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Black Mountain: Alex Hunter 4 by [Beck, Greig]
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About the Author

Greig Beck grew up across the road from Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. His early days were spent surfing, sunbathing and reading science fiction on the sand. When he was forced to grow up, he went on to study computer science, and later received an MBA. Greig is the director of a software company but still finds time to write and surf. He lives in Vaucluse, Sydney, with his wife, son and an enormous black German shepherd.

Product Details

  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Momentum (December 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NAWXB2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another outstanding read! This book was fantastic, in fact I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. If you are a Alex Hunter fan you will love this book. It is fast paced and exciting. The research Greig did for this book made the plot and characters believable. If you have never read any of Greig's other books do yourselves a favour, read them all from the beginning. Can't wait for the next book.
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So Black Mountain is the next story following This Green Hell, which continues the adventures of Alex Hunter. This time we're back in the US and the main mystery involves some odd disappearances surrounding a cave entrance that had been sealed off for thousands of years.

The historical and evolutionary background in this story was fair, but not as detailed as others. I think this was because the background information was not given enough attention. With this story, Greig seemed to put more time into developing multiple subplots and having their storylines converge into one finale near the end. Although it worked, I think there were too many things going on which prevented the real plot from working its magic.

After clearing the first chapter, I kept on reading non-stop because I wanted to learn more about the creatures, their history, their habitat, their culture, and how they survived for so many generations. But all I seemed to get were more side stories about the various different military units out to get the Arcadian. Although this has a lot to do with the Alex Hunter series in general, sometimes the more intriguing part of a story doesn't concern the main character at all.

The anthropological information integrated into the plot was quite fascinating and added a bunch of scientific details. The author's research abilities in this area are quite phenomenal. But as a big fan of all Greig Beck books, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this one. I think it could've been so much better if Greig concentrated more on the story of the creatures and the caves and less on the drama among the various factions.
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Alex Hunter (aka the Aracadian) the scientifically enhaced HAWC was presumed dead and is still under the custody of the Mossad in Israel. He has recovered from the virus (see the prior book This Green Hell) which has robbed him of his memory. He is sort of like Jason Bourne (The Bourne Identity) where he recognizes his special abilities but does not know their extent or how he got them. Back in the States his mother has been taken by a prehistoric "Bigfoot type" of creature and Alex senses it and feel a compelling urge to go to her and save her. When he and his Mossad companion Adira "sneak" out of Israel to head back to the states, they have the Mossad on their tail.

The creature was trapped for thousands of years in a mountain cave but released when the wall blocking the cave entrance was damaged. The creature appears unstoppable and it is taking other local residents as well.

Meanwhile, Jack Hammerson (the HAWC commander) learns that Alex is alive and back in the states and goes after him with one of Alex's fellow HAWCs from the prior book. Some medical people in Hammerson's division are trying to duplicate the Arcadian and create some prototype soldiers with similar abilities that they send to bring back Alex.
All the above forces along with the ancient creature are on a "collision course" in Black Mountain.

The author does an excellent job of bringing the story in a new direction. Where the plot outlines of the first three books were very similiar, this one is more about Alex learning about himself all over again and the pschology and history of the creature is greatly explored. Each individual the goes to Black Mountain is there for their own cause, some just to capture or kill Alex and others because of the creature.
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I feel kinda bad for giving this great book by Greig Beck only four stars, because it was another great romp through the world of the unknown even though the unknown is in the farthest hidden corners of our own back yard. I think the Arcadian series is one of the most original concepts that has come out in the last few, vampire and werewolf infested, years. The idea of a Super Soldier is not uncommon. But adding horror, ancient mythos, and urban legends into the mix is quite unique. I have truly enjoyed this series and put all other material aside to read the Arcadian. So why give this one book four stars? The fact that the chronological order of this series is very difficult to keep up with kind of put me off. A brilliant marketing ploy? Maybe. because I had to end up buying them all to figure out what happens where. You start out with Alex Hunter in full swing and already what he is, before you ever found out how he got there or how he became the baddest and best that he is. I was so confused I had to go online to get the order in which they were written. Now, maybe that's how it just worked out but it did seem a bit of a 'self spoiler' so to speak. Most series are clearly marked and defined, but what happened to me is, I found out things that only later made sense, and I KNEW what was coming up. I knew how a certain character would meet his demise before finding out where he came from...?..Stuff like that. It was just more difficult to follow than a normal series. But it's not the first series I've ever read that started in the middle and went both ways before! And this book Black Mountain was just as good as the rest! And another good read.

In this story, the Arcadian awakes from a coma to find he has no memory of who he is, or where he came from.
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