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The Wrecking Crew (Janac's Games #2) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chisnell
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Book Description

Janac's back... and there will be games - so what will you do when it's them... or the woman you love?

Psychotic Games

Drug baron Janac has unleashed a reign of terror in the South China Sea to fund his battle for control of the Australian narcotics trade. When he attacks an old cargo ship on an evil night off the Indonesian coast, it seems he has also found the perfect victims to exploit with his psychotic games.

Last Voyage

Phil Hamnet and his wife Anna are sharing a last voyage before the arrival of their twins. Hamnet escapes Janac's attack, but Anna is taken and held hostage to ensure first his silence, and then his cooperation. But when Janac's rogue ex-Special Forces crew attack more ships and men start dying, Hamnet has to decide if he can continue to sacrifice the lives of unknown sailors to save the woman he loves.

Living Nightmare

It's an awful decision for anyone to have to make, but for a man who's already had the same dilemma - tormented in a lifeboat, adrift in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean - it's a living nightmare.

Janac's first appearance was in Mark Chisnell's suspense thriller The Defector, a #1 thriller at and

The Wrecking Crew is an action packed adventure - see for yourself, read the opening chapters with 'Look Inside'.

The Wrecking Crew has topped the Amazon thriller charts in Germany.

Reviews for The Wrecking Crew

A real ripping yarn... begging to be made into an all-action film.

Qantas in-flight magazine

It's a great escapist yarn with Janac a really nasty villain who gives Hamnet untold grief. I enjoyed this one.

Hawkes Bay Today

I found it impossible to put down.

Boating New Zealand

Perfect for summer reading.

CityMix Auckland

Editorial Reviews


'Perfect for summer reading.'
CityMix Auckland

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aargh, matey! Janac's new gig. July 29, 2011
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THE WRECKING CREW is a sequel to The Defector, although the two are self-contained and can be read separately. There's only a brief reference in the former to the events in the latter.

In THE DEFECTOR, the reader was introduced to an iniquitous character named Janac, apparently once a member of an elite U.S. special forces outfit, who's taken up a life of vicious criminality and drug dealing in Southeast Asia. A student of sorts of human nature, Janac revels in forcing cruel mental choice games onto more or less innocent individuals that, through bad luck and circumstance, fall within his orbit of power and control. In THE DEFECTOR, the unwilling participant was a former London currency trader named Martin who'd escaped to Thailand after a career gone wrong, and the game involved something called the Prisoner's Dilemma. I gave that book four stars.

The somewhat unique nature of this pair of novels is that it's Janac, the Bad Guy Extraordinaire, whom author Mark Chisnell carries forward into the second installment.

THE WRECKING CREW takes place some 6-7 years after THE DEFECTOR. Janac has now taken up piracy on the high seas, and his unwilling game-player is Phillip Hamnet, the captain of a cargo ship taken over by Janac and his gang. In short, while Phillip manages to escape capture while the rest of his crew is murdered, his pregnant wife, who was along for the boat ride, is taken hostage by Janac and carried off to his home base. With her in his power, Janac forces Phillip to make ruthless choices. How Phillip deals with his dilemma is the book's plot.

In contrast to Mark of the first installment, the reader may find Hamnet a more sympathetic Good Guy.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a Yarn June 30, 2011
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Mark Chisnell's The Wrecking Crew is an old-fashioned adventure yarn with marine elements and some high-tech twists. The story is very straightforward, if at times far-fetched, but well-paced. If you like plain adventure narrative, this book is for you. If you want more out of your reading experience, you may want to look elsewhere. The prose is no more than competent, and the few attempts at metaphorical writing should have been reined in by a more hands-on editor. Speaking of editing, there are a few howlers that should not have made it into the book (reign for rein, who's for whose come to mind). To describe the characters as one-dimensional would be to invite charges of dimensional exaggeration. The book is set in Southeast Asia, but it could have been anywhere as there is a complete lack of local colour. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit for Mark Chisnell March 2, 2011
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I thought that The Defector, by Mark Chisnell, was good but this, I think, is even better. No shortage of action, well drawn charecters and very plausible and timely plot. I could feel myself involved in the action. Like his first book,it would make a fantastic film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrecking Crew December 11, 2012
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The basic story was exciting, but at times the descriptive aspects were a bit over done. The ending was a disappointment, could have been more polished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Written December 8, 2012
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Really enjoyed this - will be going back to read more from Mark Chisnell. Among other things, he actually understands what constitutes piracy and set his novel in southeast Asia. This will most assuredly keep your attention from start to finish, and the ending is not what you will expect.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read February 15, 2011
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The Wrecking Crew's excellent descriptions put the reader right into scenes, most of which I wouldn't want to live through-but without resorting to violence that doesn't move the plot forward. Moral dilemmas combined with maritime adventures-what's not to like?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A psychological thriller with bite! August 21, 2013
By Brenda
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Phillip Hamnet finally made his way to the cabin where his heavily pregnant wife, Anna was waiting with dinner. Phil was captain of the MV Shawould, but it was his last voyage before the birth of the twins they were anxiously waiting to welcome into their lives; Anna had joined her husband as it would be their last time to enjoy being a couple for quite some time.

When he received a call to return to the bridge only minutes later, he was annoyed. But his second in command sounded strange; something was wrong. So promising Anna he would return shortly, he made his way up to find out what the problem was. He was confronted with the worst thing a sea captain could
imagine - piracy struck his vessel that night in the South China Sea and Phil's life would never be the same again.

The evil and vicious Janac with his band of mercenaries had resurrected the practice of piracy on the high seas to fund their ongoing drug trade, and the loss of life and ships was increasing. That night though, they hadn't reckoned on Phillip Hamnet escaping their clutches, but to his horror they took Anna hostage - the ensuing race against time would test everything Hamnet had ever known, every essence of right and wrong he had ever learned. Would Phil ever see his beloved wife again? Would his twins survive the horror being inflicted on their mother?

This psychological thriller grabbed me right from the very beginning. The pace was intense, the plot twists absolutely gripping. I thoroughly enjoyed my first book by this author, and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to all thriller lovers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gets you in from the start
Published 2 months ago by Jan van den Adel
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
There is a great way to have your chance to have been hurt you want to play with the car and now this time I would like to have a personal information about what you want to chat... Read more
Published 5 months ago by carl stermer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really great book, very compelling story. Well written and good character development.
Published 5 months ago by Carl Arena
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping
Could not put the book down - a great tale of suspense, murder and greed on the high seas. Cool
Published 7 months ago by gorms
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wrecking Crew Wreck My Attention Span
I have read two of Mark Chisnell's Wrecking Crew books and, quite frankly, they're not for me.

Clearly, Mr. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Prof Heshie
4.0 out of 5 stars Let\s play a game
I really had mixed feelings about this book. The action in it was as good as any other stories out there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Rousing fun from a terrific writer
This sequel to The Defectors (1996) came out eight years later. The Wrecking Crew is intended to work as a standalone title, with the lead character actually changing his name... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reb MacRath
4.0 out of 5 stars Goog Read
Nice merchant ships story,
The guy has heart
And is a realist, hope it all turns out alright
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Published 14 months ago by Edward J. Crinion
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I prefer a real twisting mystery. This is an adventure book. I did read the whole book, but I remembered it was just so-so.
Published 15 months ago by happygrandparent
4.0 out of 5 stars Good airport read
Was looking for something easy to read that was also engaging, The Wrecking Crew is third of Mark Chisnell's books I've read and it definitely fitted the bill. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anna Salek
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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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