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  • Hardcover
  • 294
  • Red Swan
  • P.T. Deutermann
  • English
  • 21 September 2017
  • 9781250114082

10 thoughts on “Red Swan

  1. says:

    A CIA consultant the infamous psychiatrist Dr Preston Allender has helped initiate an operation designed to take out China's Ministry of State Security's MSS spy ring in Washington The op targeting the Chinese spy ring involves a beautiful CIA agent Melanie Sloan enticing the head of the MSS General Chiang into a not a honey trap honey trap Oh this was good worth the price of admissionAs punishment for the successful ops against the Chinese MSS Dr Allender is asked to retire Because doncha know the op interfered with White House interests and we know what flows down hillAs they say though payback is hell and payback begins a year later Dr Allender is brought back to investigate the possible assassination of a CIA deputy director Henry Wallace I say possible because when you can't determine cause of death and it is a deputy director well So begins payback against the CIA and the individual agents involved The MSS does not seem to recognize the rules of The Great Gameyou win some you lose some You don't take out individual agents because then it never stops it becomes tit for tatDr Allender is sent over to liaise with the FBI as they have been tasked by a Congresswoman to investigate the death of Wallace Allender encounters Mel Sloan again new Grace Kelly face and all as she has been placed in that same Congresswoman's office for a smear op BUZZ we have a loser here CIA can't run ops on American soil and this one would never stay secretSloan allies herself with Allender as they attempt to ward off the payback by the Chinese and the possibility of a traitor within the CIASmoke and mirrors hall of mirrors nothing is as it seems An intricate and intriguing story lineDr Preston Allender he of the amber dragon eyes he of the possible mind reading abilities and he of the rarefied interrogation skills is one of the interesting characters to come down the pike in a long time Mel Sloan is another character who has staying power and is not just another pretty face Either faceI'm hoping this might be the first in a series featuring Dr Allender and Mel SloanRed Swan reminds us of the greatest transfer of wealth in history all from the PRC stealing most of our technology both civilian and military Not even from regular spies or traitors; just think if you were from the PRC and worked at Lawrence Liver or NSA and someone from the MSS came to visit about the health of your parentsOne of my uibbles is that one of spies just doesn't ring true and it would be a bit of a spoiler to say why It's also important in this book to keep in mind the difference between spy and traitor Also at times the story seems a bit convoluted than is necessary A fast paced enjoyable read with maybe something to teach usThanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review


  2. says:

    A high octane fast paced game of spy vs spy This international political thriller is the first book I have read by P T Deutermann a retired Navy captain with 26 years of military and government experience and over 20 novels to his credit His expertise in the subject matter rings true in this masterfully crafted Nobel The plot for this novel is multi layered and complex Deutermann pays special attention to deep background discussions and character development This is than a typical spy novel as it deals with interagency and international espionage treason and the real possibility of what the future may hold The first part of the book details the recruitment and legend creation of a CIA operative to infiltrate the Chinese government in a black swan operation an intelligence coup aimed at a Major General in the Ministry of Security Services Melanie Sloan has been deemed as the perfect fit for the bill by Dr Preston Allender and she is coached and molded by the Agency and her controller in a well choreographed plan to achieve infiltration Part two picks up a year later where the wheels are set in motion with the red swan Dr Allender has been called out of retirement to help investigate the death of a key figure in the CIAs secret war against China's National Intelligence Service Things get pretty intense between the CIA FBI and Congress As is typical in these circles no one knows just exactly what is going on and no one knows who they can trust There are spooks and traps around every corner The stakes are high as Dr Allender uncovers lie after lie and a stack of puzzle pieces that don't seem to fit together This one will keep you guessing right up until the final chapter as you read long into the night I would recommend this book to fans of thrillers suspense and international espionage I received this as a free ARC from St Martin's Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    This is not high literature however if you like thrillers then this is a page turner The story is average but it has the usual suspense turns and drama The writing style is amateur and it is full of cliches and there is not a lot of character development It is the usual story of international espionage and conspiracy and if you want light reading over a few hours then it will serve the purpose


  4. says:

    Deutermann is a good author writing about World War II naval historical fiction and the modern thriller set in the nexus of the CIA FBI and military intelligence agencies Unfortunately this one isn’t one of his best efforts Typical CIA stuff but not very engaging Interesting but unbelievable plot involving those nasty ruthless Chinese spooks Obviously you need to finish it to see who gets killed in the end but you’ll forget all about it by tomorrow morning’s coffee


  5. says:

    What a master writer So many twist and turns in this novel that you don't know how the good guys and bad guys are until the very end He keeps you in doubt wish to me keeps me intrigued and wanting to read on A story about the CIA FBI and the Chinese intelligence network in the USA I love reading PT Deutermann and have read almost all of his books On to the next one


  6. says:

