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Product Details

  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Street Books; First Edition edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616147121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616147129
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Terrorism strikes from within in Stebbins’ first novel. Muslims around the world have targets on their backs and, regardless of their true political affiliations, are being shot and killed. FBI agent John Savas, who has experienced personal tragedy and is lucky to be back on the job, must put his personal feelings aside if he’s going to stop the enemy from succeeding. This time the terrorists are former U.S. military personnel, and they know all the tricks to stay one step ahead of their pursuers. Stebbins explores the line between security and liberty while the bullets pierce skulls. The story line sometimes veers too much into a political diatribe, and some major clichés in the climax are a bit hard to swallow. That aside, it’s still a worthwhile read. Fans of the Vince Flynn books will enjoy Stebbins’ take on terrorism with a twist. --Jeff Ayers

Review

"What a debut! A heart-pounding tale of terrorism sure to be controversial, The Ragnarök Conspiracy turns the genre upside down." -Internet Review of Books

"A taut tale of international intrigue with a unique twist." -The Washington Times Communities

"An enticing and much recommended addition to thriller collections" -The Midwest Book Review

"A new thriller with an unusual depth" -BiblioBuffet


"Fans of the Vince Flynn books will enjoy Stebbins' take on terrorism with a twist."
-Booklist

"Fortify your shelf of Armageddon thrillers with this promising newcomer."
-Library Journal

"Stebbins has his finger on the pulse of greed, disillusionment and the search for redemption in this pulse-pounding debut."
-RT Book Reviews, Four Stars (Compelling-Page-turner)

"The Ragnarök Conspiracy is truly an excellent read even for those, such as myself, who do not normally read the thriller genre. It is thought-provoking as much as it is readable. And I highly recommend it."
-Bibliobuffet

"Meticulously researched and beautifully written, The Ragnarök Conspiracy turns the traditional terrorist thriller on its head. Erec Stebbins's debut novel signals the arrival of a monster new talent in the thriller genre."
-Allan Leverone, author of The Lonely Mile

"This timely thriller is filled with exciting events from beginning to end, engaging characters, great conflicts, profound thoughts, and lots of suspense. The fury seldom stops, with twists and turns around every corner."
-William Greenleaf, author of Bloodright and The Tartarus Incident

"A sweeping, gripping tale of terror. John Savas is a believable character, and his race to stop the madman is heart stopping."
-Jack King, author of WikiJustice

More About the Author

I am a biomedical researcher who writes political and international thrillers, science fiction, narrated storybooks, and more.

Author Website: http://www.erecstebbins.com/
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5990247.Erec_Stebbins

Customer Reviews

This book I read Fearless earilier this year and was blown away and now again I am speechless.
Crossroad Reviews
In my opinion the characters are well developed, perhaps not perfectly defined, but believable and interesteing.
Robert Krueger
It is also poorly written with characters that are stereotypes and a story line that is predictable.
Brendan O'Neill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on October 9, 2012
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The Ragnarok Conspiracy is simply a great read. Full stop. Well constructed, fast paced and suspenseful at one level, but also symbolic, if not allegorical at a deeper level. Without rant or dogma, almost imperceptibly, it poses questions about the our so called 'war on terror'and the subsequent militarization of the clash of civilizations. It brings the impact of violence home to the personal level - which is a feat in our world where violence elsewhere is ubiquitous, but often ignored. Well Done, Mr. Stebbins!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By martian walrus on November 13, 2012
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Erec Stebbins forces us to take a good look at ourselves and our potential to become the very monsters we wish to drive out of the world in this page turner. Motivated to write this story by the tragedy of 9/11, Mr. Stebbins weaves a tale of intrigue in which a fallen cop turned FBI agent begins to follow a trail of seemingly unrelated murders. What starts as a basic sting operation spirals out of control into a worldwide series of bombings that begins to push the world to the brink of a third world war.

Stebbins' characters struggle with the losses they have suffered as a result of the actions of individual madmen who happen to be killing in the name of Islam. At the same time, they are confronted with the possibility that they, too, could be considered by the Islamic world to be terrorists acting in the name of Christianity.

