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Hostile Intent [Kindle Edition]

Michael Walsh
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Book Description

It starts with the unthinkable--the most horrific act of violence ever committed on American soil.

Only one man can stop them.

Hostile Intent

Code named Devlin, he exists in the blackest shadows of the United States government--operating off the grid as the NSA's top agent. He's their most lethal weapon. . .and their most secret. But someone is trying to draw him out into the open by putting America's citizens in the crosshairs--and they will continue the slaughter until they get what they want.

"Six pages into Hostile Intent and I began to feel uneasy. By page nine I'd been punched in the gut. And it just doesn't stop." --Bill Whittle, author of Silent America

"The Vince Flynn for the 21st Century is here!" --John Fasano, producer of Another 48 Hours and Darkness Falls

"Hostile Intent kept me up most of the night. Hold on, is all I can tell you." --Jay Nordlinger, National Review

"Compelling, fast, honest and dangerous" --Robert Ferrigno

"Walsh knows what he's up to." --USA Today

"Six pages into Hostile Intent and I began to feel uneasy. By page nine I'd been punched in the gut. And it just doesn't stop." --Bill Whittle, author of Silent America

"Hostile Intent is audacious in the extreme, and a lot of fun." --FrontPageMag.com


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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786020423
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books (August 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KS3ASO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!! August 30, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book!!! I could not believe it was free, and as I read it, I kept thinking that it was as good or better than most of the spy/thriller that I had purchased for 9.99 or more. The action is fast paced, and it hooked me almost inmediately.
I am puzzled by some of the reviews that state that the author used intricate vocabulary. I only read the reviews after finishing the book, and I can honestly say that I did NOT find the language contrived or anything different from other fast paced Action/Thrillers.
If you love and wait patiently for the newest Thrillers, get this book. You have nothing to lose (its free), and will be on the edge of your seat for the whole ride. I looked up the author, and was willing to buy full price, but it seems that this is his first (and only) novel of this genre.
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced and Well-Written August 28, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hostile Intent is an excellent book that grabbed my attention from the first few pages and didn't let go. Oftentimes in this genre, the author attempts to introduce a legion of characters and settings in such a whirlwind of activity that I have trouble keeping everything straight. In this instance, while the book maintains the convention of several key characters and simultaneous scenes, I found the organization coherent enough to keep track and maintain my interest in each of the various plot lines. The pace was exciting enough to keep me reading well into the wee hours of the morning. This book is well worth the price (free as of this review) and, more importantly, worth the time it takes to read it. In the current political environment, I wouldn't say this book is politically correct, but it is a page turner.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Succeeds as a Thriller, but Fails as a Polemic September 4, 2009
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It is hard to ignore the right wing politics of this book, which is a shame, because it is a genuine page-turner with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, a more than adequate beach read that anyone of any political persuasion should be able to enjoy.

I say this as a conservative who largely agrees with the author, Michael Walsh's, not so subtle message about the West's 50 year attempt at suicide through a combination of low birth rates, a culture that celebrates mediocrity, and our cult of guilt over doing what it takes to survive in a dangerous world.

But the various characters' long inner monologues on these and many more topics get old by the middle of the book, and I found myself skimming over these sections to get to an actual plot development. In fact, Hostile Intent reminded me a little of the writings of Ayn Rand, in that the stories are simply a vehicle for her morality lessons. Combine Alex Berenson with Ayn Rand, and you probably get something similar to Michael Walsh.

Walsh says he wrote Hostile Intent to honor the intelligence officers and secret agents that live lives of extreme danger and even greater loneliness. This is certainly a laudable goal, especially considering the beating the CIA is now taking over their interrogation practices, but if he wanted to honor these men, he might have started by making the hero of the story likeable. Instead, we get Devlin, an arrogant and fundamentally immoral, highly trained and lethal government agent of an elite, unknown agency who does what he does not for any love of country, but only because it is what he was raised to do.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful.... January 22, 2010
By Murky
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I seldom submit reviews for books I've read. But then, I don't stop people on the road to tell them the road is good, either. But, if I hit a pothole or there's some hazard on the road, I feel it's my duty to warn others. This book is a pothole. Even if you overlook the fifty-cent words poorly injected throughout and the tedious character development, the plot convolutions will have you scratching your head. Mostly unbelievable, from beginning to end. Unbelievable too that I read the whole thing, though I did just skim the parts that hurt too much. Definitely a pothole.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously? December 9, 2009
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Wow, I had no idea that a book could continue to worsen throughout its reading this much. I was excited by the quote on the cover "Vince Flynn for the 21st Century" and tore into this book, only to be left feeling gypped. The author never settles for regular prose when a 50-cent word is available, and I just found the writing to be wandering and a bit aimless at times, with plot twists that made no sense at all. I never really write reviews, but felt that I owed it to somebody to pay it forward, and hopefully prevent them from reading this poor book. Oh yeah, Vince Flynn is the Vince Flynn for the 21st century.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Morbidly fascinating June 16, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading this book is like watching a train wreck: it's horrible, but you have to look to see just how horrible it is.

