Misdirection is the first novel in a series of international crime thrillers by Martin Link. High-tech and action packed, this may seem like the stuff of science fiction; however, the series features amazing new technology that actually exist in the world today.
When we first encounter the series' narrator, Lucas Norton, he's riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England.
Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain's MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he's just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper.
Lucas's first assignment at MI5 is to chase down a lead that consists of an e-mail containing four high-level keywords, a barely-intelligible phone call made from the same smartphone from which the e-mail was sent, and a cryptic numerical text.
From this limited amount of information, the team quickly surmises that, rather than an act of terror, as was first feared, this is a high-target heist, organized by a very sophisticated operation, and it is already in motion. The question is, where?
With each clever twist and turn of the story line, you will be trying to solve the case before Lucas and some of the world's best security experts do, as they chase down a daring plot to make off with $48 million-right under their noses. Despite all their technology and brainpower, MI5 is always one step behind the perpetrators.
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I haven't read the print version but the narrator did a very good job. So yes probably.
Coops and Susie were both great female brains who gave the men a run for their money.
He handled accents pretty well and kept up with the pace.
No. I don't think it's that kind of book really but I appreciated some of the sarcasm.
I found this improved as I got into the story after a bit of a slow start in terms of connecting with Lucas, the lead POV. The twists and turns were highly addictive and I was eager to see how it ended. An entertaining read for any James Bond fan!
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
I thought he did a very good job with differentiating the characters.His voices were good.I enjoyed it a lot.
Fasten your seatbelt!
I LOVED this book!I read it all in basically 1 sitting.I enjoyed the narrator tremendously.He did a great job with the voices.The storyline was good,well written and easy to follow.It was a fast paced read.I'd love to hear more by these 2.
"Good Crime Story with a Tech Touch"
Sure. It's a quick listen/read of a good story with easy-to-like characters and interesting twists of misdirection just when the good guys seem about to catch the bad guys.
Same question asked twice?!?!!? Audible, you need to have someone proof the review templates.
Yes, the mystery/suspense was created well.
This was a one-day listen and a very interesting one, at that. I volunteered to listen to this audiobook through a Goodreads offer by the author. While I am not particularly drawn to mysteries or international crime stories, I am interested in trying out authors new to me and stepping out of my usual genre box. This worked quite nicely.
This is not only the first of a series, but also the author's debut novel. In this book, we meet MI5 Agent Lucas Norton on his first assignment. He and his team must follow up on an email that has caught the attention of both British and American Intelligence. From one clue leading to another question to another clue leading to more questions, the British team, lead by Norton, and an American team seem to be "misdirected" time and again from catching the high-tech bank robbers close to getting away with their theft of $48M from a US bank.
There is interesting technology used in the story which is apparently not stuff of science fiction, and some good old fashioned detecting, too.
This crime story could possibly be too low-tech for true techies, but to the average reader, this might just fit the bill.
This less than 200 page story was narrated by Chris MacDonnell and runs just under 6 hours. Mr. MacDonnell does a fine job with all the voices, male and female, and does a fine job with pacing, emotion and suspense in action.
"Good Thriller with Great Narration"
What I liked most about this story was the narration. Chris MacDonnell delivers a flawless performance voicing this audiobook. He has great tone and maintains a steady flow throughout the entire book. I really enjoyed the quality of his narrating skills while noting that he himself could quite possibly be the next James Bond.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about the story itself. I think it had some great moments but nothing that really stood out to me in originality. I didn't take away much from it but was left feeling that there should have been more. The heist could have been any heist. I just felt lost during parts of the story when it seemed to make little sense at times. It was good and had a decent dialogue and did a fine job in showing off Chris MacDonald's capabilities.
Overall I feel that this was a story that was saved by a good voice actor. Chris MacDonnell was exceptional.
Audiobook provided foc in exchange for an unbiased review.
"The heist is on and you are in for a ride ..."
I would listen again to see if I could pick up any clues that I missed the first time in the story.
I liked the fact that the mystery was solid. I didn't see any obvious holes in the story. I really enjoyed the interaction between MI-5 and the FBI.
