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  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (479 ratings)

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Defend or Die

By: Tom Marcus
Narrated by: Jason Langley
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Summary

An explosive thriller from former MI5 officer, Tom Marcus, author of the best-selling Soldier Spy, sees the Blindeye team take down a terrifying threat to UK national security.

When no one knows you exist, you don’t have to play by the rules....

Meet former MI5 officer Matt Logan, now part of a totally deniable government organisation known as ‘Blindeye’, with full licence to do whatever it takes to neutralize threats to the UK’s national security.

When intelligence comes through that the Kremlin plans to launch a terror attack in London, Logan and the team set in motion a surveillance operation on a billionaire Russian oligarch who may be connected with the incoming threat.

As they dig into the man’s life, they soon discover a network of incredibly dangerous individuals whose plans could tear the nation apart. Battling personal demons of his own, Logan must defend his country from a terrifying enemy, or die trying.... 

Defend or Die is the second in Tom Marcus's breathtaking series featuring tortured MI5 operative Matt Logan, following on from Capture or Kill.

©2020 Tom Marcus (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Left me asking more questions than it answered

Unlike his first 3, Defend or Die is more about characters and storyline. Not really going into procedures, protocol or techniques employed by the security services. I have waiting a year in total anticipation for this and feel slightly deflated. Touches on PTSD and mental health however the ‘radicalisation’ stage of the story felt very rushed and incomplete.

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Slightly disappointed

Completely agree with some of the previous reviews. Started off interesting and the story evolving into high intensity.
Then boom .... strung out scenes of PTSD, and chapters of conversations with himself and then under the church ..... just seemed to lose its depth. I’ve waited in anticipation for this to be released , and to be honest was not the Tom Marcus or “Logan/ blind eye” I was expecting.
Excellent narration managed to hold the story together

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3rd Place

Slightly disappointed, as Tom Marcus's 1st book 'Soldier Spy' was 10/10 exceptional! - thoroughly enjoyed it and would strongly recommend to anyone! The second book I read 'Capture of Kill' is good but not as good as 'Soldier Spy' and it makes sense to listen to it following the first, I obviously felt obliged to listen to this book as the 3rd and I couldn't help but feel the author was trying really hard to be a good writer with this book and to be honest he doesn't need to try, he is a good writer as proven in Soldier Spy.
Hard not to read this book if you have read the first two but definitely 3rd place I'm afraid.

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Disappointed

I have loved all the previous books, yet this one is such a waste of time. Daisy, Stevie Nicholls, just don't waste your time. The banter between the team is embarrassing. Just wait for the next one.

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Disappointed

Having really enjoyed the other three books by this author, I had high hopes for this one too, but was left disappointed. It’s fiction of course, but I like my fiction relatable, in that I like to imagine that it could actually happen. Whilst that was the case in the first Matt Logan book, I didn’t feel the same about this one. It seemed far fetched to me, the complex mix of characters was in fact too complex, and we could have easily left the Russian connections out and still had the story play out the way it did.

I don’t know. I don’t want to be incredibly harsh, but I just wasn’t feeling this one.

And the foxes. All of the foxes. What’s with the foxes??

Jason Langley, however, who narrated the Audible version did a sterling job and the narration alone is worth five stars, while the story itself only three.

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If this was my first book of the Author it would have been the last.

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A slight disappointing this time

Not as good as his previous books unfortunately, less action this time and the time under the church was not great .

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Worth the wait!

After reading the previous book I couldn’t wait to listen to this! so I pre ordered it and started it on the day it was released (today) and I was unable to stop! Finished the whole book in one go.
I don’t write reviews usually but this author is incredibly talented as is the narrator.
I’m gutted it’s over really hoping for more books to come.

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Tom Marcus became my favourite author overnight with his non-fiction books. The Sherlock Holmes level of observation operatives have combined with the logistical brilliance of MI5 was insightful and fascinating. Unfortunately these fiction books do not follow the same scripting format - Marcus’ military style ‘no-nonsense’ writing, adrenaline rush of “STEAL BADGE” car chases, surveillance technology and organisation of surveillance operations - has all been lost. I miss Marcus’ original blunt and direct writing style. Maybe the emotional format now appeals to the masses. The plot feels dated, involving brainwashing and a damsel in distress. I would highly recommend the authors non-fiction books for a eye-opening, more grounded read.

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Another Great Story

Yet another great storyline from Tom. Looking forward to listening to the next installment.

Jason Langley also has perfect tone for all of Tom's books. Thanks Gents