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Dark Rising (Alex Hunter Book 2)

Dark Rising (Alex Hunter Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Greig Beck
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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'…Beck is a major new force in action stories that combine science, mythology and lots of hairsbreadth escapes for his hero, Alex Hunter, codenamed Aracadian, who has some very special powers.' --Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Beck s second book in the Alex Hunter series is a thrilling mix of action and science...' --Lancashire Evening Post

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When a sudden burst of radiation is detected beneath the desert in Iran, the world’s spy agencies are immediately on alert. Alex Hunter, code name Arcadian, and his elite incursion team are dropped into the ruins of Persepolis. There they find an underground facility but nothing else – no weapons, no scientists – nothing to explain the gamma spike. It is as if a black hole has swept everything away . . . Meanwhile, Israel is threatening nuclear war, and the details of America’s Arcadian program have been stolen. And someone – or something – is draining the fluids from the bodies of Iranian soldiers in the desert. If a black hole had taken everything, could something possibly have come back? When another radiation ‘event’ occurs in Iran, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening. Something that has been warned of in ancient prophecies. Alex must follow the traces of radiation to the ancient caves of Arak. In these tunnels, he will come face to face with his darkest nightmares. The clock is ticking down to what is told to be the end of the world and the ultimate judgement of humankind . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330534173
  • Publisher: Pan (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WTR14A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Greig Beck is an Australian author residing in Sydney with his wife, son and oversized black German Shepherd. "Beneath the Dark Ice" was Greig's first novel, now published internationally, and available soon on Audio format.

Greig grew up spending his days surfing on Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took him around the world. After completing an MBA, he was appointed both an Australasian director of a multinational software company, and tasked with setting up the USA arm of the organisation.

Today, Greig is still involved in IT, but spends most of his time writing... with plenty left over for his beloved surfing.

More information about Greig and his works can be found at and he can be contacted at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise up! 29 Nov 2011
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Greig Beck's second Alex Hunter book is another rip-roaring ludicrous romp.

The frenetic pace kicks off immediately and doesn't let up. Nuclear materials, black holes and the threat of World War Three combine giving our hero and his gang a dangerous job to do. Throw in some nasty bugs and some religious fanatics and you've got yourself a book.

This is right up there with the excellent James Rollins for action/adventure combined with science, and I can't wait to see where Alex Hunter goes next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Greig Beck!! 5 Oct 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me just start off by saying this - I read this book in less than 4 days - I could not put it down. It was an incredibly fast paced story with exciting and realistic science as well as totally accurate geo-politics. Mr. Beck writes in a style that puts the reader in the story and immerses them in the characters and their adventure. BOTTOM LINE: BUY THIS BOOK - YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once you start, you can't put it down! 21 Jun 2014
By sarah
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and with so much going on through the whole book, I found it very difficult to put the book down! Well worth the read.
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"This mission had long moved past being weird, now it was starting to get damn creepy"

Four and a half DANGEROUS Stars! A fast-paced science fiction, mystery, and military adventure novel, "Dark Rising" is the 1st in the series of 4 full novels by author Greig Beck on the adventures of Captain Alex Hunter, code name "Arcadian", the special forces team leader with the unusual capabilities. Amid a backdrop of high stakes political intrigue, the plot of the novel concerns strange activities observed by satellite in Iran near the Persepolis ruins, indicating the possible presence of some sort of dangerous technology. Alex and the other high-tech equipped Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos (HAWCs) are covertly sent in with Israeli support personnel to investigate. Thus begins one of the wildest rides yet for the HAWCs. While the plot may seem vaguely similar in places to the Alex Hunter Antarctica novel, Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter), it is much better and different in general and shows Beck's ability to improvise on familiar themes among the novels. Beck cleverly introduces an unusually formidable bad guy whom the reader may alternately cheer for and cheer against. Those who are reading this series for the first time may be somewhat puzzled by Alex Hunter and his extraordinary powers, but they should either 'just go with it' and enjoy the fun or read the short prequel novella "Arcadian Genesis" first to get some of the Alex Hunter/HAWC backstory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome novel 28 Dec 2013
By Traffic TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I've read "Beneath The Dark Ice" which is the first book in the Alex Hunter series, this book being the second. Like the first book I enjoyed this one vary much. It's vary well written and is action packed. In this adventure our extra-Special Forces hero switches from the ice cold of the Antarctic to the searing heat of the Iranian desert. A secret weapon is being developed beneath the sands of the desert, a weapon so powerful that it could destroy the planet. Not only that but an alien creature is picking off our hero's team.

Well written, plenty of action and vary entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the third in the series.

A note on the Kindle version. I read this on Kindle Fire HDX, and it displays beautifully. No typos or poor formatting noticed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good scifi read 1 Aug 2013
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I like scifi and it's a credible story. The key characters have a bit of tension between them which adds interest.

There's enough detail to get the idea but not too much.
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