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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Excellent spy tale

I couldn't stop listening to this book. High tension, intriguing locales (Venice, Cortona and the desert Southwest) and interesting characters make this recording zip along at breakneck speed. If you like action thrillers like 24, you will like this book.

82 of 86 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • prescott, AZ, United States
  • 03-27-07

must be a pen name

I have listend to many spy, action and koontz type books. This one has many elements of koontz and I am sure it is written by a Flynn or other similar. Not too hard to keep up with and very good overall listen.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Top of his Game

David Stone has a winner with his debut novel The Echelon Vendetta. Introducing a new kind of hero/villian/company man, Stone creates a likable, complex character in Micah Dalton. With chapters from Italy to New Mexico, Stone does well in defining a CIA we all know exists. From high tech gadgetry, to Native American folklore, Stone weaves a story of international intrigue and suspense that will keep you guessing and second guessing his storyline. While some parts are admittedly gruesome, I found the manner of writing refreshing and new in a world lacking since the death of Ludlum. Stone is definitely a writer for the new age, and will not disapoint those of us who tire of the same old "espionage novel" wrapped in different places and characters. Be prepared to be impressed. Looking forward to Stone's follow up ....

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • Katy, TX, United States
  • 03-04-08

ok, but leaves a lot to be desired

I agree with the previous reviewer who compared the writing style to that of a 7th grader. I wouldn't go that far, but I agree the writing style is a bit immature. Full of tired cliches and infantile sayings (aw, don't go all 'Yoda' on me now...").
It was a bit hard to take the story seriously.
What made it worse is the narrator. The narrator also sounds immature, like an 18 year old surfer dude.
But I really liked the plot and storyline, I just wish the dialog was a bit more mature, and read by a better narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • 04-13-07

Not A Fan

The book dragged a bit. As mentioned before, far too many metaphors - actually reminded me of Koontz, whom I'm not a fan of. Such a writing style is amateurish to me and I found myself drifting away from the book as a result. Certain elements of the story were not believable, and other elements materialized out of nowhere, with absolutely no background to explain them. The ending frankly left me scratching my head; it really made little sense and seemed a weak attempt to justify the plot.

The narrator handled certain characters well, but definitely not the main one - Dalton. His narration of Dalton had, at times, a halting-Shatner-esque quality. He rarely did an effective job conveying his emotion. Words clearly intended to show emotion were often read deadpan.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The Echelon Vandetta

So I took a chance with this book like I do with most of the books I order - this time I chose badly, this was one of the most confusing books I have ever purchased

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • Watkinsville, GA, United States
  • 05-07-07

Worst Listen...

This had to be the worst audio book I ever tried to listen to. I kept trying to like the book, or at least like the main character and couldn't. I love espionage books like Ludlum et al but this wasn't even close. It was wierd, gruseome and dragged on interminably. May try to finish listening at some point if I'm ever bored enough but I doubt it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It is hard to tell if this is a good book or not. The guy reading it is really bad. I will not buy another book that he reads. Plus it is just a weird book, ghosts and crasy bees, it was just too much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jackie
  • 05-04-07


i have no idea how this book can be rated so high. i actually forced myself to finish it just to see how bad it would end. it's part horror story, thriller, & spy novel - yet misses on all fronts. time doesnt add up, the main character is truly dumb and unbelievable, and the native american bent is silly. a truly horrible listen. AVOID

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not a light read

I enjoyed this book but found it hard to follow. I finished it today and feel like I need to re-read it to figure out what happened. A couple of things contributed to my lack of understanding of it. I think the fact that the narrator used his voice for that of the main character made it a little confusing and there was not any noticeable breaks at the end/beginning of chapters. I listen with half a mind as I am doing other things and this book is definitely not one that you can do that with. I found myself lost occasionally and had to re-listen to several portions. Probably says more about me than the book! If you are looking for a Tom Clancy type thriller this is it but definitely not a light read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful