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Even (David Trevellyan #1)

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Set up for a murder while visiting New York, Royal Navy intelligence operative David Trevellyan must act alone to clear his name. With no idea who's a friend and who's a foe, he penetrates deep into a huge international conspiracy. The price of failure will be death, and the reward for success will be redemption.
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2009)
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Gavin
Andrew Grant is probably going to always have his works compared to those of his older brother Lee Child. In the same way Grant's protagonist David Treyvellyan' in 'Even' is always going to be compared to Lee's Jack Reacher. While there are many similar traits; military background, ruthless determination and loyalty to name but three, they stand apart. If anything Treyvellyan is more James Bond (Daniel Craig's incarnation) lacking however the Aston Martin, exotic locations and a licence to kill. ...more
Debi
Even by Andrew Grant has my vote for next year's Debut Anthony Award. Loved the first chapter, then Grant almost lost me slogging through the narrative for the first five chapters. The only thing that kept me going was the glimpses of great dialogue dispensed throughout the beginning chapters. Once I hit page 50, Grant's pace was in place and I didn't put the novel down until the end.

His protagonist David Trevellyan, a covert operative in the Royal Navy is a cross between James Bond and Burn Not
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Keith
After a Kafka like beginning Andrew Grant slowly reveals his new action-suspense hero, David Trevellyan. We eventually find that David is a British undercover operative and a Naval Commander; a military rank you may remember that was shared by James Bond but Trvellyan’s character is more likely to remind one of Jason Bourne than Bond. His analytic efficiency and total lack of empathy have trained him to be a confident killing machine and that allows him to meet his adversaries face to face, comp ...more
Jeffrey
May 24, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Its unfair to compare Even written by Andrew Grant with the novels of his older brother Lee Child. Although the comparisons seem hard to avoid since both men write about loners with a military background. However the characters have a lot of differences and Child's books are much more accomplished at this point.

Yet I will skip the comparisons because the books need to be judged on their own.

Even's protagonist is a naval secret agent from England, who is still working there. He is on a mission
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Joe Moley
This book is borderline horrible. I was looking for a new Lee Child or Barry Eisler to follow but the search continues.

Suckered into some bad reviews of his second book that all seemed to highlight how good his first book “Even” was, I decided to give it a shot.

First off, picture a piece of cardboard in the shape of an arrogant bastard and you have the main character. He is so wooden and often responds with simple one word answers. Luckily, we’re “treated” to introductory paragraphs each chapte
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Harry Roger Williams III
I've recently reviewed several of Steve Hamilton's books about Alex McKnight, the hero I contrasted to James Bond - McKnight is "a hero who bleeds," and who suffers for seeking justice and upholding his values. David Trevellyan, hero of Andrew Grant's recent series, takes punishment but doles out a lot more - to those who have "earned" it with their evildoing. I saw his most recent book on the new book shelf at the Oxford Free Public Library in Massachusetts and was about to take it home, then d ...more
Tom Tischler
David Trevellyon is a Royal Navy Intelligence operative
in N.Y. on assignment. Returning to his hotel late one
evening he sees a shape laying in an alley and stops to
investigate. It's a homeless man shot multiple times. The
police arrive just then and arrest David. He isn't worried
he figures that Navy Intelligence will cover for him but the
case is quickly turned over to the FBI and the British
Consulate tells him that he's on his own. With no idea who's
friend or foe he penetrates deep into a hug
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Douglas Castagna
One of the few books I could not get through. The author, brother of Lee Child creates a character that is almost identical to Jack Reacher. The plot begins, David is on foot, walking in the city and discovers a body. He is immediately arrested for the crime. Sounds like the first Reacher book, but it gets worse. The character seems to be just like Reacher in his abiltiy to fight, reason and assess the situations he is in. Also the plot of the book seemed to never find itself, as the murder is s ...more
Melinda Seyler
I'm having a hard time writing much about this book because I really did not like it and in fact almost stopped reading about 7/8 of the way through. On reflection, I guess I would say that my objection is that it was so testosterone fueled. The writing is fine; the story is preposterous and keeps changing; the editing is flawless. To paraphrase the book jacket: the protagonist is one of the best undercover agents in the world , with the Royal Navy Intelligence (got that? "one of the best in the ...more
Truusje
This was an action-packed, fast-paced thriller that unfortunately got slowed down by the flashbacks at the beginning of every chapter. I thought the story worked, despite some farfetched plot twists and unexplained actions by David. My main issue with this book lies with the characters; if it hadn't been for their names, I wouldn't have been able to tell them apart. There were only 3 female characters and they were even more one-dimensional than the males. They really didn't make any sense.
Howev
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Colin Smith
An excellent read, and an unexpected ending. A good twisty plot that will keep you guessing. The only reason it's not a 5-star review is purely a personal thing. There are a number of numerical dimensional descriptions (e.g., a room being 10 by 12, for example), and I don't picture those as well as say, "the closet was the size of a bathroom stall." Others probably don't have the same issue, and for you I would give it 5-stars.

