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EVEN (David Trevellyan Thriller 1) [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Andrew Grant
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4 Jun 2010 David Trevellyan Thriller 1

David Trevellyan takes a lonely late-night walk between a restaurant and his New York City hotel. A familiar huddled shape in the mouth of an alley catches his eye. A homeless man has been shot dead. As David steps forward, a police car arrives. And a second too late he realizes he’s been set up.

Trevellyan isn’t worried. He’s a survivor from the shadowy world of Royal Navy Intelligence. He’s been in and out of trouble a thousand times before. But when the police hand the case to the FBI, he’s sucked deeper into the system.

With no idea who is friend and who is foe, he penetrates deep into a huge international conspiracy, which spans from war-torn Iraq to the very heart of the USA. He knows that the price of failure will be death, but the reward for success will be redemption – for himself as well as for the huddled corpse from the alley. His motivation is his cherished life-long belief: you don’t get mad – you get EVEN.

'Brilliantly plotted and smart, and delivers the bone-jarring kick of a .45'

Jeffery Deaver

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (4 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0330464493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330464499
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for "Even": "Andrew Grant's debut novel reads like it was written by an old pro with new things to say. "Even" is a bit of LeCarre and Ian Fleming, but with more grit and a sharper edge. Wonderful sardonic wit and crackling dialogue." --Nelson DeMille "In "Even," Andrew Grant introduces British naval intelligence officer David Trevellyan, a man born to fight and trained to win, locked in a suspenseful contest with terrifying adversaries. An excellent thriller that feels like breaking news." --Thomas Perry "The first paragraph is a whopper. . .the last one made me gasp. With surprise. With delight. David Trevellyan is by turns witty and wicked. Fans of 007 will be shaken and stirred." --Sandra Brown "Modern noir at its best . . . "Even" is brilliantly plotted and smart, and delivers the bone-jarring kick of a .45. Here's hoping author Grant is hard at work on the next installment featuring his thoroughly compelling tough guy hero, David Trevellyan." --Jeffery Deaver "Andrew Grant storms onto the scene with a thriller that is pure entertainment. He has a relentless writing style that is grippingly addictive and heralds a remarkable talent in the making. I couldn't put it down." --Vince Flynn "Move over Jason Bourne. British Marine David Trevellyan can outwit, outmaneuver and overpower the best of them in this rocket-ride of a thriller. I always like a man who knows how to get even..." --Lisa Gardner, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Neighbor "Even" is a slam-bam humdinger of a thriller, with breakneck pacing that won't leave you even a moment to catch your breath. Andrew Grant has created a hero so intriguing that readers will surelyclamor for the next book in what I hope will be a long-lived series. I will certainly be looking forward to it!" --Tess Gerritsen "Think a young, British, Jason Bourne framed and trapped in New York City and running for his life. Think about a new author on the scene who writes action like a veteran. Think about trying to put this book down, and then clear your calendar: it ain't going to happen." -- Ridley Pearson


'Full of panache and brutal detail about killing, it sweeps you along at a breakneck pace.' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like brother, like brother? 22 April 2010
By Roger Sharp VINE VOICE
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Andrew Grant is the brother of the author Lee Child - responsible for the "Jack Reacher" series, and in this very enjoyable novel it is perhaps not surprising that he visits both similar subject matter and writes in a similar style.

His main character, ex-naval officer David Trevellyan, is thrown into a murky world of mercenaries, terrorism and murder and must fight to clear his name.

It's an exciting read and the book is thoughtfully plotted, containing twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Although books of this genre have a habit of requiring the intervention from time-to-time of an "unbelieveable" character to drive the narritive, nothing jarred with me. Perhaps the best thing I can say about it is that it made me keen to read the next story, assuming there is one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Paul Fillery VINE VOICE
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I adore the city of New York, and will read any piece of fiction set there. The city is almost alive, and I relish seeing its mute, brooding presence in thrillers. That's basically why I picked this book, as I am not a fan of modern thrillers. I appreciate the classics (Fleming, Deighton, Forsyth, even Clancy) and some modern junk that borders on sci-fi (Matthew Reilly ia a guilty pleasure, for example), but most modern thrillers are far too samey and fit one of three templates: the historical-conspiracy (Dan Brown et al, ad nauseum), the (yawn) police procedural, or the Bourne/24 wannabes.

This is a curious one, though. Andrew Grant is the brother of the famous thriller writer Lee Child - I've read a couple of his books, and they were good but I didn't feel I had to rush out and devour more. When I read the synopsis, I was expecting something similar to those, but with perhaps a dash of the Bournes about it. Nearly right. But instead of aping Bourne, it apes "24" instead - in both good and bad ways.

The writing is good - crisp dialogue, neat descriptions. Characterisation is a little lacking, though - I have no idea what David Trevelyan looks like - but then perhaps that's the point. The first-person perspective is interesting, and the clipped sentences give a real feel of David's structured and highly-trained life. The - relatively few - action scenes are kinetic and well-written, and the background research is obviously extensive.

