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Spycatcher: A Will Cochrane Novel (Spycatcher #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  1,292 Ratings  ·  221 Reviews
Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the West’s most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this fascinating experience to breathe urgent, dynamic new life into the contemporary spy novel.
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ebook, 544 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by William Morrow
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Dan Schwent
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is plannign a terror attack against the West and it's up to MI6's top agent Will Cochrane to ferret out the terrorist mastermind, a fellow spy calling himself Meggido. But what is the connection between Cochrane and Meggido? And is Cochrane willing to use the woman he's falling for to bait a trap for Meggido?

I won this in a Firstreads giveway.
The good parts:
Spycatcher is a decent thriller. Since Matthew Dunn is a former MI6 agent, the action has a gritty authentic
Seizure Romero
Even though I'm just getting started with this book, I can feel myself becoming more virile & manly within the first 100 pages of my introduction to Will Cock Cochrane. He is so badass that you might even be risking pregnancy just by reading this review-- and I'm including men in this warning. The only reason I'm not having twins is due to my years of practice in not getting pregnant. You have been warned.


I just can't do it anymore. I haven't picked this boo
Aug 17, 2012 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently Matthew Dunn was a real life MI6 agent, involved in dozens of successful missions and (despite a reminder that "Medals are never awarded to modern MI6 officers") Dunn was personally commended for his actions on one mission that was "so significant that it directly influenced the successful conclusion of a major international incident.*"

Does this lead to a more realistic spy thriller? Decidedly not.

I mean, on one hand, the various spy agencies actually do what they're supposed to do.
Feb 20, 2012 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flameout
The author’s real life resume in the spy game had me more than willing to give this a chance. A glowing recommendation by Lee Child didn’t hurt either. In spite of three attempts, I couldn’t get beyond a ludicrous chapter one.

Instead of a snarky review, I’ll just quote three sentences from the book.

Opening sentence:

“You’re sure that I won’t be killed today?”

Hmm. This reader sure hopes the obvious doesn’t occur and reads on.

Descriptive sentences:

The two men became silent. The rain hit their faces
Sep 13, 2011 Mo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
From ReadingWithMo:

I typically enjoy fast action, suspense thrillers. I am usually able to set realism aside, and enjoy a good shootem' up story. But the action in Spycatcher is so far removed from reality that it was just not an enjoyable read. The main character, Will Cochrane, was able to endure so many injuries and still function that there was no suspense. It was a given that he would walk away from whatever the bad guy could dish out.

The characters
Aug 06, 2011 Eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn delivers all the lightning-quick action and suspense the genre and synopsis promise. Sometimes the plot was a bit dizzying, moving from European capital to European capital, from city streets, to snow-covered wilderness. If you want a thrilling ride which hardly gives you time to breathe – Spycatcher is your book. The fact that the author is a former M16 field officer with 70 successful missions to his credit lends the plot and the small details some serious cred and a
Giovanni Gelati
Aug 11, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this novel, and I have to say that I enjoyed the last part of it more than the beginning. Why you might ask? The reason is that halfway through my reading of the novel I had the good fortune of interviewing the author on my blogtalk radio show The G-ZONE. Matthew Dunn’s voice is smooth, silky, and yet vibrant. I had gotten a sense of why and how he was able to recruit so many spies; he was pretty captivating. I had his voice in my head as I read the rest of the novel, jus ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will Cochrane is an agent for MI6, a very special agent designated with the code name Spartan, the name of the very difficult program for which he trained and passed. Only one agent at a time had that code name and it was his until he was killed.

After a failed assignment in the States, an Iranian he'd handled for information on terrorists activities for years had died at Will's hand, at the man's insistence, rather than let him fall back into Iranian hands, he returns to the States for a new mis
Ronald Roseborough
If you only read one spy novel all summer, this has to be the one. Will Cochrane, code name Spartan, of MI6 is British intelligence's secret weapon. He is known only to his handler and the British Prime Minister. When the stakes are too high, the mission seems impossible, and losing is not an option, they give the assignment to Spartan. Once given a mission, he will not stop, regardless of the body count, until it is accomplished or he is dead. It seems nothing can stop this juggernaut, until he ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, espionage
I'm no spymaster, but I had it figured out 70 pages into a 400+ page book. Then I spent the rest of the book wondering why the main character was so incredibly stupid. In fact, this stupidity was completely out of character and I wasn't buying it.


