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Ratcatcher (John Purkiss Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Stevens
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AN AMAZON TOP 10 TECHNOTHRILLER

BOOK ONE IN THE JOHN PURKISS SERIES


***** "Superb spy thriller...The prose is so vivid you can almost feel the action as it takes place..." - Jeremy Duns, author of The Dark Chronicles

***** "A high octane, fast-paced spy thriller... superb and captivating story... a great, heart pounding read!" James Masters, Goodreads reviewer

*****"[J]oins Lee Child, David Baldacci and John D. MacDonald on my list of great spinners of thrillers." Edward F. Corbin, Amazon reviewer

The police have Internal Affairs departments. British Intelligence has John Purkiss, the Ratcatcher.

Purkiss's job is straightforward. Track down agents of the intelligence services who are taking kickbacks, committing crimes, or otherwise abusing their positions. And bring them to justice.

Straightforward doesn't mean easy...

After a renegade British former spymaster, Fallon, is sighted in the Baltic city of Tallinn on the eve of a historic summit meeting between the Russian and Estonian presidents, Purkiss is despatched to investigate, and uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to tear Europe, and the world, apart.

But Purkiss has personal reasons for going after Fallon. Four years ago, Fallon was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Purkiss's fiancée, a murder Purkiss himself witnessed.

Now, in an atmosphere of treachery and sudden violence, as the countdown begins to a potentially catastrophic conflict between Russia and the West, Purkiss must keep his desire for revenge under control for the sake of the world's - and his own - survival.

Described in Amazon reviews as a "cracker of a spy thriller" with "superbly choreographed action scenes" that "leave you feeling almost dizzy", RATCATCHER is both an adrenaline-fuelled action adventure novel and a hardboiled mystery story which exposes the world of the spy, in which few motives and actions are purely black or white.



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***** "Superb spy thriller...The prose is so vivid you can almost feel the action as it takes place..." - Jeremy Duns, author of The Dark Chronicles
***** "A high octane, fast-paced spy thriller... superb and captivating story... a great, heart-pounding read!" James Masters, Goodreads reviewer
***** "[J]oins Lee Child, David Baldacci and John D. MacDonald on my list of great spinners of thrillers." Edward F. Corbin, Amazon reviewer

About the Author

Tim Stevens was born in England and grew up in Johannesburg. He lives near London with his wife and daughters, and works as a doctor in the National Health Service.
His debut novel is the acclaimed thriller RATCATCHER, featuring the hunter of rogue spies John Purkiss. Two further Purkiss thrillers, DELIVERING CALIBAN and JOKERMAN, are also available. Another series, with former assassin Martin Calvary, began with SEVERANCE KILL and will continue with ANNIHILATION MYTHS.
Tim is the author of the suspense thriller OMEGA DOG, published under the pen name James Rush, as well as the short espionage novel REUNION.

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  • Language: English
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading May 8, 2012
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Croatia: our hero, John Purkiss, has been detained by the police just as he was supposed to be meeting with the bad guy. They release him but by now he is late and his accomplice has left voice messages letting him know that he was going in alone. To make things worse he learns that his nemesis, Fallon, who murdered his fiancee in front of him, is no longer in prison.

Estonia: Fallon was seen in Tallinn and Purkiss is off to find him. A shadowy, undefined character referred to as the Jacobin knows he is coming and starts a series of events to stop him. Purkiss meets a group of British agents who are following some leads related to an upcoming event in Tallinn involving the Presidents of Estonia and Russia. They join forces and agree to share anything they learn.

Purkiss is no Teflon-coated super agent; sometimes he puts himself in the wrong place and suffers the consequences. Sometimes those consequences affect others around him. But he does seem realistic, as do all the other characters. Dialog is good and never seems forced. The characters themselves are well formed, but their voices are not always as distinct, making it difficult on occasion to know who is speaking when it is not defined.

The action scenes flow well and the underlying story is infectious, always pulling you along. These scenes are the best part of the book, high points which are well paced.

The formatting was an area of weakness: all the text was left-aligned, scene-change indicators were not always present, speech was sometimes difficult to assign to the players.

This book is not one I would take to the beach for an easy read as you may have to work to keep the story and characters aligned in your head, but I do believe it is worth the effort.

If I had a 3.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Sure to Catch This Machine-Gun Thriller! June 9, 2013
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Tim Stevens is the real deal and so is his premiere novel, Ratcatcher. I can't recommend either strongly enough.

You see, I am a sucker for a good series: there is something so comfortable about slipping into a yarn with familiar characters. So it was with happy anticipation that I picked up the Kindle versions of all three John Purkiss stories by Stevens a couple of weeks ago.

I am here to tell you that I was more than satisfied when I finished tearing through them in a two-day espionage bender.

Stevens, a National Health physician in England, cranks out just about as good a spy tale as anybody in the racket.

