Alpha (Jad Bell) Paperback – 24 May 2012
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Cynical hero, unrelenting villains and a story told at rocket-fuelled pace...has a speed and conviction that sets it apart. The perfect airplane read (Daily Mail)
A tough, action-filled thriller that starts at a gallop and never slows down (Canberra Times)
Hands down, the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping, butt-kicking novel I've read in years. (Christopher Reich)
'Pulse-pounding...Rucka mixes suspense and an alarmingly realistic plot with ease.' (Publishers Weekly)
This lean, mean thriller with just the right amount of character development and unexpected complications will appeal to all who enjoy this genre but particularly to readers who like a strong hero along the lines of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. (Library Journal)
When terrorists attack the most famous theme park in America, one man stands in their way - expect explosive action from the start in a new series by New York Times bestselling author Greg Rucka.See all Product Description
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In parallel Rucka tells the story of a young man from Odessa, recruited by a terrorist organization, which makes a young man an American, transporting him to the United States, sending to serve in the American army, and then to university. The Ukrainian, whose real name is Matias, will be a leader of the capture of the park, and Bell will try to neutralize the terrorists, especially since on the day of attack in the park comes Jad's ex-wife and his daughter Athena.
The book has been compared with "Die Hard", and they do have similarities. The resemblance is superficial, as in "Die Hard" not for the first time the plot about the release of the hostages by a tough guy has been used. Bell, as the military (even then, probably, the word "former" is superfluous), leads a team of soldiers, all of whom serve in the U.S. Special Forces. The point is, a team of terrorists was trained in the same Special Forces.Read more ›
The story is tight, the action is well written, fast paced and it all takes place in a single day. The author has created another impressing line of riveting and sympathetic action heroes and villains and in the first chapters he brings us up to speed on each one of their personalities, their skills and their objectives in life.
The action kicks into high gear when a group of well-trained, highly motivated terrorists infiltrate the park and take as many hostages as possible including Jad's family who happen to be in attendance. After sealing off all escape routes, they demand all terrorists be released from custody and if their objectives are not met they want the world to witness the power and hatred they have against fellow man. A bloodbath on global TV is sure to follow.....
When the fireworks start we see how Jad, with his military wits and intense training, plays with the minds of the terrorists and how he processes threat by threat. On the other side, the terrorists have a seemingly endless list of gruesome counter tactics; they are so well prepared they even have a sleeper agent, Gabriel feeding them with information.
Mr. Rucka's attention to details is as well developed as his imagination. The story is a little farfetched but cram packed with a lot of action that will please some but not all. The novel ends with Jad a hero on his way to recovery, ready to kick ass wherever he is needed.
It's not the worst book of the genre I've ever read and it actually starts out pretty well.
It develops half way in to an ordeal to read, with a plot that has lots of holes and very obvious twists that didn't engage me. I actually found myself wading to the end of the book to find it ends pretty abruptly and leaves more questions than answers. As a throw away holiday read is about all I would recommend it for!