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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  8,250 ratings  ·  487 reviews
It ended with an invention.
He never intended to use it.
But then they betrayed him.

Imagine Vince Flynn's TERM LIMITS meets David Baldacci's ABSOLUTE POWER.

Presumed dead after a staged terrorist attack, FBI Agent Odysseus Carr is running for his life with the doctor who rescued him. Meanwhile, the same power players
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published June 24th 2016 (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sean Peters
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my goals this year was to read a group of authors that I knew wrote "my type of books", action packed, fast paced, lots of twists, FBI, assassins, nasty villains. This has them all.

So here again I have find another great author alongside some great action reads this year from Brad Thor, Ben Coes, Mark Greaney and favourites Tom Wood, Mark Dawson, Simon Kernick, Victor Methos, J.B Turner, Lee Childs, Will Jordan, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci Matt Rees and Emlyn Rees.

What makes me give a
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was like James Bond and Lara Croft working together in a 24 Hour story! Especially the second half was a real rush. Crazy fun and crazy implausible but an exciting read
Gary Korotzer
Dec 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really dumb - not worth the time

A waste of time to read this. One dimensional characters, a really stupid plot, ridiculous situations and just not well written. "Twists" you can see a Mike away. Save your time - and don't believe the comparisons to Lee Child, Nelson Demille, or Vince Flynn. Not even close. I don't usually write negative reviews, but want to help you avoid this waste of time. You're welcome.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good thriller and an action/adventure thriller is a bonus. So "Betrayal" aced those parameters. The concept of Odi and Cassi Carr, twins in FBI roles is, to my knowledge unique and offers countless plot possibilities. And author Tim Tigner didn't let details such as believability deter him in crafting his characters. Don't get me wrong, I liked both Odysseus and Cassandra (she's my hero) but I was amazed by their seemingly superhuman feats of strength, endurance and courage under fire. ...more
Tim Tigner
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Baldacci, Child, Clancy, DeMille, Flynn, Follett, Patterson, Peterson, Silva, Taylor or Thor

BETRAYAL is about breaches of trust, and the consequences thereof. Already one of the wickedest sins, betrayal is especially egregious when lives are on the line, and particularly disturbing when perpetrated by people in power.

All too often the rich and powerful are not held accountable for the casualties they create in the pursuit of personal gain. From the sidelines, it appears that when the payoffs don’t work, either the lawyers find loopholes or the lobbyists create
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, you will like this book. Although not as good as Pilgrim, it is very thrilling. It moves at break-neck speed, with a LOT of action. The "seemingly indestructible" hero of the book (as the villain thinks of him at a point), Odi Carr, is a genius research scientist, an exceptionally talented bomb-squad member, and at the start of this book a special agent of the FBI's counter-terrorism department. He barrels through a host of villains and red herrings in ...more
Greg Tymn
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good conspiracy thriller. I'd say it's equivalent to a Baldacci or a Thor novel. The writing was crisp, the dialogue wasn't too stereotypically heroic, the politics? Hmmm....I'm not really a conspiracy buff and I didn't find the bad guys to be that believable. Having said that, the storyline hangs together quite well.

If you like the Clancy/Baldacci/Flynn type of books, this one is for you. If you're more into the LeCarre type novels, you might want to pass this one by.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It became a little far-fetched at the end but nevertheless it was a very good read and I highly recommend it.
Nathan Sims
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a tough one for me. It's exciting and fast paced, to be sure. But I'd venture to say that maybe it's a little too fast paced. Part of the fun of thrillers is watching how they get from point A to point B, not just the excitement of what happens when they reach point B. Think Mission Impossible without the impossible part. Oftentimes, that's how this book read. We'd jump from big plot point to big plot point with only a quick sentence or two on how we got there. I found myself missing ...more
David Berkowitz
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging Thriller

Really, this should be more like 3.5 stars.

Tim Tigner always delivers great action and compelling stories. Betrayal is no exception.

But unlike his other novels, I found it hard to like the main protagonist. Odysseus Card is indeed betrayed in the early part of the novel which puts him on a path of revenge against those who purposely caused the death of his team in Iran. This includes a group of corporate CEOs and one high government official. While what happened to Care was
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a totally over the top action romp that is very entertaining to read. Odi Carr is an FBI operative whose team is tasked with taking out a suspected terrorist training camp in Pakistan (don't ask what the FBI is doing operating covertly on foreign soil). Things go horribly wrong and Odi is the only survivor of an ambush. He is rescued by an American-Iranian doctor and learns that his team was betrayed. He vows revenge and sneaks back into the US to extract same.

Meanwhile his sister
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. New author for me. If you like Brad Thor, Nelson DeMille, Marc Cameron, Brad Taylor, Vince Flynn, AJ Tata, Ben Coes, Alex Berenson, John Gilstrap, etc you will enjoy this author. I wish it was a series so I could keep reading to find out what happened to the characters next.

I have read Chasing Ryan, his latest book which is available here which introduces a new character which will be in a series (1st one out in 2016 titled Pushing Brilliance).

