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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (July 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475934157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475934151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Albatross: Birds of Flight has a spy-thriller premise familiar to fans of the Bournefranchise that will appeal to those who enjoy Mission Impossible and TV's Leverage. But author J.M. Erickson elevates the premise beyond the Bourne-again shtick with an interesting twist and taut, engaging writing that will keep even jaded readers hooked."

Blue Ink Review, 2012

"... Erickson doesn't sacrifice explosions and gunfire; instead, he peppers the action with psychological insight..."
    Kirkus Review, October 2012

“...This is a thinking man's thriller, filled with moral dilemmas and chess board strategy. I
thoroughly enjoyed it and would not hesitate to recommend it.”
        John Magnus, Reader's Favorite, 2013

"...Erickson rolls out his narrative with no-nonsense storytelling and no wasted words. It's easy to get caught up in the story...because we trust the characters..."
             Blue Ink Review, 2012

"...Erickson competently portrays the sometimes violent tactics, though it's clear that his real interest lies in his characters' emotions and psychology..."
    Kirkus Review, October 2012

"...(Erickson) has penned a realistic thriller replete with unexpected twists and cathartic turns...I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates carefully crafted psychological thrillers. "
    Christopher Ackerman, IP Book Reviewers, 2012

From the Author

Reviewers are favorably comparing "Albatross: Birds of Flight" to the Bourne and Mission Impossible franchises. Blue Ink Review states, "J.M. Erickson elevates the premise beyond the Bourne-again shtick with an interesting twist and taut, engaging writing that will keep even jaded readers hooked." Kirkus Reviews declares, "Erickson's debut novel explores personal development through love, explosions and terrorist plots....the solid action is driven by dense characters." IP Book Reviewers says Erickson "...has penned a realistic thriller replete with unexpected twists and cathartic turns." And Reader Views proclaims, "The characters are complex and multi-dimensional....there are also underlying themes of romance and redemption. These factors all add up to a very compelling, fast paced adventure."

Following the success of the critically acclaimed Albatross, the Birds of Flight series continues its tradition of fast-paced, character-driven psychological thrillers with the gripping page-turner Raven: Birds of Flight - Book Two

More About the Author

J.M. Erickson earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College, majoring in psychology and sociology, masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work, and post-graduate certification program in psychological trauma, clinical assessment and treatment from Boston University.
Early in his clinical practice, Erickson worked as a critical incident specialist for police and fire fighters for a large urban setting just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and later he provided crisis prevention and clinical intervention training for staff working with clients deemed dangerous to self or others in locked settings.
To date, Erickson works as a senior clinician in a group practice in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, and is also a senior instructor teaching psychopathology, counseling & ethics to both graduate and undergraduate students at Cambridge College, Massachusetts.
Erickson's Raven: Birds of Flight-Book Two received an Honorable Mentions from the Readers' Favorite 2013 International Book Awards in action genre. Future Prometheus: Emergence & Evolution received an Honorable Mention from the 2013 Foreword's IndieFab Awards Book of the Year in science fiction. Future Prometheus also received a Bronze Medal, while Eagle: Birds of Flight - Book Three was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Readers' Favorite 2014 International Book Awards in adventure genres. Eagle was Finalist in the action/adventure genre in 2014 CIPA EVVY Awards Book Competition (Colorado Independent Publishing Association). His new science fiction novella, Intelligent Design: Revelations was published on July 30, 2014 by AIA Publishing.
Erickson lives with his wife, Christine, and their two teenagers in a suburb north of Boston, Massachusetts.

Website: http://www.jmericksonindiewriter.com/
Website: http://www.jmericksonindiewriter.net/

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The characters were well developed into quite a unique plot.
jw
The book does not end at a final ending point, but rather at a “breather” in the story, fortunately to be continued in book 2 of the series (Raven).
asclepia
A very well written book which will hold your attention from start to finish.
marglyn

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irene Baumgartner on December 30, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I recived this book as a complimentary copy. I thought it was a great conspiracy story for me to read. The book is about a special agent on the run for his life along with everyone associated with him. The agent is being hunted down and his former agency is trying to kill him.
Alex realizes that he has to take drastic measures for all of them to survive the ordeal. The book was well written and will definitely hold your attention.
Since it might not be over, there surely has to be a second book to continue with a final ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beas on April 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
High Action Thriller Fit for the Ages!

