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Pandora's Temple (The Blaine McCracken Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Jon Land
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Book Description

What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page

Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member of his commando unit. The remnants of the rig and its missing crew lead him to the inescapable conclusion that one of the most mysterious and deadly forces in the universe is to blame: dark matter, both a limitless source of potential energy and an unimaginably destructive weapon.
 
Joining forces again with his trusty sidekick, Johnny Wareagle, McCracken races to stop two deadly enemies who want the dark matter at all costs. A powerful energy magnate and the leader of a Japanese doomsday cult both seek the ultimate prize for their own nefarious reasons, and McCracken and Wareagle’s mission to defeat them takes the duo on a nonstop journey across the world and thousands of years into the past where the truth lies in the ancient Pandora’s Temple, built to safeguard the world’s most powerful weapon. 
 
McCracken’s only hope to save the world is to find the mythical temple. Along the way, he and Wareagle find themselves up against Mexican drug gangs, killer robots, an army of professional assassins, and a legendary sea monster. The hero of nine previous bestselling thrillers, McCracken is used to the odds being stacked against him, but this time the stakes have never been higher.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare images from the author’s personal collection.


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EARLY PRAISE FOR PANDORA'S TEMPLE

“Jon Land’s imagination is a wonder to behold. He’s a seasoned veteran whose characters seem like old friends, and Blaine McCracken--a man with grit and determination--is just that. This one should be mandatory reading for all thriller aficionados.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair and The Jefferson Key

“Jon Land’s dazzling new novel, Pandora’s Temple, carries the reader on a wild tsunami of a tale . . . all focused on an ancient and terrifying  mystery hidden at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The story is fascinating and utterly original, with vivid characters and a compelling, high-tech backdrop. I love this book!” —Douglas Preston, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendergast series

“Big and bold . . . [Land] aims high and hits the mark dead center. Full of surprises and laced with action and intelligence, this novel is an exhilarating ride start to finish.” —John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Pulse and Bonegrinder

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“The greatest thriller writer alive today.”—Bookviews

“Jon Land shows a true feel for detective work and the irony of pursuing elusive principles of justice.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Land’s pacing is masterful, giving the reader a sense that he is watching an action movie.” —The Providence Sunday Journal

“The comparisons with Tom Clancy are ill-placed . . . Land clearly writes better.” —Boston Book Review

“Land is one of the best all-out action writers in the business.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“Nobody writes action like Jon Land, and few other authors can touch him for steamroller plots about real people and powerful, true-to-life issues.”—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

“Jon Land proves yet again that suspense has a new king.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

“Land is one of the best thriller writers out there.”—Library Journal

“Pandora’s Temple is a tour de force of adventure-telling power from a master storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books

“Jon Land’s imagination is a wonder to behold. He’s a seasoned veteran whose characters seem like old friends, and Blaine McCracken—a man with grit and determination—is just that. This one should be mandatory reading for all thriller aficionados.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key

“Jon Land’s dazzling new novel, Pandora’s Temple, carries the reader on a wild tsunami of a tale . . . all focused on an ancient and terrifying mystery hidden at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The story is fascinating and utterly original, with vivid characters and a compelling, high-tech backdrop. I loved this book!” —Douglas Preston, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendergast series

“Big and bold . . . [Land] aims high and hits the mark dead center. Full of surprises and laced with action and intelligence, this novel is an exhilarating ride start to finish.” —John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Pulse and Bonegrinder


Product Details

  • File Size: 2113 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (November 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00961J7Z8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blaine Is Back - Another Masterpiece From Jon Land! November 23, 2012
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Having read and reread all of Jon Land's novels with rogue agent Blaine McCracken I was thrilled when after 15 years Blaine is back with a vengeance! This eBook did not disappoint and am looking forward to more reads with Blaine, Johnny Wareagle and Sal. Hopefully; they are back to stay!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blaine McCracken's Back & Better Than Ever! December 2, 2012
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Pandora's Temple marks the return of Blaine McCracken in a nonstop action thriller that will hook you on the first page and
won't let go until the very last page. Blaine may now be 60 years old but he still has the action moves of a young man as he
takes on the bad guys whenever he has to, even taking on a giant squid. Even if you have never read Jon before take from some-
one who has read him from the start you will not be disappointed and will be hooked for good. Read him and be prepared for the
ride of your life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Temple by Jon Land November 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
Pandora's Temple By Jon Land