After reading the first chapter I thought that this was a regular mass-market paperback spy-thriller, but it kept getting worse and worse with every chapter. I didn't previously believe it was possible to get a book this bad published, but I guess I was proven wrong.

The plot is non-sensical, confusing and contrived.
The characters are flat, stereotypical and not engaging.
The technical details (especially everything that has to do with computers) are laughably absurd.

Perhaps this book might be the book equivalent of 'Plan 9 from outer space', but I believe it will fail even in the competition for worst book.

The only silver lining is that I got the book for free on Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
I like political stories. Interesting but predictable plot. Too many action scenes to read. Kept me awake though. I'll try brad Thor next.
Published 1 month ago by ROMONA SUE WHITEMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this book
This book begins with Hope and her children, and a difficult day. What I found unusual, is that we didnt hear much about these people until the book was nearly finished. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bond
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of details, not much plot
The book has lots of interesting details regarding espionage agencies, technology, etc, but often they are just mentioned as though the author just wants to get them in somewhere. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Joyner
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced terrorist plot you can't put down.
Very well written fast paced thriller. This was a book I got for free and the kindle store and I am always happy when they turn out not to be a Christian preachy book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bradley Hoehn
5.0 out of 5 stars all good
Everything was very good but I was disappointed in the Perlmutter book. I need to buy the original with all the facts and not the generic one.
Published 5 months ago by Audrey Fatsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to reading the entire series.
I enjoyed this book. It was just what I was looking for when I read it. An intriguing premise with interesting characters with the promise of future sequels.
Published 10 months ago by Extaca
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Have read other books by this author and they were all exceptional. This book was bought through my android phone. Of course
delivery is almost instant.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Whiz Bang
I stopped reading this halfway through. I just couldn't take one more Whiz Bang invention or improbable plot device to get the "hero" out of a jam. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Willard S. Cushman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enough fact to give Clancy a run and a well told story even though the subject (terrorism) is deeply disturbing.
Published 20 months ago by J. W. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars, for thisone
First things first, I took off a half a star for the slow start and some confusing bits trying to sort out names and aliases along with some distasteful thoughts I think are... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jwb52z
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With five critically acclaimed novels, as well as a hit TV movie, journalist, author and screenwriter Michael Walsh has achieved the writer's trifecta: two New York Times best-sellers, a major literary award and, as co-writer, the Disney Channel's then-highest-rated show.

The 1998 publication of As Time Goes By -- his long-awaited and controversial prequel/sequel to everybody's favorite movie, Casablanca -- created a literary sensation; translated into more than twenty languages, including Portuguese, Chinese and Hebrew, the story of Rick and Ilsa landed on best-seller lists around the world.

His first novel, the dark thriller Exchange Alley, was published by Warner Books in July 1997. Hailed by critics for its moody depiction of a crumbling Soviet Union - which Walsh covered first-hand as a correspondent for Time Magazine - and a violent, dangerous New York City during the darkest days of the early 1990s, the novel was picked by the Book-of-the-Month Club as an alternate selection.

Walsh's third novel, the gripping gangster saga, And All the Saints, was named a winner at the 2004 American Book Awards; even before publication, the movie rights to this fictionalized "autobiography" of the legendary Prohibition-era gangster Owney Madden was bought by MGM.

His 2009 novel, Hostile Intent, the first in a series of five thrillers about the National Security Agency to be published by Kensington Books, was an Amazon Kindle #1 bestseller, as well as a New York Times bestseller. The eagerly awaited sequel, Early Warning, will be published in Sept.

In the spring of 2002, the Disney Channel premiered Walsh's original movie (co-written with Gail Parent), Cadet Kelly, starring teen idol Hilary Duff of "Lizzie McGuire" fame. Until High School Music, the two-hour film reigned as the highest-rated original movie in Disney Channel history, as well as the Disney Channel's highest-rated single program ever.

Walsh is also the author of Who's Afraid of Classical Music (1989) and Who's Afraid of Opera (1994) for Fireside Books, and Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works, a critical biography of the composer for Harry M. Abrams (U.S.) and Viking Penguin (U.K.), published in the fall of 1989; an updated and expanded edition appeared in 1997. With fellow TIME Contributor Richard Schickel, he is the co-author of Carnegie Hall: The First One Hundred Years, a cultural history of the great American concert hall published by Abrams in November 1987. His most recent book about music is So When Does the Fat Lady Sing?, published by Amadeus Press.

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Congratulations on the series! From what I have read from the thinkers on this forum that are either not terrified of a little higher vocabulary, or hypnotized by the current administration, and buying the hype, I know the purchase I just made will be worthwhile. I happen to love this... Read More
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Loved your book!!! I don't have any questions about the technology, just want to urge you to continue to include Devlin in your future books. As a great fan of Spy/Thrillers, I could not believe that I was reading this book for free. Great job! And if you are going to publish any more in this... Read More
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