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The Colonel's Mistake (A Mark Sava Spy Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Mayland
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Mark Sava, former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan, lives a quiet life as a professor at Western University in the city of Baku. But his peace is shattered by both the assassination of a high-level American during an international oil conference and the arrest of CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham for the crime.

Sava knows the Iranian American Buckingham well—he personally trained her—and doesn’t believe she had anything to do with the murder, so he visits a CIA control center to discuss the situation with the new station chief. When no one answers the outside intercom, Sava overrides the security code and stumbles upon the grisliest scene of his career. Now, he can’t help but wonder if he really knows Buckingham as well as he thought…

Determined to find out, Sava soon finds himself and a partner caught in the middle of the new Great Game—a deadly intelligence war over oil that has Iran, China, and the United States clawing at each other’s throats. Meanwhile, Colonel Henry Amato, assistant to the US national security advisor, is keeping a close watch on the situation from Washington. His stake in the Great Game is high—and personal.

From the shadows of the world’s most volatile region to the highest levels of Washington politics, The Colonel’s Mistake takes readers on an unforgettable ride where the good, the bad, and the brutal play a deadly chess game of global espionage.

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Mayland beautifully captures the high stakes games played in an increasingly complex world. The Colonel's Mistake is a terrific ride. --Kyle Mills, New York Times Bestselling author of The Immortalists

"Dan Mayland has an excellent understanding of modern Iran." --Gene Garthwaite, author of The Persians

"Dan Mayland tells a riveting spy story from the Caspian oil city of Baku. He vividly captures the mysterious, dangerous place that swarms with agents like Cold War Berlin in the 1960s." Lutz Kleveman, author of The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia

"An outstanding debut...The Colonel's Mistake has a fresh setting well off the beaten path of the run of the mill intelligence novel, and you'll definitely be rewarded for making the trip..." –William Christie, author of The Warriors of God

About the Author

Dan Mayland spent years exploring the outer limits of Western civilization and beyond. He has slept on the streets of Europe, summited mountains in Colombia and Bolivia, trekked through Bhutan and Nepal, visited remote Buddhist monasteries in India, and explored Shiite mosques in Iran and Azerbaijan. An international news and foreign policy junkie, Mayland is an avid reader of,,,, and, and he has written articles for Mayland’s first book, The Colonel’s Mistake, is the inaugural novel of the Mark Sava series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2827 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZNA0RE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi all,

I wanted to let you know that I've added some things to my website that might be helpful or interesting to have while reading my Mark Sava spy-thiller novels: free MAPS, lists of CHARACTERS, links to PHOTOS of places featured in the books, a GLOSSARY, discussion QUESTIONS, and an entry form you can fill out to potentially win a free ADVANCE READER'S COPY of my next book. If you're interested, it's all at DANMAYLAND.COM.

You'll also find a full bio. Here's the short one: I grew up in the state of New Jersey, went to Dartmouth College, travel frequently to remote corners of the world, have written articles for the, and love writing spy thrillers.

Thanks for reading,

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 7 July 2012
By Christian VINE VOICE
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This was a pleasant read, set in and routed in the politics of the middle east; this story is listed as the first in the new Mark Sava series. Mark is a former section head of the CIA in Azerbaijan who has retired to civilian life but finds that the pull of his former life will not leave him behind.

This is a spy thriller in the pure sense of the genre with all of the key points; a hero fighting the odds, a beautiful though possibly deceptive woman, a sidekick who comes through thick and thin, guns and many close moments for the hero's.

And there it differs, this is a book that is very obviously well versed in the particular politics and social views held in the countries and cultures of that part of the world. The book blends the different factions viewpoints together well and presents a complex picture. This made it a real pleasure to read as it was deeper than most of the other thrillers I have read.

I think on the downside, I'm not really sure where the series will next go; there is a danger of following tired paths and the story didn't really leave with an ending that promised a springboard to a great second book. I also found that the pacing of the last part of the book whistled along a little too fast so moments which should have played out over a long time were dealt with in a few pages.

