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The Defector (Janac's Games #1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chisnell

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What will you do, when it's you or them?

This is the dilemma at the heart of The Defector - can Martin Cormac turn his back on his ruthless past as a dealer, a major city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in a succession of sleazy dives...

One night, Cormac gets caught trying to chat up the bar owner's girlfriend and soon needs rescuing. Unfortunately, his white knight is anything but - Janac's a big-time drug baron with a psychotic urge to test people to the limit, and if possible... over it.

And soon Cormac is running from more than his past, he's running from the most dangerous game he will ever play.

The Defector was a #1 Thriller on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

This is what people said about the Random House and HarperCollins editions:

‘An excellent drug-smuggling thriller.’
The Bookseller

‘This is a remarkable thriller – chillingly violent, full of tension and with a very original ending.’
Publishing News

‘New British fiction writer Mark Chisnell will have to go a long way to top his debut.’
Bristol Observer

‘A fabulous and brilliantly written story.’
Peterborough Evening Telegraph

And from the book blogs:

'I really enjoyed this book, it's a tense action thriller with a great psychological edge.'
Booked Up

'Well plotted and as smoothly written as anything else I’ve read lately.'
Kindle Obsessed

'If you’re a fan of fast-paced psychological thrillers, you’ll love The Defector.'
JulieW8.com

'I finished the book over an hour ago and my stomach is still in a small knot. Decompression could take a while.'
Let’s Book It

'It was a pleasure to read a thriller in which some of the conflict was physical, some romantic, and some took place on the battlefield of competing philosophies.'
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2729 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZE76
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  50 reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great psychological action thriller April 1 2011
By Carol Devine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Drug smuggling? Chilling violence? Sordid rape? This is not the sort of book I would ordinarily pick up, preferring to have my sensibilities tested by no more than the angst of a good romance; but I'm glad I did. A riveting page-turner that takes you from the oppressive fear-soaked bars of Bangkok to the sailing world of Sydney and the beautiful but treacherous pirate-ridden Coral Sea. Martin Cormac is a man already running from some bad decisions when he fatefully encounters the monstrous villain Janac. But now the decisions he is forced to make become life-changing and against increasingly terrifying odds. Tempted initially by his gambler's instincts, but then persistently presented with more unsavoury choices, Cormac becomes a sort of unwilling Dice Man, only without the luxury of a die. At the heart of the book is a twisted game and the ultimate dilemma; can Cormac do the right thing and still survive? A chancer by nature, what price is he willing to pay to prove his integrity to himself and to the woman he loves? From a disquieting and original beginning, the pace of action does not stop, and in Janac we have the kind of relentless psychopath who will make your palms sweat with foreboding. And the question lingers, what would you do in Cormac's position? Co-operate, or defect? I couldn't put this book down and have already begun the follow up, The Wrecking Crew. Highly recommended.

P.S. Wake up, film and television production companies; this book would translate into a brilliant action thriller.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good until the terrible ending May 13 2011
By Park Ave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Denouement" noun: the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel. From Dictionary.com.

Anyone who has seen "The Return of the King" understands what too much denouement means. The interminable final reel of Peter Jackson's film remained true to the interminable final book of Tolkien's series. Too much "final resolution," as the characters flew into the sunset, were crowned, rode into the sunset and finally sailed into the sunset. How many times could one book or movie end?

"The Defector" is the polar opposite of my above example. Climax hits on one page, followed by a half-page epilogue. That's it. This good (not great) book, which had held my attention for 93% of the file, was suddenly over. The author might as well have written "then we got away and got on with our lives" right after leaving us on a cliff at the climax. I was baffled then disappointed, paging back and forth, looking for more. Instead, the final 7% was a preview of the next book in the series as (presumably) the antagonist finds another couple to terrify.

Too many plot lines left hanging, too many motivations left unexplained, too many "why?" questions remained in my head after reading this book. I was very happy with the first 92% and thus give 3 stars. The problem was I thought the remaining 8% would answer these question and tie up the loose ends. Instead, nothing. Like writing a sentence without
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars D is for Dilemma Oct. 6 2011
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fast-paced psychological thriller set between Thailand, Australia and the endless waters of the Pacific Ocean. The central character is no angel, and is fleeing from his past when he gets himself well and truly tied up with a powerful drug tsar with a penchant for mind games.

At the heart of the book is the concept of the "Prisoner's Dilemma", where two players in a game can choose between two moves, either to "cooperate" or to "defect". Each player gains when both cooperate, but if only one of them cooperates, the one who defects will gain more. If both defect, both lose, but not as much as the cooperator in the second scenario.

The "dilemma" sections of the book can get a bit complicated, and may cause you to stop and think it out, but the action resumes soon enough. The author also obviously knows his sailboats and yachts, and I got a little tangled in the nautical jargon whilst on my way to the final chapters.

The main section of the book motors along with a few choppy moments, but the ending makes up for this in a big way. I wish however that the Epilogue had revealed more of the aftermath, instead of the quick half-page wrap up.

Overall, a unique perspective on a drug-smuggling scenario with intriguing leading characters and a cast of walk-ons. It would make a great screenplay and movie.

Amanda Richards, October 5, 2011
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty yet mesmerizing... Feb. 18 2011
By Vicky Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Gritty yet mesmerizing... I've read this book in hardback and loved it - once started I could not tear myself away. An E-ticket ride, straight through to the finish. Highly recommended.
Note - I do not have a Kindle (yet) but the opportunity to read this book again might well convince me to make the jump!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `It's the game, and the game is everything.' April 30 2011
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The prisoner's dilemma
n. a philosophical conundrum enacted through a game with two participants which gives an insight into the behaviour of the individual in society.

And the players? Martin Cormac, a man with a ruthless past in business and Janac, the man who seems to rescue him from the consequences of a poor choice in a bar in Thailand. But rescue isn't may not be the right word: Janac has plans for Cormac which could ultimately involve a choice between life and death. Can Cormac be selfless, or will his choices remain self-interested? What if Cormac's is not the only life at stake?

The action in this novel moves from Thailand to Sydney, and then to the Pacific Ocean and further north as Cormac tries to escape the consequences of his choices while Janac wants to play the game to a conclusion.

I enjoyed this novel: the story moves quickly and while Martin Cormac is not a particularly likeable hero he has his moments. Janac is a suitably awful villain who is committed only to `playing the game'. Much of the action takes place at sea, in circumstances that heighten the tension and the drama. Can Cormac `win' - despite the odds?

`There were only consequences left.'

Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this book for review purposes. This novel was published in hard copy as `The Delivery'; it is now available in electronic format as `The Defector'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith

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