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Adrenaline (The Sam Capra series) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Abbott
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)

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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."


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.

Editorial Reviews Review

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


"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: #51,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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
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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not uniformly so July 8, 2011
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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 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping thriller June 26, 2011
In London terrorists bomb the CIA headquarters; twenty people die in the attack. British and American authorities conclude that CIA operative seven months pregnant Lucy Capra was instrumental in aiding the terrorists with the deadly explosion. Her vanishing accentuates their assertion.

CIA agents grab Lucy's husband Sam, also an operative. They assume he abetted his wife as he left the building after a call from her and just prior to the explosion; making him the lone survivor of the mass murders. His colleagues torture him to force him to reveal the truth to them. Throughout his ordeal and in spite of the contrary damning evidence starting with Lucy's warning call, Sam believes she is innocent. He escapes his captors and begins the quest to find his wife and their son who he assumes has been born since his Lucy disappeared.

Although somewhat linear, this gripping thriller hooks the audience from the opening famous last words to the confrontation. Fast-paced and loaded with action without a respite, sub-genre fans will relish joining beleaguered obsessed hero Sam on his odyssey as he learns the hard way how deep the tentacles of the enemy is.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing page turner
Published 5 days ago by Ulrike Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars good well paced read.
A little far fetched but the pace is well done. The main character is like Spider-Man without the web. Enjoy.
Published 11 days ago by Kenneth Bernstein
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book so much that I'm now going back ...
I liked this book so much that I'm now going back and reading the rest of the series. It's excellent! Very hard to put down.
Published 16 days ago by Ann Sincox
5.0 out of 5 stars Though sick, I could not sleep until I was done!
I have not read a book like this since I cannot remember when. (Maybe the original Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever trilogy. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Rick Horowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
I burned through this book in about 2 weeks or less. I love this series. I actually started with the 4th book which is called the inside man and realized halfway through there was... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jared M. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very engaging.
It was just ok. I finished it but was not very engaged in the story or the writing. Sam Capra is a bit of a wuss. Not very likely for a man with his skills etc.
Published 1 month ago by virginia chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Kept you guessing throughout
Loved it! Kept you guessing throughout!
Published 1 month ago by Lorna Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars heart pounding action that doesn't stop!
Couldn't put it down. Non stop action packed thriller cover to cover. Fast paced and stays on point throughout the entire book.
Published 1 month ago by Michele Benz
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting twists & turns with more books to follow as story does not...
Quite an adventure tale, with many action events around the world. Some of parts lack details & are not quite believable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H Golfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book - I love when I find a new author who keeps me interested!
Published 2 months ago by marmet
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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 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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