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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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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This is a gem of a tale!
As many other reviewers have described the actual content within this story I won't go into it all over again. What I will say is this story challenges us as readers to look deeply into our own psychological responses to the many personal questions the author sets for us. As many have said they couldn't put the book down I was different, in as much as, I needed to put it down to think carefully and organise my thought patterns so that I was sure I understood each 'game' (there are several games that the killer makes his victims play) in depth.
This is a book I have had long discussions about with friends and in turn they have downloaded it for themselves and this I am guessing is the best kind of publicity you could ever hope for as a writter!
The unexpected boat trip toward the end of the book gave me my first sailing lesson ever and I was really supprised that I enjoyed at least the theory of sailing. I am not sure I would enjoy repeated nautically themed adventures.
All together I was made to develope my understanding of so many things I am trully grateful to the author for producing such a high quality book which is still twisting through my mind two days after finishing.

So if you are after a book that is more than a lazy read on the beach I highly reccomend The Defector!!
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