The Echelon Vendetta
It's my first experience with Stone, and I came upon the audio book by chance rather than plan. Based on what I've heard, Stone is one of the most impressive new to me writing talents I've encountered in the last decade. His descriptive passages are superbly lyrical. His characters are well developed, quirky but rarely over the top. His dialogue reminded me of Hammett and Chandler no, people don't really talk like that, but we wish that they did. All of this is played out in plot studded with incredible gore and gruesome crime.
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I could have done without some of the blood-spatter, but the psycho-thriller genre now seems to have that degree of nastiness as a norm. The book is performed by Firdous Bamji, who is outstanding. I've already ordered Stone's sequel and hope he kept up this high standard. I certainly hope that David Stone comes out with more novels. It was an incredibly suspenseful read and I have to tell you that there are a number of twists and turns so it never gets dull or boring.
If you like suspense, mystery or novels featuring "the Company," this one will keep you on the edge of your seat for a long time. I'll give you the basics no spoilers, don't worry but I can't do justice in a short synopsis, so you'll have to just go read it.
The Echelon Vendetta
Micah Dalton works for the CIA as a "cleaner," and his job is exactly that Ostensibly he works for a British financial firm, but he's really a company man. So when his very good friend Porter Naumann is found dead in a not so nice manner in a small town in Italy, Dalton is sent to survey the situation. He's told by the authorities that it's suicide, but of course Dalton doesn't believe it. So he begins investigating and his findings lead him from Italy to England and then back to the US, trying to figure out why anyone would have wanted to kill Naumann; along the way he uncovers other deaths that connect up with that of his friend.
The only link is something called Echelon, but it makes no sense to Micah. The meat of this story is Dalton's search to unravel the enigma and it's a great ride. I loved this story and I will definitely buy anything else from this author in the future. Highly recommended for those who enjoy suspense I do have to say that there are parts of this book where Dalton is visited by Nauman's "ghost;" do not let this put you off.
Once you understand why, just take it in stride. Been sitting around a while so I checked and found it was a first in a series and decided to give a it a try as I wanted something different to read. I'm not into all the CIA and spooks genre in general, so I was pleasantly surprised at this one. It got very dark and a bit gory right off, but Stone was able to throw some ridiculous moves in there and some wickedly funny tension breakers as well.
I really like how he described the physical aspects of the characters, yet you were left not really being able to pick them out of a lineup. That was a nice touch. Most books I get free off the internet are worth about what I paid for them, so my expectations were not high coming into this. He's the man the CIA sends to clean up the mess when something goes wrong-an agent gets in trouble, or worse. But when his colleague and friend Porter Nauman turns up dead in an idyllic Tuscan hill town, as a result of an a An international spy thriller of the highest order that traverses from Venice to London to Washington, D.
But when his colleague and friend Porter Nauman turns up dead in an idyllic Tuscan hill town, as a result of an apparent and unimaginably gruesome suicide, Dalton can't help but ask questions. And when Nauman's family is subsequently slaughtered back home in London, Dalton can sit back no longer. Get A Copy.
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Sort order. Nov 14, melydia rated it really liked it. Most books I get free off the internet are worth about what I paid for them, so my expectations were not high coming into this.
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I expected it to be another generic thriller, just something to pass the time. I was pleasantly mistaken. I liked the characters, no matter how despicable. The scenery was described in wonderful detail without getting long-winded, and the action was well paced. I think my favorite part was the snarky ghost or maybe he was just a hallucination who haunted the main char Most books I get free off the internet are worth about what I paid for them, so my expectations were not high coming into this.
I think my favorite part was the snarky ghost or maybe he was just a hallucination who haunted the main character as he attempted to solve the ghost's murder. There was a good balance between humor and drama. I read in a review somewhere to remember David Stone's name because he will be known for excellent thrillers.
If this book is any indication of his future work, I think that's a definite possibility. This was soooo good. It's been a while since I've read a suspense, CIA, thriller, spy, mystery book. Fast-paced, funny, exciting, all the good stuff. Can't wait to start the next one. Jun 07, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: Dalton's best friend Porter Naumann has been brutally murdered in Italy. Dalton meanders through Italy, London and a large section of the American west tracking down clues to why Naumann was killed.
Everything keeps coming back to a dormant c A pedestrian spy thriller, " Echelon Vendetta" , from David Stone is the first book of series featuring CIA "cleaner" Micah Dalton as protagonist.
The Echelon Vendetta
Everything keeps coming back to a dormant covert op called 'Echelon' from the 's. Jack Stallworth is Dalton's boss, and an 'American Indian' known as Sweetwater seems to be top suspect in killing. Dalton tangles with Croatian gangsters, falls for an Italian woman, and is nearly killed by a spider in this thriller. Took me awhile to really get into the book.
The first pages were grind it out reading. A lengthy page read, the second half was a pretty good story with lots of surprises and twists. I'd be tempted to read another Micah Dalton book from author David Stone. However, I wouldn't go out of my way looking for one. Nor would I bump another book I wanted to read first to squeeze in another Micah Dalton. It was an okay 3 stars out of a possible 5 star read. Easily, could have been a 4 star, if characters were better developed.
Easily yet, if first pages were not so clunky, it may have been a 5 star read. So if you're looking for a lengthy spy thriller that has a mystery wrapped inside it, give this one a shot.
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Jan 16, Christine rated it liked it Shelves: reads. This was my transition book for into The main characater Micah Dalton is a "cleaner". He is brought in when a undercover operation goes wrong. This time its personal when a friend dies under mysterious circumstances.
There are interesting characters, great locations and enough twists, turns and surprises to keep you interested until the end. It was a first time read of David Stone for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A well thought out, intelligent thriller with just the right touch of humor. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Stone's work Nov 01, Tony rated it liked it.
David Stone- The Echelon Vendetta 3. A little digging uncovers a gruesome set of murders by a lunatic; his mentor is just one of many targets. Now he must hunt down this killer, before he completes his mission and destroys Micah in the process. An interesting introduction for this book. It was very odd, but certainly grabs your attention. The oddity carries on throughout the whole book, and I found it to be too much at times, but it was intriguing enough to encourage me to read on. The plot was a good one containing several twists, not all of which were unpredictable, but that did not take away from them at all.
I was kind of surprised that the main character did not see one of these coming, considering how obvious it was. The characters were pretty good; a couple of them could have used more depth to assist the story. I did enjoy the ending of the book as it wrapped things up nicely and sets the stage for the rest of the series. For more of my reviews check out my website, www.