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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Stone Narrator: Firdous Bamji Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Micah Dalton Series Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781429586573
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Micah Dalton isn’t paid to ask questions. He’s a “cleaner,” a CIA fixer sent in to mop up the mess when an agent or situation goes bad. But when his close friend and mentor Porter Naumann turns up dead in an idyllic Tuscan hill town, an apparent suicide, Dalton’s curiosity gets the best of him.

Naumann’s death puts Dalton on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex–CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

An elegant, original, and chillingly suspenseful journey through the darkest alleys of international espionage, The Echelon Vendetta will keep you enthralled right up to its final, supremely satisfying twist.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well-written, intelligent, and sometimes funny…Show[s] us what life is really like on the front lines.”

    Washington Post

  • “A smashing debut thriller…Fast-moving, smart, sexy, and alarming. Everything you want in a thriller.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A smoothly written spy thriller…Packed with the kind of nitty-gritty detail that draws espionage fans. A promising debut.”

    Booklist

  • A 2008 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pickleman | 2/18/2014

    " Probably one of the best "you never know what is going to happen next" suspense thriller books I've ever read. It grabs you early and doesn't let you go until the very end, and then you want it to keep on going.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Armstrong | 2/5/2014

    " I took me a little while to get into Stone's "The Echelon Vendetta", but once I did it proved to be a worthy thriller/spy adventure. I would say stone is a step or two below the like of Clancy, Ludlum or even Vince Flynn, but the story is good, the ending is interesting and overall I'm glad I stuck with it. Definitely worth a read if you have a free afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/4/2014

    " listened on audio book and missed several chapters. Could have done without the gruesome parts, but this was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 1/30/2014

    " Love it. Nice detail, with some slightly bizarre twists. Easy to read, high-interest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 1/19/2014

    " Killers and vengence gone wild. A thrilling and thought provoking book. My first time reading David Stone and I'll definately read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/17/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Micah Dalton (first in series); a CIA cleaner is sent in when another agent, a friend of his, dies in Italy, which turns out to be the first in a series of related and gruesome deaths "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 1/11/2014

    " Absolutely dreadful. A complete waste of time. 1 of 10 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/8/2014

    " Took me a long time to read this book. I can't say I hated it but I didn't like it either. It was a blah read..... Some parts were good and others were just difficult to get by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 12/27/2013

    " Once I got the characters straight -enjoyed the audio. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gandi Wibowo | 12/11/2013

    " Kurang menarik, watak tokoh sering berubah, penulisnya kurang konsisten. Cerita tentang intel, tapi tokoh-tokohnya sangat mudah membocorkan rahasia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jud | 11/17/2013

    " An unlikeable main character, a convoluted plot and unnecessary and seemingly irrelevant brutality (described in detail) turned me right off this book. I don't think I'll bother reading "The Orpheus Deception". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Rosinski | 8/29/2013

    " Quite a story. Got a little violent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 6/29/2013

    " This was good. Fairly shallow literature, but well written and fast-moving. Various gory ick scenes. I'd read the next if it happened to wander by me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/23/2013

    " 3/5 - liked it alot. kind of slow in the beginning and then got interesting. Reminded me a lot of the first 2 Bourne Series before it went off the tracks. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David R. | 4/25/2013

    " Brain candy but a page turner with interesting twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaci | 4/10/2013

    " More driving fodder...some strange pronunciations by the reader didn't help the foundering plot. Kept me awake, tho. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kenny McGinnis | 3/1/2013

    " Mostly bored while reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/22/2013

    " A well thought out, intelligent thriller with just the right touch of humor. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Stone's work...especially if they include Micah Dalton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Jones | 12/6/2012

    " This is the first book I have read by David Stone. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to read his others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekkila | 9/28/2012

    " I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author. The story was very fast-paced and I enjoyed the characters' sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopha | 8/27/2012

    " Entertaining, looked foward to reading it everyday. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karlene Elliott-mclean | 12/30/2011

    " A very hard to read book. The author did not make himself clear on the characters. It was not until the middle of the book that I finally realized that Peter Normann was dead. I had to force myself to actually finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/19/2011

    " Brain candy but a page turner with interesting twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pickleman | 2/11/2011

    " Probably one of the best "you never know what is going to happen next" suspense thriller books I've ever read. It grabs you early and doesn't let you go until the very end, and then you want it to keep on going.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 2/7/2011

    " I had a bit of a problem at times remembering who was who, and why! But the plotline was different, ghost coming to haunt spy investigating gruesome deaths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 1/14/2011

    " Love it. Nice detail, with some slightly bizarre twists. Easy to read, high-interest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopha | 12/16/2010

    " Entertaining, looked foward to reading it everyday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 11/10/2010

    " Quite a story. Got a little violent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 5/30/2010

    " A well thought out, intelligent thriller with just the right touch of humor. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Stone's work...especially if they include Micah Dalton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 4/29/2010

    " 3/5 - liked it alot. kind of slow in the beginning and then got interesting. Reminded me a lot of the first 2 Bourne Series before it went off the tracks. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 1/11/2010

    " This is the first book I have read by David Stone. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to read his others. "

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About the Author

David Stone is the cover name for a man born into a military family with a long history of honorable service. Stone himself has served in the military and has worked both as an intelligence officer and as an investigator for a state-level law enforcement agency. He has lived in North America, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

About the Narrator

Firdous Bamji has appeared in numerous plays in New York and across the country and played the title role in William Shakespeare’s Othello. He has played leading parts in world and American premiere productions of plays by noted playwrights, including Tom Stoppard, Tony Kushner, Eric Bogosian, and Rebecca Gilman. He has also had guest starring parts on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, and he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film The War Within.