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Measure of Danger: A Kade Sims Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Jay Klages
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Book Description

#1 Amazon Bestselling Technothriller

Success in a secret operation could be his redemption...

But to get inside the mysterious group known as The Chapter, he'll have to become one of them.

Kade Sims is a young former intelligence officer, recruited by the FBI to secretly collect evidence of organized crime at an agricultural biotech company in rural Oregon. But when he uncovers the activities of a high-tech militia and an imminent threat to the nation, he realizes he's the only one who has a chance to stop a savage terror attack already in progress.

And when he's made an associate of The Chapter, Kade will learn there's no escaping their network...

"Donnie Brasco meets a quirky Jack Ryan Jr." in Measure of Danger, the page-turning, riveting debut technothriller by Jay Klages.

2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards - Thriller Silver Medal Winner

Editorial Reviews


"Measure of Danger blends intelligence ops, frightening technology and corporate intrigue in an inventive thriller that tightens its grip with each page. The plot will keep you guessing, but it's the equally unpredictable Kade Sims who makes this adventure such a fun one." -- Bob Mayer, New York Times Bestselling Author 

"Strong characterization, a sense of place and purpose, and an evolving technological threat together make Measure of Danger a strong recommendation for any reader of high-technology thrillers; especially prior fans of Tom Clancy, Jack Higgins, Robin Cook and others writing in this vein." -- Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"Measure of Danger becomes so enthralling that it's hard to believe Jay Klages hasn't been publishing military thrillers for years." -- Red City Review

"Measure of Danger, Jay Klages' debut novel is a page-turning techno-thriller written by a former military intelligence officer and a West Point graduate. Klages' experience and expertise is revealed with his believable dialog, details, and operative descriptions...thriller readers will be glued to the pages to find out what happens next as the plot twists and spins with unrelenting action and surprise as the pieces and clues come together." -- Chanticleer Book Reviews

"The plot will keep readers riveted with lots of twists, turns, action and thrills." -- Readers' Favorite

From the Author

I set out to write a different kind of technothriller--one that's fun and fast-paced but doesn't require a glossary. I wanted a different kind of main character--not the typical bulletproof thriller protagonist, but one who's more believable in facing the tremendous challenges around him. And most importantly, I wanted an innovative story that will leave the reader thinking long after the last page. I hope you enjoy it! --JK

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  • Print Length: 336 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspense filled page turner.. November 20, 2013
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A few days before a cross country work trip a friend of my suggested I read Measure of Danger written by a newcomer named Jay Klages. The description of the book as well as the author's bio intrigued me, so I downloaded the book onto my Kindle prior to my flight. That purchase turned out to be a great decision…

I typically judge a book by the how far I get into a cross country flight before lose interest and put my Kindle down to watch a movie, or sleep. On the rare occasion I read the entire book during my flight I usually end up giving the book a five star review. Long story short, I did not put down Measure of Danger the entire flight. I could not wait to turn last page to see how the story ended... What happens to Kade? What is AgriteX up to? I simply had to know, so there was no way I was going to stop reading.

Klages develops the characters in a way that makes the story easy to follow and I am certain his military intelligence background assisted in the detailed research necessary to make the story plausible.

If you want a true page turner, do yourself a favor and download this book. I hope Klages gets to work soon on a second effort.. I can't wait to read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As someone who loved the Vince Flynn books, I had high expectations for this story and wasn’t disappointed.

Our main character, Kade, accepts a position to gain info on a notorious group. It seemed like a fairly easy job (as far as projects like this one go) but Kade soon finds himself immersed in a situation with a group of very unpredictable people. You can cut the suspense with a knife and I found myself holding my breath a few times.

This is a well written book with plenty of detail, action and suspense.

I definitely liked the author’s writing style and recommend this fast paced read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas Gift! December 2, 2013
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I began reading Tom Clancy well after he was famous. I began Jack Higgins years after his first hit. What would it be like to start fresh with a new author and get excited about a thrilling future? Enter Jay Klages with "Measure of Danger".

Finally, we all have a change to watch a new author rise to success and provide years of entertainment...just in time for Christmas. Mr. Klages has provided a gripping thriller that balances the right amount of science-fiction and realistic tactical detail which must be based on real-life experience. The character development is solid which leads to an ending that engages the reader and makes sense.