In the
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed! This was a fast-paced political thriller in the Vince Flynn/Brad Thor vein. The protagonist FBI Special Agent Odysseus Carr (Odi) is on the FBI's Counterterrorism Response Team. He has been assigned, along with his team, to take out a terrorist training location in Iran but when they get there, it is apparent that the site is really a hospital treating injured children. And then his entire team is apparently attacked and killed ...more
Jonathan Dunsky
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
This is a very good thriller, better written than many of the other thrillers on the market today. The villains are well portrayed and seem realistic, the two heroes--a brother and sister team--are both strong, compelling characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The plot itself has plenty of twists, turns, and moments in which it seems that all is lost for our heroes. The last quarter of the book is a high-tension ride in which our heroes get into more and more trouble, and it's ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed.

Counter terrorism became political issue and all the companies in this war will be making billions. They hand out millions to politicians push for war and keep talking about this "fear". Trillions USA spend on this war overseas, our schools, education, roads and bridges won't get the needed money.
larry brashear
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book literally kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through to the end. Great author!
Gin Hunt
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In a word, one of the best I've read. Thrilling to the last page-I could loo d not put it down. Read this! :)

Too much foul language

I didn't get past the fisrt couple pages. I have read many spy and military novels and they are better without all the bad language.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, espionage
Good plot-driven story. Gave me enough action-thriller feels.
Robb Goodwin
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun book to read and was unlike most books that I have read. It is very rare that you really truly are not sure if the main character(s) are going to get out of the situation that they are in alive, this one was that. In fact, you really didn't know what was going to happen until the last 20 pages or so. As can be imagined it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. It is also one of those books that makes you think about real life and "could this actually happen", and for ...more
Phoenix Reads
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Fast paced action when an FBI covert team is painted to appear having gone rogue when they attacked a hospital in a Middle Eastern country filled with children, getting everyone killed including the team. Only the leader of the team survives, and that happens purely by accident. He is declared dead, and decides to keep it that way, as he and his team have been betrayed and he vows revenge. That man is Odysseus Carr.
He finds there is a behind the scenes political power play aimed at discrediting
Alex Ander
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tim Tigner's Betrayal was a surprisingly good read. I had never read anything from him, so his style was new to me. The action started right away with dialogue of conflict. The action soon followed.

I read the entire book--no skipping past the parts where the terrorists are blabbing about the excesses of the West and 'death to America.' Every character in the book was interesting. There were twists and turns, including one I didn't seen coming, but should have based on little details throughout
Dave Jones
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebooks, spy
I borrowed ths book from Amazon's Prime Library after I read the author's bio. Honestly, his bio is fascinating. The storyline intrigued me so I gave it a shot.

This is a meh book. The basic storyline is interesting enough but I found his characters to be quite one-dimensional. The breakup of the romance between the two main characters (Wiley & Cassandra), for example, was pretty sanitary. Not much emotion there. Wiley decided his career had a higher priority than Cassandra. Pretty much end
Bethany McAdow
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this free from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest opinion. To be honest it was a slow start for me, however it finally grabbed at me and left me not wanting to put it down. It became a quick read and I am glad I read it. This was a new to me author and now I want to read more of his books. Thank you for the opportunity to read it!
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Non-stop action. The plot was unpredictable and allowed for guessing at every turn of the page. Excellent read! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves thrillers or military mysteries.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Everybody jumps the shark!
Mary Ellen Redmile Cooper
Terrorism, ultimate betrayal, intrigue, spies, Iran, Washington, DC and New York City. Plus some Senators and possible candidates for higher office. The adventure never stops, and I read it in a night. The text is crisp and clear, easily understandable although often technical (computers and widgets), and the story is relatively easy to follow. If you keep pitting your strategy against theirs (the good guys and the bad), it's a good read. Formatting was/is well done, the text looks good and the ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's the deal. This isn't Tale of Two Cities or Moby Dick but it's a great time. If there were still phone booths I'd be tempted to scrawl, "For a good time, get Betrayal by Tim Tigner." Look up page turner and there's a link to this book. When I was tempted to question my suspension of disbelief I just kept reading. You will too.
Kevin Beck
Meh. Cliched and already done much better by Vince Flynn and others. Very disjointed at times with almost a bad horror movie vibe. Oh my goodness; what else can go wrong to make this even harder for our good guy/girl to save the day.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
3.5 stars I would definitely read more by this author. A lot of the book was 4 stars for me, but there were a few holes so I took it down a half star.
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Tim began his career in Soviet Counterintelligence with the US Army Special Forces, the Green Berets. That was back in the Cold War days when, “We learned Russian so you didn't have to,” something he did at the Presidio of Monterey alongside Recon Marines and Navy SEALs.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tim switched from espionage to arbitrage. Armed with a Wharton MBA rather than a Colt M16, he
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“Cassi was beaming as she walked through the door, causing Wiley to swallow hard. She really could brighten a room. She paused halfway to his desk to look around. “You know I’ve never been inside this office before. It looks bigger than my loft. What do you have back there?” She nodded to the door he had just come through. “The secret files, or a private bath?” 2 likes
“EVEN AS SHE STOOD teary-eyed before the cold oak casket and scores of familiar mourners, Cassi could not convince her psyche that she had been forever cleaved from her twin. She took a deep breath. The aromas of white lilies and freshly turned earth took her tumbling back to her parents’ funeral. It seemed at once like only yesterday and yet so long ago. As then, today felt neither real nor right.” 2 likes
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