The Resource Spycatcher, Matthew Dunn

Spycatcher, Matthew Dunn

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Spycatcher
Title
Spycatcher
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Dunn
Title variation
Spy catcher
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Language
eng
Summary
Unpredictable agent Will Cochrane must catch the world's most wanted international terrorist mastermind, who was responsible for the death of his father in Iraq twenty-five years ago, and avert an attack the likes of which the world has never seen
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  • Will Cochrane is Spartan, MI6’s top agent. Armed with any weapon—or unarmed—he’s lethal, “impeccably ruthless,” quick to anger and disobey his controllers, and emotionally scarred by a life defined by extreme violence. Within days of being shot three times, he’s assigned by MI6 and the CIA to stop an imminent “genocidal” attack at an unknown location by an unknown terrorist believed to be a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Racing across Europe, he learns from a beautiful Arab woman that his target calls himself Megiddo, and Spartan develops a plan to draw Megiddo out, kill him, and thwart the attack. Along the way, he falls in love with the woman and gets shot two more times. First-novelist Dunn, a former field operative for MI6, has a flair for scenes of mayhem, and he lovingly identifies every weapon used to induce it. Some readers will happily suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride. Others may question whether anyone could survive five bullet wounds in a few weeks’ time and then swim 100 meters underwater during an Adirondack blizzard. -- Gaughan, Thomas (Reviewed 05-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 17)
  • British author Dunn draws on his real-life experience as an MI6 agent for his strong spy thriller debut. MI6 agent Will Cochrane, code name Spartan, winds up shot after a New York City mission involving an Iranian intelligence source goes bad. After a brief stay in a secret hospital, he takes on a new task—locating the mastermind of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who's planning a massive terrorist attack. Will tracks down freelance journalist Lana Beseisu, who's now living in Paris and rumored to be the terrorist leader's one-time lover. Will and Lana form an alliance and an instant attraction, though Will knows he has to keep his hands off this beauty until the mission's successful completion. When Will learns that the Iranian terrorist was responsible for the death of his own father, revenge helps fire his search. While some predictable plot twists suggest Dunn is still learning his fictional craft, readers will want to see more of his distinctive hero, "the ultimate killer of killers." (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed May 30, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 22, p)
  • Will Cochrane is an arrogant, physically and mentally superior secret agent recognized as a dangerous wild card by the chiefs of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency and the CIA. He is tasked with saving humanity from monstrous terror plotted by a mysterious Iranian. But Cochrane also has a personal agenda for catching this man—to avenge his agent father's death in Iraq 25 years ago. Despite his repeated failures, Cochrane's supporting cast is faithful and competent. A bulked-up version of 007, our spycatcher suffers an impressive collection of personal wounds while amassing an astonishing body count of evildoers. Dunn, himself an ex-MI6 agent and writing under his real name, reveals few of his agency's operational techniques, subsuming them under the unique methods of his protagonist, who is both restrained and hard-driven as much by vengeance as by duty. VERDICT This very uneven novel features a pace that seesaws between leisurely and frantic. The literary style and level of violence is comparable to David Stone. Dunn eschews sex, but indulges occasionally in 007-ish mentions of five-star hotels, powerful motor cars, fashionable dress, and trendy beverages. Recommended for spy fiction enthusiasts. [See Prepub Alert, 1/31/11].— Jonathan Pearce, California State Univ. at Stanislaus, Stockton --Jonathan Pearce (Reviewed May 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 8, p72)
  • A super elite M16 agent goes after an Iranian terrorist planning a massive attack, possibly in America or Great Britain, in this debut thriller. Dunn, a former M16 officer, fashions a Nietzschean hero who looks poised to give Lee Child's Jack Reacher a run for his readers. The agent's real name is Will Cochrane, but to the head of M16 and the British Prime Minister (the only two who know of his existence) he is "Spartan," a singular agent whose brutal physical training included a 100-mile trek—barefoot—through the Scottish Highlands in sub-freezing temperatures. Cochrane is a powerful, efficient killing machine, but his menace is leavened by some warm and appealing traits. He brews Scottish leaf tea and plays Segovia LPs on a Garrard turntable, all the time nursing wounds from his father's violent demise, an event that propels him on his first case. Learning from sources that a small unit of Iranian terrorists known as "the Jerusalem force" plans "a huge massacre, the likes of which the world has never seen," Cochrane's M16 controller and the British PM set Cochrane after the unit's leader, Megiddo. The strategy is to convince Lana Beseisu, a freelance journalist and a former courier for Megiddo, to lure the elusive terrorist into the open where Cochrane will capture him. Beseisu accepts the assignment and soon makes the desired contacts with Megiddo through intermediaries. The man is wily, however, constantly stalling off a direct meeting. A series of solidly described action set pieces ensue across Europe as Lana, a Mata Hari in the war on terrorism, goes after her quarry, and Cochrane waits for his high-noon moment with Megiddo. After a while, the barriers Dunn throws in the way of his protagonists seem calculated to stretch out the plot, but action fans shouldn't mind. This is twisty, cleverly crafted work.  (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
392156
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1968-
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Dunn, Matthew
Dewey number
823/.92
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no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
A spycatcher novel
Series volume
1
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  • Cochrane, Will
  • Intelligence officers
  • International relations
  • Terrorists
  • Enemies
  • Conspiracies
  • Battles
Target audience
adult
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Spycatcher, Matthew Dunn
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm .
Edition
First edition.
Extent
418 pages
Isbn
9780062037671
Lccn
2010048918
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Spycatcher, Matthew Dunn
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm .
Edition
First edition.
Extent
418 pages
Isbn
9780062037671
Lccn
2010048918
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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