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Flee (Codename: Chandler #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,183 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews

She's an elite spy, working for an agency so secret only three people know it exists. Trained by the best of the best, she has honed her body, her instincts, and her intellect to become the perfect weapon.


Then her cover is explosively blown, and she becomes a walking bulls-eye. Stalked by assassins who want the secrets she holds, and those who'd prefe
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published April 29th 2011 by Joe Konrath (first published February 22nd 2011)
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't even deserve one star.

This author is on my red lined list of never again writers list. Too many killings, bad language and very detailed sex.
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
How does one assign stars or ratings to such a book. Candy for the mind with double the normal dose of sugar. The book has no character development, no intellectual stimulation, precious little humor**, but goodness what a rush. I stayed up all night to see what was around the next corner.

An operative, Carmen, whose real name we don’t know but who has numerous identities has had her cover, and that of her controller, Jacob (although we’re not really sure what they’re professional relationship mi
T.T. Thomas
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Flee by J.A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson is a non-stop thriller on enhanced steroids with the wildest combination of sexy women, nasty women, nasty guys and enough weaponry to start a war. This has to be the fastest moving novel I've ever read---indeed, the pacing of my own work in progress picked up speed just by osmosis! Konrath's own ever popular female star Jack Daniels makes a sweet cameo, but the heroine of this sexy beast is another female named Chandler, who finds herself in the unenvi ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fast, fun, and furious. The kind of book you probably won't be able to put down between chapters. There were a few typos and proof-reading misses, but it wasn't significant and wasn't enough to pull me out of the story. The switches between first person POV past tense (for Chandler), third person POV past tense (for Fleming) and third person POV present tense (for the bad guys) was a smidgeon distracting, but then I really don't like reading books written in present tense, and that may be why. A ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, mystery, thriller
This is a hard one to rate. The story is intriguing and action packed with suspense. However the execution of that story could use some work. Written in first person and it is very difficult to distinguish between the voice for the two main characters. At first thought you might think that is acceptable, but they have such different personalities, motivation and character that it just seems absurd that you aren't able to tell the difference until a name is dropped. Loved the cameos by Jack and H ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-on-iphone
A pulpy, implausible, page-turner. Complete mind candy of the nonstop action variety. Seven identical twins with the same fingerprints? A cell phone that can launch nuclear weapons against anyone in the world? All of the action happens in about 24 hours? The lead character gets her shoulder dislocated first thing then spends the rest of the day fighting with people and falling out of 100-story buildings? Not likely, of course. Impossible, really. But if you just want to give your brain a little ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A little far fetched but enjoyable.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adrenaline junkies, fans of thrillers, high-octane stories, JA Konrath
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Spy Thriller
Reading Level: Adult—explicit sex scene
Recommended for: Fans of high-octane thrillers
Trigger Warnings: violence, murder, sexual assault, statutory rape

My Thoughts: I read the first Jack Daniels book several years ago and really enjoyed it. I've been slowly building up my library of J.A. Konrath books ever since, and am a bit aggravated that I have to read this book before I completed it and was ready because of the new Terms of Service with Vine running me on Three,
Mike (the Paladin)
I wish I could go higher than 3 stars here...I had high hopes. I don't dislike the book but it get's a 3 by what might be called the proverbial skin of it's proverbial teeth. I mean it could have been much better. I liked Konrath's other series pretty well. Here while the idea is good there are some...egregious flaws.

The book in many ways put in mind of a comic book. The characters verge on being superheroes and super-villains. I'll give the book this, there is plenty of action. I mean I love a
Michael Hicks
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
"Flee" is one hell of a page turner, but not without flaws. An early subplot involving an escaped convict struck me as a bit contrived and sorely lacking in effective resolution. It was too extraneous to the overall plot and was an unnecessary addition that, in retrospect, appears to have been created simply to help the main character get out of a jam. In some ways, it seemed as if the writer's had begun the story with one idea, but changed tracks as it evolved and couldn't quite figure out how ...more
Michele Mai
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly good book. Granted, the characters were a bit flat, the plot was kinda flimsy, and the jumping from first person point-of-view to multiple third person storytellers did give the book an air of frustration. Push all that aside and gosh darn it, this book was a true thriller. I caught myself a few times actually gasping at the things Chandler was able to pull off. I never knew of Konrath's other literary character Lt. Jaquelyn "Jack" Daniels. Now that I do, you can bet I'll be obtai ...more
Joan Reeves
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Flee by J. A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson is the second collaboration between these two talented authors.