Whether you're looking for an exciting read for yourself or the avid reader in your life, I highly recommend "Measure of Danger" and I look forward to his next offering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This techno-thriller pitches “The Chapter,” a high-tech, well-organized, and ruthless para-military organization, against a former intelligence officer with a behavioral disorder that makes him an unpredictable anomaly to all sides.

In “Measure of Danger" by Jay Klages, The Chapter has infiltrated every level of government, and their funder, a drug cartel, has upped the ante and their demands. The United States is in imminent danger, but no one knows from whom or from what, and the clock is ticking.

Kade Sims feels he has been unfairly dumped from his former position in Army Intelligence because of out-of-control behavior due to a condition called hypomania. He’s bored, out of shape, and stuck working part-time at Home Depot instead of at the Pentagon. So when the FBI knocks on his door of his Virginia apartment and asks him to go undercover in Oregon to infiltrate a mysterious quasi-militia group called The Chapter, he’s eager to go to work for his country again.

His training goes well, but on his initial scouting mission into The Chapter’s territory, the plan goes awry when his Jeep hurtles off a muddy mountain road. Kade wakes up strapped to a bed in The Chapter’s compound. He is now inside The Chapter sooner and with a lot less control than he or the FBI planned. To make matters worse, his brutal guards know not only who he is, but where his beloved sister goes to school. When they can’t break him, they decide to use his skills to their advantage, confident they can control him at every step with a computer chip they implanted into his head.

But Kade’s hypomania proves to be a benefit when it gives him resistance to The Chapter’s hi-tech mind-control methods.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Ride! January 31, 2014
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This is a great read, not only for those who have been in the Intelligence Community but for those who have never been. Klages brings to life characters who captivate the reader during this thrill filled ride; moreover he adds accurate details from the perspective of someone who has been there; Details with authenticity and specificity that help the reader really get a feel for what it is like to operate in the Intelligence field. Klages couples the technical aspects you get from a Tom Clancy novel with the twists of a John le Carré spy thriller. I can't wait for his next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing January 27, 2014
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This is brilliant debut novel the characters are realistic and you find yourself routing for the main character Kade Sims even the bad guys are not nut jobs which is the case in to many novels plus the science is out there but believable.A great read will have to watch out for more from Jay Klages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, read it, enjoy it!
I needed to get some work done on my long flight. It seemed promising since it was a long cross country flight with Wi-Fi onboard. But, I couldn't put the book down. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Michael Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars he’s not perfect, acknowledges his problems
Started reading “Measure of Danger” on a Sunday afternoon and finished as the sun was rising on Monday! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lori Hukill
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Entertaining
Fantastic read. Exciting, engaging, fresh. Very hard to put down. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Published 20 days ago by Brent Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for even the most discerning of thriller fans.
Unlike many first novels, the author weaves a very tight storyline and maintains a steady, engaging pace through to the end. Read more
Published 24 days ago by RgP
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic thriller!
Fantastic thriller!! Once I started I couldn't stop. This author has promise and it's nice to see "newness" in this part of the literary circle!! Bravo to this new author!!
Published 1 month ago by NC Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it!!
What an awesome book! I was totally absorbed by the story and could not put it down...Sims and all supporting characters were exceptional. Hoping Jay finishes the sequel soon!
Published 1 month ago by kfilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Couldn't put it down - the author's unique writing style keeps the action going at a fast pace. Characters are well developed and believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The action never stops
Interesting book, technologically and politically. Definitely worth reading if you like action and suspense. If like more information about Kade Sims. Maybe in the next book.
Published 1 month ago by Shoshana A. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please! Can't wait for the next installment.
More Please! Can't wait for the next installment.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Summerville
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! is the only way to describe this book
Fantastic! is the only way to describe this book. I was immediately sucked in after the first couple of pages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy M. Boyd
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More About the Author

Jay Klages is a former military intelligence officer and West Point graduate who lives in Gilbert, Arizona. He attended the MBA program at Arizona State University, where he successfully deprogrammed himself for service in corporate America. He enjoys desert trail running and is particularly good at falling down.

Jay would love to hear from readers at,, or Twitter @JKlages.

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