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The Defector (Janac's Games #1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chisnell
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What will you do, when it's you or them?

Dilemma

This is the dilemma at the heart of The Defector - can Martin Cormac turn his back on his ruthless past as a dealer, a major city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in a succession of sleazy dives...

Psychotic

One night, Cormac gets caught trying to chat up the bar owner's girlfriend and soon needs rescuing. Unfortunately, his white knight is anything but - Janac's a big-time drug baron with a psychotic urge to test people to the limit, and if possible... over it.

Dangerous Game

And soon Cormac is running from more than his past, he's running from the most dangerous game he will ever play. When he runs into the arms of his ex-girlfriend - and his only real love - even the wide open spaces of the ocean may not be a big enough place to hide.

The Defector is a suspense thriller with a psychological twist, and a finale that ranks with the all-time classic sea adventures - read the opening chapters with 'Look Inside'.

The Defector has topped the thriller charts at both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

Mark Chisnell's other books include spy thriller The Fulcrum Files - also a #1 book, topping the historical mystery and thriller charts on Amazon.com.

Reviews for The Defector

An excellent drug-smuggling thriller.

The Bookseller

This is a remarkable thriller - chillingly violent, full of tension and with a very original ending.

Publishing News

New British fiction writer Mark Chisnell will have to go a long way to top his debut.

Bristol Observer

A fabulous and brilliantly written story.

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Compelling, hard to put down but not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.

CityMix Auckland


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About the Author

Mark Chisnell writes the kind of stories that keep you turning the pages on holiday, and still thinking about them when you get back to work ...
The books include the Kindle chart-topping thrillers - The Defector, The Wrecking Crew and The Fulcrum Files - as well as award-winning works of non-fiction. He's a former professional sportsman and also works as a broadcaster and journalist, writing for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian.
Probably Mark's greatest achievement was hitch-hiking to Mt Everest base-camp in Tibet. In training shoes. Or maybe that was the stupidest.

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  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZE76
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great psychological action thriller April 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Drug smuggling? Chilling violence? Sordid rape? This is not the sort of book I would ordinarily pick up, preferring to have my sensibilities tested by no more than the angst of a good romance; but I'm glad I did. A riveting page-turner that takes you from the oppressive fear-soaked bars of Bangkok to the sailing world of Sydney and the beautiful but treacherous pirate-ridden Coral Sea. Martin Cormac is a man already running from some bad decisions when he fatefully encounters the monstrous villain Janac. But now the decisions he is forced to make become life-changing and against increasingly terrifying odds. Tempted initially by his gambler's instincts, but then persistently presented with more unsavoury choices, Cormac becomes a sort of unwilling Dice Man, only without the luxury of a die. At the heart of the book is a twisted game and the ultimate dilemma; can Cormac do the right thing and still survive? A chancer by nature, what price is he willing to pay to prove his integrity to himself and to the woman he loves? From a disquieting and original beginning, the pace of action does not stop, and in Janac we have the kind of relentless psychopath who will make your palms sweat with foreboding. And the question lingers, what would you do in Cormac's position? Co-operate, or defect? I couldn't put this book down and have already begun the follow up, The Wrecking Crew. Highly recommended.

P.S. Wake up, film and television production companies; this book would translate into a brilliant action thriller.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good until the terrible ending May 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Denouement" noun: the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel. From Dictionary.com.

Anyone who has seen "The Return of the King" understands what too much denouement means. The interminable final reel of Peter Jackson's film remained true to the interminable final book of Tolkien's series. Too much "final resolution," as the characters flew into the sunset, were crowned, rode into the sunset and finally sailed into the sunset. How many times could one book or movie end?

"The Defector" is the polar opposite of my above example. Climax hits on one page, followed by a half-page epilogue. That's it. This good (not great) book, which had held my attention for 93% of the file, was suddenly over. The author might as well have written "then we got away and got on with our lives" right after leaving us on a cliff at the climax. I was baffled then disappointed, paging back and forth, looking for more. Instead, the final 7% was a preview of the next book in the series as (presumably) the antagonist finds another couple to terrify.

Too many plot lines left hanging, too many motivations left unexplained, too many "why?" questions remained in my head after reading this book. I was very happy with the first 92% and thus give 3 stars. The problem was I thought the remaining 8% would answer these question and tie up the loose ends. Instead, nothing. Like writing a sentence without
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars D is for Dilemma October 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fast-paced psychological thriller set between Thailand, Australia and the endless waters of the Pacific Ocean. The central character is no angel, and is fleeing from his past when he gets himself well and truly tied up with a powerful drug tsar with a penchant for mind games.

At the heart of the book is the concept of the "Prisoner's Dilemma", where two players in a game can choose between two moves, either to "cooperate" or to "defect". Each player gains when both cooperate, but if only one of them cooperates, the one who defects will gain more. If both defect, both lose, but not as much as the cooperator in the second scenario.

