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The Wrecking Crew (Janac's Games #2) by [Chisnell, Mark]
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Mark Chisnell writes the kind of stories that keep you turning the pages on holiday, and still thinking about them when you get back to work ... The books include the chart-topping thrillers, The Defector, The Wrecking Crew and The Fulcrum Files - as well as award-winning works of non-fiction. He's a former professional sportsman, and now also works as a broadcaster and journalist, writing for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. Probably his greatest achievement was hitch-hiking to Mt Everest base-camp in Tibet. In training shoes. Or maybe that was the stupidest.

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  • Language: English
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Ten fathoms deep on the road to hell... well there were always going to be lots of killings in a Mark Chisnell novel, and there are many more than fifteen heaped upon this Dead Man's Chest. This time we are in the islands and pirate-infested waters of Malaysia, where Phillip Hamnet, Sea Captain and media-proclaimed `Lifeboat Man' must face a predicament he had hoped never to have to revisit.

I surprised myself earlier on this year by enjoying Chisnell's first thriller `The Defector', an edge-of-the-seat introduction to his remorseless villain Janac, who returns now to provoke another victim in a new game of cat and mouse. Janac is a yellow-toothed steel-eyed psychopath who entertains himself by attaching cynical moral dilemmas to his evil-doing. In the Defector, the flawed hero was forced to face `The Prisoner's Dilemma'; should he co-operate or defect to survive? In this new voyage of torment, Janac confronts Hamnet with the moral question of whether it is better to sacrifice the few for the good of many - but the stakes are high when they include Hamnet's kidnapped pregnant wife, and when you-know-who is in charge of the sacrificial rites.

Driven from Australia by Triads, Janac has taken his drug trade to the high seas, and added piracy to his repertoire. The booty-laden container ships coming out of Hong Kong and Singapore are his targets for plunder, and there are MP5s instead of cutlasses; but that won't stop Janac from enjoying a little tradition...

Yet perhaps this time he has met his match in Phillip Hamnet, who tantalizingly, may hold a secret which Janac (who studies and tests human behaviour in order to control) craves the answer to - what really happened before on that lifeboat? What sort of man is he dealing with?
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 July 2011
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THE WRECKING CREW is a sequel to The Defector, although the two are self-contained and can be read separately. There's only a brief reference in the former to the events in the latter.

In THE DEFECTOR, the reader was introduced to an iniquitous character named Janac, apparently once a member of an elite U.S. special forces outfit, who's taken up a life of vicious criminality and drug dealing in Southeast Asia. A student of sorts of human nature, Janac revels in forcing cruel mental choice games onto more or less innocent individuals that, through bad luck and circumstance, fall within his orbit of power and control. In THE DEFECTOR, the unwilling participant was a former London currency trader named Martin who'd escaped to Thailand after a career gone wrong, and the game involved something called the Prisoner's Dilemma. I gave that book four stars.

The somewhat unique nature of this pair of novels is that it's Janac, the Bad Guy Extraordinaire, whom author Mark Chisnell carries forward into the second installment.

THE WRECKING CREW takes place some 6-7 years after THE DEFECTOR. Janac has now taken up piracy on the high seas, and his unwilling game-player is Phillip Hamnet, the captain of a cargo ship captured by Janac and his gang. In short, while Phillip manages to escape capture while the rest of his crew is murdered, his pregnant wife, who was along for the boat ride, is taken captive by Janac and carried off to his home base. With her in his power, Janac forces Phillip to make ruthless choices. How Phillip deals with his dilemma is the book's plot.

In contrast to Mark of the first installment, the reader may find Hamnet a more sympathetic Good Guy.
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I was so pleased to find that 'The Defector' by Mark Chisnell, had a SEQUEL! This book is fabulous. If you like excitement (nerve-wracking sequence where the hero is trapped in a sinking ship) and fear (the arch-psycho bad guy, Janac, returns) and can bear to be kept on the edge of your seat then this is the book to read. It would make a truly nailbiting film.
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I must admit I've had this on my kindle for a while - ever since I read The Defector (Janac's Games) - and forgot that it was there! So, this week I decided to pick it up and give it a go. Thank goodness I did! This book reintroduces us to Mark Chisnell's villainous creation, Janac. It's slightly worrying how well Mr Chisnell writes all of Janac's misdeeds; he seems to revel in coming up with new ways for Janac to torture the innocent!

What I enjoyed the most about this story was the pace. I like to read at my leisure, often taking 2 weeks to finish a book. However, The Wrecking Crew is a story that hooks you in and won't let you go until you reach the end. It's a fast paced and fluid story that keeps the action and suspense going throughout.

This is a brilliant thriller. You empathise with the protagonist, despise the villain and pity everyone caught up in the whirlwind of events.
Well done Mr Chisnell. I didn't think you could top The Defector, but if you're going to write a sequel, this is the way to do it. I just hope you bring Janac back to the page soon - although I am slightly scared to see what else he is capable of!
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