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24 Declassified: Trinity [Kindle Edition]

John Whitman
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Operating out of a nearly empty space in Los Angeles, the newly created CTU faces its first major crisis. A large amount of plastique explosive has vanished and could be anywhere—with criminals, crazies, outlaw bikers . . . or in the bloodstained hands of Islamic radicals. As powerful representatives of the world's major religions gather for a conference on faith, peace, and coexistence, agents of the newborn elite counterterrorism unit must chase elusive shadows through the underbelly of L.A. A nightmare of assassination and terror is looming, tied to the darkest secrets of the church—an explosive threat that must be exposed and defused within twenty-four hours, or violent repercussions will be felt around the world.

And only one man possesses the necessary passion, ruthless skill, and willingness to operate outside his jurisdiction and beyond the limits of the law: a dangerous rogue CIA operative . . . named Jack Bauer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061431192
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (8 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UJMPC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant origin story for Jack Bauer! 28 July 2012
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I've always been a fan of 24 and eager to get my Bauer fix when the show finished I bought several of the 24: Declassified novels. The first one I read was disappointing to say the least. It was dull, boring and didn't feel like I was reading a story about my favourite characters at all. But then I read Veto Power by John Whitman and finally I had a real 24 book in my hands! Since then I've only bothered to read Whitman's additions to the book series. He's the only author who has managed to capture both the essence of the series and its characters and tell exciting, action-packed and twist-filled stories.
Trinity goes back further than the series has ever done and tells the story of how Jack Bauer joined C.T.U. (Counter Terrorist Unit). There a few continuity errors but that's only because this was written before the shows writers decided to address bauer's past in Season 6, and to be honest they're very minor inconsistencies that I only noticed because I'm such a die hard fan! Overall, this is a brilliant fast-paced page turner that should satisfy a fan of either the show or action/thrillers in general!
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4.0 out of 5 stars some better than others 3 Jan. 2015
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Read all of the declassified books, some better than others, this is one of the better ones. Wish there was more 24 to come on tv, best series ever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 9 Dec. 2014
By Miru
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It is ok
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road 13 May 2008
By Pat - Published on
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Put all the 24 novels in chronological order and this is the 1st. Jack is a CIA agent whose case mixes with those of the LAPD, an investigating agent from the NTSB, and the newly created CTU which has just made its very first arrest two days prior to this day. We see CTU in infancy and very disordered. Jack, hesitant to take a job with CTU, begins assisting with a case that eventually will lead to an assassiniation attempt on Pope John Paul II at a peace conference. He partners with Nina for the first time and has a very brief introduction to Tony. He also meets and butts heads with Chappelle which is just a sign of things to come.
Overall, the book is an OK read. I enjoyed reading the beginnings and Hendersons attempts to recruit Jack into CTU. I also liked Jack's first hesitation to use a torture technique yet he allows himself to do so in order to get information needed. There were things I did not care for but this is entirely my opinion and certainly different for other readers. I am not big on the humorous foreshadowing that took place. Things like Jack telling Teri that if he worked for a guy like Chappelle he would "end up shooting him in the head". Nina's extremely aggressive come-on to Jack was also a bit out of character. I would expect a slight attraction from each to hint at an affair but not something so obvious and desperate.
Kim also plays a very big role as the indirect cause for CTU's successful first mission with Jack. Not really something I cared for. Even Jack and other CTU members admit their failure if it weren't for the interference of an outside character.
Like other 24 novels, the last climactic hours are condensed into a small number of pages. The last 6 hours are spread over 70 pages (the last 3 hours are written in 28 pages) and seemed very rushed. There are lots of players and decoys including Hell's Angels Bikers and an over-the-hill actor all of which seem too much to occur on the same day.
Action sequences are good and but there really was no "what is Jack going to do now" moments. Still, any 24 fan will enjoy a 24 read while we wait until January. There are better 24 novels out there but there are worse ones as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 29 Sept. 2008
By C. L. Landon - Published on
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If you like the show you will like the book. The story keeps you just as captivated as the show does. I found myself picturing Jack in the scenes. It is hard to stop reading once you get started. Buy them all - I have and they are all great books...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read How Jack Bauer Was Recruited To CTU 7 May 2008
By 24FanInKY - Published on
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As a die-hard "24" fan, I have really enjoyed all the "24" Declassified novels (except for "Storm Force"). This one was interesting because through the main storyline featuring a terrorist threat surrounding a historical "peace" conference gathering of the major religions of the world, we learn about the early days of CTU and how Jack Bauer is recruited to work at CTU. We also find out that Jack and Ryan Chapelle didn't get along from the very beginning. This made for some interesting dialog/conflict between these two characters. It was also fun to read about when Jack & Nina first met & worked together. All and all another interesting and fun read.