The plot and the pacing of the novel are the problem areas.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, lacklustre plot 23 Jun 2014
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As a Royal Naval Intelligence officer, David Trevellyan is used to getting into – and out of – tight spots. But when he's framed for murder whilst on assignment in New York, the stakes are the highest they've ever been. With the police, the FBI and the real culprits all out to get him, David will have to use all of his wits and more than his fair share of luck to clear his name and uncover a conspiracy with far reaching consequences.

There's no shortage of thriller novels on the market, and unfortunately, when it comes to quality, Even is near the bottom of the pile. The book features a weak, lacklustre and oftentimes unbelievable plot seemingly stitched together from every genre trope the author could find. The main character is portrayed as a nigh-infallible superman surrounded by incompetent idiots at every turn; he's invincible in combat, and apparently possessed of the only brain cell present in the entire book. Worse yet, he completely lacks empathy – for example, at one point he wonders why someone is uncomfortable after they spent 'only' 70 minutes locked in the boot of a car, an experience he found quite pleasant and comfortable.

Whilst the main character thus thoroughly dislikeable, everyone else is simply too shallow and one-dimensional even to care about. FBI officers of varying names come and go, and it's never really necessary to remember who's who. Similarly, details about the plot are barely important – in fact, it's more a nonsensical weaving together of idiotic villains and unbelievable conspiracy theories than any kind of coherent narrative. It's not great to start with, but by the time you're about two-thirds of the way through, it's a real struggle to care about anything than getting the whole experience of reading this novel over and done with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing 16 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
came to this book late,2013,and wish i"d read reviews first.I just want to endorse everything said in the one and two star reviews and im bothering because it was so bad. This will help me get over it . Jeffery Deaver endorses a lot of second rate books i hope he is well paid
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 16 Aug 2013
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It's gripping stuff which keeps you interested all the way through.
I look forward to reading his next thriller if it's half as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good debut 2 July 2013
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Have been wanting to read this book by the brother of Lee Child and I wasn't disappointed. A really good debut novel
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clunky Plotting and a Bland Lead 18 Sep 2009
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Andrew Grant's 'Even' is a poor book; an espionage thriller that isn't thrilling and is laughably implausible, but not in a good way.

The plot is one big convoluted mess yet lacks any real thrills or surprises. The leading character, David Trevellyan, may be portrayed as super-competent but is also a charisma-free zone. The rest of the cast are nothing more than a set of one dimensional cliches there to serve the plot who make little lasting impact except when the story contrives to make them to act in a stupid manner just to keep the plot moving.

Despite being written as a serious, hard edged, noirish spy thriller set in the 'real' world rather than an escapist romp, much of 'Even' feels contrived and implausible. The authorities for example, are portrayed as universally incompetent simply so that the book's hero can save the day single handed. Equally the bad guys, who we're told are dangerous killers who have previously disposed of trained soldiers and FBI agents with little trouble, are apparently no match for David Trevellyan even when they outnumber him two or three to one. For competent criminals/terrorists they also make a number of basic errors, including not shooting dead Trevellyan when they have the chance and then leaving him alone (more than once) so that he can effect an escape.

Even Trevellyan's continuing involvement in events doesn't feel believable. Not only is Grant forced at one point to find the most tenuous of reasons to keep him around but we're also asked to believe that the FBI would have no objection to a British Naval Intelligence agent muscling in on their cases and behaving like a loose cannon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful and plodding
if you come from Lee Child, Robert Crais, Robert B Parker, Sjowall and Whaloo or almost any Scandanvian crime thriller you will not like this book or author. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Adrian Maxwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapppointing!
There's no point in repeating what's all been said before. But this is a very tedious and boring read. Don't buy it on the strength of the writer being Lee Childs brother? Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by Bonny
2.0 out of 5 stars Got bored with it.
I struggled on for about two thirds of the book then I just gave up. The plot is totally implausible with a super hero who can make no mistakes encumbered by incompetent FBI... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by J. Pilling
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good copy
I didn't know that Andrew Grant was Lee Child's brother - only found out just now because one customer mentioned it. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but there are better books out there.
It starts off strong, but loses steam after a few chapters. Action sequences are fun, and the many mysteries kept me reading, but the characters aren't very well fleshed out and... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by R. Griffith
2.0 out of 5 stars Had promise but suffered from some major problems ...
This book had promise but suffered from some major problems. On the plus side it had good pace and good action. Also the main character was likeable. Read more
Published on 21 July 2010 by Emanon
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Interested by the title, cover and description on the back I gave this a go, but found it ultimately disappointing. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2010 by MarkW
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, macho fun
Blokes will enjoy the vicarious thrills that this pacy thriller offers. We're thrown straight in to some tough-guy antics that any of the more familiar literary spies would... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by Russell Smith
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