Still, I liked it; a thriller that made me think. More please.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining spy thriller 22 Sept. 2012
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Something strange happened when I opened the parcel with this book in it - I was about the leave the house for a hospital appointment and shoved it into my bag. I arrived, booked in, sat down and started reading. I didn't hear them when they called me through I was so engrossed with the story.

I should say now that I am a fan of Tom Clancy's writing and this spy thriller was just what I needed. The chapters are nice and short, meaning that you can read a chapter for a break from the stresses and strains of life for a few minutes and then get back to work.

The story follows retired CIA director Mark Sava who comes out of retirement in order to help CIA operative David Buckingham who has been accused of a dreadful crime in Azerbaijan. Sava isn't just up against the local police but other forces which have their own agendas.

It is fascinating read which kept me entertained for several hours. I have no doubt that there will be a sequel and I look forward to reading it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colonel's Mistake 20 Aug. 2012
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Mark Sava is a former CIA station chief who is now working as a college professor in Baku, Azerbaijan. When a former US Secretary of Defence is assassinated during an international conference, and a former CIA colleague, Daria Buckingham, is arrested and charged with the murder, Sava steps back into his old life. Discovering that everyone in the local CIA field office has been murdered, his quest to discover the truth puts him in great danger from both local enemies and those in Washington. Aided by a former US Navy SEAL, John Decker, Sava is embroiled in a mission which is set against the commercial and diplomatic relationships between America, Iran and China over oil reserves.
Dan Mayland's debut novel is fast paced and action packed. Showing detailed knowledge of Azerbaijan, both the country and it's people, together with gritty, believable and well developed characters in Sava,Decker and Daria, Mayland takes the reader on an informative, tense and complex journey right to the final sentence. Two further books featuring Mark Sava are promised and, given that, in my opinion, he is a cross between Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan (an intelligent, principled veteran)I look forward to both.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut 20 Aug. 2012
By John Richard VINE VOICE
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Thoroughly enjoyable first novel, excellent characters and narrative with an intriguing, contemporary plot line. Should become a best seller if the promise of this one is maintained, will certainly look out for his next.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FAST MOVING EASY READ 13 Sept. 2012
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The Colonel's Mistake by Dan Mayland is the first novel in a planned series featuring the character Mark Sava who is the former CIA Station Chief in Azerbaijan. He has now left the CIA and is enjoying the quite life of a lecturer at the local University. His peace is disturbed by the assassination of a prominent american at an international oil conference and the arrest of one of his former employees, a young Iranian American girl.
Knowing she is innocent he arranges her escape however an attempt on his own life and the local CIA station being eliminated tells him something big is happening.

Sava and the girl then try to unravel just what is happening and he finds she knows much more than she lets on. What follows is a fast moving modern spy/adventure story full of international intrigue between Iran and America spiced with double dealing, corruption and just a little excessive force.

They move between Azerbaijan, Iran, The Gulf States and Europe a little too freely and it takes a bit of imagination to see just how easily however the story is OK and the conclusion dramatic and perhaps a little obvious.

Easy reading for leisure, you don't have to work hard to follow it and the action keeps flowing. I feel sure if you like this type of story you will enjoy this and I think Dan Mayland has quite a few ideas ready for the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Jack Adair
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good story.
Published 26 days ago by Charles Sinclair
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars in Mark Sava, I've found a new spy hero to follow
Grabs you from the start and the pace never lets up to it's satisfying conclusion. Mark Sava is a great character with a lot of depth and, pleasingly, without emotional baggage... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deej61
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable spy novel
Generally well written and constructed. Fast paced with good use of places.
Mark Sava is a likeable character.
An easy read.
A good Start to the Sava series
Published 3 months ago by Kang-Riou
5.0 out of 5 stars First book I think? Welldone Mr Mayland.
Very good read, unexpecredly so. Will look for other titles.
Published 3 months ago by Twiggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Enjoyed the story. Although I found it week in one or two places. Not usually my type of story. ...
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Delighted with purchase would recommend this seller
Published 3 months ago by Janice Purdie
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Gave up after 20 pages as I was completely ungripped by the plot or characters and the poor writing style was getting too annoying.
Published 4 months ago by RM Sparkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gripping read loved then writing style.
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