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From Publishers Weekly

Lt. Cdr. David Trevellyan continues to operate on U.S. soil in Grant's testosterone-fueled second adventure to feature the British naval intelligence officer (after Even). After leaving behind seven dead bodies in New York City, Trevellyan reports to veteran liaison officer Richard Fothergill in Chicago, where a rogue British operative, Tony McIntyre, is planning to sell a secret and deadly gas to the tiny West African nation of Equatorial Myene. With Fothergill providing intel, Trevellyan attempts to locate McIntyre with orders to effect a hard arrest, i.e., kill him, and to recover the gas canisters from either McIntyre or the Africans. The stakes rise as more than one bidder has his sights set on the gas, and Trevellyan and Fothergill have only each other to rely on. Trevellyan is macho enough and deadly enough to satisfy the most jaded thriller fan, though he's slower than most readers will be to figure out what's going on. (May)
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British agent David Trevellyan left a bit of a mess in New York after his last assignment, and it’s time to get out of Dodge. He heads for Chicago, where he will he be assigned to his next mission and where his contact is Richard Fothergill, a former field agent who has evolved into a well-dressed bureaucrat more concerned with the appearance of competence than its real-world application. A rogue agent accused of stealing a deadly biological weapon has come to Fothergill to broker a deal. Negotiations have broken down, and Fothergill needs Trevellyan to find the agent. Trevellyan isn’t sure if he’s working for the agency or Fothergill, but he believes the threat is real. What ensues is a series of violent confrontations in which Trevellyan stabs, shoots, and bludgeons his way ever closer to the prize. The second Trevellyan thriller—on the heels of the well-received Even (2009)—is a compelling mix of espionage, counterterrorism thriller, and kick-butt urban noir. Author Grant is the brother of Lee Child, and although there are some vague stylistic parallels, the most striking similarity is the breakneck, page-turning pace. --Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Series: A David Trevellyan Thriller (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312540272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312540272
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Grant was born in Birmingham, England in May 1968. He went to school in St Albans, Hertfordshire and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company which showcased a range of original material to local, regional and national audiences. Following a critically successful but financially challenging appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Andrew moved into the telecommunications industry as a 'temporary' solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles including several which were covered by the UK's Official Secrets Act, Andrew became the victim / beneficiary of a widespread redundancy programme. Freed once again from the straight jacket of corporate life, he took the opportunity to answer the question, what if ... ?

Customer Reviews

It almost seemed as though the author rushed through it.
Stephen T. Guerry
It is fast paced and action packed, but the characters were not memorable as they were in the first novel.
Neal Reynolds
If it wasn't the worst book I have ever read, it is a close second.
M. J.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
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This is the second Andrew Grant novel to feature protagonist David Trevellyan, a British Navy intelligence officer. It picks up immediately after the end of Even (David Trevellyan Thriller 1), but it's not necessary to have read the previous book to enjoy this one. In fact, this is the better of the two, with a more tightly focused storyline. Grant has a highly readable writing style and he keeps the action up from beginning to end. As in the first book, he opens each chapter with Trevellyan disclosing a little more information about his past or an anecdote from his naval training, and this device works really well. Trevellyan is a great hero: highly resourceful, well seasoned and likeable. While it never turns into a "can't put down" thriller, it's a pacy and enjoyable read.

Having said that, there were several things I didn't like. The plot development prioritizes pace to such an extent that the reader often is playing catch up: what happened there? why are they assuming that? what happened to those guys? I disliked the way that the bad guys hail from an imaginary African country - it makes it harder for me to suspend my disbelief and buy into the story. The ending is also extremely abrupt and feels almost as if Grant lost interest. One main plotline is wrapped up (this is supposed to come as a twist, but it was fairly well signposted), but another central character is just ignored. Perhaps to reappear in the next installment?

This is significantly better written than many others in the genre and is worth your time - but it's not a "must read".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine on June 13, 2010
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Andrew Grant's second book didn't disappoint. It's definitely a page turner, and what I thought was a predictable ending turned out to be more of a twist than I realized. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger which I'm hoping will be resolved in the next book. Can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 3, 2010
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Who has ever heard of Equatorial Myene? Certainly not David Trevellyan, an agent for the Royal Navy Intelligence. But people will hear of it soon, for there is a coup brewing in this tiny African country, and some vicious dissidents want to purchase a quantity of something called Spektra, a nasty gas that kills people in vile and hideous ways.

Trevellyan is back, this time on the treacherous streets of Chicago, having left behind a rather dicey situation in New York City. It will be a while before the authorities in the Big Apple forget Trevellyan --- or even allow him back into their fine city. He thought he would be going directly to the agency headquarters in London, but he's been summoned to do a quick assignment before he leaves the States. And it sounds like this time he's dealing with a traitor in their midst.

"There's one word in navy intelligence that no one likes to speak out loud. Traitor. No one makes jokes on the subject. No one gossips about it. And on the rare occasion that one is unmasked, no one talks about it." A traitor is the worst sort of scum, if you ask Trevellyan. He has dealt with several, and, if he does unmask this one, he will be certain to take care of him in a way that will leave no doubt about the man's allegiance. And will leave him bearing the ultimate shame for all eternity.

This particular traitor has sold his soul to terrorists who want to get their hands on Spektra. He couldn't resist; there was just too much money involved to turn them down. But Trevellyan cares about honor over money, and if the rumors of a revolution in Myene are true, the gas could annihilate a large percentage of its population.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Loren B. Norris on June 15, 2010
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Once again Andrew Grant writes a great story. A very interesting and intriguing story.
Well worth the purchase!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon Lewis on September 5, 2010
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I was reasonably impressed with Grant's first novel - but this was definitely better - less forced and the pace was excellent. A read in one sitting book. No need to have read "Even" although the action in "die twice" does follow immediately on from the the debut novel. I am convinced that the author will continue to get better with each offering, and I'll certainly snap up the third one as soon as it is released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Guerry on April 26, 2012
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I enjoyed the writers first novel with the same lead character. The second novel with the character was pretty poorly written. The action was predictable and holes in the plot could easily be found within the chapters of the novel. I don't recommend this novel and was very disappointed by it. It almost seemed as though the author rushed through it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
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David Trevellyan, introduced to readers in this author's "Even," makes his second appearance in this satisfying follow-up. After wrapping up his work at the consulate in New York in less than stellar fashion, the British naval intelligence officer has been dispatched to Chicago for his next assignment: making a "hard arrest," a euphemism for killing the person in question: "A hard arrest. The kind that involves body bags rather than handcuffs. They're usually reserved for known terrorists and hostage takers who somehow slip every other kind of net. But they're also applied to our own people, gone bad . . . They put you up against a highly motivated individual with the same background and training as yourself, but generally with an added dose of craziness." Then at some point the job turns out to be somewhat different from what was expected, namely, finding a bunch of murderous kidnappers armed with biological weapons.

The author begins each new chapter with an anecdote, usually from his training days in the service, each with its own moral or lesson tying into the next part of the unfolding story. It all takes places within a four-day period. There is a lot of excitement and interesting plotting to be found here, although at times the manner in which Trevallyan and other agents offhandedly dispatch people without giving much thought to an alternative becomes almost cartoonish, not necessarily a bad thing. With a couple of implausible aspects, the tale moves along to an almost abrupt, not altogether unexpected conclusion. It is, in any event, a good summer read.
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