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Dead Line

Dead Line [Kindle Edition]

Chris Ewan
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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This is Ewan's second thriller, following hard on the heels of his excellent debut Safe House, and it shows he is well on the way to becoming a leading member of the new generation of thriller writers ... Told at breakneck pace, with Trent always fighting the deadlines that every hostage negotiator has to grapple with, Ewan reveals a serpentine plot that is complex and yet all too real ... It has pace, intrigue and exceptional characters. (Daily Mail)

A terrific novel, wonderfully sophisticated and assured and skilfully plotted . . . It's one of the few books this year that I stayed up late at night to finish. Ewan has become a master storyteller and I look forward to reading his next book. (Ann Cleeves)

This is a compulsive against-the-clock thriller that cleverly turns the kidnap plot on its head. Great stuff! (Robert Goddard)

[A]ccomplished ... Film scouts will surely be eyeing it up. (John Dugdale Sunday Times 2013-09-18)

An intense, rapidfire thriller with plenty of twists and turns from a rising star of the genre. (Simon Kernick)

Dead Lineis a fast-moving story of kidnap and betrayal which seizes your attention quicker than a ransom note, and never lets go. (Martin Edwards)

Spellbinding action at a furious pace. I read it in one sitting. (Caro Ramsay)

Chris Ewan writes a great thriller and no mistake. From its explosive opening to a heart-pounding finale,Dead Linetakes the reader on a relentless switchback ride where the pace never lets up and there are slick twists at every turn. Hugely enjoyable. (Lynn Sherperd)

Fast paced and amazingly addictive ... Clever, unexpected and brilliant. (

Dead Line once again showcases Ewan's talent for spinning a story which grabs you by the throat and doesn't let up ... Dead Line has all the ingredients for a smash hit poolside thriller ... has a cinematic scope which makes for very easy reading, and enough twists and turns to ensure your heartbeat doesn't have a chance to settle down until the final, breathtaking pages ... Ewan is a technically accomplished writer; his prose is downright silky, his characters memorable and original, and he invests this action packed story with a genuine emotional weight which will leave you feeling wrung out.

With Dead Line Chris Ewan has gone from 'must-watch' author to top flight thriller writer. Make room in your suitcase for this one.


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From the number one ebook bestselling author of Safe House.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250047072
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Ewan is an award-winning British author of eight novels as well as the Kindle Single short story, SCARLETT POINT. His popular series of mysteries about globetrotting thief-for-hire, Charlie Howard, include THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO PARIS, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VEGAS, THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO VENICE and THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO BERLIN. Chris has also written the standalone thrillers, SAFE HOUSE and DEAD LINE. Chris's latest standalone thriller, DARK TIDES, will be published in the UK by Faber & Faber in October 2014.

THE GOOD THIEF'S GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 13 countries. SAFE HOUSE has been a major bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. In 2011, Chris was voted one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll.

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with 1st Class Honours in American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. He now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife, daughter and labrador, where he writes full time.

Find out more at You can also get in touch with Chris on Twitter @chrisewan or email him at

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gripping read 2 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Another really good book by Chris Ewan. A little different to Safe House and the Good Thief series in that this story is told as a more conventional narration rather than in the first person like Chris's other books, but nevertheless a good structured novel.

So why 4 stars and not 5? Well for me, I found it a little difficult to find a connection with Trent, the main character in this novel, attempting to negotiate a hostage situation with the aim of finding his fiancee. Is he a moral hero, a good guy gone bad or action hero - I was never quite sure and found myself caring a little less for the character as the story progressed. The one character that did grow on me actually being dispensed with halfway through the story (no names!).

As always with these novels, the location is also key to the story and the author has evidently researched the South of France with some wonderful descriptions of local life and places.

A good read and a really good book, would recommend to anyone to download.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Addictive. 1 Aug 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Having loved "Safe House" I was very much looking forward to this novel from Mr Ewan and I was very excited to receive a copy from Netgalley - thank you kindly.

