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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312378516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312378516
  • ASIN: 0312378513
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Monarch is the most hunted man in the world. His parents, an American cat burglar and a con man from Argentina, are killed when he is just 13, forcing him to live in the most dangerous slum in Buenos Aires. He joins the Brotherhood of Thieves, learns their 18-rule code of conduct, and survives, with the help of a nun. Eventually, Monarch becomes one of the CIA’s top operatives and is sent on a mission to derail an al-Qaeda plot called “Green Fields.” But when he discovers that Green Fields is something else entirely—and that his superiors are corrupt—he goes rogue, with arms dealers, Russian mobsters, and his own government all on his tail. This lightning-fast read brings to mind Robert Ludlum and Mission Impossible—and will definitely appeal to adrenalin junkies—but beyond the breakneck pacing, it comes up short, both in character development and believability. Sullivan undoubtedly learned pacing and the art of the short chapter as coauthor of James Patterson’s Private Games. --Stacy Alesi

Review

"Fast moving and well-written! Rogue reminded me of the Bourne books and movies, only it's much, much better." —James Patterson
 
"Diabolical! Filled with twists, turns, crosses, and double-crosses, Sullivan delivers a harrowing international thriller, while introducing one of the most compelling heroes since Jason Bourne." —Lisa Gardner
 
"A compelling, page-turning blend of spy and caper fiction: it's Robin Hood for the twenty-first century. Loaded with intrigue, laced with detail, and full of bone-shaking action, Rogue is the fantastic start to an exciting new series." —Jeff Abbott

More About the Author

Mark Sullivan is the author of eight thrillers, including PRIVATE GAMES, which he co-wrote with James Patterson. He was an Edgar Award finalist, winner of the W.H. Smith award for "Best New Talent," and his debut novel, THE FALL LINE, was named New York Times Notable Book of the year, a rare honor for a debut. His next novel with Patterson, PRIVATE BERLIN, launches in 2013 and his next standalone novel, ROGUE, launches in October 2012. He currently resides in Montana with his family.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading more from this author.
The Book Lady
The book is action packed, the pace relentless, the writing concise, and the characters compelling.
Kevin J. Lacey
Highly recommended to all who like a good suspense thriller!
MK

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By plane on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mr Sullivan's thriller "Triple Cross" was published in April of 2009 and the author was unfortunately quiet until earlier this year when he collaborated with James Patterson on "Private Games". "Rogue" is his own work and shows the talent Mr Sullivan has to capture and mesmerize his readers. Robin Monarch is introduced as a CIA operative that leaves the agency after discovering some very disturbing information about them while on a mission. He sets himself up as a security consultant to earn a living but has a very lucrative sideline which is not very savory to say the least. By chance Robin saves the life of a Russian mafioso, who than grabs the girl Robin is currently involved with. He tells Robin that he will pay him several million dollars if he will steal a weapon for for him, and will of course, also release the girl. The CIA in the personage of Robin's ex boss also wants the weapon and contracts him to steal it with the carrot of being able to return to the agency in good standing.

Mr Sullivan sketches out Robin's background in order to bring out his personality and motivations. Robin, the perfect name chosen for him, is shown as a 21st century Robin Hood, in effect robbing from the rich to help the poor. He begins life as an orphan on the streets of a Buenos Aires slum, and with the help of an angel of mercy taking him in picks himself up by his bootstraps
and forges his character as delineated by Mark Sullivan. It is almost a certainty that Robin is destined for more adventures in future Mark T Sullivan books.
"Rogue" is a fast and captivating read, with events rapidly coming one after the other keeping the reader going and not able to put the book down. Welcome back Mark, I trust that it won't be another four years before your work appears again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
According to Jack Slattery, the CIA's director of covert operations, the secret archives of Al-Qaeda can be found on a hard drive in an office building in Istanbul. Slattery orders Robin Monarch to lead a team into the building to steal a copy of the archives. Monarch has time to read a few of the archived files before bullets and explosions bring the mission to an unhappy conclusion. What he sees convinces him to leave the Agency and begin a new life. Shortly thereafter, an assassination attempt nearly brings that life to an end.

Eighteen months later, Monarch is in Switzerland bedding a woman named Lacey and pursuing a career as a security consultant -- with a lucrative side business that is rather unsavory, but perhaps less so than the job of a CIA operative. I found the incongruity disturbing at first, but it made sense after Mark Sullivan reveals more about Monarch's intriguing background -- and after learning what Monarch does with the wealth he acquires.

After Monarch unwittingly saves the life of a Russian gangster (and, of course, the Russian's beautiful girlfriend), Monarch is back on Slattery's radar. The Russian wants Monarch to steal a weapon, and says he will hold Lacey hostage until he completes the mission. Slattery's interest in Monarch intertwines with the Russian's, while a Chechen criminal who is competing with the Russian to obtain the weapon wants to use Monarch for his own ends. Monarch, of course, is stuck in the middle, and spends most of the novel trying to get unstuck.

Rogue is an enjoyable second-tier spy thriller. While the plot is fun, it doesn't stand out. Sullivan's writing style is a notch above that found in most spy thrillers, but it isn't top notch. Rogue is memorable only (if at all) for the character of Robin Monarch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ethan on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Robin Monarch is no ordinary man. The son of two con artists, Robin began a life of theft at an early age. After his parents occupation finally cost them their lives, young Robin was forced to use his skills to survive on the streets of poverty stricken Buenos Aires. There, he banned with other young boys, forming a fraternity of theft. His life was quickly spiraling out of control when he was seriously injured in a street heist. Rushed to a local clinic, his life was forever changed when he met Sister Rachel.

Now years later, Robin, possibly the best CIA operative, has decided to start a new chapter in his life. While searching for a secretive weapon, "Green Fields", overseas, Robin sees something that disrupts his faith in the CIA. When the lab he is searching explodes, Robin ceases the opportunity to escape. The directors at the CIA are worried about the information Robin acquired, so he instantly becomes one of the most wanted men in the world. Armed with information that could change the course of modern warfare, Robin enters a race to obtain the secrets of "Green Fields" before it falls into the wrong hands.

In "Rogue" author Mark Sullivan, perhaps best known for his collaboration with author James Patterson, imagines a believable protagonist in Robin Monarch. After leaving the CIA, Monarch takes to a life of crime, stealing from wealthy individuals to help fund Sister Rachel's clinic. This allusion to Robin Hood, while obvious, successfully turns the militarily robotic Monarch into a relatable character. The story is, at times, a bit predictable, but Sullivan knows how to mix suspense and action with interesting characters. Overall, there is nothing extraordinary about this novel, but it does do what it sets out to achieve. Any reader hungry for a quick action novel similar to James Rollins' Sigma Force series is sure to enjoy this book.
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