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Lethal Circuit: A Michael Chase Spy Thriller (Circuit Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lars Guignard
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For Lee Child, Robert Ludlum, and Clive Cussler Fans

Being a backpacker is easy. It's the bullets that are hard.


Michael Chase didn't fly halfway around the world to lie on the beach and drink Mai Tais. He went to China to find his father. But when Michael is caught between dueling spy agencies, every belief he holds dear is questioned, every notion is examined, and every relationship is tested.

Michael didn't plan it this way. The events he finds himself part of were set in motion long before he was born. Generations ago, the invention of a radical new technology almost helped the Nazis win WWII. Now, seventy years later, the technology that would have resulted in Hitler's victory is close to being unearthed in the Chinese hinterland. If it is, everything that we know will be transformed forever.

One secretive group will stop at nothing to keep that from happening. Since their first meetings in the days of the Samurai they've kept their radical agenda hidden. But as Michael discovers, nothing stays hidden forever.

Michael's friends are few. His foes are many. And his chances of success are slim.

If he's going to survive, he'll have to throw away everything he thinks he knows and start anew. Because there's more at stake than just his father now. And every one of us is at risk.

MICHAEL CHASE CIRCUIT SERIES IN ORDER:

Lethal Circuit -- Book One in the bestselling Michael Chase Circuit Series.

Blown Circuit -- Book Two in the Michael Chase Circuit Series.

Quantum Circuit -- Book Three is soon to be released. If you would like to be to notified prior to its release, you can add your name to the email list here: eepurl.com/JGiSf


Editorial Reviews

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"This is thriller entertainment par excellence!"
Jeffrey Vanke -- author of the Berlin Deception - 5 stars

"Rockin' fast-paced thriller!!!  Strap yourself in for a wild ride as backpacker Michael Chase gets caught up in the world of spies and secret agents."
Connaisseur -- 5 Stars

"A Pulse Racing Thriller!"
Soundograph -- 5 Stars

"A high-octane spy thriller with a great twist ending."  

E.J. Whalen -- 5 Stars

From the Author

I want to use this space to thank everybody for their support. I have corresponded with many of you regarding Michael Chase and the Circuit Series and your input whether by way of an email exchange or a simple review has been invaluable. An author doesn't work in a vacuum and knowing that the books are finding an audience is not only assuring, it's a powerful motivation when it comes time to stare down the blank page and write the next one.

With that in mind, I also want to thank you for your patience. I write more quickly than some, but not as quickly as others. That said, I'm pleased to announce that the third book in the series, Quantum Circuit, is now nearing completion. I wouldn't have been able to devote the time to it that I have without you the reader, and in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I want to express my thanks.

Keep reading. Keep writing reviews. Keep expressing your opinions. We live in a world where everybody can now be heard. Let's celebrate it.

Thanks,

Lars Guignard

Product Details

  • File Size: 1135 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987775340
  • Publisher: Fantastic Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HK05OY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Circuit January 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Michael Chase is on a hunt for his father. He was told his father had died about 6 months ago, but with no body and no evidence, it was pretty hard to believe. So when he's told that his father is still alive somewhere in China, he's determined to find him, whatever the cost. Upon his arrival in Asia, he learns his father worked for the CIA and was deeply involved in a case involving a Nazi-related aircraft.

Meanwhile, across the Pacific Ocean, scientists are tracking a satellite that has been launched into space, has spiraled out of control, and is now heading directly for America's West Coast.

How are these two things related? And how does Michael Chase find his father and save millions of people in California without getting himself killed? He meets up with Kate Shaw, another agent on a mission and together they work to uncover some of his father's secrets. But she's not the only one lending Michael Chase a helping hand.

I'll admit, when I first began reading Lethal Circuit, I had trouble getting into it. I couldn't keep track of all the characters that were so suddenly introduced -- many of them with Chinese and Japanese names. I had trouble determining who was "good" and who was "bad," and I didn't understand how the two seemingly separate plots were connected. Not to mention, the beginning felt like any thriller I'd ever read before. Nothing new here.

But as the story continued, the relationship between Michael and Kate grows stronger, and they become closer to locating the Nazi aircraft. That's when I couldn't put the book down. In retrospect, I realize that my frustrations with keeping track of who was a "good" and who was "bad" were not accidental. That was the point of the story -- to keep the reader guessing, questioning who to trust.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Improbable plot, comic-book writing style June 19, 2012
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Actually, an impossible plot. I hate to be a spoil sport, but this is the most juvenile writing I have ever experienced in what is purported to be an adult book (I think).

