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The Spartak Trigger [Kindle Edition]

Bryce Allen
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Book Description

Disgraced cop and degenerate cad Shane Bishop now makes his living as a professional set-up artist, using his unique skillset to frame his clients’ enemies for various criminal offenses. When his latest job goes wrong and his mark ends up in a body bag, the ex-lawman becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile murder investigation – framed himself by a mysterious government agent.

In order to obtain a key piece of evidence that will clear his name, Bishop is blackmailed into performing various acts of industrial espionage upon some of the world’s most powerful corporations. He soon graduates to foreign intelligence work and finds himself in Russia charged with infiltrating a radical neo-Bolshevik terrorist group known as ‘Black October’ and retrieving a microfilm they’ve obtained which contains a Soviet-era computer virus that has the power to destroy the world…wide web.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2233 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bedlam Press (An Imprint of Necro Publications) (16 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J27G8PI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #813,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Parody is not sufficient excuse 1 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This sounded like an exciting Leverage style thriller but an awkward narrative device where the protagonist is aware of the narrator and editor of a (different?) book based on the events in this book totally turned me off. Added to the main character's misogyny and racism this had me requesting a refund quarter of the way through. Maybe it's some clever parody I was too dumb to understand but I disliked this book in every regard. I appreciate it's poor form to review a book you've not finished but I couldn't read another page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but a wonderful read! 12 Jan. 2015
By Kelly Smith Reviews - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Number one, calling Shane Bishop a degenerate is being oh, so kind to the lead character of The Spartak Trigger. Half the time, I was hoping that somehow, someone would shoit him right where it hurts! His disgusting ways are actually half of what makes this book so great: he's the perfect character you love to despise.
The second thing that makes the big stand out isn't the plot (though it's awesome), or the secondary characters, but the style in which it's written. It's supposed to be from Shane's perspective, yet he keeps taking about a narrator and an editor, changing and talking about his story, as you're reading the story! At first I was confused, but after a while I understood what the writer was actually doing and I applaud him. It is an innovative approach to narration and storytelling that I hope people pick up on and appreciate it for the genius that it is.
As I said, the plot was awesome: fast-paced, mysterious and dangerous. You don't know who's good, bad, alive or dead! Like the nameless and faceless narrator and editor, this is Shane's story and you're just along for the ride!
I do, however, have one criticism, and that's the fact that, though Shane is old enough to have an adult daughter, at times he talks far too young, using current slang that no middle-aged cop would. It is a bit confusing and then seems too pretentious for the character. Most of the time, though, everything is spot on, from dialogue to description.
All in all, a great book. Just not for everyone. Some will definitely be too sensitive to read this, but I think most people (mostly men, unfortunately, no offense to the female readers, but there's a lot if sexism, racism and other various forms of bigotry in here that most likely will offend most women) will enjoy this depraved ride just as much as I did!

4/5--in a league of its own!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great mystery read! 5 Dec. 2014
By feedmeinbooks - Published on
Mr. Allen sent me this book for an honest review and I have to admit I was a little weary at first (this isn’t usually my genre), but I gave it a go anyway and was slightly surprised with it. I read up on the reviews for the book and it was given high remarks so I was even more excited. Now this book is VERY different. The tense used is everywhere. first, second, third, hell I think he even made up some tenses but truthfully it made the book even better. Now lets start with this Narrator person. We never learn who he is and honestly I’m thinking Mr. Bishop has a split personality or a strong imagination, as there is never anyone with him at the times that the Narrator is speaking/thinking/describing things. I do believe Mr. Bishop is losing touch with reality. (Ah and Mr. Allen, I HATE how you portrayed cops in this book. I take it as a personal offense. BUT I’m not here to talk about that,.. just an FYI we aren’t ALL fat, sloppy, or crooked.) This book is really fasted paced and it drew me in quickly. I loved all the mystery and surprises throughout the book. When Bishop was set up I knew it was coming by the way his boss was acting. It was bound to happen and for a man who used to be a cop? He’s pretty stupid at times. Bishop got on my nerves throughout the whole book if it hadn’t been for the writing and mystery to the story I would have dipped out. I mean what “older” man talks like that? And calls every woman he sees/meets a whore? A bitch? Come on now. I was over that 2 chapters in. As a woman I can only take so much downgrading from a chAracter before I throw in the towel. But other than my hatard for the main character it was a pretty good read. I got pretty upset when “The Wizard” is shown with his head cut off. I even shed a tear. I liked him, but at the same time thought is he really dead? Because so far everyone believed dead is still alive and kicking,..

