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Hell City [Kindle Edition]

Allen Shadow
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Book Description

Al-Qaida isn’t dead — yet! That’s what counter-terrorism task-force commander Jack Oldham believes as he tracks a new generation of American-born jihadists through a post-bin-Laden world.

In “Hell City,” New York is ground zero once again as the former NYPD homicide dick and his crack but colorful crew patrol a maddening world of clues that takes them through the grittiest precincts of the city, the back roads of America, the lawless regions of Pakistan, the faceless chat rooms of the Internet and the dark corridors of the military-intelligence complex — not to mention the whiskey-tinged environs of The Christmas, a raunchy dive bar in Hell’s Kitchen frequented by Jack and other oft-recovering alcoholic cops.

Along the way, Jack strikes up an unlikely romance with the last lovechild of Beat-generation guru Neal Cassady as they share a lust for the city’s dark side and a yearning for a “lost” America. Through powerful, hard-boiled prose, this darkly comic, streetwise novel twists the mind, the language and the senses as it heads for a crash course with disaster.

Kirkus Reviews calls the thriller, “A striking read that will leave you looking around the corner in fear,” and goes on to say, “Shadow has crafted an entertaining mystery that borrows from the best in mystery and noir while adding a heavy dose of modern paranoia. Jack Oldham, the compelling detective, is riddled with doubts and scars, and rather than being a standard cardboard cutout, he feels vivid and believable as a protagonist. Shadow deftly evokes the constant high alert in a modern security state… in this thrilling lookout for the bad guys’ next move.”


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Kirkus Reviews: "A striking read that will leave you looking around the corner in fear," and goes on to say, "Shadow has crafted an entertaining mystery that borrows from the best in mystery and noir while adding a heavy dose of modern paranoia. Jack Oldham, the compelling detective, is riddled with doubts and scars, and rather than being a standard cardboard cutout, he feels vivid and believable as a protagonist. Shadow deftly evokes the constant high alert in a modern security state... in this thrilling lookout for the bad guys' next move."

Product Details

  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue City Media; 1 edition (September 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097CSO9G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars America in the age of terrorism September 21, 2012
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The author of this book is a friend of mine. I got lot of enjoyment out of it and missed the characters after it was over! It also gave me some food for thought, about the value of some things about America that we may tend to take for granted.

The book is also VERY funny at times. And at the same time there's a poetic element -- the author was a poet (and songwriter) before becoming a novelist. There is wonderful imagery. So yes, it's a terrorism-driven thriller, but it's much more than that.

Give it a try, especially if your tastes run beyond pure thrillers and into other styles of writing as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading material December 8, 2012
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Very good book to get into. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys reading. A very interesting book couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge of my seat September 24, 2012
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I couldn't put this down. I was mesmerized. I totally got into the characters, Jack and Annette. If this is his first novel, definitely can't wait for his second.
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More About the Author

The release of my debut novel, "Hell City," marks the culmination of all my experience as a writer and artist.

Kirkus Reviews says on "Hell City":
"A striking read that will leave you looking around the corner in fear...Shadow has crafted an entertaining mystery that borrows from the best in mystery and noir, while adding a heavy dose of modern paranoia. Jack Oldham, the compelling detective, is riddled with doubts and scars, and rather than being a standard cardboard cutout, he feels vivid and believable as a protagonist. Shadow deftly evokes the constant high alert in a modern security state... in this thrilling lookout for the bad guys' next move."
This time, Americans are the new weapons in the arsenal of a resurgent al-Qaida.

The wisdom is that al-Qaida is too broken, that all they can marshal in the post-bin-Laden world is the lone-wolf attack. But there are many layers of insurgency that are metastasizing in the real world. Cut off some heads here, and tails pop up there.

The U.S. State Department estimates that Yemen now has ten times the number of serious Qaida fighters as the Af-Pak region. Then there are the entrenched and powerful tribes like the Haqqani clan. And Qaida is now in Syria.

The guy on the subway can't keep track of it all. A new headline, a new group almost daily. So he turns off and turns away. But the Qaida operatives never sleep.

The book's hero, Jack Oldham, a commander on New York's Joint Terrorism Task Force is the incarnation of vigilance. The former NYPD homicide dick never forgot how Qaida came back after the first attempt on the World Trade Center in 1993.

In "Hell City," New York is ground zero once again as the former NYPD homicide dick and his crack but colorful crew pursue a maddening world of clues that take them through the grittiest precincts of the city, the back roads of America, the lawless regions of Pakistan, the faceless chat rooms of the Internet and the dark corridors of the military-intelligence complex -- not to mention the whiskey-tinged environs of The Christmas, a raunchy dive bar in Hell's Kitchen frequented by Jack and other oft-recovering alcoholic cops.

Along the way, Jack strikes up an unlikely romance with the last lovechild of Beat-generation guru Neal Cassady as they share a lust for the city's dark side and a yearning for a "lost" America. Through powerful, hard-boiled prose -- according to the publisher, Blue City Media -- the darkly comic, streetwise novel twists the mind, the language and the senses as it heads for a crash course with disaster.

My artistic career has ventured from urban poet to Nashville songwriter to recording artist to novelist.

A decade ago, my career had reached another milestone, with release of my debut album, "King Kong Serenade." At the time, my songwriting had finally become married to my poetic voice. The work, which received significant critical acclaim, is a rock-poet's paean to New York City. The lyrics are raw and hard-hitting.

It's no surprise that Gotham is once again at front and center, in my literary thriller, "Hell City." In as sense, the city is a character in both works.

For the record, I have a bachelor's in English from Lehman College, where I studied with the Pulitzer-Prize winning poet James Wright. Besides classic authors like Hemingway, my influences include the literary novelists Richard Price, Don DeLillo and William Kennedy.

Mostly, I've made my living in journalism and public relations, but I've also been a cook and New York City cab driver. Born and raised in the Bronx, I currently live with my family in upstate New York.

More about my career as an author can be found at http://allenshadow.me, while my career as a rock poet can be found at http://allenshadow.com.

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