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The Debriefing

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,878 ratings  ·  209 reviews

International bestselling author Jeffery Deaver explores the borderline between lies and loyalty in a story of a brotherhood on the brink.

In the wake of a disastrous firefight with a Mexican cartel, two El Paso police officers find themselves in a military hospital facing a debriefing about what went wrong. As their accounts unfold, Tony, a by-the-book cop, begins to b

Kindle Edition, 59 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Amazon Original Stories
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Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
A short story by author Jeffery Deaver. This author is one of the best at writing short stories that somehow pack so much detail in. This one is much the same and along with a few decent characters make an entertaining read.
In the wake of a disastrous firefight with a Mexican cartel, two El Paso police officers find themselves in a military hospital facing a debriefing about what went wrong. As their accounts unfold, Tony, a by-the-book cop, begins to believe that hotheaded Matt might have divi
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best short stories I've ever read..

Jeffery Deaver is a master story teller, no doubt about it..
He has received dozens of awards, and rightly so!!

Anyway ere now either I must have been deep asleep or under narcotic influence..
Because this is my first encounter --not of the fourth kind-- but with Deavers work..

But lets get started:
war against the drug kartell..
Two federal agents (brothers) entangled in a net of lies, the kartell most vicious murderer behind them, and an ending tha
Bill Lynas
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Here's a neat little short story from thriller writer Jeffery Deaver. The author packs plenty of action into this fast paced tale about a shoot out between the good guys & the bad guys & its aftermath.
As always Deaver slips in a lot of twists & turns & it's an entertaining diversion while I await his next novel.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prime-reading
For anyone who hasn’t read author Jeffrey Deaver in short story mode they are missing a treat.
The Debriefing is a case in point. A combined Police / DEA raid goes wrong just inside Mexico where he drug cartels prosper.
El Paso PD acted on a tip off and when long-standing detective Tony Wright hears about it he feels obliged to head out and offer support.
Outnumbered and pinned down something goes drastically wrong from Tony’s perspective and suddenly his presence there is questioned as he is inte
Michael Slavin
A very good short story full of action.

It takes place just across the border in Mexico.
It involves the Cartel, the DEA, the El Paso police.

Two brothers are cops, one may be dirty and have caused the murder of a DEA supervisor. the bad guys really get creative to find an informant too, that may be doing big damage to them.

It was a short story but covered the plot well. You could feel the heat and the action.

Strongly recommend.

Review by Mike Slavin author of award-winning Kill Crime (action-packed
Fantastic short story for thriller lovers. This one is about Mexican drug cartel and US - El Paso PD. Great characters, and good action.
Ursula Johnson
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling Short with Excellent Twists & Turns

This was my first book from this author. I love the Kindle singles since they give you an opportunity to sample an author's work without a large time commitment. This was a fantastic thriller with excellent twists and turns I did not see coming. A fast paced excellent short. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. Scott Merriman did a wonderful job on the narration. I have a few other short stories from this author
David Highton
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clever plot in this story about a Mexican drug cartel
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How many more thrills and action can you pack into a less than 100 page novella?
Andrew Tucker
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice little quick story. Audio book narrator voices for the characters was comical and annoying
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars for a very entertaining short story. A rather nice plot twist caught me off guard, and only a rather weak ending prevented a higher rating.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
An attempted arrest of Mexican cartel members gone wrong with one officer dead and the team in the hospital, this aftermath short novel requires extreme concentration, especially if you're not up on military talk. Officer Tony Wright, a municipal officer is questioned by FBI when a senior officer is killed in the line of duty. It's extremely simplistic, but the characters and their very background seems done out of convenience more than actual development. It's a stereotypical drug bust; there w ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
This is one of the best short stories I have ever read. When reviewers say it has a lot of information and action packed into a short area, they aren't exaggerating. This could easily have been fleshed out into a 40,000 word novel, but Deaver decided to present the story in a 59-page power punch. Great storytelling, great plot, and believe it or not, there is actually character development and backstory. Maybe even a twist or two. Really impressed with this one. ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This was fairly decent. At least for a short story. With that said I’m a fan of Deaver. It did make me want more of a story, but cleaver I suppose.
Andrea Corley
This was a quick, unpredictable quick read that I was able to finish in one setting! Although short, the story was precise and thorough!

