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Product Details

  • Series: Daniel Marchant Thriller (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312644779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312644772
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,963,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Games Traitors Play:

“In Stock's smart second thriller starring the MI6 agent ... the crosses—double, triple, and beyond—will set readers’ heads spinning.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"Dead Spy Running launched Marchant with a brilliant contest between sweaty and cerebral thriller styles. Round two is more tense as Stock ramps up his cynical relish for the complexity with which 'allies' in the war on terror wage war on each other." --The Telegraph (UK)


"This is a twenty-first century spy story that pulls no punches, [it] is laced with treachery and deceit, and allies high adventure with high technology in a seamless way." --Northern Echo (UK)
"A thriller with sufficient red-herrings to keep you busy trying to outguess the hero and the villains."
--The Aucklander (NZ)
"Stock brings European spy thrillers into the 21st century, adapting his story and narrative to meet the raised expectations of a tech-aware generation that relies heavily on realism, even in fiction."
--Express Buzz (India)
"Espionage action at its best." --The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"A complex thriller about the search for a 'most wanted' terrorist." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Dead Spy Running:

"A rip-roaring race of a read that never lets up." --Robert Goddard

"Twisty and relentless. Stock has brought the literary spy novel into the twenty-first century."
--Portsmouth Herald

"An elegant, unstoppable front runner of a spy thriller." --The Observer (UK)

"As elegant as le Carré and as cynical as the twenty-first century…Exactly what we need from a spy novel now." --Lee Child

"The sophistication of John le Carré or David Ignatius...this is a Jason Bourne sweat-fest with George Smiley's brain." --Daily Telegraph

"Picks up more or less where le Carré left off." --The Guardian

"A compelling thriller." --The Sunday Times

“Its deliciously John Buchan-like hero could be chasing the 39 steps.” --Daily Mail

"As strong as Bourne, as clever as Bond, but with a voice set for Generation Next, Jon Stock has done the impossible in Daniel Marchant and created THE new spy.” --Stephen Gaghan

"Smart, classy, and relentlessly gripping, Dead Spy Running grabs the reader and doesn't let go. I couldn't quit turning the pages -- like Daniel Marchant running the London marathon, I couldn't stop."
--Meg Gardiner



About the Author

JON STOCK, a former Delhi correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, writes a column for The Week magazine in India, and has contributed to BBC Radio 4. He is the author of Dead Spy Running as well as two previous novels. He lives in Wiltshire, UK.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Last year in Delhi, Salim Dhar almost assassinated the President of the United States. Since then he has been a marked man with the CIA targeting him for death. However, their attempts to kill the terrorists have failed while the drone strikes in Af-Pak run thirty a month only anger the locals.

Rogue MI6 officer Daniel Marchant thinks the espionage agencies are inane as they depend on electronic surveillance to find his half-brother Dhar. He thinks Dhar has gone under the radar using the Berber storytellers as cover in Marrakech to pass information. As the CIA proclaims the hit, Marchant follows Dhar up Atlas Mountains until the terrorist flies away in an unmarked military helicopter. Stunned that Dhar has some powerful allies, Marchant needs to follow in the rumored shoes of his allegedly traitorous father by turning to the Russians. His superior M16 chief Marcus Fielding does not believe Marchant is betraying his country while CIA liaison Lakshmi Meena forces him to work with her over his objection. As he hunts for Dhar, Marchant believes his killing sibling has something horrific planned for London.

Still a Dead Spy Running, who trusts no one and has no one trusting him, Marchant struggles with his side's duplicity and triple crosses as the Brits, Americans and Russians strongly believe the end justifies the mean. Each uses Marchant as an expendable pawn. Although the insight into the agencies' rivalry is fascinating, the convoluted plot filled with betrayals can be difficult to follow especially if you have not read the first thriller as the rules of engagement is realistically bizarre. Still readers will hope Marchant can stop running and get in from the cold.

Harriet Klausner
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By Lord Flashheart on February 12, 2014
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This is very much in the John Le Carre mode where nothing is as it seems and you can never tell who the good guys really are ...... If there are any!
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