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David Trevellyan is a Royal Navy intelligence operative who usually works undercover, sometimes with the approval of his masters—and sometimes not. On a seemingly normal evening, he takes a lonely late-night walk between a restaurant and his New York City hotel. A familiar huddled shape in the mouth of an alley catches his eye—a homeless man has been shot to death. Trevellyan steps forward…and a cop car arrives. A split second too late, Trevellyan realizes he’s been set up.

But Trevellyan isn’t worried. He’s a hard man from the shadowy world of Royal Navy Intelligence. He’s been in and out of trouble a thousand times before. But the NYPD quickly hands the problem to the FBI. Trevellyan is sucked deeper into the system. And the British Consulate tells him: You’re on your own now, mate.

With no idea who’s a friend and who’s a foe, he penetrates deep into a huge international conspiracy. The price of failure will be death, and the reward for success will be redemption, both for himself and the huddled corpse from the alley. The motivation will be his cherished life-long belief: You don’t get mad—you get EVEN.

If Jack Reacher had a younger brother, he’d be David Trevellyan. Lee Child does have a younger brother, and his name is Andrew Grant. A remarkable debut, Even delivers on its own—a tight, fast-paced, modern thriller fueled by adrenaline and revenge.

Customer Reviews:

  • Bravo!
    What a ride! Andrew Grant's EVEN takes the spy thriller to new heights of sophistication and intrigue. With sharply observed scenes, a plot that keeps you spinning and guessing,David Trevellyan will have you staying up past your bedtime turning pages. A wonderful fresh new voice in the thriller world! ...more info
  • Not Worth the Time
    I picked up this book after learning that the author was Lee Child's brother. Reading it just made me appreciate Jack Reacher more. The main character does not engage me. The story is too violent. Also the trick of the hero always being ahead of everyone and figuring all the angles correctly just was not enjoyable. I agree with one of the reviewers that the violence was overwhelming.

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  • Stellar Debut
    Fast-paced and unique, EVEN introduces a wonderful new character, David Trevellyan. EVEN rocks along relentlessly, it's a read-in-one-sitting kind of book. I can't wait to read more from Grant, he's breathed new life into the private spy thriller. Just great!...more info
  • Superb!!!
    Grant proves from the outset that he's no rookie---this book reads like someone's tenth. It's without question the best novel I've read this year. Could not put it down and can't wait for the next....more info
  • Younger brother is the master
    Younger brother of Lee Child? An unfair tag for Andrew Grant! He stands on his own two feet easily. This is a terrific, readable book that glides along with such tremendous ease and clarity. At the same time, the complex plot tugs you along page after page. While it's conducive to quick reading, don't short-change yourself -- there is a lot of depth that warrants close reading. A tremendous surprise, since this usually isn't my genre. I look forward to more....more info
  • "People can never resist the sight of a body. I should know."


    This kind of crime story is like a chess game, a formalized drama that can only be appreciated as it unfolds, elaborate layer after layer. Each move has more significance than first appears, only the beginning of an intricate design, a finely crafted thriller. It begins innocently enough when David Trevellyan discovers the body of a murdered homeless man in a New York alley. A member of the Royal Navy, David has undergone extensive training in all phases of espionage and spy craft, a finely-tuned machine dominated by logic and speedy reactions to threat.

    When Trevellyan is arrested for the homeless man's death, it takes him a while to determine that he is a pawn in a scheme he has yet to understand, one that begins with the FBI and the NYPD, but soon expands to a wider theater, including an obscure hospital in Iraq. At the start, Trevellyan is just a British operative trying to get back to London, but by the end, in concert with the FBI, he is on the inside of a high-stakes plot with disastrous ramifications. Along the way, there are an assortment of bureaucrats and agents, a disturbing scene with a female who uses a unique instrument of torture to induce cooperation, various rogues, thugs and bodyguards of varying skills, an impressive array of weapons, drugs, explosives and, of course, a potent terrorist plot.

