By Mark Burnell
Stephanie Patrick is again, in a brilliantly edgy tale approximately humans stuck within the turbulence of terrorism -- from the writer of The Rhythm Section.After the tragic lack of her kinfolk, Stephanie Patrick was once lured into the intelligence international, the place she was once remodeled into the scary murderer Petra Reuter. Eighteen months later, she disappeared. Now, she's dwelling a quiet, peaceable existence, lower than an assumed id, in an idyllic village in southern France. yet escaping her erstwhile service provider proves to be more straightforward acknowledged than performed. His reappearance threatens to damage every thing she has created for herself, yet he comes with a deal that gives a slim strand of desire: if she consents to 1 final task, she will then stroll away for good.The goal is Koba, the alias utilized by a Russian legal with pursuits stretching from the Urals to America's East Coast. he is a guy with influential connections to former participants of the KGB and the Soviet purple military yet his actual id is still a secret.Stephanie is plunged again into the shadowy underworld the place overseas crime and terrorism meet. Her skill to modify personae is what retains her alive from each day yet it is a fragile expertise that continually threatens to undermine her. Her look for Koba leads her from ny via Europe to Moscow. but regardless of the violence and corruption she encounters, Stephanie discovers the single factor she hadn't anticipated: precise love.His identify is Konstantin Komarov. He will be both a businessman or a criminal,depending on one's perspective. The FBI calls him the Don from the Don. He exists on the center of a monetary empire created through the Russian crime pandemic. Like Stephanie, Konstantin is a chameleon, always adapting to altering environments. he is a guy as cozy in long island as he will be in Moscow or Magadan.But among Stephanie and Komarov lies Koba, an previous alias protecting a brand new worldwide danger. In a global the place belief is weak point, honesty is naïveté, and the place brutality is regimen, may perhaps falling in love be the best chance of all?
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Nothing except a jar of Marmite and half a bag of long-grain rice. The main bedroom had a low double bed, a mattress as hard as concrete, and a pristine white duvet. In the sitting room, there was a TV in one corner, a black leather sofa, a table with a top that was a large disk of etched glass. There were paperbacks on the shelves, CDs in a rack, framed black-and-white prints of pouting models down one wall. Definitely a man’s flat, Stephanie decided, but a real man? There were some framed snapshots on the mantelpiece above the Victorian fireplace.
Spending so much time alone with him is a form of claustrophobia. At first, the questions are general, as he establishes a chronological order for everything that happened after Malta. I don’t mind that so much. Later, when he grows more specific, focusing on detail, I start to lie. Not all the time, only when it matters. I give him some dry bones to pick over, but I won’t give him my flesh and blood. “You’re wasting your time,” I tell him on the fifth morning. ” Which, on occasion, I do. Despite a general instinct to give him nothing, there are some exceptions.
It isn’t. It’s for those who can appreciate it and understand it. It’s elitist. Just like talent. Most people have no particular ability. Mediocrity is the only quality they have in abundance. I should know. For a long time, I was one of them. But that was before I discovered that there was an alternative me, that there was another world where I could rise above the rest and excel. It’s one thing to discover you’re exceptional. It’s quite another to recognize that what makes you exceptional is unacceptable.
Chameleon: A Novel by Mark Burnell