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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Actually read this book after reading & thoroughly enjoying the Wrecking Crew. Even though this one should have been first. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2014 by T M WILSON
Well written and a good story line easy to follow with lots of subplots and twists to the story loneThoroughly enjoyable bookPublished on 7 Jan. 2014 by Nick Reed
Kept me in suspense to the end. Loved it! Fascinating in a horrible way, but a great read . Will certainly read more by Mark Chisnell.Published on 1 Dec. 2013 by L Y Walker
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(Contains spoilers) This was an enjoyable read - didnt feel the last cliffhanger quite delivered as it was obvious by that time that Martin was going to get his girl, so it was... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2013 by elemel