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The Last Minute (The Sam Capra series) Hardcover – July 3, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Sam Capra Mysteries Series

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Editorial Reviews


"Abbott is one of the best thriller writers in the business, and he delivers action and complex characters in an explosive cocktail. The next Capra novel cannot come fast enough."―Associated Press

"Like Adrenaline, this is a fast-paced thriller with a likable, morally conflicted hero. Sam is in a difficult situation, seemingly forced to commit murder to find his son, and-this is a testament to Abbott's skills as a storyteller-we really don't know whether he will follow through. The book ends on an upbeat note, giving Sam a certain amount of closure. Still, let's hope Abbott isn't through with Sam. He's a very well drawn character, and it would be nice to see him again."―Booklist

"This is the second in the Capra series, and he hasn't slowed down. It has killings, betrayals, big-time conspiracies and action galore."―The Oklahoman

"The Adrenaline rush that won't stop."―San Antonio Express-News

"Twisty, turny, and terrific."―USA TODAY on Adrenaline

"[An] edgy, seat-of-your-pants spy caper."―Entertainment Weekly on Adrenaline

"Outstanding . . . genuinely moving . . . Abbott hits full stride early on and never lets up. Readers who thrive on a relentless narrative pace and a straight line to the finish won't be disappointed."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Adrenaline

"Extremely compelling . . . a thriller that will get even the most jaded reader's pulse racing . . . a grand slam home run."―Associated Press on Adrenaline

About the Author

Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. He is the winner of an International Thriller Writers Award (for the Sam Capra thriller The Last Minute) and is a three-time nominee for the Edgar award. He lives in Austin with his family. You can visit his website at

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Product Details

  • Series: The Sam Capra series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446575201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446575201
  • ASIN: 0446575208
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeff Abbott is the international-bestselling, award-winning author of ten mystery and suspense novels. Jeff is a native Texan and graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English, and worked as a creative director at an advertising agency before writing full-time. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons. You can visit his website at and follow him on Twitter @JeffAbbott.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ethan on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To say that Sam Capra is motivated would be an understatement. His ex-wife, who committed treason against the CIA and cost Sam his job with the "Special Projects", now lies in a permanent vegetative state. His former employers are actively pursuing him for his alleged crimes that occurred while trying to clean up the mess that his wife created. On top of that, a mysterious criminal group, The Nine Suns, has kidnapped his newborn son, Daniel. The only way Sam will ever see his son again is if he finds and murders the man who holds the evidence to expose the Nine Suns. If he fails to kill the man, his son will die. Like I said, motivation is an understatement.

To assist with this assignment, Sam is provided with a hacker, Leonie, whose young daughter, Taylor, has also been abducted. Together, they set out to hunt down the man who stands between them and their children. Emotionally conflicted, the pair struggles to come to terms with killing an innocent man, but they decide that they will do anything to bring their children to safety.

Adding further conflict is Mila, Sam's boss with "The Round Table", a resistance group that he joined after his departure from the CIA. Mila wants to help Sam to find his son, but Sam has been given specific instructions that state only he and Leonie can pursue the evidence. When another force, which is searching for the mysterious Mila (she has a 1 million dollar price for her capture), begins to interfere with Sam's investigation, he is forced also try to protect her.

Being Abbott's second novel to feature Sam Capra, "The Last Minute" begins by picking up in the middle of action. While readers of the previous installment were probably ready for the action that begins in this one, I found it a bit slow to start.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By emily swan on July 6, 2012
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Sam Capra, former CIA and hero of "Adrenaline", again fights off international criminals and tries to save the life of his new-born child while his ex-wife lies in a coma. The book is fast-paced, full of thrills-a-minute while Sam fights off criminal factions from all sides, including his former friends from the CIA. Mila, his mentor from "Adrenaline", is also back and this time she reveals how she became the woman who will go up against anything and anyone. Her part of the story is mesmerizing to say the least and reveals another chapter in the Sam Capra series. Sam is forced to team up with another woman who also had her child taken from her by the mysterious criminal factions that seem to multiply, not knowing which side is the right side, and their hopeless job is to find and kill an innocent man if they want their children back. Fortunately, Sam is an expert in parkour, jumping and running off buildings and roofs which help him in fighting the odds. It looks like there will be another Sam Capra book in the future. If you like an exciting book, hard to put down, this is it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Todd on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I rated it 3 stars for a reason.
I won't rehash the summary/plot...others have done that.

I love Jeff Abbott.
And this book is full of action and adventure - which I thoroughly enjoy.
The action gets a 4 1/2.

But from an audiobook standpoint, I got so sick and tired of hearing - "I just want my child/son"...became quite annoying.
If I had read it, instead of listened to it, I could have skimmed over that and it may not have bothered me.

I don't like how he left the ending with Leone...blah...pathetic - other reviewers disagree with me on that.

If you read, skim over the whining, if you listen, it will annoy you.
Overall I recommend this book and this author.
Now that he has his son, hopefully, the son will not be dragged in to further books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Asbury H. Gibbes on January 29, 2013
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Amateurish writing. Ridiculous situation resolutions. I'm done with Abbott. Too many other good books out there to waste time on this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Although much of this story would never ring true if you held a bell next to it, it matters not. The author has created a good thriller, and if you can suspend belief, then you are in for a good read. One thing that staggers the imagination throughout is that our hero,Sam Capra, a veteran CIA agent, would ever think that it would be so simple as "kill this guy, get your baby back." Since that is the premise for the whole novel, swallow that and you will be fine. I did! And I had several hours of good reading. Now I might even read Adrenaline.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Miklos on July 12, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book makes the old cowboy serials look tame. Can you believe Sam Capra can
- Fight 2 women assassins, get seriously hurt but kill them both then
- Fight a CIA operator and get further hurt before knocking him out and then
- Try to kill a 23 year old who has been targeted for death by running over the top of buildings and jumping from building to building and then
- Fall off a three story building and survive and then
- Chase the condemned youth through New York and then
- Over run a motorcycle to capture the bike and continue the chase before
- Finally losing sight of the target?

And that sequence was a small section of the book.

Can anyone really spend time on this garbage? Who is Jeff Abbott's audience? 10 year olds. It must be difficult to find readers who are old enough to read and yet not old enough to think.
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