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

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Length: 279 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: Janac's Games #2 (Book 2)

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'Perfect for summer reading.'
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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: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2004
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NEVYVI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By PLX on 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 By Bill Ashton on 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 By Virginia on 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 By Steven A. Newell on 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 By Carol N. Cronin on 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 By Bobbie Okeefe on November 30, 2012
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A very gritty adventure read, emphasis on "gritty." Very tight, fast-paced thriller. I had a little trouble with the rationalizations of many lifes lost in order to save lives of loved lones, and there were some hard to take scenes depicting man's inhumanity to man. But the narration was so good that the book held me in thrall anyway. Phillip, husband/father/ship captain, comes across as real. Janac, the villian, is truly villainous, yet he also came across as real. Mark Chisnell, author, is good. He kept my interest throughout and I liked, really liked the ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on August 21, 2013
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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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