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Spycatcher: A Novel

A book by Matthew Dunn

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Difficult to accept

  • 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 constantly injured, but appears to be able to overcome these problems almost immediately. Additionally, everyone in the book seems to be a dead shot, with even long shots making it into the heads of the victims. Doesn't anyone shoot for the body any more?

I will admit that the plot is exciting and races along at a healthy pace. When you hit the ending, however, the whole thing just falls apart. How can you talk a confirmed terrorist out of doing his nasty job simply by telling a few lies? That just doesn't wash and therefore makes a mockery of all that has gone before.

The author is a good writer, but he can't create believable characters. I hope that, in his next book, if the protagonist from this one is the center character, he is more human, not as in this book a man who should be wearing a cape and have a big red S on his chest.

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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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