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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant young CIA agent has it all - until he's the lone survivor of a terrorist attack that his wife may or may not have been involved in planning - in Jeff Abbott's "exhilarating" (Harlan Coben) thriller, the launch of his fan favorite Sam Capra series. 

"If you knew this was our final day together, what would you say to me?" 

"Anything but good-bye. I can't ever say good-bye to you." 

Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams. He's a brilliant young CIA agent. His wife Lucy is seven months pregnant with their first child. They have a wonderful home, and are deeply in love. They have everything they could hope for...until they lose it all in one horrifying moment. 

Sam receives a call from Lucy while he's at work. She tells him to leave the building immediately. He does...just before it explodes, killing everyone inside. Lucy vanishes, and Sam wakes up in a prison cell. As the lone survivor of the attack, he is branded by the CIA as a murderer and a traitor.  

Escaping from the agency, Sam launches into a desperate hunt to save his kidnapped wife and child, and to reveal the unknown enemy who has set him up and stolen his family. But the destruction of Sam's life was only step one in an extraordinary plot - and now Sam must become a new kind of hero. 

"Breathless fun." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)  

"Nail-biting." (Austin Chronicle)  

"Irresistible." (Ventura County Star

"Heart-pounding thrills." (Dallas Morning News)  

"A grand slam home run." (Associated Press)

©2011 Jeff Abbott (P)2011 Hachette

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Close, but not quite

I like a good thriller as much as anybody, but this one falls a little short for me. The problem? The "bad guy" dialog is, frankly, terrible. The story itself is OK, but the cheesy talk ruined the book for me. Not horrible, but there are much better out there.

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Author does't think his readers are intelligent

Every few minutes there was a contradiction or an inconsistency of one kind or another.
I know you have to sometimes "suspend disbelief" but this book really pushed it to the limit.
Despite all that the story sucks you in and keeps you involved and entertained if you can get used to the grating, often frustratingly overly emphatic naration.

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Very Good

This captured my attention. The writing is good, not great. I expect Abbott's writing will improve and I look forward to more stories about "Sam."

The interest in Parkour or "free running" is very cool and a thread throughout. The only other reference I know of it comes from a book by John Twelve Hawks called the Traveler. I recommend both.

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Read something else!

This is one of the most overwrought, contrived books I have listened to in many a year. And the reader was no better -- in fact, probably worse.. Listening to this was like having showers of flaming daggers aimed at my cerebral cortex, and feeling smothered by tons of burning shale, with pain searing my every sinew, and gasping for life breathing oxygen, while struggling to reach the surface, gasping................., well, you get the point. Bottom line: read something elee.

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Compelling

What did you love best about Adrenaline?

Story and presentation was excellent. Hard to put it down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam was perfect. I had a distinct picture of him in my mind thoughout the book.

Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

Mia. Loved the Russian accent and the strenght of the character

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Pushing you to the limits.

Any additional comments?

The different voices and accents made me feel like there was a whole cast of different readers. Excellent.

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De-lib-er-ate

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Our reader pro-noun-ces ev-er-y syl-la-ble. De-lib-er-ate-ly. Abbott's story starts explosively with a beautifully described parkour run that seems to promise that our hero will use this skill to save himself or thwart the enemy. I was with Sam Capra thru the bomb and his subsequent imprisonment (not really spoilers). Then the story developed holes large enough to drive a Hummer through. The combination of increasingly implausible plot developments and Collins's devastating reading style made me jettison before I reached the end of the first download.

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Horrible book...

I made a mistake, I thought this was written for adults. Your 7th grader might like it since no cuss words are used- instead the author literally writes 'bad words.' Ugh.. Tediously full of - I've got to find my family! I've got to find my family! The book is so namby-pamby. If you like a simpleton who does improbable things with a transparent plot line, go for it. I got it based on some reviews and it's one of the few of the hundreds of Audible books I've downloaded where I felt like throwing my iphone on the wall. The narrator doesn't help - he makes the dumb book even dumber.

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Calm down, narrator!

Here we go again. I guess that there are some audiobook listeners who want their narration to be just short of a dramatic presentation with all but the stage players. Not I. Just read the book narrator. I don't need a Broadway play, just a book. Chill.

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Would I like to know how & when Sam finds his son?

The answer is, of course! But, alas, I won't be able to by listening on Audible because I can't bear the over-the-top narration. The narrator has a very nice voice and did a good job with distinct voices for all the various characters - BUT the narration was so overly dramatic that I really had difficulty making it to the end. Since Mr Collins narrates all the Sam Capra books, I'll have to pass on the rest of the series. Too bad.

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Not bad for a first novel

This kept my attention and I enjoyed it. I had a pretty good idea of how it would end, but I've read a LOT from this genre so that's not surprising. this is a NEW IDEA, though and I appreciate that in our current world of remakes. I'm going to try the next I. the series. Don't let the pompous dweebs trying to sound smug and scholarly scare you off. Give him a try!