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Alpha Threat [Kindle Edition]

Ron Smoak
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The year is 1945. Germany is on her knees. The Allies are streaming into Germany from all sides. The end of World War II is near. Even so, some of Hitler’s most secret plans are beginning to yield success. Some of these plans are familiar; some are not. Some are lost; others live only to rise again. This is a story steeped in truth…

It is a massive secret. One largely unknown to the Allies until well after the war ends. It is a secret that could potentially destroy the world’s economy regardless of the war’s outcome. It is the Third Reich’s most closely held plan; even more secret than the German nuclear or rocket propulsion programs but as threatening nonetheless.

Sixty-six years later, Dana and Randall Finley are in the midst of an anthropology expedition in the rainforests of the Amazon when they are kidnapped by mysterious men in black and taken to a vast underground complex. Their situation is dire.

Back in Miami, Florida, former U.S. Navy SEAL Dane Skoglund stumbles across a sinister, shady group dealing in precious metals and death. When he learns his sister and brother-in-law are missing, Dane is drawn into action.

Unknown to all but a select few, the stronghold in the Amazon jungle is the key to the Nazi’s real goal to rule the world by destroying the world’s economy. Dane follows the trail to this jungle lair to rescue his sister’s group and encounters the Germans firsthand.

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From the Author

Ron has written his second book, Caribbean Chill, which has been released July 2014.

About the Author

This is Ron Smoak's first novel. Born and raised in South Carolina, he graduated from Clemson University and is a retired Information Technology professional living in Canton, GA outside of Atlanta with his wife Lee and cat Hobie. He is an avid traveler. His love of adventure novels led him to write his own. Ron plans to continue this series with more adventures of Dane Skoglund and Hugo Winsor. Keep on reading!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985888210
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZQ3ZKS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started out promising but deteriorated May 20, 2013
By Honjohn
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This thriller started out promising with its story of descendents of World War II Nazis with their own modern day female fuhrer in the Amazon who are bend on world domination by controlling the global gold market with gold converted from lead. The Neo-Nazis capture and torture the beautiful young blond Princeton professor and her scholarly Princeton professor husband while they are on an expedition in the Amazon and stumble into the Nazis' secret fortress. The beautiful professor's blond older brother and his best friend are lifeguards in Florida and also happen to be highly trained former Navy SEALs. The brother and his buddy rush down to South America to rescue the sister and her husband. In doing so they amass a frightful body count in which many unarmed inhabitants of the secret Nazi stronghold are killed in addition to the villainous and evil Capt. Maas.

The writing was initially good but began to deteriorate as the book went on. Near the end, it seemed the author was anxious to complete the book and his language became ridiculous.

I found the book to be entertaining at first despite its many implausible characters and story lines but near the end with the deteriorating writing I skimmed it. If it were not for the imaginative plot I would have given this book one star. I hate to write a negative review but the the last few chapters of the book were terribly written.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Commendable but failed effort! May 18, 2013
By Liza
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I was reminded of Robert Ludlum when I started Alpha Threat and the description of war Germany and the plot were really captivating but once the author moved to present time the story became more and more ridiculous.

The Nazi fortress in the middle of Amazonian jungle nobody knows about for 60 plus years, two /!/ex-US Navy men destroying that remarkable fortress built on a volcano which supplies it with energy for gold production, hundreds of contemporary Nazis living in that fortress who look and behave like they all stepped out of Soviet films of Stalin's era - that is a bit too much!

Maybe I made a mistake and that was a book for kids, though, I have to confess that I laughed a lot when I was reading it!

Liza Gusarova
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding First Novel Breakthrough October 10, 2012
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When I downloaded this book from Kindle for free I had my doubts. A new author, free download?

Make no mistakes here, This is one helluva good story! The plot is riveting, the characters are believable, the pace is lightning fast and the transitions between locations and character development are well stitched together.

I want to contact the author and see about getting a hard cover signed first edition for my collection. If this story is ANY indication of the future, we are looking at a superstar author who has the potential and talent to shine with Cussler, Clancy and Brown.

Unlike Tom Clancy, the military details are not overpowering. Sometimes an author is so intent on showing off his military and weapons knowledge the story line gets lost. Here that does not happen.