There's only one problem though; I read through these novels so fast I wish two of them were released at one time. I hope more are coming. They are great for us "24" fans waiting for Season 7 of the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bauer: potty mouth 17 Sept. 2009
By M J C - Published on
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Being an avid 24 fan, I (naturally) was quick to pick up this adventure, which chronicles CTU's first 'main' case.

The action was good, and I loved the foreshadowing from major characters. The main problem for me was the amount of hard swearing. As a devoted fan of the Fox TV series, in which the main word used to quantify Jack's culmination of frustration, angst, etc. has been the now-infamous 'da--it!', I was extremely put off by the amount of 'f-bombs' being thrown around by major characters, especially Jack Bauer. I am no prude, it just simply did not fit with the character created in the series, who many a fan (myself included) have grown to love and follow, somewhat religiously.

On the pro side, it was good to read about characters we havent seen/heard from in awhile, like revisiting old friends. Overall, the book could have been much, much more. Instead it turns into a good forgettable book rather than a great memorable one.

Best line: Chappelle, in reference to Jack: "We need that guy like I need a hole in the head."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bauer Begins 18 Jan. 2012
By LoveMachine - Published on
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Got to say it: I love the '24 Declassifed' series of tie-in novels. Not only do they present Jack in all his glory, but they also feature more innovation than the on-screen series at times ('Operation Hell Gate' had Jack running around New York... before season eight got on it). In carrying on the tradition of adding another bad day for Jack Bauer on the calendar (in spectacular fashion), the novels succeed with equally captivating plots from the authors - but without the bile. There's no struggle for ratings in this format, so there's no gratitious action in each hour, adding more plot twists to the mix at weird times, and forcing Jack to make incredibly impulsive decisions based on shaky legal ground. The White House element is also very toned down, virtually absent in 'Trinity', allowing for the novels to feel tighter and more focused overall. The result is a more sober '24' experience that's more in line with traditional law enforcement agency methods rather than straight up 'Bauer Power' all the time. We also get more facetime with Nina Myers, Tony Almeida, and Ryan Chappelle before... well, you know.

'Trinity' carries on this tradition gracefully. While all the novels are prequels to the first season, this is essentially the prequel to all that. That's right, this is Jack's very first day with CTU. Still employed the CIA, Jack clashes boundaries with the newly founded agency (with some of the equipment still encased in plastic wrapping and incredibly short-staffed) and meets some of his old friends (and enemies) for the first time. This time a whole lot of plastique is missing and with a lot of dark motivation involved, the clock winds back up for Jack and crew to find it before it goes off. It's not a mind-blowing plot by any means, but the author keeps you engaged with his knowledge of law enforcement and his spot-on characterization of Jack and the rest of the Bauer crew. And once the finale rolls around, all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and make the book explode upon conclusion.

There are some slight continuity errors (such as CTU somehow being founded in 2000 rather than 1993, references from 'Hell Gate' to CTU being active in 1998, and Jack and Tony knowing each other since 1999 as noted by season seven). However, these are easily overlooked because the author simply knows what he's doing and respects the lore (author David Jacobs had trouble here in his books 'Storm Force', 'Head Shot', and 'Death Angel'). It's a ride still worth taking. Simply put: this is 24.
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