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The Cerberus Protocol (Hellstalkers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Nassise , Jon F. Merz
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From bestselling authors Joe Nassise and Jon F. Merz comes a new series full of action, suspense, and all-out high octane excitement designed especially for your Kindle and other digital reading devices.

"If you love thrillers, this is your ticket!" - SciFiGuy reviews

On November 23rd, scientists at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland ran a short test on the newly completed Large Hadron Collider. For that brief period, protons swarmed back and forth along the seventeen miles of carefully constructed tunnel and slammed into each other with devastating force, generating power the likes of which had not been seen since the moment of the Big Bang.

Just a few short hours.

That was all it took for our world to be invaded.

My name is Captain Memphis Stone, commander of the Hellstalkers, the armed response unit hastily assembled to face this growing threat.

This is the story of the men and women under my command, those who stand in the gap and shed their blood to protect the rest of humanity from creatures that we never imagined we’d ever face, not even in our darkest dreams.

Welcome to the front lines.

(NOTE: This is a sneak peek release, containing just the first three chapters. The full release will be available just before Christmas)

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From the Inside Flap

The roads were full of crashed automobiles and milling crowds of people, all of them wondering what had happened and asking themselves and each other if it could happen again. Consequently, it took Memphis almost twenty-five minutes to get to the CERN complex. By the time he reported in, the protestors in front of the main entrance had been cleared away. In their place were a mixture of Swiss, French, and U.S. troops and a clear series of checkpoints that made it quite clear to anyone looking on that it was strictly authorized personnel beyond this point.
Word of Memphis's arrival was swiftly relayed to the right individual after he produced his credentials. By the time Memphis managed to pass through the security at the gate and into the complex proper, he found a master sergeant named Mathers waiting for him on the other side.
"If you'll follow me, Captain Stone," Mathers said, and then he led him to where a HMMWV was parked a few yards away.
"What's happening, Gunny?" Memphis asked as he climbed inside and then waited for the other man to do the same.
Mathers shrugged. "Not sure, sir. Above my pay grade." He started the vehicle and quickly pulled out, heading down the main causeway, past the dome of the Center for Science and Innovation and toward the primary control facilities at the far side of the campus. The billowing cloud of smoke that Memphis had seen on the television was dissipating, but the thick scent of something burning still filled the air.
Mathers glanced over at Memphis as he drove, as if sizing him up. Memphis apparently met whatever criteria Mathers was looking for because after a moment the other man continued.

"The official line is that there's been a mechanical problem that forced an early shutdown of the Collider test. Unofficially, rumor has it that there's been a major screw-up somewhere inside the Collider complex and a team is being assembled to go down and take a look."
"And what does the rumor mill have to say about who the lucky s.o.b. is that gets to leads this team?"
Mathers laughed. "That s.o.b. would be you, sir," he said.
With Dr. Reese's words of warning echoing in the back of his mind, Memphis didn't find it half as amusing as Mathers.

About the Author

Joseph Nassise is the author of more than twenty novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt series, and the Great Undead War series.  He has also written several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle/Harlequin.

Jon F. Merz is the author of roughly two dozen novels including seven novels in the critically-acclaimed Lawson Vampire series, eleven installments in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle/Harlequin, and numerous standalone thrillers like PARALLAX, DANGER-CLOSE, and VICARIOUS.

He's also a partner at New Ronin Entertainment, a Massachusetts-based company developing feature films, television, and multimedia projects like THE FIXER TV series

Product Details

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harbinger Books (February 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA558C
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HELL of a ride! January 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this introduction to the HELLstalkers universe. The action/horror/sci-fi all blended together very well. The characters we're likeable and the story moves along at a great pace.

A few typos were evident, the worst being in chapter 16. Where it should read 'than absolutely necessary' it reads 'thanely olut absnecessary'. It also had few misused words, 'grown' instead of 'groan' for example. The errors did not affect my enjoyment of the story.

I'm looking forward to future adventures of the HELLstalkers and I highly recommend it to action, sci-fi, and horror fans.

I have been informed by the author that a revised version has been uploaded with the errors corrected.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh, don't waste your time. February 20, 2013
By Parker
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mediocre character development, which leads to cookie cutter single dimension characters. A demonstrated LACK of military knowledge, which in a military/horror thriller is inexcusable; please, use Wikipedia and do at least 5 minutes of research. Example: standard grenade launchers are single-shot, not 5-shot semi-autos. A "Gunnery Sergeant" is a USMC rank, not US Army, they are also not Master Sergeants, unless they are Master Gunnery Sgts...and if a lowly captain calls an E-9 "Gunny", there will be a conversation the captain will not enjoy.
Fast paced plotting doesn't distract from shallow writing and "unlimited funding=breaking the time lines of physics" plot crutches. Good for kids who want Call of Duty mixed with pseudo-Lovecraftian "horror" without the whole actual "tension" thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Short April 26, 2012
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This book is too short and does not develope characters. It is designed just to give you a taste of what may follow. However, at this time there is nothing in the works to follow up. Disappointing.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HELLstalkers storms into the picture January 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book reminds me of the Mack Bolen series. It is fast, fun and a great start to what I hope to be an ongoing series of incredible Sci-Fi books! The premise to the story is that there has always been small rifts between our dimensions and others and that the testing of the Large Hadron Collider has caused an instability between this world and something else. The HELLstalkers is a team of highly trained individuals that are sent in to deal with these rifts that are now opening around the world.

In this, the first of the series, the team is assembled and you get to know the team that is going to be the core of this Organization. A great read and more fun than I could have hoped for it to be!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the gates! January 28, 2012
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Highly enjoyed this book. The story is fast paced, interesting, and action packed. The characters have well defined personalities though I wish the author had let me get to know them better, but this gives me more incentive to look forward to the comming novels. By far my favorite character is Ulf, a german spec ops that talks like a hippie just cracks me up. THe only downside I find is the lack of description to the actions and events the characters experience and encounter, then again I am one to very much enjoy a blow by blow account of almsot everything when it comes to a book.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for something to go through in one sitting as I couldn't stop reading until I reached the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointing December 17, 2014
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I've enjoyed reading stories from both authors previously, but I was only able to slog may way through the first four chapters of this one before I deleted it.
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