I enjoyed listening to The Debriefing!
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A scheme to infiltrate the Cartel by staging a mock attack.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good short story. Plenty of action and suspense. Deaver is excellent.
Christopher Daniels
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
You Can't Trust Family

The Debriefing deals with one brother who cannot trust the other brother. The story is an extremely quick one, and the characters felt lile paper cut out characters. I dont know if rhese chararcters were in previous stories so the reader knows about them already, but reading this story I had no interest in either charcter. The character's dialogue is straight from an 80's action movie. You can even think of one brother as Arnold Schwarznegger and the other brother as Sylves
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Great Twists and Surprising Finish

This was my first Jeffery Deaver novella, and it was a totally "blind" purchase when it was released. Not knowing what to expect and always distrustful of most short novella stories I took a gamble just to explore. Overall, I was not disappointed with the fast, action read.

The story focuses on two brothers, both detectives for the El Paso Police Department working to take down part of a Mexican drug cartel. Things go fast fast, starting the short but enjoyable a
Kenneth Gomberg
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

What WAS this? Characters, you hardly got to know their names let alone personality. Very short book. This qualifies as a short story. Can't keep track of what was going on, until the author explained at the end. Two main characters are brothers, I got that. One is reckless, the other fastidious. They don't see each other socially, one is suspicious of the other. Did the other do it? And what did he do? Again explained at the end. But it's like a joke. If
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews
A story of brotherhood, more than anything else, but with so little substance or time devoted to developing the brothers that it's almost impossible to care about them. When the point of the novella is to herald brotherhood, or at the very least the bond between two brothers working together, it's surely pretty essential that you feel connected to one or the other of them; not so in this case!

Two police officers end up in a military hospital under interrogation after a firefight with the Mexican
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Jeffrey Deaver is an auto buy for me, especially his novellas. I was a little disappointed that “The Debriefing” was about a drug cartel. I purchased it but put off reading it for a couple of weeks.
That’s something I won’t do again.
The Cardozo Cartel sends Manuel Santos aka El Piedra (The Stone) a hit man who tortures and kills without emotion. His assignment is to find a confidential informant, get information and eliminate the problem.
Two police detective brothers are involved with the plan
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining short story by Jeffery Deaver. The plot is fast-paced with a lot of twist and turns. The storyline has a lot action, a possible betrayal, and a vicious killer which makes the whole story seriously entertaining. The main premise is the Police/DEA raid the Cartel and a shootout occurs. It is believed that their is a mole in either the Police or DEA. However, you have to read the ending to find out the surprise ending.
Tere Fredericks
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Twist Out of Nowhere

Four stars for a Jeffery Deaver book? Am I out of my mind? No. Well, yes.

This book has characters you care about. It has intrigue. It has gunfights. It has everything I love about his books.

Except it is too short.

Way too short. As short as it is, it's exceptionally well written and exciting and that’s what a story should be.
Linda Jean
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant as usual

This is a fairly short book by Deaver but it has you gripped from the start. I certainly did not see the twist coming at the end although there was a sign which seemed at the time incongruous at the hospital. I will not say any more as it could spoil the ending.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I have been a big fan of Deaver's books, so I thought I really enjoy this story. The story lacks Deaver's usual detailed descriptions and character development. This would make a good 60 minute TV show or one installment of s popular network series. I just prefer his novels with more multidimensional characters. ...more
Two brothers survive a shootout with a cartel but Tony begins to believe that Matt was involved with the cartel and knew what was going to come down. As they wait together in a military hospital Tony thinks about asking his brother to tell him the truth but before he can some surprises walk in the door.

An interesting short story by one of my favorite authors.
Jeanie Womack
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

When two brothers are caught in the crossfire of snipers, their run for an abandoned warehouse may be the death of them. As the action progresses, one brother begins to have questions about his brother's potential involvement in an obvious set up by a drug cartel.
Short and very satisfying!!!
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is the first of Deaver’s stories that I’ve read, but I also just now read Ninth and Nowhere. Ok, he’s good, but includes so many characters and so many facts that you really have to pay attention or you’re lost. I’ll concentrate harder when I start the next story! Highly recommend!!
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, short-stories
Not much of a fan of military stories but I thought I would give it a whirl since I have enjoyed one of Deaver's short stories. I'm beginning to think that was a fluke. I just couldn't get into this story. My mind kept wandering off and I was bored even though there is plenty of action. Just not a good fit for me. ...more
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