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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
P.S. Wake up, film and television production companies; this book would translate into a brilliant action thriller.
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
Note - I do not have a Kindle (yet) but the opportunity to read this book again might well convince me to make the jump!
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'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It began as and interesting read. However, it lost a lot of rating points towards it's ending, which at approximately 95%; the Author devotes an inordinate remaining time;... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alan
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 on August 3, 2014 by Pat Sibley
This was a high energy read that kept my attention throughout. I look forward to reading The Wrecking Crew soon.Published on March 25, 2014 by June Jordan
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 morePublished on August 21, 2013 by CoachD
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 morePublished on August 12, 2013 by A. M. Braden
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 morePublished on July 30, 2013 by D. Cowles