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Publisher's Summary

Misdirection is the first novel in a series of international crime thrillers by Martin Link. High-tech and action packed, this may seem like the stuff of science fiction; however, the series features amazing new technology that actually exist in the world today.
When we first encounter the series' narrator, Lucas Norton, he's riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England.
Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain's MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he's just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper.
Lucas's first assignment at MI5 is to chase down a lead that consists of an e-mail containing four high-level keywords, a barely-intelligible phone call made from the same smartphone from which the e-mail was sent, and a cryptic numerical text.
From this limited amount of information, the team quickly surmises that, rather than an act of terror, as was first feared, this is a high-target heist, organized by a very sophisticated operation, and it is already in motion. The question is, where?
With each clever twist and turn of the story line, you will be trying to solve the case before Lucas and some of the world's best security experts do, as they chase down a daring plot to make off with $48 million-right under their noses. Despite all their technology and brainpower, MI5 is always one step behind the perpetrators.
©2011 to 2014 Martin Link (P)2014 Martin Link
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3 out of 5 stars
By Pemberley Proud on 01-17-15

Good Crime Story with a Tech Touch

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sure. It's a quick listen/read of a good story with easy-to-like characters and interesting twists of misdirection just when the good guys seem about to catch the bad guys.

Would you recommend Misdirection to your friends? Why or why not?

Same question asked twice?!?!!? Audible, you need to have someone proof the review templates.

Was Misdirection worth the listening time?

Yes, the mystery/suspense was created well.

Any additional comments?

This was a one-day listen and a very interesting one, at that. I volunteered to listen to this audiobook through a Goodreads offer by the author. While I am not particularly drawn to mysteries or international crime stories, I am interested in trying out authors new to me and stepping out of my usual genre box. This worked quite nicely.

This is not only the first of a series, but also the author's debut novel. In this book, we meet MI5 Agent Lucas Norton on his first assignment. He and his team must follow up on an email that has caught the attention of both British and American Intelligence. From one clue leading to another question to another clue leading to more questions, the British team, lead by Norton, and an American team seem to be "misdirected" time and again from catching the high-tech bank robbers close to getting away with their theft of $48M from a US bank.

There is interesting technology used in the story which is apparently not stuff of science fiction, and some good old fashioned detecting, too.

This crime story could possibly be too low-tech for true techies, but to the average reader, this might just fit the bill.

This less than 200 page story was narrated by Chris MacDonnell and runs just under 6 hours. Mr. MacDonnell does a fine job with all the voices, male and female, and does a fine job with pacing, emotion and suspense in action.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 01-12-15

Good Thriller with Great Narration

What I liked most about this story was the narration. Chris MacDonnell delivers a flawless performance voicing this audiobook. He has great tone and maintains a steady flow throughout the entire book. I really enjoyed the quality of his narrating skills while noting that he himself could quite possibly be the next James Bond.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about the story itself. I think it had some great moments but nothing that really stood out to me in originality. I didn't take away much from it but was left feeling that there should have been more. The heist could have been any heist. I just felt lost during parts of the story when it seemed to make little sense at times. It was good and had a decent dialogue and did a fine job in showing off Chris MacDonald's capabilities.

Overall I feel that this was a story that was saved by a good voice actor. Chris MacDonnell was exceptional.

Audiobook provided foc in exchange for an unbiased review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gilly on 01-09-15

A new name in spy thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of Misdirection to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but the narrator did a very good job. So yes probably.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Coops and Susie were both great female brains who gave the men a run for their money.

What does Chris MacDonnell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He handled accents pretty well and kept up with the pace.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I don't think it's that kind of book really but I appreciated some of the sarcasm.

Any additional comments?

I found this improved as I got into the story after a bit of a slow start in terms of connecting with Lucas, the lead POV. The twists and turns were highly addictive and I was eager to see how it ended. An entertaining read for any James Bond fan!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 12-28-14


If you could sum up Misdirection in three words, what would they be?

fast,exciting ,thrillride

What does Chris MacDonnell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought he did a very good job with differentiating the characters.His voices were good.I enjoyed it a lot.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fasten your seatbelt!

Any additional comments?

I LOVED this book!I read it all in basically 1 sitting.I enjoyed the narrator tremendously.He did a great job with the voices.The storyline was good,well written and easy to follow.It was a fast paced read.I'd love to hear more by these 2.

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