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Seven Grams of Lead [Kindle Edition]

Keith Thomson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A brand-new heart-pounding technothriller from Keith Thomson, bestselling author of ONCE A SPY.
Russ Thornton is a hard-hitting journalist known for his ability to take on big targets in government and in business. An old flame, now a Capitol Hill staffer, contacts him out of the blue wanting to disclose some top-secret information. But she is gunned down in cold blood, right in front of him. Worse, the killers are concerned about what Thornton knows, and who he may tell. He finds himself in a game of cat-and-mouse, where the stakes are life and death and the surveillance technology is so sophisticated that he wouldn't believe it existed--if it weren't implanted in his own head.

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"'Seven Grams of Lead' is one of the more sophisticated and slick spy thrillers I've read in ages. The plot has enough believability to be disconcerting and the high tech details are fascinating. Russ Thornton is a Washington-based writer who investigates the big stories. When one of his Capitol Hill sources is murdered and soon after Thornton discovers a transmitter implanted under his skin, a chase is on to uncover who's spying on whom and why. Despite knowing a lot about tradecraft and technology, Thornton isn't always a step ahead. At one point he's a victim of extraordinary rendition (these torture scenes gave me shivers). Thornton may have been the wrong guy to bug, but who the right guys are in this twisty techno-thriller are not completely clear until the final pages.--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A hyperspeed, high-tech thriller."--The Birmingham News

"Catnip for the Bourne crowd, with subcutaneous implants, listening stations, dead drops, black sites, gunplay, double agents...and gadgets galore. And the human intelligence is even more captivating. I'll take good dialogue over exploding pens any day, but Thomson doesn't ask readers to choose."--Chicago Tribune

"[Thomson] writes fluid, vivid prose, good dialogue and first-rate action scenes."--The Washington Post

"Thomson is now on my shortlist of authors I will drop whatever I'm doing to read."--Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine

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Product Details

  • File Size: 3689 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (February 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best Thriller of the Year! March 3, 2014
By Mary Mc
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I have been waiting months for the release of 7 Grams of Lead by Keith Thomson and after reading it, I am not disappointed. In fact, it was one of the best thrillers I have read. I didn’t think it was possible to write a book as good as, or better than, Once a Spy or Twice a Spy, but he has done it with 7 Grams of Lead. My normal reads include Lee Child, C.J. Box, David Baldacci and Vince Flynn (RIP). Mr. Thomson can hang in there with any of them delivering a fast paced, well researched, can’t put it down, page turner!

His books carry a common theme of the sympathetic misfit the reader can’t help but love. The main character, a blogger and journalist, gets too close to a secret that could mean the end of not only his own life, but the lives of millions and so soon becomes a target himself; he also becomes the unexpected hero. I won’t give away too much because it would eliminate the wonderful surprises in store for anyone smart enough to buy the book except to say it will probably be the best book you will read this year.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down! (REALLY) February 25, 2014
By Mary T
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I always look forward to Keith Thomson's books. This is his best one yet. The characters are appealing and interesting. The pace is exhilarating, with unexpected developments in every chapter. AND the gadgets and technology are state of the art. There is also a nice undercurrent of humor in all of his books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes Me To The Limit April 4, 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll be brief and to the point.
Having already read Once A Spy, and it's sequel Twice A Spy, I was certainly anxious to read Mr Thomson's latest novel, 7 Grams Of Lead.
It did not disappoint. In fact, having already become paranoid the last few years, reading this and the two aforementioned books only heightened my anxiety. I find myself looking at cars or vans on my block which I haven't seen before. Exaggerating? No.
Keith Thomson is able to spin a tale where you find it most difficult to have to put the book down.
I certainly hope he continues to write more books of this nature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling! April 3, 2014
By Stan
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If you like action stories and technology then you will enjoy this novel. I could not put it down. Thanks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not read this before bedtime. April 9, 2014
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Not because it's scary, mind you. Instead, 7 Grams Of Lead is so relentlessly entertaining, so deftly written, and so effortlessly funny that you will forget the time.