Definitely an R-rating, not so much for language (a handful of s-word
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KarenC
Jun 12, 2009 KarenC rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Reacher fans
Recommended to KarenC by: Roberta

Trevellyan's character develops throughout the book. Grant does a good job of introducing his new character without slowing down the plot. The anecdotal paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter help provide background for the character, as well as define the chapter action. The rhythm of the prose, while not literary, keeps you reading and fits in with the story.

Highly entertaining suspense novel that grabs the reader right at the beginning. Lots of action sprinkled throughout, with some add

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Jglhome
As I read this book, I kept thinking 'gosh, it reminds me so much of a Jack Reacher book . . . ." Then I came across the review that caused me to put the book on my to-read list. Lo and behold, Andrew Grant, the author of Even is the younger brother of Lee Child, the author of the Jack Reacher books, although apparently, the two of them, 12 years apart, did not spend much of their respective childhoods together. And, according to the review, Grant stopped reading his older brother's books once ...more
Rebecca Harwell
Overall, I liked this book. There were some things, however, that weren't very compelling for me.

First, I was surprised at the lack of 'edge-of-your-seat-ness' it had. I thought that was the hallmark of a thriller. Although I enjoyed it, I was able to put it down quite easily. While I read it, I liked it, but when I put it down, I didn't feel the need to pick it back up.

I also had a problem with Andrew Grant's female characters. He had two kinds in this book. Smart, 'lawyerly,' damsel in distres
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Pygmy
So apparently this is by Lee Child's younger brother! No wonder it feels so familiar on the surface. Lone maverick-type super agent, all honed and prone to violent-if-effective methods of righting wrongs. But as I work further into the novel, it becomes apparent that this is not up to par, no matter how many times the words "gripping", "smart", and "wit" are used on the cover quotes.

The characters all think the same (that is, slightly dumber than the main character), all speak the same (that is,
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Bob
From the jacket "introducing a James Bond for the 21st Century" . Well maybe but David Trevellyn a British Navy special operative is not obsessed with the opposite sex and doesn't have an arsenal of special weapons, just some very effective hand to hand maneuvers. Just finishing up a job in NYC he is walking back to his hotel in the late evening when he sees a body lying in an alley and against his better judgment, goes to investigate. Next thing he knows two patrol cars come screaming up and he ...more
Brian Casey
I started reading Even by Andrew Grant on Friday, and finished it this morning.

At first glance, the hero - David Trevellayan, a Royal Navy intelligence operative - seems like a cross between Quiller and Jack Reacher, with maybe some Joe Pike thrown in. And, once I finished, I found out that the author is the little brother of Reacher's Lee Child. But the story just didn't connect with me. Where Quiller has an urgency, an immediacy that holds you, Trevellayan never gets there. And when you read Q
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Joe Newell
This book had a lot of good things to it's credit. I loved the main character David Trevellian. He's an english agent (CIA type, but not CIA obviously), and he's a badass, without being cocky, arogant or otherworldly, like I've seen in so many other novels. I also liked the pace of the novel, and the fact that there weren't so many characters that I couldn't remember who is who.

What I didn't care for, was the ending. A pet peeve of mine is leaving a book without closure to set up a sequel, or a
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Jim
The first book in the David Trevellyan series, this is a prety standard thriller. Trevellyan is a member of the Royal Navy's intelligence division framed for murder. Deemed an embarrassment to the British government, Trevellyan has been cut loose by his political masters. Alone, he must pit his wits against the NYPD, the FBI, a bunch of sinister mercenaries, and a shadowy group led by a woman as evil as she is beautiful.