The action/espionage scenes are great if you can get past the idiocy of the main character (and all the other so-called best of the best spy peeps he works with who also seem unable to see the obvious).

If you want good espionage fiction, turn bac
Apr 22, 2011 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads Free Book Giveaway!!!

I'll be honest, I was expecting this to be your regular spy novel but it pleasantly surprised me. The story is suspenseful, realistic, and there is no smarmy Hollywood cliches in it...probably because the author was a real-life MI6 officer with over 70 missions under his belt. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an expert glimpse into the life of a government agent!!! Great read!!!
Rick Fisher
Aug 17, 2011 Rick Fisher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-thirller
Due to being extremely ill, I will keep this one short.
Don't waste your time. An amatuerish attempt at a spy novel. Doesn't even come close to the masters.
I found it boring and predictable. The dialog was choppy. I will give this a two due to some half way decent fight sequences.

Nuf said.
Aug 12, 2011 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't able to finish this thriller due to the mountain of cliches I would have to have ascended, sans nifty spy gear.
Yeah, you can call me a lair (if you’re so inclined), but I’ve actually had the good fortune of knowing two gentlemen who worked (in completely different capacities) for the CIA. One of the fellows I went to high school with was recruited out of college very quickly; he was a languages scholar, and the CIA snatched him up right quick. His job? Well, it wasn’t all that glamorous, to be perfectly honest; he spent the bulk of his workday reading foreign magazines and newspapers, scouring them for a ...more
Victor Gentile
Jul 26, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Dunn in his new book, “Spycatcher” Book One in the Spycatcher series published by William Morrow introduces us to master spy Will Cochrane.

From the back cover: Will Cochrane is the CIA’s and MI6’s most prized asset… and deadliest weapon. Since childhood, the only world he has ever known is a clandestine realm of elaborate lies and unholy alliances–where trust is rare, betrayal comes cheap, and a violent death is often the penalty for being outplayed by an opponent. Cochrane has never bee
Candace Salima
Mar 03, 2013 Candace Salima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 18 and Up
Recommended to Candace by: Matthew Dunn
There is nothing quite like a story about a spy to end all spies being written by … a former spy himself. Matthew Dunn, a former field intelligence officer for Britain’s famous MI6, left the intelligence and security worlds in order to jump, feet first, into the world of literature. And he’s conquered that world as thoroughly as he conquered his former career.

I had the opportunity to interview Matthew Dunn about his debut novel released 9 August 2011, SPYCATCHER. I picked up the book, the night
May 31, 2011 Bree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

This book was gifted me by HarperCollins. The release date is August 1, 2011.

I have the opportunity to receive loads of books for reviews, but only pick a few to actually get, as I can't read them all. I surprised myself when I decided to get this one as I have never actually read a spy novel, or any novel in this sort of genre. What caught my eye, initially, was the fact that the author, Matthew Dunn, was an actual MI6 field officer, which I thought was really cool. (I have w
Sid Nuncius
I do not like to be too critical, especially of first novels, but I'm afraid I thought this was very disappointing. The biographical details make it plain that the author was a skilled and successful MI6 officer. Sadly, he is not a skilled author and Spartan is clunkily-written, full of absurd characters doing implausible things and in the end tedious, over-long and forgettable.

The protagonist is Will Cochrane, supposedly MI6's sole ultra-secret super-spy, the "only one of his generation to have
Sep 15, 2012 Dipanjan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a real spy, I definitely expected much better. This is a very good action novel. The protagonist is a tough cookie. But though he has been stated as a formidable adversary, somewhere down the line he falls short of being "formidable".

