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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312369735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369736
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,128,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The action of Edgar-winner Stabenow's stellar second venture into thriller territory, in contrast to 2006's Blindfold Game, which was set largely in the frozen waters off Alaska, centers on the warm seas of the Florida coast near the Kennedy Space Center, where the latest space shuttle launch is to take place. Stabenow harnesses the strands of her story with consummate skill: the passion that propels a rogue terrorist on a crusade to strike a blow that will shatter American pride; the efforts of U.S. intelligence to thwart a bewildering array of foes; the rising careers of Capt. Cal T. Schuyler, the golden boy of the U.S. Coast Guard, and astronaut Kenai Munro, whose life ambition is realized when she's named to the shuttle crew. Stabenow proves equally adept at portraying the workings of a cutter, the complexities of a shuttle mission or the machinations of a terrorist. The result is entertainment and suspense of a high order. (Feb.)
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Outstanding Praise for Dana Stabenow

“All the elements that have made the author’s signature Kate Shugak crime series successful shine in this fifteenth entry: Kate’s personal growth as a woman and as an investigator, the Alaskan environment in all its unforgiving beauty, and a mystery whose solution remains in doubt until the end.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Deeper Sleep

“Stabenow once again presents us with a cleverly conceived and crisply written thriller that provides a provocative glimpse of life as it is lived and justice as it is served on America’s last frontier.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune on A Deeper Sleep

“A taut, atmospheric thriller . . . The author paints convincing portraits of masterminds, mercenaries, and CIA operatives, and jacks up the adrenaline with a high-speed ocean chase.”
People magazine on Blindfold Game

“A tense and tautly written thrill ride that keeps readers hooked all the way to the explosive climax . . . By the time the plot kicks into high gear, the setting is firmly established as both authentic and believably dangerous.”
San Francisco Chronicle on Blindfold Game

“Edgar winner Stabenow has crafted a taut, credible thriller that should win her a much larger audience. . . . Stabenow has established herself as a fine mystery writer, but she may have found her true métier with this excellent thriller.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Blindfold Game

“Every time I think Dana Stabenow has gotten as good as she can get, she comes up with something better.”
The Washington Times

“An intelligent crime novel that reflects both [Stabenow’s] love of wilderness and her understanding of the complex questions of profit versus the purity of the frontier.”
The Dallas Morning News on A Fine and Bitter Snow

“If you haven’t discovered this splendid North Country series, now is the time. . . . Highly entertaining.”
USA Today on Hunter’s Moon

More About the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing.

Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace (but has since been resurrected as an e-book), her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award, her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her twenty-eighth novel and nineteenth Kate Shugak novel, Restless in the Grave, was published February 14, 2012.

Customer Reviews

I've read all Dana Stabenow's books and particularly liked her last one, BLINDFOLD GAME.
Sherry Christie
Stabenow takes threads from real life headlines and masterfully weaves them into a solid spellbinding fabric that is realistic and a terrific read.
K. Souza
Sure, the words flow well but the plot is weak, character development minor and the book rambles on and on.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Barnes MD on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First, I have to say, I have read everything published by Ms. Stabenow. I feel like Kate is a troubled sibling of mine about who I cannot wait to learn of more adventures. This attempt at over glorification of the Coast Guard (great guys and gals), the Florida and some fairly inane props to get both into trouble and out of it, is Ms. Stabenow at her laziest. I bought the hardback, digested it in a couple of sittings, and was never challenged, intellectually or emotionally by the odyssey. I know there are better stories waiting inside this author. Don't waste your time with this one.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Well remembered for her readings of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, voice performer Lorelei King gives a stellar rendering of this action packed suspense thriller by Dana Stabenow. As narrative tension increases King keeps her voice at a steady pace, which tends to make what appears to be an impending disaster all the more terrifying. She deftly segues from character to character never giving in to distracting vocal techniques.

