Scorpion Winter: 03 Mass Market Paperback – 6 November 2012
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- Publisher : Avon US (6 November 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062063782
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062063786
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.38 x 19.05 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Andrew Kaplan represents a gold standard for thriller writing."--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose
"Delivers 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.--Katherine Neville, author of The Eight and The Fire
"Full of action and suspense. Scorpion Winter is the latest entry in author Andrew Kaplan's series, and it's a good one. . . . a great read, a great spy, a great character."--Examiner.com on Scorpion Winter
"I was ready for a thrill ride and I wasn't disappointed. Kaplan delivers. I definitely want more Kaplan."--Suspense Magazine on Scorpion Winter
"Kaplan has written one of the smartest, swiftest and most compelling spy novels I've read in years."--Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stay Close
"Scorpion learns, once again, there are no friends in the spy business and that life--one's own and those of your enemies--exists on a knife-edge of deceit."--Publishers Weekly on Scorpion Winter
"With rapid-fire narrative and a complex plot, Andrew Kaplan gives readers a truly intriguing and engaging spy thriller."--FreshFiction.com on Scorpion Winter
From the Back Cover
In the frozen wastes of Siberia, a silver artifact is stolen from a dead man . . . In the Middle East, the carefully planned strike on a terrorist leader goes disastrously wrong . . . Two seemingly unrelated incidents have placed the former CIA covert operative-turned-freelance spy, code-named Scorpion, in a desperate position: joining forces with a beautiful woman to prevent the assassination of a powerful Ukrainian politician.
But treachery breeds terror in the long shadow of a dangerous Russia, as Scorpion finds himself caught in a lethal trap sprung by an unknown enemy--perhaps someone on his own side of the game. And now time is ticking rapidly away with the whole world balancing on a knife's edge, just days from the opening salvos of a catastrophic war that could leave the earth itself in ruins.
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I liked it and found very interesting and very well written but maybe it took me a little bit more to finish it. I didn't become as addicted as with the first two and as the next one (Scorpion deception). However, I recommend it. Andrew Kaplan rocks.
Scorpion has to stop it, he only has a few days, and he faces a lot of enemies: Ukrainian police, Russian intelligence and counterintelligence, Chinese spies, Ukrainian gangsters and the bully boys of the pro-Russian candidates. He doesn't know who he can trust, including the CIA who originally sends him in, or the members of the opposition candidates whose ranks may contain moles. And the only thing he's got working in his favor is their distrust of one another.
The action is pretty much breathless and non-stop in the Scorpion style, with the savagery and bleakness now de rigeur for novels set in the former Soviet Union, (And there's a scene set at Chernobyl, an obligatory stop now for thrillers set in the Ukraine. It's visited both in the latest "Die Hard" movie and a recent Tom Clancy novel.)
Scorpion gets hot and heavy with the opposition candidate's top ally, the daughter of a famous Ukrainian independence activist, as the two of them seek to stop the plot and rescue a young campaign worker caught up in it.
Scorpion's improvisational abilities allow them to survive countless attacks as they press through the Ukrainian winter towards uncovering the plot.
What I enjoy about this character is his detachment, the cool assessment of what needs to be done instant by instant during a fight, almost as if he were watching it from outside his own body. Plus there's the real-politik, particularly at the end. Scorpion may harbor soft feelings for the innocent but the world forces he contends with are utterly devoid of sentiment. At the end Kaplan dips surprisingly far back into history to provide the secret at the heart of the plot.