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An elite spy risks his biggest asset to defeat an insidious international organization hell-bent on selling the most sensitive state secrets to the highest bidder.

Jonathan Chase, the CIA's top field agent, is sworn to protect and serve the United States at all costs. But after a brutal period of captivity during the Korean War, Chase developed an agenda of his own: to use
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published November 1st 2011)
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Pnyman
Dec 01, 2011 Pnyman rated it did not like it
I felt like he hinted around at plagarism with a few quotes. The first is "Jack Kennedy had been an admirer of the writer Ian Fleming" and the second is "But never for an instant did Jonathan Chase believe himself to be anything like James Bond." I felt like he was speaking through these characters. He's still trying to explain his motives but he has offered no apology as of this time.
Neil
Jan 09, 2012 Neil rated it did not like it
For those who missed all the other ratings of this book, I'll take my turn at pointing out that the author plagiarized (a lot of) content in this book from numerous other books. I found this out when I was about 70 pages in...Having read that first chunk rather quickly, I went online to see what else this guy had written only to see that, as it turns out, he hasn't written much at all...

...I did continue reading...in the end, however, this is basically a beach read - a quick read that doesn't re
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Terry
Jan 23, 2012 Terry rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: the trash can
Shelves: first-reads
Plagarized book.
No wonder it read as if 5 or more different people wrote it... They did!

Shame on you Mr. Markham.

http://www.edrants.com/q-r-markham-pl...


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Andrew Neal
I liked this book pretty well, but I'm not going to assign a rating because I've since discovered it was all plagiarized. See: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs...

So now I'm gonna read some other spy books by some other dudes, because that's apparently what I like!
Dan
Dec 01, 2011 Dan added it
Reading this book made me think of the old James Bond novels from my childhood. Although, I liked the book, I recently found out that this book was pulled by the publisher for plagiarism. Because of that, I will not review this book.
B H
Aug 14, 2012 B H rated it liked it
Reasonable semi-james-bondish thriller weakened by the ending and plot twist pivot into the ending - as if the author had to wrap things up and didn't know quite how to.
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May 10, 2012 Ryan Daley rated it really liked it
Just because it's stolen doesn't mean it's not good. Think back to that Kit Kat you shoplifted as a teen...
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Buyer beware: plagiarism 1 14 Nov 09, 2011 08:01AM  
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Q.R. Markham is the author of the Jonathan Chase series of spy novels. The first, ASSASSIN OF SECRETS, was published by Mulholland Books/Little Brown in the US and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK on November 3, 2011; it was withdrawn on November 8, 2011, on plagiarism charges. The sequel, SPYSCRAPER, was set to appear in September of 2012. Q.R. Markham has been a parks department employee, ...more
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