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Adrenaline (Sam Capra Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Abbott
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Book Description

"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."

ADRENALINE

Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams.

He's a brilliant young CIA agent, stationed in London. 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.

On a bright, sunny day, 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 on in an extraordinary plot-and now Sam must become a new kind of hero.


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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2011: CIA agent, Sam Capra, is about to have an extremely bad morning. We’re not talking about I-just-spilled-coffee-on-my-chinos bad. We’re talking about terrorists-bombed-my-office-and-kidnapped-my-wife bad. Sam is in the middle of an important meeting—he’s been closing in on the CIA’s most important target—when he’s interrupted by an urgent call from his pregnant wife, Lucy. There’s panic in her voice. “Meet me outside now,” she begs. In the street, Sam sees Lucy in a silver grey sedan with a strange man in the driver’s seat. Then a blast hits. In a flash, all of Sam’s colleagues are dead. Lucy’s gone. Sam’s the only survivor. And we’re only on page twelve. What follows is a breakneck thriller that delivers on the promise of its title. Adrenaline does indeed get the heart pumping with an exhilarating pace, creatively choreographed action, and intrigue that routinely compels you to read the proverbial “one more chapter.” But Sam Capra remains its most memorable asset. In his quest to find his family, Capra becomes the best kind of hero, one who’s highly capable at kicking ass, but who's also imbued with a large amount of heart, which makes him worth rooting for book after book. Fortunately, Jeff Abbott has promised us more.--Shane Hansanuwat

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"One of the best thriller writers of our time." Harlan Coben "Jeff Abbott writes suspense classics." Lee Child "A book to make sitting on a summer beach feel like a high-octane chase through dark alleyways." The Times"

Product Details

  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455561029
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047Y0ETW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Adrenaline is a great fast paced novel, which is pretty much non stop action from the first to the last page. The only downside is that is clearly the start of a series, by this I mean that even though the majority of the issues in the novel are resolved by the end, a few things aren't. It's still enjoyable as standalone read but you're sort of hooked to now wait in anticipation for the next novel in the series to see those things resolved.

This novel is a little less Harlan Coben style, than Panic and some of his other independent stand alone storyline novels, more like a David Morrell far fetched well trained military/secret agent operative main character than an everyday guy type through the eyes read. It's not realistic (although it is considerably more so than some of Abbott's other work) but that doesn't mean it's not just plain fun.

Basic plot of Adrenaline is a former in the field secret agent type, Sam Capra has settled down to a life of briefing his organisation (known as The Company) on threats to the Western world. He's got a heavily pregnant wife named Lucy whose only days away from giving birth and the biggest risks he now takes is his morning runs through British council estates where he enjoys using the rooves, railings and other parts of those estates as an obstacle course. However during a morning presentation he receives a call on his mobile, his wife is on the other end and tells him he must come down and meet her on the street right now. Since she's heavily pregnant he can get away with this, but as he hits the street his building explodes. He sees his wife being held captive in a car, a man with a scarred face beside her fleeing from the scene.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced thriller August 14, 2010
Format:Paperback
This has both the good things and the flaws in the author's writing. A replay of elements of previous plots and a pace that goes so quickly that you almost miss the holes in the story.

But it's not 'bad', it is a 'read and forget' thriller, ideal for holidays and journeys and certainly not too taxing.

CIA operative escapes a bombing and finds himself under scrutiny and his pregnant wife the main suspect in the bombing. Our hero goes rogue (with the help of a mysterious organisation) to track down his wife and prove her innocence. A flaw returns from previous books as he turns from a CIA operative (with undercover experience) into a Jason Bourne type who can outsmart and outfight everyone. As our rogue operative gets closer to the truth, he finds there may be very few he can trust....

Like I said, this is an 'okay' thriller, it won't tax you but it should entertain you enough for a couple of hours. Billed as "Sam Capra 1", we may see more of this character, and I won't be sorry if we do.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not uniformly so July 8, 2011
By EJ
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Recently a lot of books in the spy/ thriller genre have started to run together in my head, but this one is an exception. It was well-written and suspenseful, with several twists that actually did surprise me. There were some limitations to the book, however, which kept me from giving it a higher rating.