Edgar winning author Stabenow has moved from her Alaskan settings to a kinder climate- the sunny waters of the Caribbean just off the Florida coast. Nearby is the Kennedy Space Center and it is here where the next space shuttle mission is to take place. What makes this launch unique is that it is the target of an amoral Pakistani terrorist, Akil Vihari, who hopes to hit America where it hurts the most.

Amidst the efforts to track down Vilhari there is, of course, a love interest. We hear astronaut Kenai Munro describe her impression of Captain Schuyler: "His eyes were very blue. Sailor's eyes. She thought he might be blond, but like every other male crew member she'd seen he'd shaved his head almost down to the scalp in preparation for sea showers on patrol and it was hard to tell. Come to think of it, he didn't look anything at all like Robert Redford. Robert Redford was a troll by comparison."

It's pretty clear where that's going and we can easily surmise what the outcome of the hunt for terrorists will be. However, it's quite a trip getting there as excitement abounds and surprises wait at every turn. Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jcosmopolitan on June 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I must start by saying that I have been a big fan of Stabenow for years. Her Kate Shugak novels are excellent and well written mysteries. However, her last two novels have turned to the thriller genre and are far below the standard that she had previously achieved. Blinfold Game was a 2 star outing and Prepared for Rage is only 1 star in my opinion. Basically, the story devlopment is weak and not very believable. The characters are inconsistent, and coincidence just plays too big a part in holding the story together. Dana, please go back to writing your Alaskan mysteries. You are very good at it - and far better than you are as a terrorist/thriller writer!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By alaskaauthor on February 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is written and researched so well, with scenarios out of actual headlines, that for some the book is just *too real* and the fine line between fiction and nonfiction becomes blurred when the tension builds and builds and you can't put it down. It makes your heart pound and your hands grow clammy, but you keep on reading. The characters come alive and before you're through the book, you'd swear you'd known these people before in your REAL life and not through a novel. Dana posted her blog from her two months on the US Coast Guard Cutter last spring, where she was learning, living, and researching for PREPARED. If anything, it's too real, and, as several other reviewers mentioned, the first chapter is brutal... and you just can't reading. I pre-ordered this early from Amazon and, for those who actually read the book, it gets a five stars!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Maher on June 20, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a fan of Dana Stabenow for about 20 years. I love Kate, Mutt and the crew from the Park; I love Liam and Wy; I love Dana, I just don't love her politics. Until recently, she has managed to avoid sticking too many overt political opinions into her stories, and I could overlook them as minor annoyances. Unfortunately, this book is full of nonsensical and irrelevant political commentary and in a story that's already pretty weak, it is just more than I can take. I'll keep reading Kate and Liam, but for "thrillers" I'll stick to Jack Higgins--a master I've been reading since before I ever heard of Kate Shugak. I have no idea what his politics are and I don't care--a point Dana might want to consider before she drives more readers away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew A. Bille on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I don't fault Stabenow for stretching her writing muscles by wandering afield from her superb Alaskan mysteries. She did it successfully in Blindfold Game, but a little less successfully here.
Stabenow spends a lot of the book trying to get into the heads of anti-American terrorists, and she does a credible job of it. Somehow, though, none of the characters on either side of this conflict really ignited with me: I kept reading to see what happened, but not because I was taking the journey with the characters.
Stabenow has, as always, done a ton of research, and she uses it well. A major plot point, though, depended on a false premise, and that left a sour taste as I read. It's critical to the story that NASA has been paid to launch an Arab communications satellite from the Space Shuttle, but NASA stopped all such commercial arrangements after the Challenger disaster - in other words, many years ago. I can't figure out whether Stabenow somehow missed that in her extensive research or knew it but chose to ignore it to set up the plot, hoping readers wouldn't know. Either is surprising for one of my favorite authors, a woman who writes characters, plots, and landscapes in a way most of her competitors only dream about. Here's hoping for a better outing next time (and, in the meantime, more Kate Shugak)!
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