On balance, I liked this book, but the first few chapters were more work th
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Joshua
This book started off very strong, and I thought it was going to be a non-stop, fast-paced tale of unpredictable twists, turns and brutal brawls. Unfortunately the book took a turn for the boring after the capture of the first super-villain, and never really gained its beginning momentum again. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the book, merely that it was like reading two incongruous chapters in the main character's life. I found myself wondering why the self-reliant man that Grant set up w ...more
Jen
I listened to EVEN, Andrew Grant's debut novel, on audiobook. David Trevellyan is an agent with the Royal Navy Intelligence. He's wrapping up a job in the U.S. and is out walking after dinner when he encounters a murdered vagrant. But the vagrant turns out to be an American agent and Trevellyan finds himself framed for the murder.

I'm not much of an expert on spy thrillers. I haven't read many, but I would venture to guess that EVEN would be a book that James Bond fans would enjoy. The plot was w
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Terry
Grant's debut novel started out with great pace, holding my interest to the point that I finished the novel in one sitting. I enjoyed it enough to try the second installment but David Trevellyan come off as too one dimensional at times. The action sequences are a little too unbelievable and hopefully that will change with the following installments.

Lee Child's brother has potential to become a decent writer.
H Lynnea
Have you ever read a book that was going well, and you plan to recommend to others, until you read the last five pages? This is that kind of book.
Even starts slow, but once it picks up steam, it's a somewhat enjoyable book (at least until an incredibly unsatisfying ending). it has a few rough patches, story-wise. There were parts of the plot that I figured out well before all of the characters in the book, which makes me, personally, feel frustrated. But I wouldn't have considered it a bad book
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Deborah Sigel
A little bloodier and more violent than I usually read. But the author is visiting our library so I thought I would see what he's all about. And I think my aunt would like his writing since she likes this genre. It will be someone new for her to read (as long as the books are in Large Print or on Nook).
Brenda
From new author, Andrew Grant, comes his debut novel,'Even'. The blurb "introducing a James Bond for the 21st Century" is not quite on the mark as David Trevellyn, a British Navy special operative, is not obsessed with the opposite sex and doesn't have an arsenal of special weapons, just some very fancy and effective hand to hand manoeuvers. Just finishing up a job in NYC he is walking back to his hotel in the late evening when he sees a body lying in an alley and against his better judgment, go ...more
Ralynn
Did not end like I thought it would, had some huge twists in the story that I did not see coming, a little graphic at times but over all a good adventure, mystery save the world book.
Mike
Being a career telecom person, to see Andrew Grant go from working for AT&T to writing an excellent thriller in his debut spark a pinge of envy. This book is a "down to earth" Bond type of novel, with the main character being a British spy who gets caught up in a number of double crosses involving various factions in New York. Grant's writing style matches his main characters manner of working - direct and to the point. Not a lot of wasted words or actions by either the author or the fiction ...more
Helensvale Library
I love Lee Child's character Jack Reacher, and this story's central hero, David Trevellyan, an agent with British Naval Intelligence, could be his twin.
This is an action-packed murder-mystery, with a a slice of humour thrown in to make the reader like the key character - Lieutenant Commander Trevellyan. David is not a nice man - he does not compromise and his ways of getting to the truth are not subtle. He is manipulative, keenly observant, and very dangerous. Tags for this novel would include t
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Christian Barraza
My rating is a little off. I did like the book. The story was good, it was well written, plenty of action and twists along the way to keep you on your toes. However, I hated the ending. Trying to not spoil it for anyone planning on reading it, let's just say it ends with the author telling you what the character is going to do and he leaves it up to you to decide/imagine what happened then. I really haven't read many books like this and I just don't like it. Give me a clear ending, I need closur ...more
Darin
With all of the author endorsements on the back, and Grant being the brother of Lee Child, I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Still, it was okay, but I ended up flipping through the last third of the book, and then didn't really care how it ended.
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Andrew Grant (born 1968, Birmingham, England) is the younger brother of bestselling thriller writer Lee Child. After graduating from the University of Sheffield, where he studied Drama and English Literature, Grant founded a theatre company that produced original material, c
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