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Dan Hendricks is a man in need of a lifeline. A former CIA operative, he is now an agent for hire by foreign powers on the hunt for dangerous fugitives. It’s a lethal world at the best of times, and Dan knows his number is almost up. His next job could be his last—and his next job is his biggest yet.
The target sounds trackable enough: Jacques Fillon, who gave up his life trying to save a fellow passenger following a bus crash in northern Sweden. But the man was something of an enigma in this rural community, and his death exposes his greatest secret: Jacques Fillon never existed at all.
Dan is tasked with uncovering Fillon’s true identity—but can he do so before his own past catches up with him?
"This superior espionage thriller has all the moral ambiguity and heart-quickening action scenes you could ask for." -Sunday Express
"Clever, gripping and precise...Set in the dark Scandinavian forests, this is a tight and elegant novel, focusing on morality and identity." -Catholic Herald
From the Publisher
Within the first few pages, I realized I was in for something very special. I immediately fell under the spell of the author’s lean, cool prose and the mystery of a man who saves the life of a fellow passenger in a bus crash. This final act of heroism reveals a secret: our hero never existed.
Set amid a world of political wrangling and murder, A Death in Sweden depicts the lives of men who carry out governments’ dirty work—the kind intelligence agencies can’t or don’t want to do themselves.
This is no ordinary spy thriller: of course it is filled with action, intrigue, and suspense, but the emotionally complex characters and their motivations, murky pasts, and shaky futures are what give this book the heart and depth to make it a truly remarkable read.
- Emilie Marneur, Editor
- ASIN : B00Y21VGYW
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (January 1, 2016)
- Publication date : January 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1304 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 278 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #224,973 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Basically, I liked Dan. I liked his gal. I liked his boss. And I like to like characters. We've gone from a time when the hero was always good to one where you might be surprised he is an anti-hero, to a time when they are almost all anti-heroes, and, in fact, their best quality is often that they are self-condemning. In so much fiction these days, more tv, I find it hard to like anyone.
Though yes, as one commenter wrote, you know what was going to happen, maybe. I wasn't sure the whole time about those supposedly on his side and you shouldn't either. Or how everything will turn out.
There was not a droning on about the various types of guns used, which has been overdone now, Dan made mistakes and there was even one out and out foul-up where you felt, how stupid was he. That makes the hero more believable. But, that's not the main thing. I like Reacher books for example, and I call all books of this genre Reacher books now when the hero is a super-human. What matters most is - was it well written? I think he's a good writer. I did not understand the really critical reviews. I have read many bad books in this genre, where I am one and done, and others where I read a good book, but one was enough. I expect I will be reading a lot of Wignall books. Glad I tried him.
Dan is an interesting character, who has done some unsavory things in the past, and we get some insights into his own wrestling with his past actions. We feel the danger he's in, and actively root for him to one-up the bad guys and survive. We get to see him grow as a person now that he's on the other side, and the author does a great job with this character development--until the end. After expressing admiration for a dead hero's quest for justice for a murdered French girl, and even taking on that quest for himself for the bulk of the novel, Dan seems to forget that lesson all of a sudden and embraces revenge.
There is a high body-count in this story, and most of them are not gratuitous (they give us a good flavor of the dark necessities of Black Ops work)...but in the final sequence in Berlin, I felt that a few of the people Dan killed didn't need to die. I felt this especially strongly about the first killing in Berlin (an IT guy). This one death in particular left me with a bad taste, undoing much of my good-feeling for Dan. But in the end, the plot and relationships wrapped up nicely, and I was left with having enjoyed the ride.
Dan, Charlie, and a fellow operator, Inger, are the only characters here who are developed enough to be real people instead of cut-out devils or angels. Charlie, a likable close friend, unfortunately is just a brief presence. They are all interesting enough, though, along with clever plotting and good detailing, to keep the pages turning, and the loose ends are tied neatly together, particularly in the Epilogue. There is never a doubt that Dan will triumph, even as Wignall constructs elaborate mouse traps to try to get his neck snapped.
This is a quick and satisfying read, though somewhat predictable. Wignall knows how to write tight sentences and constrains passion and violence well, but I'm not sure the publisher knows how to edit. For instance, outside scenes describe people and things dropping to the "floor" instead of the ground and the word "guy" is overused. Nonetheless, this work is well constructed and entertaining. If you want to forget the madness for a few hours, here's a nice remedy.
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This is more a thriller with spies than a spy book with thrills and should appeal to most suspense thriller lovers. There's a great opening prologue, a clear start to the book and it's a fast paced easy quick read with a good ending.
There's swearing at times but it's in context and sex happens but it's not intimately described. There's plenty of killing but surprisingly little detail considering the storyline so it's definitely not gory in my opinion. There were some editing issues, rather more than I'd expect in a book that is not self published but again they didn't affect my enjoyment.
Although I loved the book there were some small issues. I didn't think it was a very realistic portrayal of spies. The main protagonist, Dan Hendricks, who is an independent operative used by the security services, opened up to the female Swedish security service official, Inger, a little too quickly considering his occupation and one of the spies in the book had no password on his computer which I didn't think was very likely! It feels as if the author is trying to make the reader root for Dan but this is sometimes difficult as he is a gun for hire and he inevitably kills lots of people. Even so this is a very readable book and I'd recommend it to most general readers who enjoy a fast paced read.
At times the dialogue is a little confusing as its not always made clear who is speaking and a "Dan (or whoever) said" would have helped. The author seems a fan of the word "then" and although the word is mostly used correctly, it's also used at times when it was superfluous, eg "he picked up his glass then and ....." and "He looked at her then and ...". However I am being picky here and it didn't really affect my enjoyment of this great book so I give it 4 1/2 stars which I've upgraded to 5 stars as Amazon doesn't do half stars and I think it deserves more than 4 stars.