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Return to Book Page. Preview — Exile by James Swallow. A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing. A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he'd let the world burn.

A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him. Only one man sees what's coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it. Racing breathlessly from uncha A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing. Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in the explosive new thriller from the internationally bestselling author of NOMAD Get A Copy.

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Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Exile , please sign up. Do I need to read Nomad first before reading Exile, or is it no problem? Sam Durk I hadn't read Nomad and found Exile no problem to read. Quite a few references but just enough context that never left scratching my head as to what …more I hadn't read Nomad and found Exile no problem to read.

Quite a few references but just enough context that never left scratching my head as to what had happened. See 1 question about Exile…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.

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This time on behest of the wonderfully mysterious Rubicon group he is on the trail of a Somalian warlord who has ex Soviet Union nuclear bombs and is ready to use them! View 2 comments. Jul 25, Jo marked it as thrillers. Aug 18, Roy rated it it was ok. Not much different to the 1st novel in the series. Plenty of action, fast paced and simple plot.

Felt like an action film in word form. I think the issue I have is Marc. Just doest appeal to me and I'm not sure what it is. Seems to appeal to alot of others. I did enjoy the array of characters, the Somali pirates etc but felt due to its simplicity, a predictable ending was just around the corner. View all 3 comments. May 03, Samuel rated it it was amazing. Circumstances are the creatures of men.

We are free agents and man is more powerful than matter. He could fool a professional.


Not deliberately, but precisely because he is lost, doesn't know what to do. For quite some time now, the monopoly on force has gradually been lost by nation states and their institutions. Non — state actors are slowly but surely gaining the power to influence world events in positive and negative ways. Private Military Corporations and private intelligence services can seemingly provide the same services for less red tape. And then of course, we have terrorist organizations who can rip a country apart errode the power and authority of nations that they target.

One writer whose work centers around non — state actors is James Swallow. James Swallow is the guy behind the curtain, the shadowy unsung hero who brings to life books of several properties. But without warning, he entered the world of espionage fiction. Incredibly well written compared to what trash most tie — in novels are, when I read it, I knew Swallow had a future in spy fiction. And like a bird homing in towards the nest, he did not disappoint my expectations. The series focuses on Marc Dane, an employee of the SIS who once day has his fellow British spies die around him and finds himself caught up in the real fast lane of espionage, where wealthy non — state actors battle it out for global supremacy.

Exile takes the obligatory nuclear bomb story and begins ripping the safe tropes and foundations of such a story up and begins rearranging them in wild ways. The strategy used by the conspirators is wholly unexpected. And at the end of it all, the protagonists have put a major target on their backs. Now to the review. What happens when organizations that are supposed to keep the peace, completely suck at it? We start exile in a place that was considered the most god forsaken part of Africa in the last decade, Somalia.

The leading public figure, a man named Amadayo is sitting in his swanky Mogadishu residence, having a conversation with an Englishman. Amadayo as it turns out is an asset of the Combine who was tasked with bringing a sembalence of order, to Somalia using his connections and the money the Combine had sent his way. The primary antagonist is introduced, an Islamist by the name of Abur Ramaas. We then cut to the Balkans where Marc Dane is reintroduced playing a video game with a colleague at his new workplace. After resigning from the SIS back in the first book, he ultimately decided to reject his true calling in espionage and took a job with the impotent beuracracy imaginable.

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The United Nations. Dane however at least had the good sense to pick a job with the WMD non — proliferation branch of the United Nations where he can make a small difference. But this being the UN, not even he, the most talented person in the room can convince his blinkered eyed boss that he saw honest to god nuclear material being exchanged by Serbian and Russian criminals.

Fired and disgraced once more by another institution who has forsaken him, Dane calls upon the non — state actor who stood by him when he was abandoned by his own country, RUBICON. Travelling from the rusting ruins of Southern Europe, to Monaco Dane embarks on a journey where to succede, he must embrace his destiny. And when all is said and done, only one question remains.

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How much difference can a man without a country make with everyone trying to bring him down? In terms of plot, Exile is an outstanding. All fast paced spy fiction series have, and should have their obligatory nuclear bomb story. While the threat is overused, the template provides so much scope and challenges. A good nuclear bomb plot, does not rely on the race against time aspect, although that comes inevitably.

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  • Exile is in the category of the smartly written nuclear bomb story. The tactics utilized by the conspirators are up to date and current. And the heroes are unable to use the usual methods of nuclear device disposal that have been done to death in other books. Alonside all this is a slickly written contemporary espionage tale, that retains the Three Days of the Condor vibe of the previous book, but modernizes the cynical 70s type of spy novel for the new cynical decade of — Action and setting? From violent encounters in Balkan warehouses and slums with Dane surprised to use his combat skills once again, to a sneaky infiltration of a remote CIA black site, a car chase through Dubai in the fastest police car on earth, and finishing with a frantic finale in the most geographically beautiful but horrid city in Italy, Exile may be written by an Englishman, but captures the grand American sense of scale that British spy fiction usually lacks and is all the better for it.

    As for setting, Swallow is above average and certainly superior to other Sunday Times Bestsellers whose own backdops are bland and boring. Accurate depictions of government departments, combat tactics, capabilities of firearms and the maths and dynamics on how to use a nuclear weapon most effectively, Exile is a well reseached spy thriller that is able to anchor the awesome escapist private spy shops that are set to do battle in this thriller series.

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    Even the small things like how a contempoary intelligence service black site have that ring of plausibility. Everything that Dane and his enemies utilize against each other has a place and purpose, and Swallow also shines in other areas. One of the highlights I found most impressive in the book was the exploration of the god — forsaken foreign labourers and contruction workers that are the gears and grease that have made Dubai into the glamarous city it is today.

    Pretty well done all things considered. Early on, I feared that there would be no character development in this story. But ultimately, I was proved wrong and the central story arc is anchored by a boost of character development. Dane and the Rubicon team. First, Marc Dane, our hero. After NOMAD, Dane had a moment of self — doubt and attempted to leave the spying game, cutting off all but two links, with the Legoland Lads who had fed him the wolves and the Rubicon organization that stood by him every step of the way as he fought to stop a terrorist conspiracy.

    But, not even he, desiring normalcy can refuse his calling. Dane has the training Condor lacked, but is not super spy who lives for danger and wants to enjoy life while it lasts.