It's a high-pitched ride that takes us all over the world, with only a few moments to catch our breath before we're flung over to another part of the world and then back again, always wondering how the final encounter will play out.

There are a few moments when I asked myself why the protagonists' superiors are so reluctant to see what are obvious connections to me the reader, but I was able to write these off as either a portrayal of how the bureautocracy is slow to understand what a handful of smart individuals are able to see or as something that my power to suspend disbelief should just quickly wipe away so that I could enjoy the rest of the story. In these parts of the book I believe that Stebbins is probably venting his frustration with the large and somewhat clumsy organizational structures that tend to make governments so slow to react to problems that are pressing and can't wait for the approval of five or ten higher-ups for action.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shyam B on October 24, 2012
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The Ragnarok Conspiracy was a surprise. A quick read, it was a classic thriller - world-hopping action, conspiracy, patriotism, heroism - which would have put it in the middle of a genre of hundreds of other good but unmemorable thrillers. What was refreshingly new was its original premise. Contrary to all our assumptions about how the plot was going to unfold it explored uncharted territory it the murky and difficult topic that is middle-eastern terrorism. The main characters could have used more depth rather than being mostly constrained within their stereotyped roles in furthering the plot, but all-in-all an excellent first novel for this new author. A sequel is sure to be in the works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on November 13, 2012
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When The Ragnarök Conspiracy landed in my mailbox for review consideration a couple of weeks ago I hesitated to pick it up based on the press release that began "An American bin Laden. An FBI agent. Connected by a terrible loss on 9/11, they now confront each other over acts of vengeance so horrific, the world is brought to the brink of war." This disturbing premise was not really something I wanted in my brain.

So the book sat on the coffee table until two nights ago. When I picked it up I wanted to see if I could toss it in the recycle bin easily. Opening it, I came to a page with two quotes on it including this part of one attributed to bin Laden: "In today's wars, there are no morals." Just reading that left me uneasy. This might be a book I could toss after the first paragraph ("oh yes, let it be boring") or I knew I was going to get hooked big time.

Well . . . two days and two very late nights later I am not just hooked on this author's writing and storytelling capabilities but on a story that captured me so fully I might as well be lying on the dock, flopping helplessly in the web of intrigues and nightmares he wove around me, his reader. He does this very well, but what made this book different from a routine thriller was the author's underlying pleas for the realization of what escalation, revenge, and perhaps forgiveness are capable of producing.

John Savas is a bitter, lonely yet complex and thoughtful man, a former NYPD officer who, after the death of his son on 9/11, his subsequent divorce, and his crawl into then back out of a bottle, joined the FBI and was assigned to Intel 1, an experimental anti-terrorism division.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 9, 2012
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FBI agent "Mad John" Savas is still grieving though over a decade has passed since his son died in the 9/11 terrorist mass murders. John believes he will always be angry and in mourning until the day he dies. However the Fed takes some solace in his job as a counterterrorism unit Intel 1 agent. Divorced John also feels his romance with FBI agent Rebecca Cohen gives him a sense of normalcy in his troubled mind

An unknown cabal using runes of Norse code to communicate is assassinating and bombing Muslims around the world. John has an affinity with the unknown anti-Muslim killers who take the war on terrorism back to the source. Still he tries to do his job right as he keeps reminding himself terrorism is terrorism. When Muslim-American agent Husaam Jordan joins the unit, Savas and others resent him initially until he proves himself worthy of their respect and support.

This is an entertaining thriller in which the protagonist must overcome his prejudice to not just work with a Muslim-American, but to end the assaults on innocent Muslims. The fast-paced storyline strongly pushes tolerance though he recognizes how difficult that can be to someone who lost a loved one due to intolerance. Although some of the key life changing events lack depth to persuade readers of their authenticity, fans will enjoy this unique global war on terrorism thriller as we get inside the head of an emotionally hurting counter agent.

Harriet Klausner
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