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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Fallacy Publications; 1st edition (April 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578029189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578029184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,305,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brett James is a member of the New York-based art collective, The Madagascar Institute, and has installed his art in New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Croatia. He has written and directed six films, and been honored at a dozen festivals. He was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Deadfall Project is his first novel.

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It grabbed me from the opening scene and kept me turning pages till the end.
STACY ESCH
If you want to see the movie version of a thriller, then you know the book got all the important stuff right.
A. Loftis
This is a great story with crisp, fast-paced writing and very human characters.
Joe Williams

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Red Smarty on September 17, 2009
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If you like your characters gruff and your plot twisty, then you'll like this book. The main character is not your typical hero -- he'd probably rather be having a stiff drink than trying to catch the bad guys, but that just makes him all the more charming by the end. This is a thriller for the discerning reader; the plot points are not telegraphed a mile away (I'm looking at you, Dan Brown) and the pacing is well done -- it picks up speed as you go along and the plot and the characters are appealing.

I'd recommend this book for your next plane ride or poolside afternoon escape. It's a bit like Michael Crichton meets Frederick Forsyth. James has written a thriller that's miles above the rest and will definitely hook you in and keep you reading.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Book Him Danno on February 21, 2012
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The Deadfall Project is a traditional spy thriller in the same vein as the books of Robert Ludum and Jack Higgins. Deadfall Project starts off with Grey Stark, a CIA agent who has a messy past so the government sends him somewhere so he can be quietly forgotten, until a nuclear Bomb almost goes off in Paris. Grey Stark wants to get back in with the CIA and sees the bomb as his chance to prove he still has what it takes to be a great spy. When his soon to be ex-wife Leigh busts in on a important meeting to get some papers signed because she has had enough of the "It's classified" rhetoric, little did she know she was about to be dragged into the life her husband had tried to keep secret.

The author created his character, Grey Shark, with imperfections. He couldn't shoot straight and his past was dark and seedy, a past he couldn't hide or run away from. Leigh, Grey's soon to be ex-wife, was a former police officer and a great shot which helped balance out her husband lack of shooting ability making them a great team. Leigh is a strong willed woman who wanted to love her husband but he makes it hard to get close. The author creates a character Leigh that most women can identify with or want to be like. She was strong and unwilling to fall helpless to a man. In fact sometimes she was the one who saved her husband. I enjoyed the love story because it was about being open and honest, and when that happened their marriage found a reason to exist.

The author creates a wonderful world of old vs new with the planned demise of the older spy agencies and the birth of a new breed of espionage. He creates a story that men and women can enjoy and the fast pace of the book makes it almost impossible to put down.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2009
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Brett James has crafted both a realistic depiction of how intelligence agencies actually operate, and an insightful look at the characters involved. It's truly a page-turner -- not because every scene is packed with car chases and explosions, but because you're emotionally invested in these fascinating, dimensional characters and what happens to them. His good guys aren't perfect paradigms of justice, and neither are his bad guys cardboard cut-outs of generic, hand-wringing evil. Instead, within this book you'll find clever, intriguing, determined people just trying to do their jobs as best they can while not getting discovered or killed. And his vivid depictions of some of the less sexy parts of Europe is refreshing and adds excellent realism, since unlike what TV and movies would have us believe, not everything occurs right under the Eiffel Tower or on the ski slopes of Gstaad. An entertaining, well-done first novel!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rawling on October 9, 2009
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"Deadfall" is a brilliant story which needs to be made into a movie! Now! Pretend you're a casting director as you read this one - oodles of fun! It's original, topical, beautifully paced, quirky, riveting, smile-inducing and immensely pleasing. James is a master of one-line descriptive phrases that add so much to the story without weighing it down. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nicholas sher on September 29, 2009
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Wow. What's not good to say about this author's first endeavor? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though it was much to my girlfriend's disapproval as I chose to not put it down on one too many occasions. Thankfully for my relationship, even though 400 pages, it's a quick read. As for the characters and the story, this is not your usual, infallible, everything goes as planned, hero wins every fight scene, Bourne Identity kind of book (though fans and followers of Mr. Ludlum and the Bourne movie series will not be disappointed). There are plenty of plot twists, the action is stellar and the locations are wonderfully brought to life (the author must have lived in France). So without much further adieu, go out and by this book. You will neither regret the money nor the time spent. Hopefully there will be more to come, perhaps even a celluloid translation? (And by the by, books I've read reccently and enjoyed: The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Goneaway World, Dead Before Dying, The Book Thief, The Raw Shark Texts, Six Bad Things and so on and so forth. The Deadfall Project will now slip happily amongst its other bookish neighbours).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By STACY ESCH on September 18, 2009
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Really enjoyed this! It grabbed me from the opening scene and kept me turning pages till the end. You know you've got a great book when you can't put it down. The action and the characters are so vivid, reading it is like screening a movie in your mind. Great stuff, a real thriller!
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Brett James makes irrationally large art installations that he has installed in New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, England, and Croatia. He has written and directed six films and been honored at a dozen festivals. He was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

James hand-makes (most of) the paperback versions of his own books.

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