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Kyle West worked for a government contractor, and when things went horribly wrong, his boss ended up testifying before Congress, and West had to go into hiding in Cambodia. Now Julian Robinson needs to sneak into Africa to finalize a deal, and after he realizes how similar he looks to West, the pair agree to switch passports. When West says yes, all hell begins, with Russians, Chinese, the CIA, and a contract killer on his tail. Getting out of Cambodia free seemed too good to be true, and, alas, it was, as West is plunged into a vast conspiracy that makes why he was hiding in the first place pale in comparison. Unfortunately, the tantalizing premise proves difficult to swallow, mainly because West is a bumbling, ineffectual hero who relies on others to get by. The villain is not only stronger but also more interesting. The ambiguous ending doesn’t help, either. Nice premise, some suspense along the way, but overall a not particularly compelling take on the man-wrongly-accused theme. Coauthor Guggenheim wrote the script for the hit film Safe House. --Jeff Ayers

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"[A] freewheeling thriller [with] Graham Greene-ish erudition and atmosphere."―New York Times Book Review

"[An] excellent first novel . . . The authors have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary life . . . The rare suspense novel that will genuinely surprise jaded genre readers."
Publishers Weekly (starred)


"Applying postmodern polish to the foreign intrigue of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, [it] leaves an imprint with its lively cast of characters, pungent locale and dizzy plotting."―Kirkus Reviews


Acclaim for SAFE HOUSE, written by David Guggenheim:

"A hectic plot, a huge body-count and pulse-quickening tension."―USA Today
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316199958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316199957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
'Weaponized' by Nicholas Munnuti is a quick read and will make you distrustful of strangers offering things that seem too good to be true.

Kyle West is a computer genius on the run in Cambodia. He's on the run from unauthorized surveillance charges, and now he's stuck in a foreign country and hiding. One night, a stranger, who looks a bit like him, offers him a chance to get home. They can switch passports and Kyle can find a way to get home, but there is a lot more to this kind stranger, Julian Robinson, than Kyle knows, and he's just stepped into a whole bunch of trouble. Can Kyle make things right and ever get back home again?

It's got a few nice twists and turns along the way, and it feels like there are plot threads that could lead to a sequel of sorts, which might be nice. The plotting and descriptions are fairly standard for this sort of genre, but it moves along quickly enough to make it a recommend for fans of action thrillers.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Mulholland Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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"How silly is it?", you ask.

Well, check this out. A character (whose name I won't write, so as not to be a spoiler) who's been horribly stabbed and still has the knife dangling from his gut decides his only escape route is through the window of the room he's in. That room is TWELVE STORIES UP, and out he goes, aiming for a landing on the roof of a car parked below, as somehow that's magically going to cushion his impact, especially if he can manage to land on his feet or his knees. His aim is true, and he lands on his knees, and is merely immobilized, still conscious, and still reacting to his surroundings.

Just like real life, right?

Have you EVER heard of anyone surviving a 12 story fall? Let alone being pretty much good to go afterwards?

This book is rife with such ridiculousness. Car chases that defy the laws of physics and coherent description. Characters doing combat like they're in a cartoon. Incredibly inept phraseology. Here's an example of that, from page 282 of the hard cover edition:

"He looks down, and his hand is seeping through the towel, leaving a trail of crimson blots behind."

In case you couldn't figure that out, the character was holding a bloody rag to a wound in his shoulder. I have NO idea how his hand could "seep through" a towel. There are howlers like that sprinkled pretty liberally throughout the book.

The two writers are first-time novelists, and it shows. One of them has some pretty decent credits as a screenwriter, and I suspect he had a lot of influence here, as the book is structured more like a movie than a novel, with short chapters, movie-like action sequences, and shallow character development.
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I highly recommend Weaponized to anyone looking for some great fiction, that, by the end of the summer, may be moved over to the non-fiction aisle (thanks Edward Snowden). The terrific and biting prose combined with the swift pacing makes for a truly spectacular edge-of-your-seat read from start to finish. You do not come across too many books that make the reader think about the state of the world while following a car chase. You know who would be proud of this book: Greene, Palahniuk, Hitchcock, and Ludlum. Not bad company. Also: if Weaponized teaches us anything, it's that the government will know if you haven't read Weaponized yet. So do yourself a favor, go read this book before Julian Robinson comes knocking on your door.
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I bought this book for my father after we watched the movie "Safehouse" - script written by the same author. He really enjoyed it!
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This is a vividly rendered modern techno-thriller set in sweaty, lawless Cambodia. At once an homage to the classic Wrong Man conceit, and a thoroughly contemporary twist on the spy caper, with strong resonance in our borderless surveillance society. A truly rewarding read. Can't wait for the film.
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I got this book about a week before flying cross-country and was looking forward to reading it on the plane but, ended up finishing it a couple of days before my trip, staying up long past my bedtime to keep reading on more than one occassion.

I've been a fan of Nicholas Mennuti's writing for a few years through his short stories. Those I've read remind me of an analogy I've heard of Byzantine art being an attempt to reach the "divine" through the "grotesque" which, resonates deeply with me. I love that his stories have a dark underbelly without being gratuitous about it and his characters are generally brutally, and beautifully, broken.

Weaponized was a bit of a departure from that, though there were moments that felt familiar and recognizably like his voice. This story was definitely more entertainment than art, much more plot/action driven than his short stories I've read, and requires some amount of suspension of disbelief during some of the action sequences but, not more than any Hollywood action flick. And, while I'm really looking forward to him getting back to the kind of writing I love him for, I'd read the sequel of Weaponized in a heart-beat if he decides to write it.
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