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The Doomsday Spiral [Kindle Edition]

Jon Land
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Book Description

In Jon Land’s first novel, a crew of Arab terrorists attempts to tear America apart from the inside out—and only Alabaster, an Israeli special forces operative, can stop them

After years of being presumed dead, Palestine’s most feared terrorist emerges from hiding with a plan for utter domination of the Middle East: the Shaitan Commandment. With a quartet of the region’s deadliest soldiers, he puts into motion a scheme that spells doom for the Western world. His target is not Israel, but Israel’s protector: the United States.
On their trail is Alabaster, an Israeli special-forces agent whose true identity is buried under so many layers of deception that not even the Mossad knows who he really is. But every terrorist has heard of him, and knows to be afraid. A ruthless investigator with no time for diplomatic niceties, he may be all that stands between the United States and oblivion.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Editorial Reviews


“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

About the Author

Since The Doomsday Spiral was published in 1983, Jon Land has written more than thirty novels. He began his career as a novelist at Brown University, where he talked the faculty into accepting a technothriller as his honors thesis. His first series titles were the Blaine McCracken novels, but it was his Ben and Danielle series featuring a Detroit cop and an Israeli detective who chase murderers in the Holy Land that brought him into prominence in the thriller community. Land has also written a series featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong—a female hero in a genre which, Land has said, has too few of them. The first three books in the series—Strong Enough to Die (2009), Strong Justice (2010), and Strong at the Break (2011)—have all garnered critical praise, with Strong Justice being 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. Land’s most recent work is Pandora’s Temple (2012), the latest in the Blaine McCracken series. He currently lives in Providence.

Product Details

  • File Size: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P5NR2Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb espionage/technothriller June 5, 2002
"The Doomsday Spiral" is Jon Land's first published work. It's long out-of-print, but a definite "must read" if you can locate a copy. Land's novels are always entertaining, but this one is the best of his that I have read.
The story centers around a plot by a thought-to-be-deceased madman to eliminate half the population of the United States. However, this would not be done by obvious means -- nuclear or biochemical warfare. Three agents are sought by the U.S. to prevent the madman from implementing his plan. Friends come and go via various means, all which make the battle that much more difficult.
Like all great espionage thrillers, this one grabs the reader from the start and never stops until the book ends. There are betrayals, multiple gunfights, deaths of key and/or well-liked characters. The story's rapid pace will keep a reader enthralled long into the night. Like Land's other works, he presents a well thought and prepared story with all the elements that make a great espionage/technothriller.
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2.0 out of 5 stars dave October 12, 2012
By dave
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Granted this book was his first book and it was published years ago, but the "Perils of Pauleen" feel for the protagonist getting into impossible life and death situations and then extracating himself was a bit mutch. Even Ian Flemming didn't have this hyperbole. It was good enough for me to not stop in the middle, but not good enough for me to read this author again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cartoonish December 4, 2012
By Diana
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This story is full of black or white, good or evil characters, in which the hero, the "great" Alabaster, has nearly superhuman powers. All of the women have large breasts. The only humor is unintentional. I was only able to finish it by visualizing a comic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Land September 6, 2012
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One of his best and I've read them all.
Still miss his original hero, which by the way, brought him to the front of the line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Jon Land! August 30, 2011
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The hero of this book is Alabaster whose real name is David Rabanine. He is actually a Mossad assassin. He begins the story by hunting a terrorist named Abad Salim. Alabaster finds out that he is hiding in Haifa. Alabaster finds him and kills him. Meanwhile in America another problem has popped up. A journalism student takes a photograph of a group of Arab gentlemen in Orovidence,Rhode Island. He mails the pictures to Leslie Kirkman. Eventually the CIA discovers that members of Black September are alive and well in
America. Most notable amongthe men is Abu Hassan better known as the Red Prince. Their executioner Seif is to kill John Desmond of the CIA David Rabanine of Mossad because they are capable of stopping their plan. It is finally that a Nazi plot is set to be hatched by
Black September. This plan will eliminate half of America's population.Alabaster has to sift through leads all over the world to get to the bottom of the evil plan. All of this leads to an exciting book that you cannot put down. Be sure to read it.
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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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