All in all I give this one a 4. The writing and mystery is all you need! Pretty impressed for a first time writer! Make sure you check this one out! And keep a lookout for this author! Allen did an amazing job and gave us a new twist we never saw coming in almost every chapter!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite an interesting read 7 Dec. 2014
By HeadshotHeather - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
To be honest, I had a certain idea about what I was getting myself into when I began reading The Spartak Trigger, but what I got was almost, not quite, the exact opposite. I’m not saying this as a bad thing, just mentioning it so that if you choose to read this book you aren’t taken aback as I was initially. The tenses of this book shift…a lot. First person, third person an omniscient narrator and, I’m sure there may have even been some newly created point of view included. It took me a bit to get used to it, but overall, I feel, it worked.

Very rarely will a book get more than a Double espresso rating (2 stars) from me if I dislike the main character, but this is an exception. It’s getting a Triple espresso, because while I truly disliked the main character, Bishop, and found him to be an utter ass, I liked the premise and flow of The Spartak Trigger. It was quite an interesting concept and we got to travel around various parts of the states/world as the story unfolded.

And what a story it was, we start with an ex-cop who has been off the force for quite a while now and who frames people of his client’s choosing for various crimes in order to get them out of the way for whatever reason. However, Bishop gets framed himself for a murder he did not commit and we spend the rest of the book learning what he is willing to do to clear his name.

Definitely an interesting book and worth a read, I’m not sure it will get a reread from me, personally, but I was intrigued by it and would definitely look at this author’s other works again in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great spy-fi/neo noir novel 23 Jun. 2014
By Max Everhart - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the voice in this novel, which is an addictive cross between Chuck Palahniuk and Mikey Spillane with a bit of spy-fi a la Ian Fleming thrown in for good measure. What this book does (and does well) is follow the classic structure of a detective/spy novel, plot twists and tough guy dialogue included, while simultaneously poking fun at those storied genres. There are insider jokes/familiar troupes on practically every page, and the author's influences literally pop up and say, "Hello." Usually, a writer will deliver jokes deadpan and only acknowledge his/her influences via author interview, but Allen calls attention to his in the actual narrative, which makes the book all the more comical and enjoyable. Too, this level of self-commentary adds a layer of depth to the narrative, making THE SPARTAK TRIGGER both a novel and, in its own way, criticism. . .and entertaining criticism at that.

But all English major stuff aside, this book does the most important thing a novel should do: it makes you want to turn pages; it draws you into its world and makes you want to stay there. Bottom line, that is my most fundamental requirement for fiction, and based on that, I highly recommend reading this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good first novel, but could use improvements. 27 Dec. 2014
By Liz Van Pay - Published on
Without going too in depth with the plot, I will say that I enjoyed reading The Spartak Trigger, but it lost me in some places. The point of view shifted repeatedly, from first to third person, and there were constant references to a narrator that could have been left out completely, as far as I'm concerned. It didn't add much to the story, but made it difficult to see what was going on.

Bishop is a grade A jerk, and I didn't like him as a protagonist whatsoever. There were some portions of the story that I enjoyed, but his countless and seemingly continuous tirades got old quick.

As Bryce Allen's first novel, I enjoyed the plot and story. But it read, at least to me, like a first novel. There were multiple misspellings and small words missing (that distracts me quite a bit). Large plot points were reduced to mere paragraphs after pages and pages of buildup.

Overall, though, The Spartak Trigger was a good start from a new author. I am excited to see what Bryce Allen comes up with next.
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