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Dead Spy Running | [Jon Stock]

Dead Spy Running

Daniel Marchant, a suspended MI6 officer, is running the London Marathon. He is also running out of time. A competitor is strapped with explosives: if he drops his pace, everyone around him will be killed, including the US ambassador to London. Marchant tries to thwart the attack, but is he secretly working for the terrorists?
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Daniel Marchant, a suspended MI6 officer, is running the London Marathon. He is also running out of time. A competitor is strapped with explosives: if he drops his pace, everyone around him will be killed, including the US ambassador to London. Marchant tries to thwart the attack, but is he secretly working for the terrorists?

There are those in America who already suspect Marchant of treachery. Just like they suspected his late father, the former head of MI6. On the run from the CIA, Marchant is determined to prove his father's innocence in a personal journey that takes him from Wiltshire, via Poland, to India. It was here that the former MI6 chief once met with one of the world's most wanted terrorists, and where the new President of America is shortly to visit.

But was that meeting proof of a mole within MI6 or the best penetration of Al Qaeda the West has ever had? And was Marchant's father the keeper of another, darker secret?

©2009 Jon Stock; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    05/08/2009
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    "Dead Spy Running!"

    I've never really read/listened to spy novels before, but I downloaded this as I'd read that Warner Bros had snapped up the rights for the film, even before the release of the hardback!

    The audiobook draws you in right from the beginning with the set of the London Marathon and with the many twists and turns keeps you listening throughout. For a spy novel that's not overly complicated story, Dead Spy Running is a good choice.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Duncan Blairgowrie, United Kingdom 12/02/2010
    Duncan Blairgowrie, United Kingdom 12/02/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "An excellent spy novel."

    I didn't know what to expect from this novel, but I found it really compelling. The plot is fast moving and really hangs together with lots of twists and turns.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Skotbu, Norway 16/03/2011
    Michael Skotbu, Norway 16/03/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "A good listen"

    Never written a review before but felt I had to for this book. Listened to it on my daily commute. Not often when I have parked the car in the garage at home that I sit there and listen for a few minutes more. Really enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom 29/10/2009
    Ben Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom 29/10/2009
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    "Loved it"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, didn't want it to end. Would recommend to anyone who likes crime thrillers.

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    Laurence PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom 29/09/2011
    Laurence PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom 29/09/2011
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    "Breathless"

    What a great plot - you have to admire the ingenuity that went into this spy thriller. I suspect that the pain of running is not unknown to the author. The flaw of the story is that a trusted agent is so easily suspected and then discredited apparently on the whim of one senior officer that takes a bit of swallowing. MI5 has had a couple of powerful women directors but both have been models of integrity.
    Never mind a good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Duplain Waterlooville, United Kingdom 11/08/2011
    A. Duplain Waterlooville, United Kingdom 11/08/2011 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent British Spy Novel"

    This book is great and I really enjoyed it. It's quite action-packed for a British Spy Novel but that's no bad thing.

    Dare I say Jon Stock is as good as Len Deighton? I shall be looking out for more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James swindon, United Kingdom 10/07/2011
    James swindon, United Kingdom 10/07/2011
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    "Entertaining"

    Good story - quite "Bourne" esque and generally fast paced. I got a bit bogged down / disinterested in the India section about 2/3 of the way through, but made it to the end and enjoyed it.
    Recommend to anyone who likes Bond / Bourne stories.

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    Peter Warwick, United Kingdom 05/05/2011
    Peter Warwick, United Kingdom 05/05/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "A gripping and fast paced story that delivers."

    An entertaining story that moves at a cracking pace
    and if you can ignore some of the occasional
    silliness in the plot-points (CIA willing to torture
    fellow agents at the drop of a hat etc.); it
    delivers a frantic twisty-turny roller-coaster that
    should keep you gripped until the last minute.

    Unlike a previous reviewer, I really liked Paul
    Panting's delivery, he gets the breakneck pace just
    right and any actor who can do a credible Indian
    accent, without sounding like he's doing a Peter
    Sellers impression, deserves credit.

    If you like spy novels, this is a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Z Armour 12/06/2010
    Mrs Z Armour 12/06/2010 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Predictable Spy Intrigue"

    This follows on the 1960s spy thrillers, with its intrigue, betrayal, clever hero, mechanically professional villains.

    The narrator is annoying - I recommend speeding it up to ease the pain. He speaks every sentence as though it is critical, which is at odds with the text.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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