What can be said about “Albatross: Birds of Flight” other then it is simply gripping in a sweeping fashion that has captivated my imagination over the past couple of nights. The Main Character, Alexander J. Burns is a field operative that’s main role in life is to take out terrorists. He is injured in the process and is sent home with no memory of all that he has done in the past. Slowly but surely with the help of a Dr. David Caulfield he begins to remember his past and that is simply not acceptable for his handlers and all how worked diligently to have him forget.

In short this is a faced paced, high action book with many twists and turns that will leave you breathless. I could not put it down when I got started and set the stage for great things to come. All of the characters are developed perfectly and the storyline is original as well as captivating.

I would say that this is an amazing cross between “Jason Bourne” and “the manchurian candidate.” But stands in a class all on its own and is portrayed in an astounding fashion. My only question is when does the movie come out?

5 Stars and can't wait to read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Carlsen on April 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Albatross was fascinating to read. It's about a soldier who was betrayed in Afghanistan and loses his memory. After meeting with a psychiatrist who was trying new techniques to heal PTSD and other traumatic injuries he gets his memories back and decides that to be free he needs to commit terrorism. This book is thrilling and was just interesting to read. The only thing I didn't like is that the author is a little repetitive in his descriptions and the thoughts of the people surrounding the main character are unnatural. While interrogating someone, for example, when a detective wonders how someone got involved they'd just ask. There might be strategy to it and that's okay, but this particular author uses italicized thought bubbles to relay information to the reader. I's a little thing, but it bothers me. Overall I liked the book and would recommend it.
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“Albatross: Birds of Flight” is a fast-paced, intricate thriller with a band of very intelligent, very deadly renegades at its center.

The story opens in Pakistan, with our protagonist, Alexander Burns, facing off against a man named Maxwell—they don’t agree on the best way to handle a targeted terrorist. Their disagreement leads to a betrayal, and Burns almost winds up dead—though he survives, he has deep emotional and mental damage. Flash forward to the present, and a sleepy New England town is suddenly dealing with dead bodies in a housing complex; as a cop named Andersen begins questioning the witness, he hears a story beyond that he ever could have imagined—a story of political intrigue and corruption, and of how five strangers came together and formed a family to fight it.

“Albatross” is the first in the “Birds of Flight” series, and I actually read the second book a few months ago—however, I wish I had read this one first, as it would have deepened my enjoyment of the second book a lot, mostly in regard to the characters. The author weaves the characters’ backstory through alternating perspectives, slowly developing them in a deep, satisfying way—for instance, you learn more about Samantha’s fractured past in foster homes, and how David first began treating Burns as his client and then slowly helped him recover all that had happened to him in the crash that almost took his life.

One of my favorite things about “Albatross,” though, was the structure of the story itself—the author maintains two strands of tension throughout. In the present, you have the complicated revenge mission that Samantha, Burns, Becky, and David are carrying out; at the same time, you have David recalling how they all came to that point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Lynn Randall on February 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Alex was a special ops member, until he disagreed with his bosses about civilian casualties, then he became his own teams target.

Remarkably, Alex survives but has no memory, and the government is willing to let him live for now, but they want to know what he does know. As Alex starts to get his memory back, the government decides he is too much of a risk and is ready to take him out, along with the Doctor who helped him recover his memories and anyone else he has talked to, just in case.

That's just not cool to Alex, innocent lives shouldn't be tampered with, and he is going to make sure the government knows.

Great book, Good characters, fun and easy read. You really start liking and rooting for the characters and wanting certain things to play out certain ways.
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