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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. 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!

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  • File Size: 1005 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZQ3ZKS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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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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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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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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.

Chuckie
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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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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 technician , who, I'm sure did not speak English.............and the protagonist was attempting to portray another technician/guard/worker, without letting it be known that he was an American.????? Regardless.....was a good read.
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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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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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I think this is very good for a first book. It is written in a linear fashion that holds together pretty well and it is relatively fast moving with few slow spots. The style is definitely Clive Cussler, who has done pretty well over the years. It is a little rough compared to Cussler and I definitely like the Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino characters a lot more than the Dane and Hugo characters. One thing that bothered me were the spelling errors especially the word leutenant which is used frequently instead of the correctly spelled word lieutenant. The story itself is entertaining and the Nazis are well portrayed. The Gold in Miami part of the story could have been left out, it added nothing to the story and slowed it down. Also the double coincidences of the events in Miami and Dane's sister in the Amazon are a little too fantastical and again added nothing to the story. The leaving out of the American and Brazilian governments is again a little too fantastical and if they had been brought in in a stronger way could have added much to the story. The author has taken a good first step, better than most, hopefully he will consult with others, maybe Clive Cussler himself, and bring his next book up to a higher level.
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