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The Defector (Janac's Games #1) by [Chisnell, Mark]
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About the Author

Mark Chisnell grew up in a small town on the east coast of England. The town was dominated by the rise of the oil industry and the decline of shipbuilding and fishing. Mark has been a professional sportsman and also won awards as a broadcaster and for his non-fiction accounts of maritime adventure. He's written for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. One of his greatest personal achievements was hitch-hiking to Mount Everest base-camp in Tibet. In Trainers. Mark had thought he'd have a future as a marine engineer, that was until he picked up a copy of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The cover said it would change the way the reader felt about the world and it changed Mark's perception about his life and where he wanted to go. He learned that books can change people's lives and that he wanted to write one. He wanted to write many. Mark began by writing about the sport in which he won three world championships, and subsequently won plaudits and recognition for his adrenaline-fuelled and suspenseful accounts of round-the-world racing. When he moved to fiction, he used his experiences as a sportsman and his background in broadcasting and journalism to weave chart-topping tales filled with intrigue, danger, romance and characters that take the reader on an incredible page turning journey. Mark currently lives in Europe with his wife and son.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2732 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZE76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I downloaded this book almost five months ago when it was on free offer.

The story is primarily centered on Martin Cormac, a burnt out high flying British currency trader who fled to Thailand. He's then dragged into the world of drug trafficking and dealing after being rescued from a bar room brawl by Janac, a major drug dealer. Janac is very much a control freak and is heavily into playing mind games, particularly the Prisoners Dilemma.

I have tried to like this book - I really have! However, after getting off to a good start, I became more and more disinterested and had to force myself to continue reading it. In fact, I abandoned it a number of times to read something else!

I've tried to work out exactly why I wasn't keen on it but I'm struggling to identify anything specific. It appeared to be well enough written and it wasn't strewn with errors, which is something I particularly abhor. The storyline should have fitted fairly snuggly into the type of fiction I enjoy so it should have appealed; yet it fell flat after I'd got about 30 per cent through the book.

I think perhaps for me the problem was it just dragged on and really did not succeed in sufficiently holding my attention.
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I did enjoy the first part of the book but towards the end lost interest in the plot and the characters. "The Game" that the "Baddy" used as a form of torture became so boring to read about, and endless details about ship's sails etc didn't really interest me. I was determined to finish this book because of the rave reviews - but wouldn't I have missed much ...
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2011
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Mark Chisnell's THE DEFECTOR is both an adventure story and edge-of-your-seat thriller that's apparently the first in a series - well, at least two books anyway - that, in my reading experience, is from a perspective outside the usual box. More about this later.

Here, the protagonist is Martin, a former London currency trader whose love life and professional career hit a major speed bump. Fleeing Old Blighty, he now lives in Thailand attempting to reassemble his life. One night in a Chaweng Beach watering hole, Martin is about to be beaten bloody in a dispute over a bar girl when a stranger intervenes with quick and effective violence on his behalf. The stranger, Janac, is obviously a Hard Guy. Martin is understandably grateful.

But Janac, who once may have been a member of an elite American special forces military outfit, has a creepy side. He's obsessed with The Prisoner's Dilemma, a game of hard choices that's too complicated for me to explain here. (Look it up on the Internet or, better still, read this book.) Janac gets his jollies coercing, and then watching, others play the game. And Janac makes sure his version is painful and deadly. Martin soon finds himself enmeshed in a game forced on him by a drug frame-up engineered by his pal Janac, who's also a big time drug dealer. Martin's nightmare has only just begun.

Much of THE DEFECTOR takes place on the high seas. Yachting enthusiasts should be particularly engaged. Overall, the novel is punctuated with gritty violence that establishes Janac as a nasty piece of work.

I found Martin to be an odd sort of protagonist. He didn't completely earn my sympathy for his plight since he landed between a rock and hard place via a string of bad decisions based on a lack of moral fiber.
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I really only bought this because it was cheap, and it's not my usual thing, however I was suprised how much I liked it. It is definately a thriller - fast paced, gritty and based on a good idea. The baddie is real bad, with bells on! The twists are a bit obvious, but it is still a page turner. Give it a go - its always worth finding a new author that may be worth looking at in the future.
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What should come first, the individual or the greater good of society? In the past Martin has looked out for number 1. However after the city trader loses his girlfriend and his job and causes a major accident he disappears off travelling. After getting caught up in a bar fight he is saved by tough guy Janac. Friend quickly turns to foe though, Janac gets his kicks through testing people to their limit. His particular interest is the Prisoner's Dilemma. Martin soon finds himself caught up in Janac's deadly game, threatening him and those around him. He flees for his life, and it's not just Janac on his trail.

The Prisoner's Dilemma revolves around whether two prisoners working separately can both co-operate and keep quiet to minimise the sentence they receive, whether both will defect, giving the other up, and end up with a longer sentence, or whether one will co-operate and one defect, resulting in one going free and the other serving a longer sentence again. The book explains it far better than this, but the dilemma revolves around whether you can trust the other person to act for the good of both, or whether self-interest will win every time. This is the basis of the psychological games Janac plays with his unfortunate pawn, Martin and it makes for some very interesting and though-provoking material.

Martin isn't an entirely sympathetic character, and some of the choices he makes early on in the book aren't the smartest, but I was certainly rooting for him to escape Janac's clutches. I also felt sorry for him as the collateral damage grew and threatened people who had no part in what was going on.
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