If CIA agents behaved this way, I despair for our nation. One has to suspend disbelief entirely to wade through this potboiler. All sorts of inaccuracies (just one: Mobi "looks at the Colonel's chevrons." Enlisted non-coms wear chevrons, not officers). And the entire cold fusion reactor idea is as improbable as the infamous attempt not so long ago to convince scientists that cold fusion was successfully accomplished in a lab.

The characters perform all sorts of superhuman stunts to escape from the bad guys, the dialog is totally silly and the entire thing (as far as I got) was unbelievable.

Aside from the plot, the prose is so childish, a little than half way through I had to quit and delete it from my Kindle.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lee Child should cringe August 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As an "inhaler" of all Lee Child / Jack Reacher books, anxiously awaiting the next installment in September, I picked up this book from the Prime Lending library. All because of the "Lethal Circuit (for Robert Ludlum and Lee Child fans #1) by Lars Guignard" teaser inserted by Amazon. Thankfully, I didn't buy it. First of all it's the length of a long short story. The writing is OK, but the story line is beyond absurd and the "clues" leading our hero from step to step in the discovery process are utterly unbelievable - both while you are reading and again when reviewing upon completion. This should be categorized "fantasy" ... or perhaps "avoid".
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Plot November 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pulled in by the Fans of Robert Ludlum will like this book. I know that this is fiction and I usually don't mind plot lines that are bordering on fantasy, but the plot lines in this book where pretty much ridiculous. It got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore and about half way through the book I decided to stop wasting my time. I have only stopped reading a book in the middle a couple of times and this is one of those times.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' fast-paced thriller!!! August 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Strap yourself in for a wild ride as backpacker Michael Chase gets caught up in the world of spies and secret agents. The action is pretty much non-stop and will keep you turning the pages (or if you read it on a Kindle like me, clicking on the "next page" arrow) relentlessly - you will not be able to let it go until you read to the very last page. The twists and turns keep coming as our fearless hero goes from adventure to adventure on the trail of his lost father, but gets redirected to a higher purpose, drawing in spy agencies, triads, and secret societies, all competing to locate lost Nazi technology buried in the ground for 60 years. This highly-branded "junior Bond" novel refreshingly updates the genre - Ian Flemming would be proud.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate cliff-hangers! June 5, 2013
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This book was good until the end, when it left a lot of loose ends that I assume are answered in the next book. If an author creates interesting characters, people will want to read the next book (like Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code). I do not want to be forced to read another book to find out what happens in the first book. I do not recommend this book.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absurd! November 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What an absurd attempt. From the all-too-predictable last-minute rescues to the underlying deception laid on the reader, this book is terrible and not even close to being a real spy/mystery thriller. I checked it out via Amazon's Lending Library and find that I have wasted the month's selection on this stupid thing. Save your time!

-ps I wouldn't want to be in the same room with the author when he does the things to a Glock pistol that his character did in the book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action
As spy novels go, this was more technical than mysterious. Scanning quickly through tech info to get to the meaty workings of the story made it easier to understand. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sheila R.
5.0 out of 5 stars got me
I love when I don't figure out the ending by mid book!
Loved the characters, story line and ending.
I look forward to the next Lars Guignard book.
Published 28 days ago by Lisa Blythe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Story is Preposterous
Published 1 month ago by rwsquared
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Book was great!
Published 1 month ago by Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery thriller
This book is quite the fast-paced action story. I enjoyed reading it. It could use some better proofing, but all in all a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Pattie Peer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite time
Still in my Kindle library waiting to be read. Cannot argue with free.
Published 1 month ago by Ricky Jack
4.0 out of 5 stars More twist and turns than Lombardi Lane in San Francisco
Michael Chase shows up in China looking for his father. He connects with old friend Tim, who introduces Michael to Kate Crusty and Song or so it seems. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marianne M. Popp
5.0 out of 5 stars believable twists, stisfying surprises
And very little sex. This is a good thing, because sex between hero and woman is so cliche. Grew on me throughout, until I went hot after the next installment after turning the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynn Rugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 3 months ago by sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mesmerizing book from beginning to end!
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Fisher
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More About the Author

Lars Guignard is the author of the bestselling Zoe & Zak Adventure series and the Circuit series of novels.

Ever since attending high school in the Indian Himalayas, Lars has been an avid backpacker and traveler. After a stint spent circling the globe, he settled down long enough to attend the American film Institute in Los Angeles. He then went on to work as screenwriter in the film and television industry.

After way too much California sunshine, Lars moved to the Pacific Northwest where he now devotes his time to getting rained on and writing novels.

Lars can be contacted at his website (www.larsguignard.com) He would love to hear from you.

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