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Product Details

  • Series: A David Trevellyan Thriller (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312540264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312540265
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Jason Bourne fans will welcome Grant's thrill-packed debut, which introduces Lt. Cdr. David Trevellyan, of Royal Navy Intelligence. Near the end of a mission in New York City, Trevellyan's chance discovery late one night of a bum in an alley with six neatly arranged bullet holes in his chest makes the secret operative the NYPD's prime suspect in the man's murder. After the FBI takes over the case, Trevellyan learns the victim was an undercover agent for the bureau, the sixth to die in a series of killings. Disavowed by his British bosses, Trevellyan realizes he has to fend for himself in what is clearly some sort of frameup. A villainess with a taste for genital mutilation lends a James Bondian touch, but Grant, bestseller Lee Child's younger brother, never strikes a false note in a plot that could have gone over-the-top in lesser hands. Effortlessly filling in bits of his protagonist's backstory during breathing spaces between action scenes, Grant closes on a nicely dark note. Author tour. (May)
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From Booklist

The thriller genre has a compelling new hero, the creation of Andrew Grant, the younger brother of Lee Child. While on assignment in New York, Royal Navy secret agent David Trevellyan discovers a dead body in an alley. When he is thrown in jail for the man’s murder, he quickly realizes he was set up to be the fall guy. Left hanging by his superiors in the UK, Trevellyan must outwit the NYPD, the FBI, and the group responsible for the killing if he is to clear his name. Of course, the murder turns out to be far more than the simple death of a vagrant. There is some no-holds-barred violence here—a couple scenes require avoiding food before, during, and immediately after reading—but the intensity of the narrative will keep even the timid furiously turning pages. Trevellyan is likely to be compared to his brother’s hero, Jack Reacher, or even to James Bond, and while there is a bit of hyperbole in such claims, there can be no doubt that we have a new guy on the block who requires attention. --Jeff Ayers

More About the Author

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

This book is nothing like that.
Toolman
There are large sections of descriptions that are both very hard to understand and irrelevant to the story.
IanG
Pick up and book by Lee Child and read about the character of Jack Reacher, and you won't be sorry.
Reacher Creature

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This kind of crime story is like a chess game, a formalized drama that can only be appreciated as it unfolds, elaborate layer after layer. Each move has more significance than first appears, only the beginning of an intricate design, a finely crafted thriller. It begins innocently enough when David Trevellyan discovers the body of a murdered homeless man in a New York alley. A member of the Royal Navy, David has undergone extensive training in all phases of espionage and spy craft, a finely-tuned machine dominated by logic and speedy reactions to threat.

When Trevellyan is arrested for the homeless man's death, it takes him a while to determine that he is a pawn in a scheme he has yet to understand, one that begins with the FBI and the NYPD, but soon expands to a wider theater, including an obscure hospital in Iraq. At the start, Trevellyan is just a British operative trying to get back to London, but by the end, in concert with the FBI, he is on the inside of a high-stakes plot with disastrous ramifications. Along the way, there are an assortment of bureaucrats and agents, a disturbing scene with a female who uses a unique instrument of torture to induce cooperation, various rogues, thugs and bodyguards of varying skills, an impressive array of weapons, drugs, explosives and, of course, a potent terrorist plot.

Younger brother of Lee Child, Grant steps up with this taut, well-written tale that builds with each chapter to the final standoff. The urbane, smooth Englishman stands back from the American agents, albeit usually one step ahead, using his skill set to avoid traps and outwit the masterminds of a clever scheme. Each chapter is prefaced with a few paragraphs of Trevellyan's past, each with a lesson learned.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
David Trevellyan is a British Navy intelligence officer (his specific role is somewhat vague) who is wrapping up a job in the US when he discovers a recently murdered tramp lying in a dark alleyway. He is swiftly apprehended by the police department who then pass him onto the FBI. The body was actually an undercover FBI agent and Trevellyan is now the FBI's prime suspect.

The book starts well and grabs your attention, but from there it loses its way. The plot is overly complicated with two main strands that are only tenuously linked. So about half way through the book it stops being about one silly plot and starts being about another. Trevellyan ends up working with the FBI on the cases - a development that doesn't feel even remotely believable.

There are parts of this book that are exciting and well written, but they are few between with far too many long conversations and erratic changes in direction. Ultimately I got bored, and also confused by the large cast of sketchily drawn characters. The ending is quite abrupt and with at least one villain still on the loose, sets up the book for a sequel.

Grant starts each chapter with Trevellyan disclosing a little more information about his past or an anecdote from his naval training. While this occasionally feels forced, these sections gave a tantalizing glimpse of the novel that this might have been. His writing style has many similarities to that of his brother (Lee Child), but the novel lacks the punch of the Reacher series.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Salome Antipas on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I ordered "Even" after meeting Mr. Grant at one of his brother's book signings. He seemed like an interesting and confident guy, and I admired him for writing a novel in the same genre that his brother dominates so handily.

I expected to inhale "Even" in a few adrenaline-charged hours as I've done a million times in the past with other spy/thriller novels written by a variety of authors. But here I am two months later, struggling to finish (I'm on page 233). I've never walked out of a movie, nor have I ever abandoned a book before the ending. So I force myself to read 5-10 pages at a time, as if I'm nursing a really wretched bottle of gin. I haven't had this much trouble finishing a book since my seventh grade teacher assigned "Johnny Tremain."

Here are some specifics:

(1) "Even" is shockingly lacking in details, which (to me) is an inexcusable flaw for this genre.

Grant's protagonist David Trevellyan is some sort of spy with the Royal Navy, and he specializes in corporate IT/communications security . . . I think. Why am I so vague about this fundamental aspect of the protagonst? Why hasn't Grant told me something cool and obscure about the Royal Navy? Who does David report to? If he's a telecomm guy, where is his cell phone? Why are his superiors (known collectively, unhelpfully, as "London") communicating through a British Consulate worker whom David hasn't seen for several years?

Maybe I'm wonkish or unreasonable for demanding so many details about Trevellyan's job. Maybe if I'd read more Ian Flemming I'd have an essential base-level knowledge of the inner-workings of British Spy agencies. Maybe I am a dim bulb or an ignoramus.
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