No kidding. I devoured it in two nights, both times staying up past midnight. That in turn led to a decided lack of alertness the next day. So damn you, Keith Thomson, for my lack of energy in Tuesday's meeting. Had only I said, "Sorry. I am reading the new Keith Thomson thriller," I might have gotten appreciative nods as they, too, understood my lack of focus.

If you haven't read Thomson, then you're missing out on a writer whose plots are fueled by a lunatic combination of Red Bull, jet fuel, espressos, and maybe an amphetamine or two ground up in the blender as a mickey. Maybe some hallucinogenic substances thrown in for good measure. Because the story line rips along through every page. No dull moments. Hell, no opportunity to really catch a breath. Just action, humor, action, and more action. Nope. This is a writer hell-bent on throwing the kitchen sink at you and making you like it.

I have zero clue if all the technology Thomson brings into play is even remotely plausible, but who the heck cares? This ain't Le Carre, but rather a fun romp. So if you like your spy novels on the light side with a heaping helping of twists and turns, this is your pick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Spy Thriller April 24, 2014
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The twists and turns of the story, along with the fantastic (but apparently within the realm of possibility) technology of spycraft featured, make this one enjoyable thriller. The tale takes the main character through a mysterious haze of shadowy government agencies and, well... you'll have to read it to get the rest. It's really good - I felt like I learned a lot of interesting things and could not put it down. When does the next one come out?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started out great May 14, 2014
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The writing was excellent, and it moved quickly, with great characters and an exciting premise. I was really loving this book, and looking forward to reading others of his, until about two-thirds of the way through, when I suddenly realized that I knew what was going to happen, because every scenario was the same... the good guys are feeling safe, then suddenly the bad guys show up, then the good guys escape... and this was basically the whole book, without ever really getting to the meat of the plot, and never fully explaining everything (although I suppose that could just be me). I still enjoyed it overall... I would have given it 3-1/2 stars... and I'll probably try another of his sometime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING, SMART ACTION ADVENTURE NOVEL! April 5, 2014
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This story about an everyman who discovers a listening device implanted in his scalp and is thus thrust into international intrigue might remind you of Hitchcock movies like North by Northwest, with fun characters that you'll root for, clever plot twists, and great action (there is a chase scene through the streets of New York City that is every bit as good as the one in the French Connection). There is also a nice component of dry humor. Finally, the technology, particularly the eavesdropping gadgets and the advanced weaponry, is fascinating and a bit scary as it is totally believable, like Tom Clancy novels but more concise.

I'll be very surprised if movie version of Seven Grams of Lead isn't playing in a theater near you very soon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Great
This was an ok story and held my interest however it really needs to be fleshed out. The story is too much of a overview and needs to have a lot more detail. Read more
Published 9 days ago by JRL
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This is an action packed, fast-paced book. Be sure you don't have any important meetings to go to when you pick up this book to read. You won't be going anywhere for a while. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sylvia V
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boos, did not disappoint
Huge Fan, Great boos, did not disappoint
Published 2 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read. Compelling characters and a wonderful story. I can't wait for the next one.
Published 2 months ago by average guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A little tough to swallow a journalist knowing all those tricks ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story with lots of twists and turns. ...
An interesting story with lots of twists and turns. Sometimes, unfortunately, I found it a bit confusing, and occasionally predictable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Debra L. Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars very good!
I thought it was a great read. Flowed and had quite likeable good guy characters. I am looking forward to reading more!!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting posit.
Many people die, and there are several coincidences along the way, but this book is a fun ride. Definitely worth the money and the time. I will read more by this author.
Published 3 months ago by Beth McConnell
2.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy sophisticated thrillers, pass on this title
First off, I think Keith Thomson seems to have potential to be a good writer but he takes wayyyyy too many excesses to write for a sophisticated audience. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RandyColo
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view of the E-Bomb and Drones
I enjoyed this book, but sometimes got confused on the names of the characters and their positions with various factions in the world. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joyce Scyhwartz
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More About the Author

Keith Thomson played semi-pro baseball in France and drew editorial cartoons for New York Newsday before becoming a writer. His novels include the New York Times Bestselling ONCE A SPY and SEVEN GRAMS OF LEAD. He lives in Alabama.

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