    Younger brother of Lee Child, Grant steps up with this taut, well-written tale that builds with each chapter to the final standoff. The urbane, smooth Englishman stands back from the American agents, albeit usually one step ahead, using his skill set to avoid traps and outwit the masterminds of a clever scheme. Each chapter is prefaced with a few paragraphs of Trevellyan's past, each with a lesson learned. That lesson is further elaborated in the following chapter, yet another level of legerdemain on the part of this author. Comparison to other writers of this genre is unavoidable, but unnecessary. Grant is clearly a pro, with a complicated, fast-paced plot that is riddled with threat, the bad guys- and woman- just as evil as we imagine and oblivious to the horrors they visit upon their victims. This tech-savvy thriller gives considerable food for thought. Old world spy craft gives way to more modern and deadly applications. Trust me. You'll be back for more. Luan Gaines/2009.
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  • EVEN engages from beginning to end!
    I'm normally not a thriller reader, but this book was recommended by a friend, and I'm always looking for exciting new authors. Mr. Grant did not disappoint! I was immediately engaged and closed the book wishing there were more for me to read.

    EVEN is chock full of details which helped me step into the shoes of David Trevellyan as the story began to unfold. The other characters in the book, including the streets of New York, were well designed and helped move the story forward. I had no idea how it would end until it did. I'm a big fan of not knowing what's coming around the next corner, and Mr. Grant kindly accommodated my need.

    Mr. Grant's work will inevitably draw comparisons to his brother, Lee Child, but he has his own voice that you'll want to listen to very closely. ...more info
  • EVEN Will Blow Your Socks Off!
    Introducing David Trevellyan, a man trained by the Royal Navy to be, well, a kind of super agent. He's the guy you want around when a sticky situation comes up. He carries the right tools, and his cavalier attitude sends signals that he's not worried about the bad guys getting the upper hand. They haven't so far....

    Trevellyan has been meticulously trained for his career, and in EVEN he is going to need every ounce of his skill, to clear his name and save his life. He has never doubted that he could. "...only one thing you had to have. A kind of sixth sense. Useful, if you wanted to pass your assessment. Vital, if you wanted to stay alive afterward."

    It all started when he was on his way back to his hotel one night in Manhattan. Walking along after a late dinner, he discovers a body in an alley. Ignoring the obvious danger, he steps in to take a better look. It couldn't have been worse timing. Just as he's going through the corpse's pockets, a police car slides to a stop, lights flashing, catching him red-handed. They won't listen to explanations, so David doesn't even try to give them one.

    It's not as though Trevellyan hasn't killed before, but he certainly didn't murder this poor wretch. And the more he thinks about it, the more he realizes it smells fishy. The bum in the alley was still warm --- and the cops show up? Common knowledge on the street has it that they don't really rush all that much when it's just a dead tramp. Who would care? But they certainly arrived in record time, and they were deadly serious. Fortunately, Trevellyan can take care of himself. It's a good thing, too, because he finds himself pretty much on his own. But then, trust is not a commodity he has much stock in.

    "In my world you are surrounded by deceit....You end up convinced that everyone is hiding something from you. Friend, as well as foe. Which experience shows is not too far from the truth."

    In a strange turn of events, Trevellyan grudgingly partners up with the FBI. He'd really rather be on a plane headed back to London. But someone who has real pull with him wants him to help the Bureau in New York. A woman named Tanya. A woman from Trevellyan's past. One he worked with, one he's delighted to work with again, and one he really would like some after-work time with. And here she is, in New York.

    The case of the dead man in the alley blossoms into a situation that looks like it may have global consequences. Clearly, more than one death is involved, and the threat of more to come keeps David in New York far longer than he had wanted. So does Tanya.

    The components the unlikely team unearths as they search for clues to who murdered the tramp become part of an even bigger puzzle. What are the people they're looking for doing? What's their goal? Are they planning a massive attack, or are they simply doing it for the thrill? Do they have more victims targeted?

    There's one thing they do know: they have mere hours to come up with the answers to all of their questions. As the scheme takes shape, the full horror of it becomes unbearably clear. Trevellyan --- and the FBI --- can't afford to be wrong.

    It's a pleasure observing Trevellyan's methods. You have to love his philosophy. Take, for example, his approach to finding a needle in a haystack: "So a needle's in there, and we need it back. No problem. Get some matches. Hay burns. Needles don't." This is a man who prefers the direct approach. More importantly, he is highly capable, not to mention highly irreverent, delightfully witty, and deadly in his work.

