The Spycatcher (Spycatcher 1) Paperback – 16 Aug 2012
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Like le Carre and Fleming before him Dunn is the real thing, a former member of SIS turned fictional chronicler of the secret world. His though is a more muscular creation than Smiley, or even Bond. Meet Will Cochrane, a one man weapon of mass destruction; 007 is a cocktail-sipping lush compared with Cochrane (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there done-that authenticity make this one of the year's best thriller debuts. Highly recommended (LEE CHILD)
A nail-biting, edge of your seat page-turner. Matthew Dunn is an explosive new talent (SIMON KERNICK)
A terrific thriller with a superb new hero. Written by a man with the credentials to back him up... oozes class. Bond and Bourne can take a back seat... (MATT HILTON)
Plenty of fireworks, a suitably anguished 21st-century hero and snappy tradecraft make this an intelligent and entertaining summer read. But what really gives [it] the edge is the author: Matthew Dunn is a highly commended former MI6 field operative ... and the first to write a thriller. This feels solid and authentic (FINANCIAL TIMES)
Excellent ... I know of no other spy thriller that so successfully blends the fascinating nuances of the business of espionage and intelligence work with full-throttle suspense storytelling (JEFFERY DEAVER)
Readers will want to see more of Dunn's distinctive hero, "the ultimate killer of killers" (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (US))
This debut novel has the ring of verisimilitude ... no nonsense, pulse-pounding ... readers will want to spend more time in the company of Matthew Dunn's tough agent Will Cochrane (CRIMETIME)
Dunn, a former M16 officer, fashions a hero who looks poised to give Lee Child's Jack Reacher a run for his readers ... a twisty, cleverly crafted work (KIRKUS REVIEWS (USA))
I made the mistake of starting Dunn's novel at 10 o'clock last evening. In no time flat my mind was trapped by the turns of this intense thriller ... this is one of the most startling thriller debuts I've encountered (THE RAP SHEET)
A thriller with fast action, a great villain, several twists and turns, and enough ambiguity to escape the many obvious pitfalls of genre cliché ... the book pushes forward relentlessly (IRRISTIBLE TARGETS)
A new breed of spy is born . . .
Stunning debut from a real-life James Bond - 'Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there-done-that authenticity' Lee ChildSee all Product Description
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I'll offer my thoughts on plot construction and writing style in a moment, but meanwhile, how about a spot of verisimilitude?
The cover blurb describes M.D. as, inter alia,'trained by SIS in... small arms... significant experience (with) SAS... joint operations with MI5, GCHQ and the CIA'. So, for a moment, let's concentrate on small arms.
Have you ever fired a 9mm pistol, let alone a .45? OK, we are supposed to believe that hero Will Cochrane is an Ûber-Superman, as is his worthy opponent, code name Megiddo (gerrit?) but how does even hero W.C. hit targets over distances like that with a handgun? How does Megiddo fire from way outside pistol accuracy, along a corridor ablaze with flame (so what does the target look like to the shooter?) in such a way that his round, intentionally, grazes the temple of W.C. instead of blowing his cerebellum out the back of his cranium? (If not missing altogether.)
In the opening chapter, W.C. takes three rounds through the stomach. Next chapter, he gets up and starts throwing his weight around. Wait one...
The guy(s) shooting him through the stomach (sic) are not at point-blank range. How, then, do they put all three rounds through the stomach while avoiding the liver, spleen, colon, kidneys... need I go on?
Let's assume they are all through the stomach, and that all three rounds go in and out cleanly without touching bone (spinal column) which would cause secondary projectiles,i.e. shards of bone that can spoil a trauma surgeon's entire day. The first hit - the author tells us - leaves 'a large exit wound in his abdomen'. Spotted the deliberate mistake yet?
Dead right. No mention of blood loss from a 'large exit wound'. OK, then add two more similar.Read more ›
The plot is a major threat against the west - some terrorist atrocity of magnitude - by a hidden mastermind known only as Meggido. The story is about tracking him down, discovering the target and taking him out. There is much whizzing about the world, as if international travel was as simple as catching your local bus, so the timeline becomes confusing. I was considering only 3 stars, but the final third was so good, I give it 4. Good book of the genre, with some minor glitches. Ideal holiday read.
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I saw a positive Lee Childs quote on the cover and thought this would be escapist fun. I was wrong - it is woefully bad: not just implausible but terribly written with painfully... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tired Dad
You really know when something dramatic is going to happen in this book.
Repetitious phrasing spoilt things for me. Never mind the weak plot.
I read a fair number of spy novels and thrillers and this one was definitely a good read. It has excitement and action, but perhaps a little sensational in places. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tessa
Fast paced with enough detail to create a credible and well researched read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Can only get more exciting as the series generates more challengingPublished 11 months ago by Brian Hainsworth
Interesting but makes the main character look incompetent and just lucky all the time.Published 17 months ago by loraine Davies
I'm amazed at the apparent success of this book A superhuman agent successfully takes on a powerful megolomaniac despite his tortured soul numerous disastrous setbacks and... Read morePublished on 13 May 2014 by TGriff
I can only assume that super-spy Will Cochrane is bionic. I find it difficult to believe that he could still walk, never mind fight after sustaining so many injuries over the... Read morePublished on 1 May 2014 by Jimmy C