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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


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  • File Size: 2251 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (November 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00961J7Z8
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Williamson on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Russell Ilg on November 21, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana2801 on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary P @ 1 on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A Addison on 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 By Bjltrio on December 20, 2012
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I have been reading Land's books for decades. I relished going back into McCracken and Wareagle 's actions and dialogues. For me it was a fast read. Did not want to put it down till the end. If Land had kept writing I would have kept reading!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Peterson, author of "First to Kill" on December 4, 2012
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I think the test of a great book involves losing track of time while reading. Well, this one passed. I couldn't believe I'd spent four hours reading last night. Wow! I'm not even finished yet, but I just had to post this review. This is my first McCracken book, but it won't be the last! Cheers to Mr. Land!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danno on December 4, 2012
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Good read... especially liked that characters have aged after the 10 year hiatus between stories.....have read and enjoyed all previous McCracken novels and this one is true to the McCracken / Wareagle heritage..
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