The Venetian Judgment

The Venetian Judgment

by David Stone

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An explosive new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author.

CIA cleaner Micah Dalton has taken his revenge against the Serbian gang who shot his lover. Then he receives a mysterious jade box containing a stainless steel glasscutter. Someone is sending him a very serious message, a message that will force him back into action against a foe out to unleash chaos upon the world...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101032626
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/16/2009
Series: A Micah Dalton Thriller
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 1,086,589
File size: 634 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Stone is a former British army infantry officer. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations. He became a military historian in 2002 and is the author of the authoritative works Hitler's Army: The Men, Machines and Organisation, 1939–1945 (2009) and Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (2006).

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Venetian Judgment 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Venice, CIA "cleaner" Micah Dalton vows to kill the Serbian Mafioso who murdered his lover Cora Vasari. When an opportunity arises to assassinate one of the gangsters, Micah takes it as he focuses on Mirko Belajic, a peripheral player in the death of his beloved.

In London the CIA brass fears a well placed mole has killed elderly Mildred Durant, an adviser to the NSA decryption Glass Cutters team. The agency knows of Micah¿s Cold War decoding experience and that the Soviets had going back to Stalin and probably still have an inside source. They draft Dalton to uncover the identity of the current traitor who killed Durant in her home.

The third Dalton espionage thriller (see THE ECHELON VENDETTA and The Orpheus Deception) is an exciting action-packed tale from the opening sequence in Venice where the hero is cleaning up the Serbian mob that killed his beloved and takes off from there. The story line is fast-paced as Dalton and his CIA partner travel to Istanbul and Florida in search of the traitor. Although his partner is a stereotype of the sub-genre, fans will enjoy Dalton¿s latest tale, which contains an intriguing historical twist back to the FDR Administration.

Harriet Klausner
maneekuhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun read, lots of globe trotting. But also lots of violence. Cora is recovered but all limits per her family. The plot involves a mole; Micah Dalton is a "cleaner". In the grand finale, Micah saves his boss's tush so it appears he'll be reinstated in the service. As I write these notes in March 2012, "Stone" has written 4 books in the series but not a new one for a couple of years. He appears to be a pseudonym for another author. I haven't been able to find any photos, any meaningful bio, no interviews. Hopefully he will write more books in this series - they're always a pleasant diversion and don't take themselves too seriously.
MSWallack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've come to really like David Stone's writing style. He is both a wit and flair, maybe even a sence of style to his writing. Add to that a unique protagonist in Micah Dalton and Stone's books have become some of my recent favorites.I was really, really enjoying The Venetian Judgment. Dalton was his up to usual quirky and violent behavior and the supporting characters were mostly interesting (I want more of Mandy!). I was having a jolly time with the story when ... bam! ... the book ended. It was as if Stone had suddenly gotten bored with his story or didn't quite know how to get from point B to point C, so he had the characters take note of where they were in the plot and then followed with a semi-extended epilogue. Huh? There was a lot more story to tell (and a lot more bad guys for Dalton to tackle). Perhaps that will be the subject of the next book, but I don't think it was fair for Stone to simply wrap up the story the way he did.The book would have received 4 or even 4 1/2 stars had the story been teased out through its natural conclusion. Oh, well. Maybe there will be a director's cut when the DVD is relea ... oops ... I guess not.
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slatsdawson More than 1 year ago
You will not find a better book! Stone's first two books were heart stoppers and number three held the line and then some. Great plot, intriquing characters, and super cool comic relief slips in from time to time. Reader rating should be six stars.
Dr_K More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Micah Dalton feels nothing as he sets out to avenge the death of his lover in the streets of Venice. That feeling changes to much more than satisfaction, an eerie, numbing but exhilarating sense of pleasure. He knows he should be frightened by this sense of completeness, but the moment turns out to be short-lived. For a very classy case holding a glass cutter is given to him that indicates something is very, very wrong in the CIA from whom he is presently an exiled outcast. So begins a race over cities in Venice, Santori, Istanbul, England and America with another CIA cleaner, Mandy Pownall, to find out who the mole is within the CIA and what secrets could not only severely damage the CIA and NSA arms of clandestine government offices but also provide a public embarrassment regarding sensitive political realities involving the Vietnam War and more. Briony Keating, a West Point librarian, and Jules Duhamel, a purportedly notable photographer are engaged in a torrid, seductive romance with questions and tension always lurking just below the surface. Her son has been incommunicado for more than his usual lapses and all of a sudden a microchip arrives in the mail containing information that could blow her own cover. Duhamel is watching very carefully for her reaction, knowing he must complete one set of plans if she responds positively to his involvement and another more horrific scenario if she excludes him from a full explanation. However, Briony is no amateur and carries out a third option totally surprising to both Duhamel and the reader. The above is a very brief description of a few of the hair-raising, complex scenes in this John Le Carre style espionage tale. As the quickly changing settings weave the reader through the complexities of finding the betrayer continue, the reader is propelled through an air-borne fight, attacks by opponents trying to keep Dalton from completing his mission, and numerous events in which death is the only option to consider in order to be successful, to survive! The Venetian Judgment is written by a master of the spy novel who clearly knows the ins and outs of the espionage game and the ruthless skills required to destroy end games that could possibly destroy leaders and their political plans! Stunning, fast-paced, at times deliberately confusing but all together an exceptionally satisfactory read! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on April 9, 2009