Daniel Trent works in the dangerous field of hostage negotiation...along with his fiancee Aimee. When Aimee goes missing herself, Trent has a good idea of who is responsible...but then his chief suspect is kidnapped and so begins a desperate search for answers. Can Trent save the kidnap victim and find Aimee?

Well what can I paced and amazingly addictive this novel rushes you headlong into Daniel Trent's world and what a world it is. Cleverly strung out, my desire to find out what happened to Aimee soon matched Trents own...and I breathlessy followed him through all the twists and turns of the story to the final resolution - and that resolution my reading friends was clever, unexpected and brilliant.

I adored Trent as a character. Single minded, hell bent on the destruction of anyone who gets in his way no matter the consequences made me add him to my list of "literary characters I'd certainly marry" fact perhaps a future blog piece can talk about all those guys - he'll be somewhere near the top. The rest of the characters played their part admirably - trust no-one would be my advice and even then you'll be surprised at what happens. My favourite character by far was...ok I'm not going to tell you. You tell me when you get a chance to read it and we'll compare notes! No spoilers here.

I adore a good page turner and this novel certainly falls into that category. There are rare restful moments - make the most of them because shortly you'll be on that rollercoaster again. Don't fall off! Enjoy. Happy Reading Folks!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, well-researched but... 28 Sep 2013
By Peter
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A good twisty plot, but despite the obvious softer feelings of Daniel Trent for the loss of his fiancée, in the end I was disappointed in his characterisation. I just found it difficult to empathise with him, and for me that does matter. A shame because as others have said, there is a good story here.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked this a lot! 1 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a really good read. Better even than the previous Safe House. For anyone who knows the corner of France this is set in they will be transported back to the area. If they don't know they will quickly feel as if they do. Easily became involved and engrossed with the characters. Happy to recommend this book to other readers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 1 Oct 2013
By Rosa7
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Quite different from the 'Good Thief's Guide' books . Fast moving thriller with good characters . Yes I would recommend .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HaroldtheReader 21 Dec 2013
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Oh my! Almost speechless, this is the second book by Chris Ewan that I've read and I'm hooked. I hope he has more of this genre ready for me to read soon. The plot is fast and so well detailed you could be sitting in the room watching the action. Trent is a gutsy character you will to succeed, the author brings him to life in your imagination and you care about him from the start. Read this book- you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead line 16 Dec 2013
By sjay
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Good book throughout a few turning points kept you wanting to keep reading on thought a bit surprised about the ending the way it ended thought it could have been a bit better but all in all its another great book from chris ewan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept you thinking! 11 Nov 2013
By caz1
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This book kept you thinking and it wasn't until the last chapter that the twist come it was quite unexpected.Would recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Excellent edge of seat stuff
Published 4 days ago by Dave
2.0 out of 5 stars I liked Safe House
I liked Safe House, but this one felt as if it was written in a hurry. And it doesn't really have an ending, it just stops on an odd note.
Published 19 days ago by janbay
5.0 out of 5 stars K.p.
A long twisting tale. Plenty of twists and turns and tense storyline to the very end. Good holiday read. Five stars.
Published 27 days ago by ,
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Could not put the book down. A gripping read.
Published 1 month ago by Trevor Colbran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of a group of authors I look out for, an enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by ivars vilnitis
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in the end
This jogs along reasonably well, but it's ultimately unengaging. The main character's motivation is hammered home constantly, but not really developed. He doesn't come alive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LH
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Line
The story line was very good but confusing, not straight forward. The ending not so good I would have like to see Trent reunite with American after all he went through to die like... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roselyn Agbada
5.0 out of 5 stars Tachycardic read
I've enjoyed all the other Chris Ewan novels but this one is a cut above. The Good Thief's Guide series is well written and will eventually make an excellent TV series but they are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S H Hanlon
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but the ending seemed unnecessarily contrived. I really...
Worth reading but the ending seemed unnecessarily contrived. I really enjoyed Safe House and will probably read his next book.
Published 3 months ago by Janette Barr
4.0 out of 5 stars another success from Mr Ewan
Yet again a cracking book which raced along at a pace. I will not get into details because it will spoil the read, however if you like a good mystery it's a must. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shonenknife
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