    A decent read although not particularly believable and very convoluted The CIA is running a Black Swan op to take out the head of the Chinese Secret service The Director of Operations enlists a high level agency psychiatrist Dr Preston Allender to figure out how to do it The Chinese spy leader has a weakness for women so Allender works that angle The story opens with his interview of a woman operative Melanie Sloane who was recommended as the potential trap After a few maneuvers she is selected for the job and performs spectacularly Then she has to have her face completely changed which takes a year of surgeries Allender is forced to retire as a result of the op chosen to take the heat for the agency The op was too successful and interfered with some top secret negotiationsAfter a year Melanie is back at the agency and thrown into another Black Swan operation Allender is happy in his retirement until he is suckered into agreeing to help the agency in an investigation This is when things start getting complicated with Chinese agents everywhere and no end to twists and turns Kept my attention The audio narrator recognizably the same as the narrator for other books I've read by this author has improved considerably and was uite enjoyable


  7. says:

    What a romp through the secret halls of the CIA and FBI Oh MY The twists and turns we had It was a bit confusing to keep up with just who was on which side but none the less it was entertaining and a delightful treatise on today’s espionage and counter espionage and counter counter espionage Whew Unlike other Deutermann novels this one while dealing with serious subjects had a much lighter tone There was a lot of humor mixed in with the heaviness of international relationsAs always I appreciated a straight forward story as opposed to one which jumps all over the place in the timeline I appreciated the relative cleanness of the action and verbiage and the fact that men and women can work together professionally without falling into bed by the end of the first chapter I appreciated the fact that characters stayed true to the foundation of their characterizations even though well it was about counter espionageJust a good solid enjoyable read Certainly recommended to those who like spy novels – especially lighter ones


  8. says:

    This Deutermann effort ranks right up there with the biggest disappointments of my reading career I have read nearly all of his books and enjoyed them all up to now In my opinion it read like a drug induced fantasy I never did get the feeling that I was reading a real life story with real believable characters Maybe it was an effort at satire that I just missed About half way through I thought to myself I couldn't care less about where this story is going or how it ends I guess I finished it out of habit By the way it allegedly describes the inner workings of the intelligence gathering agencies of the United States and China If this story had any credence at all we are all doomed


  9. says:

    A very fast paced action thriller that keeps you guessing until the end A cast of dubious characters in the highest of the Washington DC government agencies doing what they do bestor worst


  10. says:

    Tough to put down Well written


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Red Swan

P.T. Deutermann ✓ 7 read & download

Ecurity Wallace had severely damaged China’s Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse a so called “black swan” in which a deep undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official Now Wallace’s mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the AgencyBut as Allender uietly investigates he makes a shocking discovery that will upend the entire American i. Deutermann is a good author writing about World War II naval historical fiction and the modern thriller set in the nexus of the CIA FBI and military intelligence agencies Unfortunately this one isn’t one of his best efforts Typical CIA stuff but not very engaging Interesting but unbelievable plot involving those nasty ruthless Chinese spooks Obviously you need to finish it to see who gets killed in the end but you’ll forget all about it by tomorrow morning’s coffee

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Ntelligence apparatus For Wallace’s black swan operation may have been turned against the CIA; a Red Swan is flying and the uestion is who is she what is her target and where will she landWritten with the authority of twenty six years of military and government service at sea and in Washington Red Swan is a brilliant provocative thriller about the contemporary war that no one sees but which will shape the future of America and Chi. What a romp through the secret halls of the CIA and FBI Oh MY The twists and turns we had It was a bit confusing to keep up with just who was on which side but none the less it was entertaining and a delightful treatise on today’s espionage and counter espionage and counter counter espionage Whew Unlike other Deutermann novels this one while dealing with serious subjects had a much lighter tone There was a lot of humor mixed in with the heaviness of international relationsAs always I appreciated a straight forward story as opposed to one which jumps all over the place in the timeline I appreciated the relative cleanness of the action and verbiage and the fact that men and women can work together professionally without falling into bed by the end of the first chapter I appreciated the fact that characters stayed true to the foundation of their characterizations even though well it was about counter espionageJust a good solid enjoyable read Certainly recommended to those who like spy novels – especially lighter ones

characters Red Swan

Set in contemporary Washington DC Red Swan begins with an ominous phone call from Carson McGill the Deputy Director of Operations in the CIA to retired CIA officer Preston Allender Henry Wallace is dead A behind the scenes operator at the CIA Wallace was integral to the Agency’s secret war against China’s national intelligence service which infiltrates government and military offices major businesses and systems crucial to our s. This is not high literature however if you like thrillers then this is a page turner The story is average but it has the usual suspense turns and drama The writing style is amateur and it is full of cliches and there is not a lot of character development It is the usual story of international espionage and conspiracy and if you want light reading over a few hours then it will serve the purpose


About the Author: P.T. Deutermann

P T Deutermann is a retired Navy captain and has served in the joint Chiefs of Staff as an arms control specialist He is the author of eighteen novels and lives in North Carolina His World War II adventure novel Pacific Glory won the W Y Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction administered by the American Library Association; his other World War II novels are Ghosts of Bungo