    EVEN will blow your socks off. Andrew Grant pulls his readers in with the first page and doesn't let go until he's finished with them. Kind of like David Trevellyan. Thriller fans won't find a better book this season.

    --- Reviewed by Kate Ayers
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  • exciting thriller
    In New York City, Royal Navy Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Commander David Trevellyan has completed a mission when he sees the corpse in an alley. A bum has six bullet holes arranged in fastidiously geometric order in his chest. David calls 911.

    The police immediately look at David as the prime and only suspect. However, before they can investigate, the FBI takes control of the case; as the victim is the sixth undercover agent murdered in such a manner in recent months. The Feds also look at David as more evidence surfaces that tie him to the murders. He knows his British intel agency must disown any knowledge of him, as standard operating procedure requires; so David knows he must find the predator with insider information setting him up to take the fall.

    This is an exciting thriller with a few super twists including tidbits about David's past that will keep and maintain the audience's attention throughout wondering what comes next. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action as David and readers rarely get a respite before something else occurs. Andrew Grant writes a fabulous tale as as the beleaguered Intel officer knows he is being set up for the fall and has no safety net from his agency; leaving it to him to extract himself from the frame before some agent decides to permanently make him the culprit by killing him.

    Harriet Klausner
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  • Look out
    Those of you who enjoy the Jack Reacher series and thought you'd try the brother, BEWARE! This book is awful. Trite dialog, cartoonish characters, implausible basic plot, irrational behavior from the hero, everything telegraphed. I must say, though, that my review is based on the first 100 pages. I was unable to read further. There is a finite chance it gets really good later on. Maybe the great blurbs from authors like Thomas Perry are based on the last part of the book....more info
  • I finished it against my better judgment
    I wouldn't ordinarily review this book. I didn't like it, but others might (and did, as evidenced by other reviews). However, I was led to read it by an article in the NY Times--not a review--that seemed to suggest it was worth reading. I don't want other Times readers to be similarly misled.

    I would have given it one star except that, somewhat to my chagrin, I kept reading to the end, so it must have had something going for it. My major criticisms:

    1. Implausible to the point of fantasy. E.g., a criminal enterprise has real-time inside information in law enforcement agencies; those same agencies ignoring a trail of bodies left by the protagonist and continuing to accept him as a full partner despite his repeated flouting of their authority; two characters' ridiculously easy escapes from confinement; villains who conveniently leave the room when the narrator needs time alone; the narrator's ability surreptitiously and easily to find important evidence during business hours in a business office that must have been empty at the time for some reason I may have missed and, by the way, using a stratagem to find time to look that would not have fooled a child.

    2. What seemed to me like padding, especially in the early pages: detailed descriptions, to the point of tedium, of locations filled with stuff that turned out to be irrelevant to the plot. These certainly established the narrator/protagonist as a sharp observer, but they were largely dropped later in the book. Did he suddenly become less observant?

    3. Another reviewer mentioned the British narrator's reference to what Americans call the second floor as the first floor. I can live with that--he uses the terms with which he is comfortable--but what about the New York desk clerk whom he quotes as saying "I'll have a look," rather than the American "I'll take a look?" Or the names: a tattooed Nazi biker named Derek, and another Derek and a Nigel on office nameplates on doors in New York. Possible of course, but unlikely enough to arouse suspicion. (And why are we even told those latter names? Those characters never appear or are referred to again. See #2 above.) There's also an American character named "Bartman Lavine." It's not that such a name can't exist in this country; it's that, like the colleagues Derek and Nigel in adjoining offices, the rarity of such names in the US is an unnecessary jarring note. In fairness to the author, a copy editor for the American publisher should have addressed these issues.

    4. If the author goes out of his way to portray a bad guy as an extremely serious threat, one expects a confrontation with the narrator that will call on all his mental and physical skills to prevail. That expectation was disappointed in one instance. I'm being as vague as I can be about this to avoid a spoiler.