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

Jon Land keeps the heat up with the best thriller writing you can find today. He has taken a break from the best series out there, featuring female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, to go all the way back to his roots by bringing back the legendary Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle who'd appeared in nine previous tales that ended with 1998's Dead Simple. The McCracken series was the first Jon wrote, featuring the rogue agent the government goes to with impossible missions no one else would even think about taking on. Just another day at the office for McCracken who makes great use of the skills that made him an icon in his return to the page in Pandora's Temple.

I'm not sure if I've ever read a book with so many twists and turns and classic action sequences. Make no mistake about it, this is a huge-scale thriller with nothing less than the fate of the world at stake and nothing less than the most powerful force in the universe posing the threat. This as the ever-vigilant McCracken faces turning sixty and beginning to question his skills, not so much because they've eroded as the phone has stopped ringing. It's been two years since the government came calling, when all of a sudden Homeland Security approaches him with a mission to rescue four Brown University fraternity brothers from the clutches of a drug lord with hundreds of well-armed man guarding his compound in Mexico. The impossible rescue Blaine and Johnny undertake opens the book and sets the stage for all the equally redoubtable action to come. But all is not well, because one of the hostages dies in the process leading McCracken to further wonder if he's lost his edge.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land Delivers... As Usual! November 21, 2012
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I've been a fan of Jon Land's since the 1980's, and Blaine McCracken has always been one of my favorite characters, (Jared Kimberlain, for various reasons, will always be my favorite) and Jon always delivered adventures on a grand scale. He does no less in McCracken's return in PANDORA'S TEMPLE.

It is now present day. Post 9-11, soldiers like Blaine have been replaced by drones and SEAL teams and DHS B-rats. (Read the book to find out what that stands for!) Blaine is feeling his age, too, but aren't we all? When the book proper opens, Blaine is turning 60 that very day.

Jon being Jon, and McCracken being McCracken, Blaine cannot have a nice quiet birthday dinner with his friend Johnny Wareagle. While sitting in a New Orleans bistro, minding their own business, a woman rushes in being pursued by assassins. Blaine does what he does best, with Johnny's assistance, and we're off to the races.

Today's high tech mixed with actual legends combine for a rockin' good time of the Old School Thriller. Jon has moved "Captain Seven" from the Kimberlain books into McCracken's universe, and there's a special shout-out to Jared Kimberlain (hopefully, a hint of his return as well, possibly even a crossover?), and Sal Belamo is back as well, continuing to take out the bad guys and make the reader laugh at some of his antics.

Blaine McCracken may be older and hopefully wiser, but he hasn't lost half a step when the action starts; hell, he hasn't lost one quarter of a step. Old dogs CAN learn new tricks, and Blaine and Johnny and Sal fit right into Today as well and as smoothly as ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McCraken as Amazing as Ever! March 20, 2013
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I was so excited when I discovered Jon Land had released another in the Blaine McCracken series. I even went so far as to purchase the kindle edition as well as the paperback!
I loved Pandora's but have to admit it took me a bit to come to terms with Blaine being 60.. (and Sal closer to 70!)
I know today's 60 is like yesteryears 40, but it was still a leap of faith in Jon pulling it off realistically (which he did in spades!)
I'm happy he kept true to the timeline.. It would have been too easy to conveniently forget their origins were in Vietnam..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story December 29, 2012
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The story is engaging even though it is a little thin in places. The character development is good and continues throughout the story. What held my interest was seeing how each new development was handled by Blaine McCracken and Wareagle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return By McCracken! December 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
Blaine McCracken is back and saving the world from a thunderous collection of adversaries in a rousing thriller from author Jon Land

It has been 15 years since the last appearance of McCracken and crew. But it feels like no time has passed for the reader as the plot pinballs from one extreme to the next all while keeping "us" glued to the page and our seats.

