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The Right Hand by [Haas, Derek]
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"A one session rocket of a thriller."-- Financial Times, Best Books of 2012

"Fast-paced with lots of believable action."-- Deadly Pleasures

"A one session rocket of a thriller." "Financial Times, Best Books of 2012""

"The novel begins literally with a bang and never lets up. His writing manages to be both economical and evocative. Pure genius."
"Shawna Seed, The Dallas Morning News""

"Screenwriter and novelist Derek Haas confidently strides into espionage with his adrenaline rush The Right Hand. A lean, no-nonsense plot....the vigorous pace never slows as Haas' sparse prose propels the plot that crisscrosses Europe. Haas introduces just enough spycraft to add intrigue, but never to overwhelm his story." "Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel""

"Derek Haas is a vivid and cinematic writer and THE RIGHT HAND is a roller coaster of a novel." "Jeff Abbott, author of the New York Times bestseller Adrenaline and The Last Minute""

"Derek Haas knows how to capture your attention with his first sentence and keep you in his thrall until his final words. THE RIGHT HAND is impossible to read in small bites. You devour it like a shark, hungry for more until you've swallowed every gob of flesh, every drop of blood. Haas doesn't know how to write a boring page; THE RIGHT HAND, like a triple shot of espresso, will keep you up all night, eyes darting back and forth, wondering how it's all going to end." "David Benioff, New York Times bestselling author of "City of Thieves" and "The 25th Hour"""

"Fast-paced with lots of believable action." "Deadly Pleasures""

"Haas spins a riveting page-turner with just the kind of sharp dialogue one would expect from someone who writes for the movies. Readers will want to see more of Austin Clay." "Booklist""

"Haas has crafted a lean and mean tale laced with wit, mordant insight and, at perfectly judged moments, flashes of sharp prose. He paces his tale with crack action scenes that, however well they read on the page, may soon have film directors calling "Action!" These high-octane scenes, however, never detract from Haas' canny plotting, which is capped by a final, unexpected twist and a poignant fade-out. It's not the game, but how well you play it, and Haas plays it very well indeed." "Kirkus Reviews""

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From a star Hollywood screenwriter comes a thrilling contemporary take on a cold war classic - the most secret side of the CIA and a mission in Russia which puts the balance of power in jeopardy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I33Y2C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am not familiar with this writer but this was a very good read. The novel; reminded me a little of Lee Child/Harlan Coben and is in good company with those writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Right Hand' is the right choice for a good spy story!! 14 Nov. 2012
By Doug - Published on Amazon.com
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The main character in 'The Right Hand' is a black ops specialist doing the dirty work which the CIA either won't or can't publicly acknowledge. The story has lots of snappy dialogue, gun battles, car chases, double-crossing bad guys, surprise twists and turns, and an heroic effort by the hero of the story to permanently find and punish the traitors who are selling U.S. secrets to a recovering Russian spy aparatus. If you enjoyd Haas' earlier efforts (The Silver Bear, Columbus, & Dark Men) I believe you will not be disappointed in choosing 'The Right Hand.'
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spy Novel 27 April 2013
By Jackie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great spy novel. It is reminiscent of Bourne without the specific Bourne backstory. This spy has all the qualities of Bourne -- ability to survive most situations and get the job done without moralizing the good or bad behind his missions. And yet, there is a good back story that the reader glimpses as the story is told. The supposedly emotionless killer/spy is drawn to the female and helps her though his instincts tell him not to. Thankfully he does, because it leads him to the completion of his developing mission. However, he knows he cannot become attached to her, knows his job doesn't lend to developing long term attachments. Yet he can and does see that she is taken care of. The mission starts out one way and is quickly turned another way. I hope this is the first in a series, hope that the side characters will appear again and be developed more. But lots of action and a satisfying conclusion. Could easily see this one on the big screen. It is a quick and satisfying read. I would highly recommend it to friends and family.
4.0 out of 5 stars Austin Clay Makes An Exciting Debut 25 Mar. 2013
By TMStyles - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Right Hand" is a stand alone novel by Derek Haas, author of the assassination trilogy. It is a fun quick read that would be perfect on a plane or the beach. Austin Clay is a spy for the American government who is often referred to as the right hand referring, in this case, to the idea that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and it is designed to be that way. Clay gets the dirty necessary assignments that can be disavowed by the US government if he's ever caught. Very few people in the intelligence business know of him and his highly secretive responsibilities.

Clay is sent to Russia to find and recover an American operative, Blake Nelson, who has apparently been exposed and captured by the Russians. His American handlers want him back at any cost. But Clay's mission is obscured when he discovers a Hungarian girl, Marika Csontos, who is on the run after learning more than she should while working as a nanny for a Russian spymaster. Soon Marika is desperately running for her life and she's being chased by Russian authorities, various spy types, and Clay all interested in what she learned from her job as a spymaster's nanny.

Clay eventually catches up with Marika and makes a desperate plan to help her escape from Russia. In the process, he discovers the knowledge Marika has that seems so dangerous to everyone. It appears she has information of a government mole buried deep in the US intelligence service. Now Clay's job is much tougher since he does not know who to trust on either side of his assignment. Clay decides to tell no one until he can get Marika safely to the West, ultimately setting in motion a classic cat and mouse chase that culminates in a white knuckle confrontation in a crowded part of Los Angeles. Eventually, Clay has one more loose end to tie up, the mole in the US intelligence service.

The right-hand was an enjoyable and quick read. It is well-written and tightly plotted. "The Right Hand" doesn't break a lot of new ground and fits comfortably within the typical spy genre of current American literature. But it is worthy in its own right and Austin Clay appears to be a character that will return and will continue to grow on the reader. I will be there for his next appearance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Book 9 Dec. 2012
By Book Buffy - Published on Amazon.com
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When you're a mystery/thriller obsessive you're often forced to go through long periods of reading books you just can't finish because they're SO predictable, formulaic, poorly written, unbelievable, and/or all of the above. The Right Hand broke one of these dry and dusty spells for me with its fabulous character development, unique plot and pacing and spellbinding believability. Then raced to my computer to find and buy all the rest of DerekHaas's brilliance. HIGHLY recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down 25 Nov. 2012
By Heidi - Published on Amazon.com
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In my mind's eye, Austin Clay is a rugged, handsome guy, half Sean Connery, half Jon Hamm. He is likeable but flawed, with a dark past that mars him as much as it imbues him with psychological and physical strength. He is at once woefully human and phenomenally superhuman. You'll root for him, you'll ache for him, but most of all, you'll hold your breath while he maneuvers like a cat with eight lives spent through a world that is riddled with peril. Every corner turned presents another dark tunnel, another thrilling, intense dance with death.
Derek Haas deftly uses action to propel the story at breakneck speed, but not at the sacrifice of his characters. All of them, from Austin to the most incidental, bit part players, are deeply three-dimensional.
You will not be able to put this book down. Just one caveat: don't forget to breathe!
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