    5. The ending. Ditto about a spoiler....more info
  • Killer Debut!
    I love finding a new author who is obviously going to have a long career ahead. Grant starts both the action and the mystery right from the first page and never lets up. Trevellyan is intriguing and was difficult for me to figure out at first, but I like that. He's no cardboard cut-out, and clearly neither is Grant. His writing style moves you quickly along from New York to London and Iraq.

    I've read a lot of mysteries, but this adds a new element for me with all of the espionage, and now I'm looking around for more of the genre until the next Grant comes out. Killer thriller, and I'm ready for more, please.
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  • Terrific new author!!!
    This is a fabulous book. I started reading and didn't stop until I had finished it! If you want a fast-paced story, a clever and tightly-worked-out plot, this is the book for you. On top of that, Trevellyan is an intriguing character. Grant works his hero's past into the story in a way that lets you really get to know him.

    Anyway, those pre-release reviews say it so much better than I can. I may not know how to write, but I sure can read. I'm hoping this will be the first in a series of Trevellyan thrillers. I can't wait for the next book to appear....more info
  • A tad disappointing
    Fair or unfair, Grant will inevitably be compared to his brother. Like several of Child's recent thrillers, "Even" takes place in New York City and centers on a man of masterful violence and sadistic villains. But Grant's dialogue sounds forced, his hero is not very interesting and his feel for New York is superficial at best. It's not a good sign when, on page 3, a NYPD car is described as blue with white letters--it's the other way around, as anyone who has watched "Law & Order" knows. And in America, the first floor is NOT the one above the ground floor. The creepy, convoluted plot redeems this effort, but there are some action sequences that are sloppily written and left me scratching my head and yearning for the next Reacher....more info
  • Younger brother is the master
    Younger brother of Lee Child? An unfair tag for Andrew Grant! He stands on his own two feet easily. This is a terrific, readable book that glides along with such tremendous ease and clarity. At the same time, the complex plot tugs you along page after page. While it's conducive to quick reading, don't short-change yourself -- there is a lot of depth that warrants close reading. A tremendous surprise, since this usually isn't my genre. I look forward to more....more info
  • Better Luck Next Time
    Comparisons of Andrew Grant with his brother Lee Child are inevitable.

    There are lots of similarities in the brothers' writing: tough hero capable of taking care of himself so he doesn't run away from trouble; plenty of bad people and mayhem as the story unfolds; clear detailed descriptions of places and action.

    I liked Grant's technique of having his character begin each chapter with a short summary of what he has learned from his training or his experiences.

    There are several ways Grant's storytelling differs from Child's. (Not in a good way.) I thought the plot was unbelievable. Unnecessary sadism. The hero's unrequited lust ridiculous as motive. Worst of all was that Even ended about 10 pages too soon.

    I always close a Jack Reacher story satisfied because the bad guys get their comeuppance in a final glorious scene. All scores are settled with the amount of violence commensurate with the need.

    Andrew Grant cheated me out of that. It felt like he said to himself: Have I got enough pages? Yeah. And stopped.

    P.S. I just DIDN'T LIKE Grant's hero.

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  • UN-Even
    I read something more than 100 pages of the story. I was quite pleased by the first 50 or so of those. Decent writing, good descriptions, although he does seem to have a neatness thing. Every scene describes how the rooms or surfaces are clean or uncluttered. It became distracting to me. Interesting main character, reminiscent of his brother's Jack Reacher character, but interesting even if you haven't read that series.
    The next 50 pages were very different. The writing became very trite. In some cases the plotting didn't hold together? Scenes were presented that made no sense, e.g., he generally won't talk with law enforcement, but spills his guts to the captive woman he's never met before.
    Others have mentioned a scene with a female punishing one of her people. That's where I stopped reading. It's gratuitous gore that will prevent a mainstream readership.
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  • Fun Debut
    This book is a lot of fun if, like me, you're a fan of the good old-fashioned slam-bang secret agent thriller. Andrew Grant drops his hero David Trevellyan into hot water in the first scene, then keeps turning up the heat in classic Ludlum-esque fashion. But Trevellyan's more than a match for the array of adversaries against him, and his fight to find out just WTF is going on provides all the guts and glory a thriller fan could ask for.

    Good stuff. Keep 'em coming! ...more info