In his "ratcatcher" books, the protagonist John Purkiss is a British intelligence agent who hunts other spies who have gone wrong. Purkiss works "off the books" -- the Queen pays the bills, but his counter-intelligence position is not officially affiliated with MI5, MI6 or any other British espionage agency.

Purkiss is the kind of guy you could enjoy meeting for a pint. When he runs after an enemy, he gets tired; when he gets hit in the head, he gets a headache and bleeds. He doesn't win every fight he's in and he doesn't always hit what he is shooting at. But he out-thinks his opponents sufficiently to keep the baddies in check.

In Ratcatcher, the first of the series, Purkiss is sent to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, to look for a former colleague who murdered another agent but was released from prison after serving only a tiny part of his sentence. MI believes the baddie plans to disrupt a ceremonial meeting in which the presidents of Russia and Estonia will announce a rapprochement.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ratcatcher Kindle edition May 19, 2012
By Lokie
Format:Kindle Edition
Tim Stevens' new book, "Ratcatcher," is well written, fast flowing and action packed. The storyline takes you into a world of intrigue, revenge and deception around the streets of Tallinn, Estonia. A high level of tension throughout the book means that you dare not put it down because you just have to know what is going to happen next.

Complementing the main character is Fallon, a complicated and shadowy figure from Purkiss's past. After he is alerted that Fallon is in town at the same time of an important summit meeting between the Russian and Estonian presidents, Purkiss goes to investigate this possibly dangerous coincidence.

The characters are well defined and believable, and just when you think you know what's happening there are twists in the story to keep you on the edge of your seat.

"Ratcatcher" is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like reading an action movie September 7, 2013
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This book was a thriller that was actually thrilling. The main character was flawed but he had a genuine feel that made the story more believable. The author did a great job of telling the history of the region so that you could why the adversaries behaved like they did. Anyone who loves early Ludlum will love this author.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Octane Spy Novel October 31, 2013
By Jackie
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I love this character (Purkiss) and this author. Anyone who loves Fleming, Ludlum, or Clancy should love Tim Stevens. I love Stevens' writing style, which flows well and keeps the reader turning those pages. John Purkiss, the bad-spy catcher, has a back story that pulls the reader in and invests him/her in the plot. Who wouldn't love a kickass, tough, brawling spy who is fast on his feet and brutal when he needs to be. And yet he has a vulnerable side that is turned on end by the end of the book. He is loyal and engenders loyalty in his friends. This book screams to be put on the big screen. I can literally see it! And would buy a ticket to see it! Let's hope it goes there. I look forward to the next Purkiss book and hope to start it tonight! I highly, highly recommend this author and this series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Heavy on the Physical Violence and Not Connected to a Bigger Theme
Normally this is the kind of cold war spy action book that I enjoy reading. In this case, there were some elements of this book I enjoyed such as the action sequences,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Laker
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Very good spy thriller that will have you turning the pages well into the night. Thrillers are one of my absolute favorite genres and Mr. Stevens is a natural in his writing. Read more
Published 6 days ago by S
3.0 out of 5 stars Pain
I like the story. I like this type of book and especially when it is well written.The characters are believable and hold their place in the story well. Too bad about the girl.
Published 11 days ago by Elizabeth Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars RATCATCHER
LOVED IT! Kept you turning the pages instead of sleeping. Very much a spy thriller, you have no idea who's who until the very end. Must read, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Read more
Published 12 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Good
If a maniac or a magician leaves a trail of bodies throughout the novel, we classify the book under "Horror. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Deborah L. Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
This was a good action and adventure, spy novel that is written well enough to keep a reader's attention. This will satisfy anyone who likes this type of genre. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller in a classic sense.
Very enjoyable read. Surprises at every turn, constant scene shifts, interesting characters.

And great local work. You are put on scene in some very interesting places.
Published 17 days ago by John L. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Promising start to a new series. Hard-boiled Purkiss delivers plenty of action in a relatively complexlot. Kept me up late to finish:-)
Published 19 days ago by Wayne A. Landerholm
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling read
I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting tale. True, there are some parts that stretch the belief in human endeavour but what is a story if not tinged with a little 'superhuman'... Read more
Published 20 days ago by fernacks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, super-tight spy thriller
This was hands down the best book I've ever read in e-book format and I'd be happy to own it in print. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Bryan
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More About the Author

Tim Stevens was born in England and grew up in Johannesburg. He lives near London with his wife and daughters, and works as a doctor in the National Health Service.

His debut novel is the acclaimed thriller RATCATCHER, featuring the hunter of rogue spies John Purkiss. Two further Purkiss thrillers, DELIVERING CALIBAN and JOKERMAN, are also available. Another series, with former assassin Martin Calvary, began with SEVERANCE KILL and continues with ANNIHILATION MYTHS.

Tim is the author of the suspense thriller OMEGA DOG, as well as the short espionage novel REUNION.

To sign up to Tim Stevens's mailing list and get a free John Purkiss short story, SPIKED, exclusive to subscribers, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://eepurl.com/zph89.

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