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Die Twice

(David Trevellyan #2)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  383 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
David Trevellyan is summoned to the British Consulate in Chicago. In the same office just a week before, his new handler was attacked and shot by a Royal Navy Intelligence operative gone bad. Assigned to find the rogue agent and end to his scheme, Trevellyan soon finds again he can save innocents by doing what is right despite the personal cost.
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2010)
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Nov 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like the first book in this series but I thought there was potential so I read the second book as well. Unfortunately that was a bad decision.
The story was rather ridiculous and peppered with wooden dialogue between interchangeable characters. Not that there were many characters, apart from a bunch of bad guys. Literally only five characters had a name. The "surprising" plot twist at the was so obvious from page one, that it wouldn't have made any difference if the guy just had "
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Cooler than Bond. Deadlier than Bourne.

Obliged to leave New York City in the aftermath of his previous mission, David Trevellyan is summoned to the British Consulate in Chicago. To the same office where, just a week before, his new handler was attacked and shot by a Royal Navy Intelligence operative gone bad. Assigned the task of finding the rogue agent, and putting an end to his treacherous scheme, Trevellyan soon finds that once again his only hope of saving countless innocence lives lies not
MisterLiberry Head
It wasn't a good start that I couldn't EVEN remember a single plot point from Andrew Grant's first novel featuring Royal Navy Intelligence op David Trevellyan. This second adventure has been even less memorable. In fact, what plot there is here seems silly--too silly for a James Bond movie, which Grant seems desperate to imitate. His device of opening each new chapter with the hero's reflections about his days in training or a nugget of wisdom gleaned from a previous assignment--well, it got tir ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved his fist book in the series...this one? Not so much
Michael Bell
I am trying to figure out who died twice in the novel. The main character never followed protocol. Even though his superior was crooked in the novel, the need to stand down and change plans was not adhered to. If London is a real city, why did the African country have to be made up? The whole concept of trying to intercept canisters of poison gas that were in the U.S. but destined to do damage in Africa was difficult to understand. How good was David that he found the only empty warehouse in Gar ...more
Alex Murphy
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-vs-spy
I’ve read the first of the David Trevellyan books (Even), while I think I enjoyed it (I gave it 3 stars), I could only remember bits and pieces of it. This book starts not soon after the first and I had trouble trying to remember what happened at the end of the last book, but after that initial part the action gets started.

Trevellyan, an ex-Royal Navy officer now turned British Intelligence spy (like another famous spy…), after the events of the first book, is transferred to the British Consulat
Stephan Lewies
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast pased and easy to read with a thoroughly plausible storyline.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started ‘Die Twice’ with high hopes. I usually enjoy books like this. Three of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and David Baldacci. This novel is not even close. I cant recall the last time I hoped for so much and go so little.

To me, it almost felt like this was a book written by a kid for other kids.

The only good thing is the fact it was a pretty fast-moving book. That, however, didn’t save it. I read 200 of the 299 pages and could not take anymore. I gave up.

There were so ma
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
This is the second Andrew Grant novel to feature protagonist David Trevellyan, a British Navy intelligence officer. It picks up almost immediately after the end of Even (David Trevellyan Thriller 1), but it's not necessary to have read the previous book to enjoy this one. In fact, this is the better of the two, with a more tightly focused storyline. Grant has a highly readable writing style and he keeps the action up from beginning to end. As in the first book, he opens each chapter with Trevell ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably should sit down and give a detailed, reasoned and careful analysis of DIE TWICE by Andrew Grant. But can I just go with "I really liked this book". Because "I really liked this book".

I'm not sure why to be frank. Perhaps it was the structure - I liked the opening of chapters laying out a principle that the central character David Trevellyan learnt in basic training, which he then went on to demonstrate. Perhaps it was the level of action which was fast paced, tight and very nicely do
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
David Trevellyan the hero of the book is pretty much a copy of James Bond. Being a Leftenant Commander in the in the british Navy intelligence he has the licence to kill and is frequently ordered to do so during the book. He has also no compunction of killing everybody who is in his way. Honestly there is almost none of the 22 chapters were Commander Trevellyan doesn't kill anybody or at least plots to do so. The plot itself is the retrieval of a chemical weapon and hard arrest (elimination) of ...more
Don Sparrow
This 2nd book by Andrew Grant is also the 2nd in the "David Trevellyan" saga. A.G. is the bvrother of famous novelist Lee Child. Although not quite yet up to L.C.'s standards; I believe he can deliver the goods and get real close. Give him time. Lt.Cdr. David Trevellyan of British Naval intelligence picks up where he left off in A.G.'s first novel "Even". He has been sent to Chicago from New York where he left a mess of dead bodies.D.T. is a macho character with a Brit sense of humor.He reminds ...more
Hud (Bob) Huddleston
Was ok. A mindless way to spend a few evenings.
Grant's Trevellyan, a special agent with British Military Intelligence is back in another action packed thriller. Called to Chicago after his actions in New York City, recounted in the first book in this series -Even - Trevellyan is assigned to help "hard capture" a rogue agent who wounded a former agent at the British Consulate. Using his wits and his gun, Trevellyan is soon hot on the case, and has to resort to the latter fairly often.

