The Defector

Rated 4.84/5 based on 25 reviews
‘This is a remarkable thriller – chillingly violent, full of tension and with a very original ending.’ Publishing News. 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 currency trader, a big city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in sleazy bars... More

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About Mark Chisnell

Mark Chisnell has written 16 books, they’ve been translated into five languages and topped sales and download charts in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Mark writes suspense and mystery thrillers, technical books on the art and science of racing sailboats, along with non-fiction books and journalism on travel, sport and technology for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian.

Mark began his writing with travel stories, while hitch-hiking around the world. He got a job sweeping up and making tea with the British America’s Cup team in Australia in 1987 to earn the money to get home. He worked his way onto the boat as navigator and has sailed and worked with six more America’s Cup teams since then. He’s also won three World Championships in sailing, and currently runs the Technical Innovation Group at Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team.

Mark now lives by a river in the UK with his wife, two young sons and a dog – whenever he gets a couple of minutes peace he can usually be found reading a Jack Reacher novel, or the latest from Michael Lewis or Malcolm Gladwell.

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Review by: Edward Glantz on Sep. 06, 2012 :
A wonderful surprise, a great read!
The only problem was in the format (not the writing, but the PDB conversion). Quotation marks converted to multiple random symbols. Annoying, but I got used to it, and the book is good enough to enjoy even with this problem.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeanne Alford on Oct. 30, 2011 :
Deliciously intense. Hate love experiance
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: tom stafford on Sep. 26, 2011 :
Outstanding mystery. Many twists and turns. Highly recommend.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Michael Gibbs on Feb. 13, 2011 :
Started quite well, but was spoiled for me by the authors apparent ignorance when it came to technical matters. Particularly towards the end of the book when the protagonists were attempting to escape on an 80ft racing sailboat. At that point the errors came thick and fast, as anyone who has done any sailing would be quick to notice. If one has no such knowledge, no doubt many will find it to be quite an entertaining book.
Having said that, I didn't find the villain of the story, a character by the name of Janac, very believable. His single minded pusuit of the good guys, without any apparent reason, seemed a little far fetched to say the least.
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Review by: Bill Ashton on Feb. 02, 2011 :
Had read it in hardback but even better second time around. Great plot with well crafted story and characters make it a gripping read. When's it going to be made into a film?
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Review by: Linda Phillips on Jan. 31, 2011 :
This is an excellent book and for free at that. This is a book you don't want to put down, once you get going. Once it is over you are kind of sad as it was so good you want it to go on and on. This writter is very good and the plot is beyond description. Read it for yourself and you will see. The world definately needs more from this author!
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Review by: James Doshar on Jan. 24, 2011 :
It is a very intelligent book. The characters are believable. This author is very good at what he does and his research is incredible.
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Review by: lesley f on Jan. 22, 2011 :
What a great writer. I was completely lost in the plot. Gripping, thrilling and suspenseful. I hope Mark Chisnell writes many more books, this one is such a great read. Thank you Mark. I tell everyone I can about your talent.
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Review by: Rupert Holmes on Dec. 31, 2010 :
Original, fast-paced and gripping – full of suspense and surprise until the very end. I found it impossible to put down, even on a second reading. Strongly recommended.
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Review by: Arctocephalus gazella on Dec. 02, 2010 :
Gripping! One of the best thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It has everything - great plot, convincing characters, all wrapped up with a series of intense events and locations and enough jeopardy to make your spine tingle with the anticipation of what is coming next.

Highly recommended, I've already passed it on to as many others as possible.
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Review by: Séamus F. Murphy on Nov. 23, 2010 :
Absolutely amazing! I was completely immersed in the story and the characters. Fast moving, thrilling, and intriguing... my senses were on high alert while reading.

Being a professional and recreational sailor, I have been an avid Sam Llewellyn fan for years, and this book excites me with the knowledge that we have another author creating superb thrillers involving maritime themes.

Great work Mark. Looking forward to reading 'The Wrecking Crew.'

Highly recommended!
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Review by: Carol Devine on Nov. 18, 2010 :
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.
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Review by: chris leamon on Nov. 01, 2010 :
Only two other wordsmiths have ever managed to hold my attention the way that this book did .... one was Dan Brown the other was Sam Llewellyn ..... fantastic thanks Mark you deserve a great future in writing !
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Review by: Gemma Care on Nov. 01, 2010 :
Thrilling, chilling and full of suspense. This book is a great read with the perfect balance of action and emotion. Loved it!
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Review by: Rob Andrews on Oct. 28, 2010 :
Great book, very modern action thriller. The on water action is so real you almost duck as waves hit you!
Highly recommended
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Review by: jonathan prag on Oct. 27, 2010 :
I really loved this book - it's totally gripping stuff and the dilemma is nailbiting. Towards the end there is a fantastic yacht chase that is as good as 'Riddle of the Sands' and there are far too few books with sailing in them fiction-wise. More please.
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Review by: Vicky Mac on Oct. 24, 2010 :
Gritty yet mesmerizing… I had read it before (in hardback) yet, once again, found once started I could not tear myself away. An E-ticket ride, straight through to the finish. Highly recommended.
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Review by: Frances Clarke on Oct. 12, 2010 :
Tense and gripping, full of unexpected twists and then a stunning sequence involving a yacht chase - and a believeably human male lead as well. Great book.
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Review by: Julianne Weight on Sep. 30, 2010 :
Oh my goodness - why are you giving this away for free? Get it formatted correctly and you've got a bestselling e-book.

I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Siany on Sep. 21, 2010 :
Great read, gripping sycological thriller. The ultimate mind game and great adventure.
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Review by: Tony Bull on Sep. 15, 2010 : (no rating)
Darn good action thriller, found myself musing during day about getting home to find out what happens. Nice to read a sailing thriller with knowledgeable background.
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Review by: kwhitley on Aug. 25, 2010 :
Great audio book. Absolutely enthralling. I would thoroughly recommend this, particularly to any sailors.
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Review by: M L Chisnell on Aug. 24, 2010 :
Reviews from original hardback and paperback publication:

‘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

‘This thriller moves at huge pace, mixing philosophical debate with breathless action. The culmination of the game will astound you.’

‘Compelling, hard to put down but not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.’
CityMix Auckland

‘The novel has an evil storyline, with little relief and with great tension created, particularly around the yacht chase.’
Hawkes Bay Today
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Review by: Carcharodon carcharias on March 30, 2010 :

Great lead characters, the descriptions of whom made me feel like I was part of 'the game'!

Fast-paced and edgy, I look forward to the sequel.

Strongly recommend this read.
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Review by: anne simpson on March 26, 2010 :
This is a great thriller- fast paced and with a sexy male main character. A must read.
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Review by: Carol Newman Cronin on Jan. 06, 2010 :
Although I don't usually enjoy thrillers, the plot of The Defector hinges on personality - and that makes all the difference. With tough decisions for his main character to make at every turn, author Mark Chisnell shows that people can change for the better without stretching the limits of our belief. His descriptions of a variety of locations made me feel like I'd been there before - even when I hadn't. A great travel read, especially for sailors.
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