Combine all the action of a Bourne movie and a Jason Statham flick, make the action star hero be a woman, and you've got Flee! Now in the Bourne trilogy and The Transporter franchise, the heroes occasionally have slower-paced scenes of rest and recuperation. What a bunch of sissies! The heroine of Flee could teach them a thing or two about fighting, advance preparation, and just plain stayi
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I received a complimentary copy of the book for review, and would first like to say thank-you for the opportunity to read it.
Basically the plot line revolves around a highly trained female special ops type spy on the run from assassins. The action is literally non stop from start to finish. Violent, raw, sexy and gut wrenching all at the same time. It will really get your heart pounding.
Angel Gelique
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this author but wasn't sure I would enjoy this book. Boy was I wrong! This book is a fast-paced, amazingly exciting read. I didn't want it to end. I really think this book would make a great movie.
John Todd
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice spy novel

Action, intrigue, and sex..what more can you ask for. Very good and never a dull moment at all. Chandler could be the next Jason Bourne or maybe the next james bond. I can't wait to dive into the next book in the series.
Samyuktha Ell
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story would have served better as a movie. Totally unbelievable plot line, but some parts are riveting nonetheless. Chandler is some strong character. The 4 stars are just for her.
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This book wasn't my cup of tea. I like to read about women spies, so I gave it a shot but...
Just... no.
Action packed (literally, there's no time that the pace slows down), full of gory violence and foul language and some explicit stuff, and I was still as bored as I was disgusted. I ended up skimming the last half of the book just to see if there was any redeeming ending, but no. I could have told you what would happen, it was that predictable. The characters were boring; they were so cookie cu
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Pure adrenaline. That's what this book is about. Chandler is an elite covert operative, and generally a badass chick. Her cover gets blown in spectacular fashion, and she has to go on the run to figure out what's happening. It turns out that what's happening is pretty crazy. The secret government agency she works for is up to some strange stuff.

There's no time to slow down and think. There's no time for a lot of plot or character development. Just go, go go! Overall, I think it works pretty well
Cherry S. Hill
Not enough story development....bizarrely written action sequences written fast paced one after the other after the other...

Lost interest in the book. Just lots of torture and gun fights and fantasy sequences that became redundant and hard to want to read.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put the book down, it was that GOOD!

A thrilling ride from the beginning and doesn't quite slow down till almost the end. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book.
joy shaw
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It doesn't take long to read this, I couldn't put it down, wonderful right right until the end! A MUST read
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Lived it except the unnecessary sex scenes. Wish writers could understand it doesn't move forward the story! Anxious to read next!
Breathtaking. Phenomenal. Two thumbs up!

Wow! This was such a ride faster and more thrilling than a supersonic bullet! If you thought The Da Vinci Code was jaw-drop-worthy, wait until you read FLEE! It'll keep you on the edge of your seat.

blank stare
This could be your emotional reaction when you're through reading.

FLEE's protagonist is an elite super-spy known only as Chandler. According to the book’s blurb, she works for a government agency so secret only three people know it exists (guess who they are? On
Jim Thompson
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you like "popcorn" movies? This was like a "popcorn" book. So much action from beginning to end. I never had a chance to catch my breath. If you are looking for some good escapist entertainment, and you don't mind some gratuitous sex and violence, this may be the book for you. I look forward to the next book in the Chandler series. Good fun!
Rosemary Dreyer
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just because the action is fast paced doesn't mean this is a good book. This novel has: shallow, one-dimensional characters; unbelievable action; unrealistic setup; and poor writing. All in all, a piece of fluff.
Onelio Caraballo Jusino
Entertaining read

Nice story esasy page turning reading. Will continue this series while waiting for the upcoming JD book. Will it come out this year?
Chandler is a woman who has been trained to be a weapon used by the government. She is given a new identity and a new life as an undercover operative. She can also "kill a man eighteen ways using just her thumb "and has an amazing and very handy sense of smell. Chandler's cover has been blown and the worst day of her life has just begun.

Someone is trying to kill her and she must "flee". The action begins immediately as Chandler evades assassins approaching her apartment. She loses contact with h
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This review has been written in exchange for a complimentary copy of the book through

'Flee' by J.A. Konrath & Ann Voss Peterson is a full speed rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Seriously, it never lets up.

Chandler is a regular girl with a difficult job that makes it hard to meet men. Or is she? Within the first 10 pages, Chandler's cover is blown, she is nearly killed & manages to kill before she can escape her apartment block & from that moment on she is f
Felipe Lerma
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read several of Joe's books, including Tequila Sunrise and Stirred and others, and was expecting more of the same.

It is, but pumped to a technical and enjoyment level I hadn't expected.

Scenes, like having to scale down a building (in one of those previous books) are transformed in this co-authored book with Ann Voss Peterson, in a latter scene at the John Hancock building into some of the most exciting tense well scripted action scenes I've read. There are, as a few reviewers pointed out, m
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