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Spycatcher: A Novel

A book by Matthew Dunn

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The best spy thriller in a decade

  • May 3, 2011
Matthew Dunn's Spycatcher is undoubtedly the best written, most exiting, and original spy thriller of the past decade. It is filled with drama, with twists and turns. Each of his fifty-three chapters has new developments, thrills, suspense, and excitements. Dunn is a former MI6 field officer who conducted seventy-six missions, all successfully. He knows his craft as he demonstrates in his book.

Will Cochrane, the hero, is a seasoned MI6 agent, groomed years back, unbeknownst to him, by MI6 and CIA senior spies. He was tarnished in his youth by two events – the brutal murder of his heroic father after a long period of torture, and the death of his innocent mother. He was hardened, to his surprise, by his swift response against his mother's attackers who, although he was just a boy, he killed. He grew up seeking revenge against his father's murderer and a strong, seemingly opposite feeling of wanting to protect and help the innocent, as he protected his mother.

He served, as a young man, in the harshest segment of the French Foreign Legion and became accustomed to facing and not fearing imminent death. He became proficient is making swift proper responses. Then recruited by MI6, he attended college and became a field agent. Now seasoned, with scars across many body part, the results of knife and bullet wounds, he is indispensible to MI6 and the CIA. Yet he tells his handlers that he follows no man's orders; he does what he thinks is right to accomplish his mission. So far he has succeeded, so while they don't like his independence, they allow it.

The two nations turn to him to save the world. Chatter on the internet reveals that a brilliant highly competent but vicious Iranian maniac intends to inflict catastrophic harm to either the US or Britain. But no one know who the maniac is, where he is, and when, where, how, and why he intends to do it. But he seems to be a highly-placed agent in Iran's secret service. He may be the man who murdered Cochran's father. MI6 is unable to assign agents to help Cochran because they are protecting England's important sites. The CIA gives him four superbly trained men from Delta Forces and Seals, among others. Cochran travels through many countries and meets many people, including a woman who he feels he could marry and finally settle down with. But who can he trust?
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review by . October 09, 2012
Yeah, you can call me a lair (if you’re so inclined), but I’ve actually had the good fortune of knowing two gentlemen who worked (in completely different capacities) for the CIA.  One of the fellows I went to high school with was recruited out of college very quickly; he was a languages scholar, and the CIA snatched him up right quick.  His job?  Well, it wasn’t all that glamorous, to be perfectly honest; he spent the bulk of his workday reading foreign magazines …
review by . May 17, 2011
I've always believed that a reader should accept the world presented to him by the author and go from there. Often reading fiction requires a willing suspension of disbelief, but this book stretches that idea to the breaking point and beyond.      The reason I say this is because the author has built a main character who is simply unbelievable! Two days after having three bullets in his stomach he's in an airplane going off on assignment. Throughout the book he is almost …
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“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 )

“Once in a while an espionage novelist comes along who has the smack of utter authenticity. Few are as daring as Matthew Dunn, fewer still as up-to-date. This isn’t the Cold War, this isn’t even the last ten years, it’s the CIA and MI6 as they are now.” (John Lawton, author ofA Lily of the FieldandBlack Out)

“Not since Fleming charged Bond with the safety of the world has the international secret agent mystique been so anchored with an insider’s reality. The pacing in Matthew Dunn’sSpycatcheris frenetic, and the plotting is meticulous as it continually doubles back on itself.” (Noah Boyd, author ofAgent XandThe Bricklayer)
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ISBN-10: 0062037676
ISBN-13: 978-0062037671
Author: Matthew Dunn
Publisher: William Morrow

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