author

Mark Chisnell has written 16 books, they’ve been translated into five languages and topped sales and download charts in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Mark writes suspense and mystery thrillers, technical books on the art and science of racing sailboats, along with non-fiction books and journalism on travel, sport and technology for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. Mark began his writing with travel stories, while hitch-hiking around the world. He got a job sweeping up and making tea with the British America’s Cup team in Australia in 1987 to earn the money to get home. He worked his way onto the boat as navigator and has sailed and worked with six more America’s Cup teams since then. He’s also won three World Championships in sailing, and currently runs the Technical Innovation Group at Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team. Mark now lives by a river in the UK with his wife, two young sons and a dog – whenever he gets a couple of minutes peace he can usually be found reading a Jack Reacher novel, or the latest from Michael Lewis or Malcolm Gladwell.

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The Defector 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guellen Hunley More than 1 year ago
Opening the book with the "Prisoner's Dilemia" was an interesting and original way to grab the reader. Interesting way make the bad guy appear more sinester. Characters were not very complex, could've been written with more dimention. The story bogged down due to the technical info about sailing. Less of this would have allowed the story to flow better. Good story line. I've even looked into reading more from this author.
RainMaker44 More than 1 year ago
Interesting story, quick pace. Now reading this author's book Wrecking Crew.
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You never knew who u could trust. Martin was so clueless and should have ran as fast as he could with the first meeting. With 672 pages it made u just screem from the tention. Great book
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LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
Someone should have really prepared me for this book before I started ... or maybe it was better that I found out for myself. This is one dark puppy! I may be dating myself here but, do you remember the short story 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson? Great short story - another dark puppy! I loved 'The Lottery'. I guess it appealed to my dark side. 'The Defector' appealed to that same side. Janec is likely the most evil character I have ever met in a work of fiction. The games he came up with were bizarre, genius, really, really, really sick and twisted. The book does explain what the Prisoner's Dilemma is in detail. In fact the entire plot is basically an enactment of how the dilemma can be used for evil. I don't think I can do it justice by explaining it here but the first paragraph in the foreword gives an overview: The Prisoner's Dilemma - n. A philosophical conundrum enacted through a game with two participants which gives an insight into the behavior of the individual in society. OK, the definition is dull but the book is definitely not dull. Ever. Martin is the protagonist in the story. He is just your average Joe off the street. Until he gets mixed up with Janec and the games begin. Janec loves his games. Martin isn't too fond of them. I was impressed with Martin's resilience and luck. He pulled off some fantastic escapes! He was smarter than either he or Janec expected. I loved that Martin learned so much about himself as the novel progressed. Kate was the love interest in the book. She provided the love triangle angle and the perfect pawn for Janec. I didn't like her at all. She seemed so shallow to me. Not really worth fighting for. But what I thought of her really doesn't matter. It's what Marin thought of her that made all the difference to the story. There were definitely times, when reading the book, that I just wanted to stop. Some of Janec's evil games were almost too evil for me. But Mark Chisnell's writing style drew me in and wouldn't let me go. Just the same way Janec wouldn't let Martin go. The fear, felt by those unlucky enough to get on Janec's bad side, was palpable. In fact, I finished the book over an hour ago and my stomach is still in a small knot. Decompression could take a while. This is definitely a book for the Halloween season. You want scary, this book has it in spades. Nothing paranormal or otherworldly, but weird for sure.
southsidemke More than 1 year ago
The author maintains a taught grip weaving the fabric of this tale. Mark Chisnell makes you want to skim past one part to get to another, only to find another shear uphill climb in front of you. The only let down was the ending. It had a bit of a "let-down" feeling to the ending similar to a TO BE CONTINUED notice hastily pasted to the back cover of a book.
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Ken Armitage More than 1 year ago
Good read...would read more by this author
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