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The Contractor

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Rick Behringer is an outside contractor working for the Central Intelligence Agency. He owns a small company that, in the light of day, provides communications security for government offices, including the CIA. In the shadows, though, Rick’s a spy. He runs overseas agents for the CIA and, through his firm, buys foreign military technology that the Agency wants to inspect ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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John Parker
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it
In the days of a collapsed Soviet Union and the springing up of rogue elements around the world Colin Mackinnon has unleashed a novel that might be more hypothetical than fiction. A rogue nuclear physicist and others who are determined to acquire the material necessary for building weapons provide the impetus for the adventure.

There are not many surprises in the story and it is rather predictable in most parts. What is not predictable is the back-story of a CIA communications contactor, his
Mark Pool
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I like Colin MacKinnon’s writing style in The Contractor. There are so many threads that he weaves, but somehow they all come together. Even the threads about Rick Behringer's personal life–-his ex-wife and children, his girlfriend–-seemingly have no bearing on his professional life, but they define who he is. On the back of the book jacket, Publishers Weekly is quoted, "His [MacKinnon's] clipped prose style, descriptive discipline, and tone-perfect dialogue elevate this thriller above the ...more
Ryan Mac
Jun 27, 2009 marked it as abandoned
Couldn't finish it--the writing style was really annoying
Seth Richards
Jan 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Took me FOREVER to get through. Just couldn't get into it.
Meggie Kornelsen
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Different writing style, hard to get into the story at first, but once I got past the first 50 pages or so, the suspense wouldn't allow me to put the book down.
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Not as good as Body Of Lies. A bit unfocussed, divergent, at times.
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