As in the first novel, several chapters start off with a li
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes up a few months after the last storyline ended. I'm glad of that. I was wondering how the last event was going down. So this book has done the same thing. But that's ok. After reading both books I can understand how this storyline one will turn out. I did like this book, it expands on the main character of the first book, David Trevellyan. He's a special service agent from England. He gets to find the hard to find people or items. He does a pretty good job of it too. But he's no ...more
Nick Brett
Mar 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the David Trevellyan series. He is a British agent that undertakes difficult tasks for Her Majesty’s Government, he is a bit like Jack Reacher – very confident, well trained and in his first person narrative fills in lots of views and background. So far so good. Here he is sent to Chicago where an agent seems to have gone bad and some WMD may be on sale. This is where it starts to fall down. Trevellyan is supposed to be very switched on, yet we the reader can see the plot twis ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my dad, because he'll read anything
A silly book to read during summer, Die Twice has some funny bits. This is like a British Bourne Supremacy, where the British CIA-guy can kill anybody who stands in his way. There are also some interesting Brit-isms in the book, like, We better get it done, and get out of there before everything goes pear-shaped. That means goes all to hell...pear-shaped. Hm. I guess that will take some getting used to. Action takes place in Chicago. The author has a view of Chicago, as seen through the eyes of ...more
James Kidd
Hmmm. Reacher he 'aint. Child he 'aint either. I was not going to read this sequel as I had mixed feeling about the first Trevellyan book, but I had got it out of the library and it seemed churlish not to. It was pretty obvious who the bad guy was from about half way through. I hope this was intentional as if not, then I'm not that clever and there was practically a fog horn blaring in the book that could not be missed. So Mr Grant. Brother Child does it better. Sorry, but he does. I'm looking f ...more
An Odd1
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, fan
"Die Twice" is the hero's desired fate for traitors. The pace feels like a modern short action movie, without complicated politics, whiny anxieties, tedious research trivia, technobabble, or sappy romance. Visual details anchor the location to Chicago. A skilled smart honorable British agent chases a double-dealing colleague and poison gas mass threat. Memories of training are a linking thread that reveal his character. Confusing references to a woman in prequel "Even" (not available for me to r ...more
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the David Trevellyan series. A member of the investigative arm of the British navy, Trevellyan found himself up to his neck in trouble in New York in the first book. Anxious to return to London before the police rounded him up he was quickly sent to Chicago to take on another problem. Once again trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes, with him using a variety of methods to dispatch his opponents.

The book is full of action, a fairly decent plot, and a hero that barely mee
Linda Vanderbloom
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the author's second novel and the first one I have read. I liked it a lot. The continuing character is David Trevellyan, a British agent in the US who is the go-to guy to get covert things done. The character is interesting and the story flows well. There is room for improvement since I figured out the bad guy about 2/3 of the way through, but I will look forward to the next installment.
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this 2nd installment in the Trevelyn series. David Grant is showing that he belongs in the same conversation as Mills, Flynn, Eisler etc.. My advice folks is to get in on this series now while it is only 2 books in.. You will love the twists and turns. Good easy reads and keeps you guessing till the end. David Grant is turning into one of my favorites, give him a shot, you won't regret it.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, spy-thriller
It became a little too obvious who the bad guy was by about halfway through the book, so the latter half was a lot of fluff. Not nearly up to par with the noirish and well-executed plot of the previous novel, "Even."
Devin B
While pretty predictable, Andrew Grant's Die Twice was a fun and leisurely read.
Nothing too complex or thought provoking, just a good ol' fashion, beat up the bad guys and do it in style type of story.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a page turner, and what I thought was a predictable ending turned out to be more of a twist than I realized. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger which I'm hoping will be resolved in the next book. Can't wait for the next one! This guy is the younger brother of Lee Child.
Mary G.
It was enjoyable story. My only concern with it was that it felt like I reading a two person play. Despite this the David Trevellyan is a very charismatic character. Will definitely read his next adventure.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely made the 3 as I'd probably put it squarely at 2.5. I like Grants work, but this one was both written a bit poorly, and had a story line that just couldn't seem to keep things straight. Hard to fully pinpoint, but would put at the bottom of Grant's list.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Wilde Sky
A British secret agent tries to recover canisters containing a deadly gas.

The writing / dialogue / characters are all reasonable - but towards the end the plot gets too far-fetched / disconnected.

More editing / redrafting would have made this a better book.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although very predictable, Andrew Grant's Die Twice was a fun and leisurely read.
Nothing too complex or thought provoking, this is the good old fashioned, beat up the bad guys and do it with style kinda story.
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