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  • Title: The Echelon Vendetta
  • Author: DavidStone
  • ISBN: 9780399154089
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An international spy thriller of the highest order that traverses from Venice to London to Washington, D.C Micah Dalton is not paid to ask questions 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 aAn international spy thriller of the highest order that traverses from Venice to London to Washington, D.C.Micah Dalton is not paid to ask questions 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 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.Moving from Venice to London to Washington, D.C to the unbearably beautiful mountains of the American West, Dalton tracks the specter who, with a penchant for intricate knifework influenced by Native American mysticism, is killing a disparate group of agents, former agents, and contract men all of whom seem to have a connection to ECHELON, a mysterious company operation The murders appear to be acts of retribution, but for what Elegant, horrifying, and chillingly suspenseful, The Echelon Vendetta will keep you enthralled, through its final, supremely satisfying twist.
    The Echelon Vendetta An international spy thriller of the highest order that traverses from Venice to London to Washington D C Micah Dalton is not paid to ask questions He s the man the CIA sends to clean up the mess whe

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    1. 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 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 character a [...]

    2. A pedestrian spy thriller, Echelon Vendetta , from David Stone is the first book of series featuring CIA cleaner Micah Dalton as protagonist Dalton s best friend Porter Naumann has been brutally murdered in Italy Naumann also a CIA operative is stationed out of UK but working in Italy on behalf of Burke and Single Bank 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 covert op ca [...]

    3. David Stone The Echelon Vendetta 3.5 StarsCIA Agent Micah Dalton has just been called in to clean up the scene of his mentor s suicide 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 [...]

    4. Despite favorable reviews, I was a bit leery of David Stone s first novel, which sounded very much like a Robert Ludlum title I d always trusted reviewers who dismissed Ludlum as a hack, tho his books reportedly improved after he died, when his estate hired competent ghostwriters to keep the brand alive.Anyway, The Echelon Vendetta seems to me the very model of the modern thriller Very violent, in a sadistic, post Lector way, it s also convoluted, often surprising, and occasionally funny Michah [...]

    5. I recommend this book for mature readers who enjoy the genre It s better than most books of its style because our hero, Micah Dalton, is not a super man He s loyal to his friends, he relies on what is available to him even if its a very odd thing and he s moody without being pathetic He s not preachy or bold beyond reason He makes mistakes and they cost him But he keeps fighting and trying to achieve his goal.

    6. A fair spy thriller, but a times the it was somewhat plodding, especially the dialogue This is a book that I listened to during some business travel, so I don t have the book in hand, but in the recored version there fact problems that went beyond artistic license, an example the headquarters of the Colorado State Patrol would not be in Butte, Montana To me one of the hallmarks of good fiction is to make the story believable, the clear mistakes in this book made it unbelievable.

    7. This was my transition book for 2008 into 2009 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.

    8. This was soooo good It s been a while since I ve read a suspense, CIA, thriller, spy, mystery book It was awesome Fast paced, funny, exciting, all the good stuff Can t wait to start the next one.

    9. A well thought out, intelligent thriller with just the right touch of humor I look forward to reading of Mr Stone s work.cially if they include Micah Dalton.

    10. When you start off a book with your main character, a government agent drunk, drugged, depressed, and just a little suicidal it s difficult to get your bearings But once you get past the rush of altered state scenes and scenarios, the plot grabs a hold of you tightly I do not say this lightly this book is terrifying, especially for a series in the Jason Bourne genre of international men of mystery The nemesis here isn t some tired sophisticated man of letters with a brilliant wit and sharp tongu [...]

    11. This started out with the discovery of a CIA operative s body being found in Cortona, Italy and an overlong discussion regarding the murder, between our hero, a CIA cleaner, and an Italian police detective Our hero then travels on to Venice where we learn in great detail what he has for dinner and the wine he enjoys Then on his walk back to his hotel he is accosted by a pair of would be muggers and he nonchalantly cripples them both while singing People He then strolls on to his hotel, opens ano [...]

    12. This novel becomes muddled and pointless fairly quickly It seemed liked the author couldn t decide whether he wanted to write a ghost story or one about drug induced mysticism or a serial killer slasher novel I was hoping for an espionage thriller but it failed miserably in that regard.

    13. interesting book many parts I liked, some parts dragged, many parts were extremely detailed in there description of viciousness Mica Dalton is the CIA hero of the story.

    14. Got book as either free or reduced price on Kindle.An international spy thriller of the highest order that traverses from Venice to London to Washington, D.C.Micah Dalton is not paid to ask questions 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 apparent and unimaginably gruesome suicide, Dalton can t help but ask questions [...]

    15. This book was VERY violent, so know that before diving in I just ordered the next two in this series from my book club because I am completely taken by the protagonist, Micah He is messed up, but believable, and he has an ironic wit about him that is appealing I liked it that he was a thriller hero for whom everything wasn t black and white, because it is pretty unbelievable that folks involved in international espionage would not deal in shades of gray I had to get beyond a couple things he cri [...]