So what did I expect from a real spy? I expected intelligence, counter-intelligence and then some more. What I expected was layers and layers and layers of deception and misinformation. I expected a the sowcasing of the various processes of the intelligence gam
Feb 13, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Spycatcher features Will Cochrane, the latest literary action figure from Hasbro. Will is a specially trained agent of Great Britain’s intelligence service MI6, his codename Spartan – “a man who goes by many names but has no name; who can start wars and end them” – blah blah blah. Will is a man with his own agenda, “I don’t give a damn about the rules. All I care about is getting the job done.” - which involves a lot of gunplay, for Will’s bullets never miss. In a nutshell Spartan is the unsung ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Bonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
The latest novel from Matthew Dunn, Spycatcher, has so many details and expertise of scenarios that you automatically begin to see yourself as the main character. Will Cochrane is a super elite MI6 agent code named Spartan, who goes out to seek his father’s killer who has plotted to strike against the US or the UK. This plot sends him and his crew on a hunt for Meggido, a mastermind behind many of Iran’s terrorist plots to bring down the west.

Little does Will know that this mission is perhaps th
Jessica at Book Sake
Spycatcher is your typical spy thriller. Will Cochrane is an MI6 agent with seemingly superhuman powers, sent to take down the Iranian terrorist, Megiddo, who’s threatening an attack on either Britain or the United States. Will is basically a rugged James Bond (ironically, both are MI6 agents). At first I felt that the author was trying too hard to mimic Bond in his character, but later realized that Matthew Dunn was a real MI6 agent. After that, my interest shifted from the book to the author b ...more
Dec 08, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smart Hollywood spy stuff. Interesting plot and character arcs, supplemented by a lot of expendable near-genius iron man tough guy undercover military over-achievers. Chases, fights, interrogations, surveillance, countdowns, cat-and-mouse globetrotting. A vulnerable woman caught in the middle. Daddy issues! Builds on Robert Ludlum in a way one would expect from any capable author who is familiar with the evolution of Hollywood genre story-telling. The book seems mindful of a potential movie deal ...more
Eric Wright
A very gripping story from the pen of a decorated and authentic member of Britain's MI6. Will Cochran sets out to catch an Irani terrorist mastermind who is about to oversee and huge attack in the west.

The details seem amazingly authentic. However, the heroic nature of Will who survives repeated assaults and the repetitious plot takes away from the authenticity of the story. Is it only me who finds all this talk of supermen and women hogwash? Entertaining read with surprises all along the way.
Tom Tischler
Sep 01, 2011 Tom Tischler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will Cochrane is an M16 agent and he is out to kill an Iranian
Revolitionary Guard known as Megiddo who 16 years earlier killed his
father. He discovers that M16 has tracked down a woman who once had
an affair with the Iranian and decides to set a trap. Things go down hill
from there and the Iranian is planning an attack on the west the likes
of which the west has never seen. Michael Dunn the author is an ex M16
agent with over 70 missions you could almost call him 007 and I'm
sure he is going to have
Garry Thompson
Nov 03, 2015 Garry Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made the mistake of reading the first book in the series last. Still, it was a good read, but did seem to slow around the half-way mark. Glad
I read the book, very entertaining and has a surprise conclusion.
Laura Hoffman Brauman
Excellent spy novel. Will Cochrane is MI6's most elite agent. He is assigned a joint mission with the US to prevent a major terrorist attack by Iran. The mission is both professional and personal as the man he seeks has ties to his own past. Very fast-paced and action-packed.
Mar 04, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a fast paced, action packed spy novel (written by a former spy), then this is it. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and if you're fans this genre, then I'd strongly recommend it.
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Matthew Dunn spent 5 years in the British Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6, as a field operative. His role required him to recruit and run agents, coordinate and participate in special operations, and to operate in deep-cover roles throughout the world in order to collect secret intelligence to support the West’s ongoing fight against hostile and unpredictable regimes, state-spon ...more
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