This book is so good, in fact, I want to contact the author and reimburse him for this! That's right, This book is THAT good!

I am so happy to have jumped onto his train early! It's going to be an amazing ride.

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Winner! October 2, 2012
By Jane
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I read this book aloud to my husband during a car trip. He and I don't usually enjoy the same type subjects in a novel but this is a great read we both enjoyed! Author Ron Smoak has crafted a fast-paced thriller. The characters are well developed. You'll enjoy rooting for Hugo and Dane while you'll be rooting against some of the truly evil characters. The plot development is fantastic from the beginning on a cold night in Nazi Germany to the astounding revelations in the Amazon jungle. Alpha Threat is fun and holds your attention throughout. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts good, deteriorating badly at the middle. August 14, 2014
By Efi
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The story started out very well. Lot of tension and interesting plot. However around the middle it deteriorated badly. The Germans become very stereotyped, one dimensional and simple while the American heroes are all mighty, sort of like Rambo.
In addition, the story had a lot of holes in it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of Plot Holes April 14, 2013
By Rachel
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The book has a fairly interesting premise. However, that doesn't make up for the awkward writing or the multitude of plot holes. Perhaps with some stricter editing this would have been a great piece of fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Threat August 10, 2013
By Winston
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The book had a great premise but it was obvious the author is not very good with this genre, the book had no flow like Follet or Silva.
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Full of action and adventure, and a believable plot, perhaps over the top. Very few grammar/spelling errors.
I am however somewhat tired of WW2 Nazi stories, but this was also about today and the potential 4th Reich. Could use more character development and the Author has no interest or knowledge of the fauna and flora of Brazil. Such detail would have fleshed out the story well, but perhaps might slow the rocket paced plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
In my library to read.
Published 5 months ago by Alfie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Ricky E Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars was a good read.
Kept me going to the end. Based very loosely on historical fact. The one thing that bothered me, however, was how did the protagonist , who did not speak German, converse with... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ingrid Horowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary fiction
Scary good read. I know it's a work of fiction, but gets you so involved that you could see something like this actually happening in the secret recesses of your mind.
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Overall a great read - would have loved more detail though on the Nazi operations and the lifesaver Miami bits were really drawn out and boring. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Alpha threat kept me glued to it. Can't wait for the sequel. I'm sure it will be another hit. Thanks
Published 10 months ago by Randall Peters Sr.
3.0 out of 5 stars What they did last summer
the story was frightening. abit too gory, but who really knows what. the ex_pat. Germans did after the. war. good idea,fast paced,a bit simplistic writing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by barbara green
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action adventure
While the writing was a bit off at times, the whole story was a good read. The action started almost at once and kept you wanting to read more. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JANICE SCHLIERF
4.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure
and a lot of fun to read. Not too gory, just enough to go tech. Only question is what reward did their native guides get and what happened to the two captured bad guys.
Published 12 months ago by Jana Boardman
4.0 out of 5 stars Positive
Good quick read. I think he will get better. I look forward to seeing more.
Great to see SC authors.
Published 12 months ago by Mark A Redmond
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More About the Author

Writing a book has always been one of my bucket list items. I have written several articles for professional and technical journals and newspapers but always circled back to a novel. Each time I started to write a book, I simply talked myself out of it... It was too hard... I don't have enough to say... My book would only be ten pages long. But I still had ideas.

In late 2010 when I began writing Alpha Threat, I made the mistake of telling several people what I was doing. They were thrilled! I, on the other hand, was amazed at how easy it seemed to be. I just closed my eyes, and saw this movie going on. All I did was write down everything I saw. First there were only a few chapters. Then came more and more. My family and friends were pushing me for the book. So on I wrote. The result was a book that I am proud of for many reasons. First and foremost, I finished it. Secondly, in my humble opinion, it is a great story. And finally, it is my first book! To see your name splayed across the cover of your own book is an exciting and humbling experience. I find myself constantly checking to see if this is a dream. But it is reality. I sincerely hope you enjoy Alpha Threat. A sequel to this book came out in 2014 titled Caribbean Chill. The funny thing is writing has become easier the more I write. So on I go... Keep on reading!

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