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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Edward Glantz reviewed on Sep. 6, 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)
Jeanne Alford reviewed on Oct. 30, 2011

Deliciously intense. Hate love experiance
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
tom stafford reviewed on Sep. 26, 2011

Outstanding mystery. Many twists and turns. Highly recommend.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Michael Gibbs reviewed 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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Bill Ashton reviewed on Feb. 2, 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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Linda Phillips reviewed 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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James Doshar reviewed 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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lesley f reviewed 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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Rupert Holmes reviewed 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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Arctocephalus gazella reviewed on Dec. 2, 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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