    16. This read is fun than it has any right to be On the one hand it s meant to be throwaway entertainment It s fast paced, suspenseful and sufficiently violent to keep the pages turning But on the other hand, David Stone wants desperately to be than a knock off Tom Clancy and he pours a lot of effort into making sure his work reads smarter Sometimes the effort pays off, sometimes it doesn t On the fail side the prose is often overly florid and until you get immersed in the plot his excessive use o [...]

    17. The book deals with a CIA cleaner who has to stop a bad guy who wants to play a deadly game of cat and mouse after killing a friend of his I will start off by saying that the writing in this book was great It was able to make the story easy to follow while still being able to keep the reader guessing at every turn The action portion of the story was probably the best way to keep the reader guessing at every turn The action portion of this book was the best way they could have done it without com [...]

    18. David Stone s Micah Dalton series provides cleverly written tales from an imaginary covert world The Echelon Vendetta is first in the series, but I read it after first reading the fourth book in the series It introduces our protagonist Micah Dalton ex special ops super spy The tale spins happily from Italy to London to the American West Unusually for this genre, the plot revolves around a mysterious and villainous master of peyote, and Dalton s hallucinatory relationship with his dead friend Whi [...]

    19. Gavro, unfazed, came in silent and fast with his knife in a sweeping throat level sideways slash from left to right that would have opened up Dalton s neck like the lid of a Pez dispenser if Dalton had not stepped inside the arc of the attack, catching Gavro s knife arm with his left hand while using the butt of his right hand and the full force of his body from the toes up to deliver a sharp rising blow to Gavro s upper lip and nose that, if executed properly, shatters the detached mass of bone [...]

    20. Even writing as David Stone, Carsten Stroud s books are solid entertainment The Micah Dalton series was written several years ago, and this first in the series is exciting and packed with lots of intrigue and interesting characters There s also a bit of a supernatural element here, and Stone Stroud definitely excels in providing that subtle vibe that isn t full blown supernatural but leaves you wondering and sure but not quite sure because, in this case, it could all be attributed to hallucinoge [...]

    21. At first this book is really hard to get into The first chapter prologue sets a very interesting tone, but then right after that it goes downhill Chapter 3 is 100 pages long and the whole time I am thinking what in the heck does this story have to do with the CIA and spy stuff Then at the end of the chapter there is a nice little twist and the story just takes off from there.The story was not what I expected I do not consider it to be a spy novel More of like a mystery novel with a CIA agent inv [...]

    22. I really liked this book For one thing Stone uses really long sentences, and they work He uses lots of really rare and apt adjectives, and they work What I really liked about this book was the altered states Micah Dalton, a CIA cleaner, is in Venice and is dosed with a mixture of peyote and datura, and starts having visions His dead colleague was murdered in a particularly gruesome way, and he comes often to give Micah advice We, the readers, like Micah, as he is tough, vulnerable, super smart T [...]

    23. I got half way through this book I initially stopped about 1 4 of the way through and was convinced it was the farthest thing from a thriller I had read in a while The who was the man in the black coat scene was good, but after that, lots of details about nothing interesting But, from the reviews, it picks up and since I really wanted to like it, I kept going And, yes, it does pick up, ultimately to become pedestrian Half way through I realized I didn t care about our hero, who really, REALLY li [...]

    24. It s a curious book on one side it s a standard spy catch spy story, but at the same time there are some elements in the story that make it quite memorable It s not on the same level as for example Lion s game , but it s pretty close and I will be interested how David Stone will develop as writer A minus half a star for psychodelic bullshit that didn t really contribute to the story, but a plus half star for some witty dialog, especially in the final part of the book Mika s comment about names f [...]

    25. Well written and suspenseful Well drawn characters, great psychological depth, vivid descriptions, and a mix of typical Venice and atypical American Mountain West settings for a spy thriller My only gripe is the last couple of chapters throw up new elements out of left field in a blatant setup for a sequel of which tells me there are at least three , which I don t think was necessary The story itself is strong enough that a reader will want to know about Micah Dalton s future intrigues.

    26. This book introduces CIA cleaner Micah Dalton All the supporting characters are interesting and fully fleshed as well The book is a great fast moving mixture of spy adventure with catch the serial killer thriller after 400 of 500 pgs When done Add whodunit to the genres covered here, as the ending sprung a surprise in a different direction than indicated by much of the middle sections of the book though not entirely unforseeable I look forward to reading Micah s further adventures and recommend [...]

    27. I have never read any of David Stones books before, so although I liked the sound of the cover, I was heading into the unknown I have really enjoyed this book It has twists and turns that you can t even begin to imagine, by that, none of them are oh that was obvious , so it kept you turning the pages I have never visited the US, but I know one or two people there, and chapter 8 is set where some of them live, which rather pleased me I know easily pleased The ending of the book for me was also pe [...]

    28. Love this series by David Stone Action, mystery, plenty of plot twists, very likable characters and enough diabolical villains to keep you gripped with suspense The stories take place in some of the most exotic places in the world Since I have been to many of those places, I can tell that the author has been there as well by his descriptions I would recommend this series to anyone who loves books that are impossible to put down and walk away from.

    29. I m not so sure about this author This is the first one that I have read and it was good but took awhile to get into Warning there are some very gruesome descriptions of murder scenes in this book I m not sure if I will read any of his books There are at least two that contain the same main character and this one ended leaving one feeling that the story may continue in the next book.

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