- Hardcover: 282 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (July 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475934157
- ISBN-13: 978-1475934151
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,251,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Albatross: Birds of Flight Hardcover – July 12, 2012
The Amazon Book Review
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" Albatross: Birds of Flight has a spy-thriller premise familiar to fans of the Bournefranchise that will appeal to those who enjoy Mission Impossible and TV's Leverage. But author J.M. Erickson elevates the premise beyond the Bourne-again shtick with an interesting twist and taut, engaging writing that will keep even jaded readers hooked."
Blue Ink Review, 2012
"... Erickson doesn't sacrifice explosions and gunfire; instead, he peppers the action with psychological insight..."
Kirkus Review, October 2012
“...This is a thinking man's thriller, filled with moral dilemmas and chess board strategy. I
thoroughly enjoyed it and would not hesitate to recommend it.”
John Magnus, Reader's Favorite, 2013
"...Erickson rolls out his narrative with no-nonsense storytelling and no wasted words. It's easy to get caught up in the story...because we trust the characters..."
Blue Ink Review, 2012
"...Erickson competently portrays the sometimes violent tactics, though it's clear that his real interest lies in his characters' emotions and psychology..."
Kirkus Review, October 2012
"...(Erickson) has penned a realistic thriller replete with unexpected twists and cathartic turns...I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates carefully crafted psychological thrillers. "
Christopher Ackerman, IP Book Reviewers, 2012
From the Author
Reviewers are favorably comparing "Albatross: Birds of Flight" to the Bourne and Mission Impossible franchises. Blue Ink Review states, "J.M. Erickson elevates the premise beyond the Bourne-again shtick with an interesting twist and taut, engaging writing that will keep even jaded readers hooked." Kirkus Reviews declares, "Erickson's debut novel explores personal development through love, explosions and terrorist plots....the solid action is driven by dense characters." IP Book Reviewers says Erickson "...has penned a realistic thriller replete with unexpected twists and cathartic turns." And Reader Views proclaims, "The characters are complex and multi-dimensional....there are also underlying themes of romance and redemption. These factors all add up to a very compelling, fast paced adventure."
Following the success of the critically acclaimed Albatross, the Birds of Flight series continues its tradition of fast-paced, character-driven psychological thrillers with the gripping page-turner Raven: Birds of Flight - Book Two
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Story follows special agent Alex Burns, who is struggling to regain his lost memory; because his memory could be the key to know why there were attempts to kill him. Something was amiss, because he could do stuff without consciously thinking about it. There are men who want him and everyone he knows dead, they are from the same agency he used to work. So the question arises why would they want to go to such lengths as to kill everyone he knows? and What is it that Burns knows?
The mystery of Alex's memory and the highs and lows he has to go through to survive is something to look forward to in this novel. Although the ending might not suffice to everyone's interest but that's where second book come into picture.
This book even though has ring to it to be on same premises as to Jason Bournes story, but believe me when I say, I enjoyed this no less than Bourne series. Writing was fair and had tone to it which made all action scenes come alive. Although I don't mind typos, but they were there. On concluding notes I am glad that I read this one and would definitely read second book as and when chance arises. I am going to give this book 4 points out of 5. Enjoy it's a good read. :)
Sounds a bit familiar doesn't it? Maybe Bourne Identity sounds a bit like this story's plot.
I read this because I received the second book in the series, Raven, and I wanted to start at the beginning of the series before I started the sequel.
Once you open the book, all the characters are thrown at you. I found it to be a bit hard to figure out the roles each characters were going to be playing. Eventually everything becomes a bit clearer though.
Burns runs and evades from the enemy which just so happens to be the same agents he used to work with. The very concept of this plot is enticing which made this a very easy book to read. I couldn't put it down until I knew exactly what happened and how the book was going to play out. Mainly, I was dying to see if it was going to follow the same plot as Bourne all throughout the book. I would definitely call this book a thriller.
For all you spy, thriller novel readers I highly recommend Albatross.
The ending to the book could have been a bit longer, while other parts in the middle could have been a bit shorter. Throughout the book, I did notice an abundance of typos which can be a bit distracting for me, especially when you're reading quickly because the thrill makes me read faster, to get to the climax quicker.
Overall this was an enjoyable book to read that kept me intrigued and attached to this book.
I gladly give this book a 4/5
I have to say that I really have enjoyed this series so far, even if I read them out of order. Erickson does an amazing job at building up his characters and keeping the audience's attention. I had a very hard time putting this book down, even when I knew I needed to get some sleep I would think, just one more page! I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre, and will be looking forward to reading more by this author.
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