It's one Big Bad after another for our heroes and that may seem crazy, but with the skillful touch of a master storyteller like Land, you just find yourself diving in and going with the flow.

It won't be another 15 years before we get another McCracken yarn given how well Pandora's Temple has been received. And I'll be waiting with cash in hand for that book.

Next up from Land I hope will be a new installment in his Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea series. That would make this fan that much more happy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very weak story line and character development.
The plot was poorly defined and the characters were not very believable. Definitely not at the level of a Clancy techno thriller.
Published 1 month ago by Steven J Yetter
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Finished
Not his best. I have read all his early books and this one was too wordy and lacked focus. But I finished it so not too bad
Published 2 months ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Land did it again
Pandora's Temple is a winding story that keeps you on pins and needles all through the read. Jon Land did it again, what an imagination!
Published 2 months ago by Babi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Page Turner
This is the first Jon Land book I have read. I really enjoyed it and I loved the characters McCracken and Wareagle and the bond they had. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed this book but wish it had been "fleshed out" a bit more in places. There were a couple of spots that it took a jump and I had to go back and reread a page or two... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Temple
A deep and thorough knowledge of ancient Gods and superstitions takes the reader on an unforgettable and frightening journey into age-old Greek mythology and the search for an... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leala Prince
4.0 out of 5 stars Jon Land dabbles into the sci-fi/fanatsy thriller genre?
Like an old reading hound, I lift my nose to the wind here and whiff the odor of Indiana Jones meets H. Rider Haggard meets Von Daniken. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steve Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Really My cup of Tea
When it comes to thrillers, sometimes I really like them, and there are other times when I am just not too sure. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Escape. 4.5 Stars.
I love these scientific type thrillers. Jon Land does an outstanding job combining scientific theory with escapist fiction. Loved it from beginning to end.
Published 7 months ago by Konrad Kern
3.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Temple -- not the greatest
Pandora's Temple is an easy read but goes on and on to the conclusion. If you are looking for a predictable mystery with a familiar lead character, this book will please you.
Published 11 months ago by JZ
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More About the Author

Since his first book was published in 1983, Jon Land has written twenty-eight novels, seventeen of which have appeared on national bestseller lists. He began writing technothrillers before Tom Clancy put them in vogue, and his strong prose, easy characterization, and commitment to technical accuracy have made him a pillar of the genre.

Land spent his college years at Brown University, where he convinced the faculty to let him attempt writing a thriller as his senior honors thesis. Four years later, his first novel, The Doomsday Spiral, appeared in print. In the last years of the Cold War, he found a place writing chilling portrayals of threats to the United States, and of the men and women who operated undercover and outside the law to maintain U.S. security. His most successful of those novels were the nine starring Blaine McCracken, a rogue CIA agent and former Green Beret with the skills of James Bond but none of the Englishman's tact.

In 1998 Land published the first novel in his Ben and Danielle series, comprised of fast-paced thrillers whose heroes, a Detroit cop and an Israeli detective, work together to protect the Holy Land, falling in love in the process. He has written seven of these so far. The most recent, The Last Prophecy, was released in 2004.

Recently, RT Book Reviews gave Jon a special prize for pioneering genre fiction, and his short story "Killing Time" was shortlisted for the 2010 Dagger Award for best short fiction and included in 2010's The Best American Mystery Stories. Land is currently writing Blood Strong, his fourth novel to feature Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong--a female hero in a genre which, Land has said, has too few of them. The second book in the series, Strong Justice (2010), was named a Top Thriller of the Year by Library Journal and runner-up for Best Novel of the Year by the New England Book Festival. The third, Strong at the Break, will be released this year, and the fourth, Blood Strong, will follow in 2012. His first nonfiction book, Betrayal, written with Robert Fitzpatrick, tells the behind-the-scenes story of a deputy FBI chief attempting to bring down Boston crime lord Whitey Bulger, and will also be released in 2011.

Land currently lives in Providence, not far from his alma mater.

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