The "dilemma" sections of the book can get a bit complicated, and may cause you to stop and think it out, but the action resumes soon enough. The author also obviously knows his sailboats and yachts, and I got a little tangled in the nautical jargon whilst on my way to the final chapters.

The main section of the book motors along with a few choppy moments, but the ending makes up for this in a big way. I wish however that the Epilogue had revealed more of the aftermath, instead of the quick half-page wrap up.

Overall, a unique perspective on a drug-smuggling scenario with intriguing leading characters and a cast of walk-ons. It would make a great screenplay and movie.

Amanda Richards, October 5, 2011
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty yet mesmerizing... February 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Gritty yet mesmerizing... I've read this book in hardback and loved it - once started I could not tear myself away. An E-ticket ride, straight through to the finish. Highly recommended.
Note - I do not have a Kindle (yet) but the opportunity to read this book again might well convince me to make the jump!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `It's the game, and the game is everything.' April 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The prisoner's dilemma
n. a philosophical conundrum enacted through a game with two participants which gives an insight into the behaviour of the individual in society.

And the players? Martin Cormac, a man with a ruthless past in business and Janac, the man who seems to rescue him from the consequences of a poor choice in a bar in Thailand. But rescue isn't may not be the right word: Janac has plans for Cormac which could ultimately involve a choice between life and death. Can Cormac be selfless, or will his choices remain self-interested? What if Cormac's is not the only life at stake?

The action in this novel moves from Thailand to Sydney, and then to the Pacific Ocean and further north as Cormac tries to escape the consequences of his choices while Janac wants to play the game to a conclusion.

I enjoyed this novel: the story moves quickly and while Martin Cormac is not a particularly likeable hero he has his moments. Janac is a suitably awful villain who is committed only to `playing the game'. Much of the action takes place at sea, in circumstances that heighten the tension and the drama. Can Cormac `win' - despite the odds?

`There were only consequences left.'

Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this book for review purposes. This novel was published in hard copy as `The Delivery'; it is now available in electronic format as `The Defector'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
I hate stories that pit someone truly evil against someone less evil. I can't even think of anything nice to say. I did finish it, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Published 23 days ago by Pat Sibley
4.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger
This was a high energy read that kept my attention throughout. I look forward to reading The Wrecking Crew soon.
Published 5 months ago by June Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Janac is a Sick Puppy
I did enjoy reading this suspenseful thriller. Janac is indeed a creepy guy. I liked the beginning with the intro of Janac and his sick games and the run down chase on the high... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Coach D
5.0 out of 5 stars The Defector
Mark Chisnell is a GREAT story teller. He has the ability to spin a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat and completely engrossed in his work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. M. Braden
5.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel
Janac's character was nicely developed in the first of this series, then showed just what retribution is all about in this second book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Cowles
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting premise
The premise of this book was totally disgusting and I'm sorry I read
it. I deleted it. Don't bother if you value your sanity.
Published 15 months ago by BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!
As I've said in at least one review of Mark Chisnell's books--I haven't read a "bad" one yet. In fact I find them to be excellent reads, fast paced, and in Janac's games and ways... Read more
Published 15 months ago by JBP
5.0 out of 5 stars Janac Games #1
Unusual for me to read the second in a series first and then read the first book, but that's what I did with The Wrecking Crew and The Defector. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert Five Star
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Villain
Read the second book first and had to come back for the rest of the story. Well developed and held my interest.
Published 19 months ago by Sharon McLellan
5.0 out of 5 stars New Discovery
Really enjoying this new author I have not read before. He offers much intrique and I will really look forward to his other books.
Published 21 months ago by elizabeth huse
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More About the Author

Mark Chisnell grew up in a small town on the east coast of England. The town was dominated by the rise of the oil industry and the decline of shipbuilding and fishing. Mark has been a professional sportsman and also won awards as a broadcaster and for his non-fiction accounts of maritime adventure. He's written for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. One of his greatest personal achievements was hitch-hiking to Mount Everest base-camp in Tibet. In Trainers.

Mark had thought he'd have a future as a marine engineer, that was until he picked up a copy of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The cover said it would change the way the reader felt about the world and it changed Mark's perception about his life and where he wanted to go. He learned that books can change people's lives and that he wanted to write one. He wanted to write many.

Mark began by writing about the sport in which he won three world championships, and subsequently won plaudits and recognition for his adrenaline-fuelled and suspenseful accounts of round-the-world racing. When he moved to fiction, he used his experiences as a sportsman and his background in broadcasting and journalism to weave chart-topping tales filled with intrigue, danger, romance and characters that take the reader on an incredible page turning journey.

Mark currently lives in Europe with his wife and son.

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