Scorpion Betrayal Mass Market Paperback – 2 July 2012
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- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062064584
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062064585
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.65 x 19.05 cm
- Publisher : Avon - US; Reprint edition (2 July 2012)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"Do this: read the first two pages of Scorpion Betrayal right now. See what I mean? It just gets better from there. Kaplan has written one of the smartest, swiftest and most compelling spy novels I've read in years."--Harlan Coben, bestselling author of Live Wire
"Excellent . . . [Kaplan's] style matches the best of Ludlum, and then surpasses it."--Suspense Magazine on Scorpion Betrayal
"Wow! More heart-thumping twists and turns, beliefs and betrayals, than The Day of the Jackal and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold rolled into one. . . . A textbook example of how to write a great thriller."--Katherine Neville, author of The Eight and The Fire
From the Back Cover
The head of Egypt's State Internal Security is brutally murdered in a Cairo café--his assailant a faceless killer known only as the Palestinian. It is the opening move in a chilling game of terror that has caught the international intelligence community completely off-guard, and the CIA turns to the one man they believe can get to the twisted roots of a looming nightmare shrouded in mystery: a former Company operative code-named Scorpion.
The breakneck hunt for a mastermind is leading Scorpion from the Middle East to the dangerous underworld of the capitals of Europe. With the fate of the free world in the hands of two well- matched adversaries there is no margin for error. But a shocking truth has been kept from the determined manhunter . . . and beauty will blind him to the ultimate betrayal.
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The flaws? The author struggles a bit with dialogue with female characters, what is supposed to be sexually charged just feels lame. And some odd bits, we have Scorpion’s US contact in a foreign country being protected by the SAS for no reason. And in Italy we have US snipers protecting a major target, not something the Italians would contemplate!
But for its flaws, when the action gets going and the tradecraft is on display, this is entertaining stuff.
It started well,the story holding together.It then started to get a bit deep and confusing.As the book progressed the tale rose and fell and at one point became very dull.The story ended but still had 60+ pages to read.He should have ended it then.It seemed to wander on trying to end.Overall an ok read but about 100 pages too long.I don't think I will read the next book for a while.