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Product Details

  • Series: Kirk McGarvey Novels (Book 15)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765363739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765363732
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“A knockout.”
—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact

“A timely and frightening novel. Readers will be left thinking, This could really happen.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Abyss
is a wake-up call about our energy addiction. Inventive, dramatic, with jaw-dropping new energy ideas, you won’t be able to put it down.”
Former United States Senator Byron L. Dorgan

“Readers will cheer as the doughty McGarvey puts aside his personal problems, shoulders the load, and soldiers on.”
Publishers Weekly on Abyss

About the Author

DAVID HAGBERG is a New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean. He has published more than twenty novels of suspense, including the bestselling Soldier of God, Allah’s Scorpion, Dance with the Dragon and The Expediter. Hagberg has won three American Mystery Awards and was a finalist for the American Book Award. He makes his home in Sarasota, Florida.


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DAVID HAGBERG is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean and has spoken at CIA functions. He has published more than twenty novels of suspense, including the bestselling Joshua's Hammer, Soldier of God, and Allah's Scorpion. He makes his home in Sarasota, Florida.

Customer Reviews

I found myself skimming the pages just to get through the book.
JJV
This was the first book I have read by David Hagberg, so I was new to the Mcgarvey series as well.
CRP Ag
Very well written, action packed, believable characters and set in the present.
J. Stroh

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Olson VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
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Beware the anger of the Legions.
David Hagberg gets better with each new novel. Abyss is a terrific eco-thriller if a bit too long and involved. An intricate thinking person's plot concerning today's worldwide energy problems. The story pretty much has it all: Mercenaries, wicked energy moguls, spineless politicians, fearful bureaucrats, brilliant analysts, beautiful women, a religious charlatan, global warming/change advocates and of course Kirk McGarvey-operator extraordinaire. The plot revolves around a new way to produce energy that energy traditionalists want to stop. Why? Follow the money for the answer. Mr. Hagberg gets just a bit preachy at times which became a trifle tiresome and added to the novel's length. Finally, it appeared after 400 or so pages Mr. Hagberg realizes that it was time to begin wrapping up his tale. The ending came quickly and was a bit of a stunner. No spoiler here so I'll just leave it at that.
Character development was very good. With each book we get to know a little bit more about Kirk McGarvey. Sadly, he is getting a bit long in the tooth like my other super heroes: Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, Gabriel Allon, Harry Bosch, John Rain and Scott Harvath. Not sure how much longer "old" McGarvey is going to be able to keep whipping the younger "bad actors". Mr. Hagberg's latest McGarvey antagonist, Brian DeCamp, is a delicious character who I hope we see in future Hagberg novels. I have a feeling we have not seen the end of this South African for hire mercenary.
No gratuitous violence, language or sex. Lots of action at times and I rather liked how Mr. Hagberg does not drag out confrontational killing scenes. When it's time to shoot, mouth shut-trigger pull. Too much talking during those kinds of action scenes diminishes impact.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Stroh VINE VOICE on April 6, 2011
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I have read all of Mr. Hagberg's Kirk McGarvey novels and this surely is the best of them all! Very well written, action packed, believable characters and set in the present. What I particularly like about this book is that Mr. Hagberg does not get overly descriptive of scenes in the book. He gives you just enough information to make you understand what he is describing but doesn't over do it.

The storyline is great and keeps your interest and keeps you turning the pages well into the night! Awesome book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MrMajestyk on October 19, 2011
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I got a few pages in and started to wonder what the heck happened to David. Did he farm this out to some nutcase? The whole AGW, Al Gore frenzied idiocy sticks out from the word go. I just don't get it...what has happened to David Hagberg?? I kept waiting for things to clear up but no, he kept up the BS until the end. I've been a huge fan of his for many years and have always waited, not so patiently, for the next Mac book to appear. Not any more. Once he killed of the wife and kids in the last book I started to lose interest. And now this? I'm done.
If you are a fan of his older thrillers, don't bother with this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Murray VINE VOICE on May 17, 2011
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David Hagberg is a well known highly successful thriller writer. I have read the majority of his books and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. ABYSS continues Hagberg's Kirk McGarvey franchise, an action packed blockbuster that explores big oil, money/hedge funds, and their endless search for profits, and the lengths ecoterrorists will go to manipulate the market and ultimately our culture through acts of terror designed to kill thousands.

Hagberg's stalwart hero, Kirk McGarvey, is a former special operator and ex Director of the CIA and the main character in the majority of Hagberg's novels. McGarvey's unique skills are never more required than they are in this story as he continually pits himself against the ecoterrorists whose funding is seemingly endless. It is a well paced novel with a theme relevant to our times (no spoilers here).

Hold on and enjoy the roller coaster ride.
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...it's got Middle Eastern banks, Saudis, nuclear reactors, plots, assassins, etc.....

I have to admit that I did enjoy "Abyss" to some extent. I mean I finished it right off. It's not heavy going by any stretch of the imagination. It's just your basic international action, economic, scientific, thriller.

Hagberg does an admirable job of developing a storyline, and, of course, this entire book is plot-driven. The author does cast a salute to literature when he takes the time to provide some descriptive detail about characters' appearances and their background, but that is short-lived, and almost always reads like it was inserted after the fact. You know, something like this (not a quote), "John Dashing...was a trim, athletic man with dark hair, graying at the temples, and that rare sort of world-wary experience that shows at the corner of the eye." I find these sorts of descriptions to be largely unnecessary, since at least in this book they didn't do anything to promote the story.

At the same time I appreciate the readability of the book. The author does not grovel in gratuitous sex or foul language. Of course, some characters do have to get bumped off to keep many readers' attention, so be ready for that.

Now that I'm done I can say with complete confidence that the character in the book who scared me the most was the tele-evangelist...you'll see. There's nothing like stirring the masses by using propaganda, lies, deception, and swaying oration. People like that are the scariest things around. Read on and you'll see.

All in all, this was an adequate book, fun and action-packed in places, but which is not likely to never set a standard or generate a lot of long-term staying power.

The fact that one of the lead characters is a marine scientist should have triggered at least a 4-star review from me, but, alas, it was not to be.

3 stars. Not bad, but not great either. 3 stars.
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