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Scorpion Winter

(Scorpion #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  22 reviews
“Andrew Kaplan represents a gold standard for thriller writing.”
—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose

Espionage fiction is hotter than ever, as evidenced by the phenomenal success of Daniel Silva, Alex Berenson, and Ted Bell—and Andrew Kaplan plays the spy game as well as anyone out there. Following his stunning thriller, Scorpion
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by HarperTorch
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Pamela Kramer
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Scorpion Winter" is the latest entry in author Andrew Kaplan's action/mystery Scorpion series, and its a good one. They're all good. Kaplan's hero is super-spy, super-sleuth, super-sly "Code Name Scorpion," he of a hundred identities and thousands of martial arts moves.

Yet despite all those "supers," Scorpion is a (sort of) real human being. He gets nervous when he's in a tough spot; he can't handle ten other master martial artists at the same time; he can't leap over tall buildings in a single
Phil Sutton
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have just sat down and read through all 3 of the Scorpion books and they are all excellent stories created by a true master of this genre. It is a benefit to start with Scorpion but definitely not necessary. Each book creates an intricate story of plots and sub plots and has the reader guessing to the end.
Scorpion Winter is one of the best books I have read of this genre and I have nearly 1000 signed books of the adventure, thriller and CIA action spy genre. It has everything and is one of
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
PROTAGONIST: Scorpion, free-lance agent
SETTING: Yemen, Russia
SERIES: #3 of 3

When you pick up a thriller to read, you generally have the expectation that not everything that happens will be quite plausible. Many times the protagonist has a superior ability to remain alive in the most daunting of circumstances. His weapons never miss; he can knock off six villains before they even have a chance to blink. Of course, there is a beautiful female involved and it’s only a matter of time
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Nov 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
While the idea behind the book may strike you as interesting and somewhat prophetic (the book was published in 2012 and talks about Russia attempting to take over Ukraine and using elections to do so), don't let it fool you into spending any time or money on this one. The story drags on and on and on very very very slowly. The sequences of events make very little sense. The characters constantly act illogically. But the worst of all is the absolute butchery of the Russian and Ukrainian languages ...more
Jim Lane
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it

Yet another entry in the crowded espionage/thriller genre. I am a big fan of Barry Eisler's John Rain series, which does a great job of "humanizing" a cold-blooded assassin for hire. To me, Scorpion is less well developed as a character, although this may change with subsequent entries in the series. At some point I will read the 1st book in the series, Scorpion Betrayal, but I am in no hurry. There was not enough to set this story apart from all the others for me to give it more than 3 stars
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
absolutely excellent! I found it hard at first pronouncing some of the Ukrainian/Russian words but it didn't spoil the fast pace excitement and unexpectedness of the read, it just made it more authentic. now reluctant to the read the next book in fear that it maybe last in the series... so I may just wait till I find out then savour the last book if it is .... or can't I wait!!!!
Jun 22, 2013 added it
I loved this book. There was twists and turns I didn't see coming and the lead character is the type of character I like. Cynical and yet has a moral compass to some degree. It's a brilliant book and it reads fast and quick.
Paul Kesner
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great read. The book is fast-paced and brings the characters and environment to life. The book kept me turning the pages, I finished a few days ago, but forgot to update. :/
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A well-told spy novel. Scorpion, an ex-CIA agent and super-spy, is contracted to stop the assassination of a Ukrainian political candidate. The usual twists and turns ensue. A fun read.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Very timely as the day I read it, Ukraine just had a referendum on the Crimea.
Ralph McEwen
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A well written thriller spy novel. Fast paced with a lot of action and suspense. Interesting characters with realistic interactions.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
lots of action kept me interested
Mason Dakota
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spy-novels
Not a bad read. Every chapter is filled with thriller action that keeps you turning to the next page which makes you read the book fast and makes it hard to put down. There were some elements I didn't quite like which I won't share for spoiler reasons, but overall it was a well-written spy novel. I think part of the reason some parts threw me off though, I will admit, is that I assumed this was the first book in the series and discovered much later it must not be with some of the details that ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Gave this book 100 pages, couldn't get into it. It read like an episode of Homeland, so I was excited for it...but now i see why target had it on clearance for $1.28
 Lt. Kimberly Landen
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strange but interesting book. CIA mysteries in the dead of winter is just way too cool. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy Payne
Sep 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't even finish the book. The story dragged on and on and I couldn't follow it very well. I liked the idea behind it, but I couldn't bring myself to read through all of the vulgarity. You couldn't read through an entire page without the main character cussing. There were also a few phrases that kept being repeated.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Not impressed with the plot.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Worth finishing.
Doug Stanger
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was just OK. I was glad to get to the end so that I could start something more exciting
Andreea Pausan
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cinematic, action packed, spies, political struggles, assassinations, mafia and a beautiful woman. 007 with a twist.
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Andrew Kaplan is the author of two spy thriller book series: SCORPION and HOMELAND, as well as three earlier novels, DRAGONFIRE, HOUR OF THE ASSASSINS, and WAR OF THE RAVEN, which was selected by the American Library Association as one of the 100 best books ever written about World War II. A former freelance journalist and war correspondent, he covered events around the world and served in both ...more

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Scorpion (4 books)
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“While waiting for his flight at Coanda airport in Bucharest, Scorpion checked the news on his laptop. In Yemen, fighting had been reported between the Hashidis and a force comprised of AQAP allied with elements of the Bakil and Abidah tribes. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, there had been a massive demonstration in Kiev’s Independence those backing Davydenko and supporters of Iryna Shevchenko, who was calling for a vote of no confidence against Davydenko in the Verkhovna Rada. A Jewish synagogue in Donetsk had been torched, and a gang of Black Armbands killed two Jewish college students in Lviv. “Everybody wins,” Shaefer had said.” 0 likes
“In the Horn of Africa, a famine had created a terrible humanitarian crisis. Millions of people were starving. There were images of potbellied children with shrunken limbs and dazed eyes. The Islamist extremist group, Al-Shabab, had banned international food relief efforts in the areas of Somalia they controlled. For some reason, Scorpion couldn’t take his eyes off the images of the starving children. Later that afternoon, he boarded the Alitalia flight to Rome. It was a short flight, just over an hour. By the time he landed at Fiumicino airport, he knew what he was going to do.” 0 likes
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