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Cloudburst (An Art Jefferson Thriller Book 1)

Cloudburst (An Art Jefferson Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ryne Douglas Pearson
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Book 1 in the Art Jefferson Thriller series
In Los Angeles, the president is killed in a brazen terrorist suicide attack. Halfway across the globe, an American airliner is hijacked by another group of Middle Eastern extremists and forced to make a brief stop in Libya. Events that are first seen as unconnected soon are proven to be part of an interconnected plan to strike at the heart of the United States.
On opposite coasts, FBI Agent Art Jefferson and National Security Adviser Bud DiContino race to manage situations as they spiral toward disaster. With the hijacked airliner racing toward the United States, its cargo hold filled with what intelligence analysts believe is a nuclear weapon, the only hope for the passengers' lives comes in the form of an audacious rescue plan to be executed by the highly secretive Delta Force.
From its pulse-pounding opening to its action-packed climax, Cloudburst grabs you and will not let go. Ranging from the violent assassination of the President on the streets of Los Angeles to covert action against terrorist havens in North Africa, from the halls of power in Washington to a highjacked airliner racing toward the heart of the United States, Cloudburst takes the reader on a riveting journey as FBI agents and elite counterterrorist units fight a desperate battle to save millions of innocents, and bring those responsible to justice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Schmuck & Underwood (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053SFIOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His works have been translated into Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Polish, French and other languages. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America-West and International Thriller Writers.

Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A California native, he lives in the United States with his wife, children, a Doberman Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story - dragged out a little at times 17 April 2012
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Not being a great reader, it takes a good book for me to read right through. I did finish reading the book and I enjoyed it. There were quite a few threads to follow but, in the main, the story hung together. Like many books, the ending got a little rushed but the author used an epilogue to tidy most things up. I read this on a Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 22 Mar 2012
By Doug
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If you like Tom Clancy, Dale Brown or Stephen Coonts then I'm confident you'll love this. Good eye to detail and a well paced plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller 18 Feb 2012
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Edge of the seat stuff - am 35% of the way through and loving it :-)
One minor thing - the action is set partly in Libya in the time of Gaddafi which is a bit weird given recent events ... the book was originally released in 1993 which explains this ... doesn't detract from the reading though it does 'date' it a bit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Thriller - Can't Wait for More from This Author 25 July 2011
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This one started off a little slow for me, say the first 5% of the Kindle version, but the author suddenly kicked it from first gear all the way to fifth. After a while, the turbo boost engaged and what you have is a pulse-racing thriller. Forgive the auto references but believe me when I tell you this is one action-packed thriller that had my heartbeat increasing on occasion until I completed it.

The author does a really good job of explaining the technical details related to science, aviation, and the military without the reader feeling either overwhelmed or the thought of being talked down to while reading. His character dialogue is outstanding as well as the development of those characters for both the "good" and the "bad" guys. I was impressed with how he was able to switch scenes from an FBI team, the armed terrorists, the Delta force team, and the defector with ease and weave it all together.

About the only negative I could give it is there are a few words that are typos, and some of it appears dated - early Vietnam war veterans still in active-duty front-line service, for example, but it does not take away from an all-around great read.

As I type this review, the book is free in the Amazon Kindle store which raises the rating an extra star; if it is still showing up for free I highly recommend you grab it. It was refreshing to read an action-packed novel that doesn't seem to repeat the Vince Flynn / Lee Child framework, and I am looking forward to reading more from the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real thriller 22 July 2011
By Mike Mcdonald - Published on
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The author REALLY had to do some homework for all the tech info involved, but it was explained so even the layman could understand. The plot was really detailed, but again, easy to assimilate. The skipping from one of many venues to another within a few pages was disorienting at first, as was keeping track of some of the characters, but surprisingly it all fell into place...eventually. For a real page clicker (that phrase has now entered the vernacular of ereaders) and edge of your seat thrills, I highly recommend Cloudburst.
One sort of odd about 12 to 15 occurances (on Kindle), the word "the" was printed as "die". From a German translator perhaps?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good fast paced read 28 July 2011
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Thought that the overall storyline and concept were well thought out and that the author was very descriptive throughout. I liked how as events were unfolding, he left just enough unsaid so that you had to keep reading to find out more. Another thing that added depth to this story was including the thoughts of all characters as they were immersed in dialogue. This gripped the reader more and kept the emotion alive during the more intense scenes. Pearson definitely knows his technology, weapons, vehicles, equipment, etc., and was able to put it in a language that even an accountant such as myself could follow. As noted by the other few reviewers, there was the occasional typo of "die" in place of "the". A bit annoying, but nothing to get overly hung up on. I do look forward to reading more books by Pearson, whether free or not, in the near future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for clancy, flynn lovers 31 July 2011
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Loved it - i have read all clancy and flynn plus others and although no one can measure up to clancy's first few this is a good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Would Consider Reading a Sequel 1 Jan 2013
By Ann Geiger - Published on
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This is a pretty standard tale of a washed up cop using his experience to solve a crime where others are failing. It is amusing if a bit predictable. I appreciated the racial/ethnic diversity of the characters. Also liked that the scenario at the center of the plot was plausible. I'm not pining for to read the sequel but I would be open to reading one (for the right price).
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