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Black Mountain (Alex Hunter) [Kindle Edition]

Greig Beck
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alex Hunter, code named Arcadian, wakes up with no knowledge of who he is, in the care of a woman he doesn't recognise, in a country not his own. But there is a calling deep within him, to return home to Black Mountain.

Formed a billion years ago, the Appalachian's Black Mountain hosts a terrible legend. Only one elder remains to guard its long-forgotten, deadly secret and there is a fear that there is evil lurking again. Some hikers have gone missing, and the rescue team sent to search for them has not returned. Meanwhile, in nearby Ashville, Professor Matt Kearns is drawn into the mystery of an ancient artefact recovered from the mountainside, and an image too grotesque to be real.

A survivor is then found half-alive, covered in blood - blood revealed to be not quite human.

Alex must confront an age-old enemy of man and discover the truth about his past, and confront the horror that stalks the frozen mountain, and also the one haunting his very soul.


Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Momentum (December 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NAWXB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creatures > Military December 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So Black Mountain is the next story following This Green Hell, which continues the adventures of Alex Hunter. This time we're back in the US and the main mystery involves some odd disappearances surrounding a cave entrance that had been sealed off for thousands of years.

The historical and evolutionary background in this story was fair, but not as detailed as others. I think this was because the background information was not given enough attention. With this story, Greig seemed to put more time into developing multiple subplots and having their storylines converge into one finale near the end. Although it worked, I think there were too many things going on which prevented the real plot from working its magic.

After clearing the first chapter, I kept on reading non-stop because I wanted to learn more about the creatures, their history, their habitat, their culture, and how they survived for so many generations. But all I seemed to get were more side stories about the various different military units out to get the Arcadian. Although this has a lot to do with the Alex Hunter series in general, sometimes the more intriguing part of a story doesn't concern the main character at all.

The anthropological information integrated into the plot was quite fascinating and added a bunch of scientific details. The author's research abilities in this area are quite phenomenal. But as a big fan of all Greig Beck books, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this one. I think it could've been so much better if Greig concentrated more on the story of the creatures and the caves and less on the drama among the various factions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You had me at the prologue!! March 20, 2013
Format:Paperback
Once again Greig Beck has written a book that has me turning the pages so I can see what happens.
His books draw the reader into a world they would never want to visit but can't stop reading about.
To see Arcadian back to his best is just wonderful.
If you have never read any of Greig's books this is a great one to start with and even though there are recurring characters each book is a complete story. They take you to the edge of your seat and if you fell off you wouldn't even notice and I know you wouldn't let go of the book.
I have read all of Greig's books and cannot wait until he publishes again.
Thanks for a wonderful read that takes away all my problems while I am reading it because I get immersed in the characters and story and everything else is forgotten.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Beginning for Alex Hunter! August 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Alex Hunter (aka the Aracadian) the scientifically enhaced HAWC was presumed dead and is still under the custody of the Mossad in Israel. He has recovered from the virus (see the prior book This Green Hell) which has robbed him of his memory. He is sort of like Jason Bourne (The Bourne Identity) where he recognizes his special abilities but does not know their extent or how he got them. Back in the States his mother has been taken by a prehistoric "Bigfoot type" of creature and Alex senses it and feel a compelling urge to go to her and save her. When he and his Mossad companion Adira "sneak" out of Israel to head back to the states, they have the Mossad on their tail.

The creature was trapped for thousands of years in a mountain cave but released when the wall blocking the cave entrance was damaged. The creature appears unstoppable and it is taking other local residents as well.

Meanwhile, Jack Hammerson (the HAWC commander) learns that Alex is alive and back in the states and goes after him with one of Alex's fellow HAWCs from the prior book. Some medical people in Hammerson's division are trying to duplicate the Arcadian and create some prototype soldiers with similar abilities that they send to bring back Alex.
All the above forces along with the ancient creature are on a "collision course" in Black Mountain.

The author does an excellent job of bringing the story in a new direction. Where the plot outlines of the first three books were very similiar, this one is more about Alex learning about himself all over again and the pschology and history of the creature is greatly explored. Each individual the goes to Black Mountain is there for their own cause, some just to capture or kill Alex and others because of the creature.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Arcadian finds horrors at home November 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An enjoyable 4th book in the Arcadian series. Alex Hunter has survived his injuries in the previous novel - but it has come with a cost. He has a shock and realises he has to go back to his home and the only family he has left. However its a family in danger and maybe Alex alone may not be enough to save them.

This installment progresses the story well and I was grateful that it didn't end in a cliffhanger like This Green Hell but the seeds for the next book seem sown and I'll pick it up when it comes out. However, I will say that Alex's personality, due to his injuries and the amount of other people in the story, seemed rather subdued in this book and I hope it's back all the way for the next book. If you like a thriller with a hero who is "enhanced" you will probably enjoy these novels.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CathyBookWormBrisbane November 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another outstanding read! This book was fantastic, in fact I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. If you are a Alex Hunter fan you will love this book. It is fast paced and exciting. The research Greig did for this book made the plot and characters believable. If you have never read any of Greig's other books do yourselves a favour, read them all from the beginning. Can't wait for the next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant read couldn't put it down
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T BEAT THIS SERIES
Since I am reading the whole series, this is the last one so far. Totally terrific as usual. Fact is this is the best series I ever read.......so far. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sam A
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Mountain (Alex Hunter)
Although an interesting book, it didn't have the same feel as the other books. There was always that feeling that justice would be served and that Arcadian would release his... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Teresa McFetridge
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
great action and good character tie ins. you could sense the darkness in the story
Published 2 months ago by donald m sherwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by MS27
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story: A fun Ride:
I finished the book today. I loved it. Mr. Beck improves with each book. The story this time takes place right here in the U.S. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story
Published 3 months ago by John F. Pontin III
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcadian Rises Again
Scary and Arcadian at his best. I did not like that he lost his mom but it is a part of the story. Very good and hard to put down.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars not my favorite Beck book
OK, not my favorite Beck book.
Published 3 months ago by Sally K Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed
Enjoyed
Published 4 months ago by Linda Rogers
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More About the Author

Greig Beck is an Australian author residing in Sydney with his wife, son and oversized black German Shepherd. "Beneath the Dark Ice" was Greig's first novel. He now has many novels published in over 10 languages, and his Alex Hunter novels regularly appear in the best seller lists


Additional Info: Greig grew up spending his days surfing on Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took him around the world. After completing an MBA, he was appointed both an Australasian director of a multinational software company, and tasked with setting up the USA arm of the organisation. Today, Greig is still involved in IT, but spends most of his time writing... with plenty left over for his beloved surfing.

More information about Greig and his works can be found at www.greigbeck.com and he can be contacted at greig@greigbeck.com



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