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(David Trevellyan #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  169 reviews
David Trevellyan is a Royal Navy intelligence operative who usually works undercover, sometimes with the approval of his masters—and sometimes not. On a seemingly normal evening, he takes a lonely late-night walk between a restaurant and his New York City hotel. A familiar huddled shape in the mouth of an alley catches his eye—a homeless man has been shot to death. Trevell ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Minotaur St Martin's (first published May 1st 2009)
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***2018 Summer of Spies***

It’s nice when two different reading plans come together. I’m trying to read at least one book by each of the special guests coming to the When Words Collide conference in Calgary in August and I’m spending my summer concentrating on Spy fiction. So I was delighted to find out that Andrew Grant has written a spy trilogy.

If you are a fan of fantasy spy thrillers like The Bourne Identity or Ian Fleming’s fiction, I think you may also enjoy Grant’s adventures of David Tr
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joe Moley
Sep 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
I love the first 100 pages, and the last 50 pages. In between, I'm lost.

"you don't get mad. You just get even."

May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Lee Child's brother, became an author.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: male-author, mystery
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
Deborah  Sigel
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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).
Sean Randall
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I was a bit confused as to whether the author wanted to write in a British or American style here. The asides into navy training were interesting an the action was all sharp and strong and potent but I didn't really feel a connect with the lead. you can't of course when he's whoopin' ass, but even the emotional side didn't really register with me when he wasn't. Enjoyed for the action.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Walking from a restaurant to his hotel in New York City, David Trevellyan discovers the body of an apparently-homeless man in an alley. Almost immediately, the police arrive and David finds himself suspected of committing the murder. David realizes he’s been set up to take the rap.

However, the assistance he expects from the Royal Naval Intelligence Service, for which he works, does not materialize and he must find the answers for himself.

When the FBI becomes involved in the case, David finds hi
Valerie Nelson
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: even
I know people have said you can't compare Grant with his brother and I'm not. I'm comparing him with authors who write good fiction and Grant isn't on that list. His descriptions are overwrought (someone at night at the end of an ally gives a description of you to the police including the exact number of stitches in your scalp??? In your car you saw a piece of A-5 paper on the side of the road???), his dialog doesn't ring true, and many of his characters are just dense. For example: you're with ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed the main character, David. There was something entertaining about his personality.

My favorite parts of the book were the beginnings of the chapters, where we got little glimpses of backstory for him.

The rest of the book...I feel it wasn't as intense as it should have been.

The dialogue in the book was great, which is a good thing because the book is like 80% dialogue. Not much character insight or thoughts. Just pages and pages of dialogue. I had no idea what the character was thinking
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andrew-grant
Andrew Grant recounts a tale about Royal Naval Intelligence Division operative David Trevellyan. Trevellyan is falsely accused of the murder of a vagrant in an alley in New York. This investigation starts out with the NYPD and soon involves agents of the FBI. With David's involvement, a terrorist plot is uncovered. The British agent must beat the clock before hundreds are gruesomely killed, including a very close ally. Grant provides detailed descriptions of the various locations in the story as ...more
guy carpenter
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No ending.

I was greatly enjoying this book when the ebook finished shy of the ending. Looks as if i will have to get the paper version to satisfy my curiosity. The story was truly good other than that, well written, lots of action, interesting characters, indeed everything one would expect from a book bar an ending. As might be obvious the rating mainly reflects the lack closure.
Randy Mccharles
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Met the author last week. Terrific guy. Knew immediately he must be a brilliant writer so I started with his 1st novel. I'm a big fan of thrillers and am not sure I've read a book with so many twists and turns. David Trevellyan is a terrific protagonist with a tough no-nonsense demeanor but a heart of gold. The bad guys are truly bad, but have strong motivations for their crimes. Very much enjoyed the novel and highly recommend it. Now, off to book 2-- Die Twice.
Sean Beckett
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This didn't work for me. I can see why it was compared to Child/Reacher, but it's not a fair comparison. Perhaps the character will get better in later books, when you don't need to begin each chapter with a flashback that sets the scene for the next section, but probably not for me.
Sri Gopalan
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Great writing style - subtle, funny, fast paced. But the plot is just all over the shop.
Stephan Lewies
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book. Andrew Grant is an easy read although the story is slow at times.
Carol Wippich
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book to start a series.
Robert Knotts
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jumps around a lot but wraps it all up in the end. (sort of...)
Reed Johnson
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was similar to a Jack Reacher.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
Sibling rivalry can be either a wonderful or a horrible thing. It can cause massive arguments, or it can inspire a sibling to stretch themselves and achieve more than they might usually have done. ‘’Even’’ is the debut novel from Andrew Grant, who is the brother of Lee Child, author of the successful Jack Reacher series and it seems that the latter point is true this time around.

Late one night, David Trevellyan sees a dead body in a New York City alleyway. As a former Navy officer, he goes in to
An Odd1
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
David Trevellyan patiently describes surroundings until going to jail, framed for murder of undercover FBI agent Michael Raab "a single accident, where the gun went off six separate times? Or six individual accidents, one after the other?" p 29. London Royal Naval Intelligence disavows him via Tanya Wilson; the couple "stepped over the line" in previous mission.

He notes kidnappers' "Flashy" p 77 weapons in detail, "reporter" p 87 "Julianne Morgan" caged three days whose "thick black hair .. sme
Danielle Gonzalez
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I was made aware of this author because I actually read his wife's books. A friend who also reads her books, shared with me that her husband, Andrew Grant, writes books of a genre that may interest me. As I started reading the book, I thought, wow, this is a lot like the Jack Reacher books I love so much. Come to find out, as everyone has seen in previous reviews, this is Lee Child's younger brother. The main character in this book is interesting, but the dialog and his attitude seem quite far f ...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
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
David Trevellyan is a British Navy intelligence officer (his specific role is somewhat vague) who is wrapping up a job in the US when he discovers a recently murdered tramp lying in a dark alleyway. He is swiftly apprehended by the police department who then pass him onto the FBI. The body was actually an undercover FBI agent and Trevellyan is now the FBI's prime suspect.

The book starts well and grabs your attention, but from there it loses its way. The plot is overly complicated with two main s
May 31, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: actionthriller
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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