This is the story of Sam Capra, a CIA spook whose world gets turned upside down when he narrowly escapes as his office is bombed by a man who has also kidnapped his pregnant wife, Lucy. Sam is immediately considered suspect by the CIA since he is the only one who survives the bombing, and the story is off and running. He is desperate to find Lucy and their unborn child and has to rely on every tool in his arsenal to do so.

The book seemed to ebb and flow for me. There were sections of really rapid-fire, intensive excitement followed by some more tedious segments, and the narrative seemed to meander on for just a bit too long. In addition, there is some science in this book that borders on the ridiculous and really strained my ability to suspend disbelief. I did find the characters to be almost uniformly terrific, though I have to admit that I enjoyed Mila, a mysterious woman in whom Sam has met his match, more than Sam himself.

Probably one of the bigger annoyances to me upon completion of this book was the major unfinished story arc, which sets up the next book in the series. We already know what Sam's next mission will be, but it seemed gratuitous to leave that thread just dangling. I would've picked up the next book based on the strength of the characters, but the latest habit of series-writers to leave a book unfinished annoys me and knocked this book down a star.

Taken together with its myriad pros and cons, this book earned an average rating from me.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment - Misleading praise by Lee Child October 4, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought ADRENALINE in August 2011 for a book club read. It was chosen by a book club member with normally good instincts for action-mystery books. Also, the book seemed to have a recommendation on its jacket by LEE CHILD, who himself really writes excellent action-mysteries. But ADRENALINE was a huge disappointment, the opposite of a "page turner." I had to prod myself to read it at night before bed and finally finished it after several weeks. The writing is insipid. I came away from the book telling myself I'll never read another by Jeff Abbott (sorry, Jeff). Let me try to explain.
The book starts with the hero and his pregnant wife in England, both government operatives, helplessly in love with each other. The action begins with a bombing followed by one of the most unlikely scenarios of torture and abuse of the hero by the CIA that one can imagine, apparently abetted by his wife. The forces of evil have obviously reached into the deepest recesses of the U.S. government (is this a recurrent theme these days, or what, conspiracies by outlaw government agents??!!). When the hero is given a respite by his government captors, and starts work as a bartender in New York, he repeatedly thinks to himself (the reader reads this at least EVERY 10 to 20 pages!) how his wife could not possibly have betrayed him and how he is going to spend his life finding her. This thought repeats itself relentlessly as he chases leads internationally.
The hero is seemingly helped at several key points by a super-secret cabal that is neither allied with the bad guys, nor allied with the U.S. government agents who are out to capture or otherwise neutralize him. But what is the CABAL's purpose? This is one of the mysteries to be solved, and other mysteries arise (of course) from sudden plot twists.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sam Capra - good guy played by the bad guys
Interesting and action packed story line. You feel like you're there watching the action unfold. Glad to find at the end of this story that there is more to come.
Published 5 days ago by Merrill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it hard to put down
Published 11 days ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 11 days ago by daniel holley
4.0 out of 5 stars cool!
Looking very much forward to the next Sam Capra book and all succeeding ones. I think the number of words required by Amazon in a book review is absurd.
Published 16 days ago by James Herbert
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
It was a good read. I was a little distracted along the way. It picked up later in the book.
Published 26 days ago by judi wortham
5.0 out of 5 stars Adrenaline
Just when I thought the ending was about to come a new twist in the plot kept me moving headily to the climax and a a start for new adventures for Sam Capra. Excellent read!
Published 1 month ago by Diana Lasalle
1.0 out of 5 stars It's really just a comic book, 400 pages long, without cartoon...
The book stats with our you, brilliant, CIA hero on his early morning run in London before his office hours start. This is no ordinary run. Read more
Published 1 month ago by VicP
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't yet read it.
Haven't yet read it.
Published 1 month ago by ScottinNazareth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by TOM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read. I'll get more of this author.
Published 2 months ago by T. Mitchell
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Jeff Abbott is the international-bestselling, award-winning author of ten mystery and suspense novels. Jeff is a native Texan and graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English, and worked as a creative director at an advertising agency before writing full-time. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons. You can visit his website at www.jeffabbott.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffAbbott.

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I just finished this book AND the sequel. In fact, I bought several of Abbott's books based on 'Adrenaline'.
Strong plots, great dialogue--everything I look for in a great read.
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