The Defector

The Defector

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From New York Times bestselling author, astronaut, and fighter pilot Chris Hadfield comes a riveting new thriller perfect for fans of Top Gun and The Hunt for Red October.


Israel, October 1973. As the Yom Kippur War flares into life, a state-of-the-art Soviet MiG fighter plane plummets to an unexpected landing. NASA Flight Controller and former US test pilot Kaz Zemeckis watches from the ground—unaware that its arrival will pull him into a high-stakes game of spies, lies, and secrets that hold the key to Cold War air and space supremacy.

For within that plane is a Soviet pilot pleading to defect, offering a prize beyond value: the workings of the Soviets' mythical "Foxbat" MiG-25, the fastest, highest-flying fighter plane in the world. But trusting him is risky, and Kaz must tread a careful line. As Kaz accompanies the defector into the United States, to the military’s most secret test site, he must hope that, with skill and cunning, the game plays out his way. 

Rich with insider detail and political intrigue drawn from real events, The Defector is a propulsive thriller from a growing master of the genre, filled with the nerve-shredding rush of aerial combat as it could only be told by one of the world's best fighter pilots.
Praise for The Apollo Murders
“A Cold War thriller packed with cosmic action.” —New York Times
“An exciting journey into an alternate past.” —Andy Weir, author of The Martian
“Propulsive . . . a space race thrill ride.” —Newsweek
“Spectacular . . . an intelligent and surprising nail-biter that Tom Clancy fans will relish.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Release date: October 10, 2023

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Print pages: 464

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The Defector
Chris Hadfield
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October 10, 2023
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