Book 2 in the Apollo Murders Series
by Chris Hadfield
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 23 Oct 2023
Quercus Books, Quercus
'A full throttle, adrenaline-laced espionage page-turner . . . Get ready to blast off and enjoy the ride!'
Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL Sniper and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the James Reece Terminal List series
'Continuous action, Mach-speed mayhem, sharp intrigue, and well-rounded characters - what more could you want from a thriller?'
Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The 9th Man and the Cotton Malone series
Israel, late 1973. As the Yom Kippur War flares into life, a state-of-the-art Soviet MIG fighter is racing at breakneck speed over the arid scrublands below . . . and promptly disappears.
NASA Flight Controller and former US Navy test pilot Kaz Zemeckis watches the scene from the ground - and is quickly pulled into a dizzying, high-stakes game of spies, lies and a possible high-level defection that plays out across three continents.
The prize is beyond value: the secrets of the Soviets' mythical 'Foxbat' MiG-25, the fastest, highest-flying fighter plane in the world and the key to Cold War air supremacy. But every defection is double-edged with risk, and Kaz must tread a careful line between trust and suspicion. Ultimately, he must invite the fox into the henhouse - bringing the defector into the heart of the United States' most secret test site - and hope that, with skill and cunning, the game plays out his way.
For Chris Hadfield's second heart-stopping thriller, we move from Space to another rich and exciting part of Chris's CV: his time as a top test pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and as an RCAF fighter pilot intercepting armed Soviet bombers in North American airspace. Full of insider detail, excitement and political intrigue drawn from real events, The Defector brings us the nerve-shredding rush of aerial combat, as told by one of the world's best fighter pilots.
Praise for The Apollo Murders
'A nail-biting Cold War thriller' James Cameron
'An exciting journey to an alternate past' Andy Weir
'Not to be missed' Frederick Forsyth
'Explosive' Gregg Hurwitz
'Exciting, authentic' Linwood Barclay
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Average rating from 12 members
The Defector by Chris Hadfield is a well researched, fast paced, spy thriller. Starting with a defection to Israel in 1973 of a MIG 25 'Foxbat' with its pilot Alexander Vasilyevich Abramovich, Colonel in the Russian Air Force.
As the Yom Kippur war is about to kick off, the Israelies now possess a significant bargaining chip with which to negotiate with the USA for supplying more munitions. So, Alex and his Foxbat soon get shipped off to America.
But is Alex as good as he seems?
Gripping from start to finish but will there be a follow up, as Alex seems to have disappeared off the face of the Earth?
A fantastic follow-up to The Apollo Murders shows that Chris Hadfield's foray into fiction was more than a one-hit wonder. A surprising lack of space action, with the focus much more on fighter jets, but I was utterly hooked. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC