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The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel | [David Stone]

The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?
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Publisher's Summary

Micah Dalton isn't paid to ask questions. He's a "cleaner", a CIA fixer sent in to mop up the mess when an agent or situation goes bad. But when his close friend and mentor Porter Naumann turns up dead in an idyllic Tuscan hill town, an apparent suicide, Dalton's curiosity gets the best of him.

Naumann's death puts Dalton on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

An elegant, original, and chillingly suspenseful journey through the darkest alleys of international espionage, The Echelon Vendetta will keep you enthralled right up to its final, supremely satisfying twist.

©2007 DavidStoneBooks; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books LLC. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Fast-moving, smart, sexy, and alarming. Everything you want in a thriller." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A smoothly written spy thriller....Stone...packs the novel with the kind of nitty-gritty detail that draws espionage fans. A promising debut." (Booklist)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-03-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Pay Attention and Be Thoroughly Entertained"

    I listened to this book twice, but not because I loved it. I hated it the first go round, but I sensed I didn't pay attention to key segments. The second listen proved my suspicion was true. This is a dark, complicated, completely original mystery that I highly recommend.

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    Heartstrings11 09-10-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Starts slow, finishes strong"

    This book feels like it is written by two different authors. The pace is painfully slow for the first two hours and then switches gear when the setting changes to the U.S. I encourage you to listen to this book. The author describes each setting with uncanny detail. You will "see" and "feel" everything. As the book plods on you will find yourself really caring about the lead character--Micah Dalton. By the end you will be search Audible for Mr. Stone's next book.

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    Adam Boca Raton, FL, USA 07-23-08
    Adam Boca Raton, FL, USA 07-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic"

    This was an amazing book. The narrator is perfect. The places Micah travels are elaborately and interestingly detailed.

    I listened to this book a few months ago and am about to listen to it again it was so entertaining.

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    Emily Novelty, OH, USA 09-25-07
    Emily Novelty, OH, USA 09-25-07 Member Since 2005
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    "The Echelon Vendetta (Unabridged"

    Way too much Koontz-like for my tastes and I almost pitched the whole download. Once the author led me out of the science fiction type story line, I was able to stay with the book. I would look very hard at another book by this author to avoid the irrational. It is not fun to listen to while driving or doing dishes, my usual locations for audible book listening. If you like Koontz, you should like this. If not, only the first part of the book seems totally unreal.

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    Tripol'e Charlotte, NC 09-09-07
    Tripol'e Charlotte, NC 09-09-07 Member Since 2014

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    "A Great Adventure"

    This is an excellent audio book. The reader's pace and delivery are exactly what this story demands. The words flow easily and the reader never gets in the way of the story.

    The production of this audio book is really great. In other novels I have listened to they make sure every word is included, even, when read out loud, some are not needed. For instance, in The Collectors there will be a male voice and a female voice having a conversation, yet the reader will say "... she said", even when it is obvious by the voice that the female character is speaking. In the Echelon Vendeta when there is a conversation between two identified characters, with different accents, the producers give the listener enough credit for being able to tell when one character stops and the other begins. This allows the dialog to flow smoothly and without interruption.

    Besides the technical stuff, the novel is great. The author paints an incredibly vivid picture in the listener's mind, with just enough detail to paint the canvas, but not so much that the details become distracting. So many authors give you a lot of detail, but make it distracting. The delivery of the detail stops the action while the paint is applied to the canvas. Not here. Just the right amount of detail is added at just the right time to make the entire process seamless. I just wanted the story to keep on going. It was a bummer when the book ended.

    Except for the Harry Potter series, this is the best audio book I have listened to so far.

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    Michele Fresno, CA, United States 08-14-07
    Michele Fresno, CA, United States 08-14-07 Member Since 2013
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    This is an okay book, nothing to write home about or even spend much time doing this review....it kills time to listen to.

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    Richard 07-24-07
    Richard 07-24-07

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    Nothing masterful or extraordinary. Just a decent whodunit page-turner.

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    Nancy Falling Waters, WV, USA 07-08-07
    Nancy Falling Waters, WV, USA 07-08-07
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    "Long and complex"

    Long and complex are not necessarily bad and this one is interesting as it jumps from Italy to all over the US. However I found it needlessly draw out in some parts and the author's habit of using endless descriptive paragraphs for each little thing made the book much longer than the story called for.

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    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 07-06-07
    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 07-06-07 Member Since 2014
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    Has it good points but does not keep attention of the reader. Has a great start then begins to fall apart. Too many characters and subplots when you just want to get on with the story. The mini-plots would make a good book by themselves if they were fleshed out. The book was way too long with a unfullfilling conclusion.

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    sthoogie 06-17-07
    sthoogie 06-17-07 Member Since 2006
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    "I wish I had not listened to this book"

    Although the plot was good, this book was extremely graphic. The worst part was near the end when I was hooked, but in retrospect, I regret my selection and still find the mental images distubing.

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