Mr. MacDonnell has a great voice for this genre. He was able to keep me engaged in the story. You could feel the action and suspense as the story was being read. I would love to listen to more books narrated by Mr. MacDonnell.
Misdirection is just that. A story of misdirection and robbery. Lucas's first case now that he is with MI-5 is about a armor car heist. All through out the story you think he is on the right track only to be 'misdirected'. The mystery is solid and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys police thrillers. I hope that this is the beginning a series and I can't wait to see what happens to Lucas next!
"Excellent Crime Caper"
Disclosure: I received this audio book for free from the author in exchange for a review.
This is the debut novel by this author and I really enjoyed it. I like a good logic puzzle, and this had twists and turns galore! The plot had intricate details that kept you guessing, and I learned interesting stuff about security techniques. It is obvious that the author knows his stuff when it comes to the technical details. I also like that the main character was made more realistic with his marital struggles. Very good book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
The story has an exciting and dangerous adventure of Lucas Norton. With all his electronic and modern gadgets, the bad guy gave him some heluva time solving the mystery.
"good old fashioned international spy thriller"
I would never have chosen this audiobook myself. Why? Because there are so many title in my to be listened to pile already, where I think I know they will be good. Not saying there is anything wrong with Misdirection before I even start, just saying what I said. And this is why I love what I do. I get to be exposed to hundreds of audiobooks, some I have been eying for a while, some that are new to me. I keeps everything so fresh for me.
All that being said, I really enjoyed Misdirection. While there was nothing that really jumped out at me as completely original or breathtaking. This was a story that was full of twists and turns and just when you think you figured out who done it, the plot thickens.
Modern detective from the point of view of the "secret service" of the United Kingdom, aka MI5. In a competition with the FBI to solve this case. As the culprits span the ocean. Everything that is told, even though it may seem insignificant, plays a role later on. I love it when an author makes me think a bit, especially when I find myself saying "Oh yea" when I remember.
Decent characters that were interesting enough to keep me engaged. Most of the international spy thrillers that I have listened to rely upon super specialized gadgets, like James Bond would use. However the Martin Link manages to keep all the techno-babble to smart phones and iPads. Which keeps the investigation accessible and/or realistic.
If you enjoy good old fashioned international spy thrillers, you will enjoy Misdirection. I have a feeling that the author has a lot in store for our investigators.
Many times I have listened to a narration in the English accent, where I could barely understand what was being said. Not the case here at all. While it did take me longer than most to catch on to the different terms it was all clear and concise. Chris MacDonnell was even successful at creating the different voices that the various characters demanded.
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"Stick with it, it's worth it"
I loved the laid back Britishness of it all, the world could be falling down around us, but the Spooks are as cool as cucumbers
I also enjoyed the wonderful descriptions, of weather, buildings, people, sounds, the skilled writing and narration enables the listener to picture everything so clearly
One of the first characters we were introduced to, Coops. Oh, and Lucas of course, in his Marks & Spencer suits(I remember M&S with great fondness, thanks for the memory) and his bicycle.
No I haven't so can't compare, I liked his narration very much and now I know his name it will catch my eye when looking for audiobooks. It's important to recognise the good narrators and to note their names.
Not really, but Britain is where I was born and grew up, parts of this story did make me feel nostalgic and a little homesick
A thoroughly enjoyable listen
Rather sophomoric plot and a little weak on factual details. Annoying /way too frequent references to coffee/ lattes/ espressos etc. The ending was very anticlimactic and unsatisfying.
"Story kept me on the edge of my seat"
The story was intriguing, BUT I had to buy the ebook to catch up on details because the narrator was hard to understand. I would have given the story a higher rating, but I wasn't too happy with the preponderance of first-person narration. It became very confusing, especially as an American listening to a british accent.
I would--I really enjoyed the story.
I thought the brogue was thick and he spoke a little fast.
Yea, I think this story would make a great movie !
liked alot! it kept me intrigued. I didn't want to get out of my car and stop listening. I ended up sitting in my driveway to finish.
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