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The Operative (Stratton #3)

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In war-torn Iraq, Stratton’s closest friend is killed whilst on operation, leaving behind a grieving wife and child. When the widow moves to Los Angeles she is brutally murdered and her child placed in state custody. Stratton, rocked to his foundations by the killing, uncovers a FBI plot to hide the crime and sets off on a private operation of revenge that eventually pits ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published February 2nd 2006)
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Dee Haddrill
Dec 25, 2014 Dee Haddrill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, read-2014
A new direction for Stratton, as he finds himself operating on his own, avenging the murder of his best friend's wife, only weeks after his best friend was killed in an operation. He also has to deal with a distressed little boy who has list both his parents in the space of a few weeks. Another taut, page turning thriller by Duncan Falconer, this story gives us a different view of Stratton, who shows himself to be a man of great feeling. Loved it!
Ian Coates
May 10, 2016 Ian Coates rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
With The Operative, Duncan Falconer strides into a higher league of thriller writing. Alongside the high-action scenes we expect of Falconer is an emotional punch that previous work never achieved.

John Stretton is back, off-duty, and mourning the loss of an SBS close friend and colleague who has just been killed in action. When the widow takes her son Josh on a recovery holiday to America, she strays into the wrong part of town and is viciously murdered by an Albanian thug. Stretton instantly fl
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Bec
Feb 12, 2012 Bec rated it really liked it
I do love the John Stratton series, and The Operative really delivered! It was packed full of action – but it wasn’t just a mission that Stratton was sent on by the British government, rather this mission was personal.

It was extremely far-fetched, as these stories often are, and on many occasions I rolled my eyes at the inadequacies of the police/FBI that were hunting Stratton. Also, at the end of the book everyone seemed to just act like Stratton killing all these people was no big deal.

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James
Sep 30, 2012 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-thriller
Again, this book improved compared to the last one. But at the same time it also revealed a weakness in the series as a whole; the strength of characters and lack of continuity,. Overall though, despite there still being many flaws, this came through and entertained well, falling directly between three and four stars: Three and a Half Stars.

Plot: Four Stars

This felt much more personal and involved than the previous two books in the series. Again, this book was based further around Stratton and
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Christopher Dodds
Jan 28, 2015 Christopher Dodds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and liked how that the author showed more depth to the character and his awesome knowledge of explosives.
Heidi
Apr 26, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Extremely well illustrated technical story of revenge, bureaucracy and ultimately going it alone to do the right thing when the law has failed the most vulnerable of the innocent. As ever, thought provoking and world view eye opening. Mr. Falconer, it's always a pleasure to read your work!
Anandh Sundar
Jul 24, 2011 Anandh Sundar rated it really liked it
A revenge saga involving explosives, Albanians(and therefore drugs). What brings this book much above other simillar revenge sagas, is the very plot itself, and the fast moving actions. Few authors can do this well(Mack Bolan books being a notable exception).
Roop
Apr 18, 2011 Roop rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fast paced, a good read.
Kristopher
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