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Countdown (Kirk McGarvey) Paperback – May 15, 1991
When a U.S. submarine vanishes and a Pershing missile is hijacked, the CIA calls in Kirk McGarvey, who faces his toughest foe in a Russian agent bent on destroying glasnost. Reissue.
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- Publisher : TOR Books; First Edition (May 15, 1991)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 495 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812509641
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812509649
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.5 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,073,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #72,190 in Suspense Thrillers
- #876,553 in Literature & Fiction (Books)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 10, 2023
Read this book as a young lad in the mid 90s. It gets better every time I read it. Of all the Kirk McGarvey novels, this has always been my favorite. It’s non stop action and a great plot. Doesn’t disappoint.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 7, 2012
David Hagberg is always intriguing, especially his Kirk McGarvey series, and Countdown is one of the better books in the series. The story is consistently compelling, taking the action from one great location to another. The tension is superbly timed, and like any great spy story, the hero is not invincible so you always feel he really is in danger. His main adversary is dangerous and cunning, building to a strong mano-a-mano encounter. Hagberg's roots as a writer of submarine-based military fiction sees some application, but I thought the submarine scenes in the book could have been a little more dramatic. Still, that's not really a complaint, just an observation. This is an excellent spy thriller, with plenty of action throughout.
2 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 15, 2021
Book was not of the quality advertised. 😕
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 17, 2021
For a book 21 yrs old it was in surprisingly good shape.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 22, 2013
I recently downloaded David Hagberg's first three novels from Amazon onto my Kindle. He had been suggested to me by a friend as a really good writer. I Just finished reading Countdown which kept me on the edge off my seat throughout the book. His hero, Kirk McGarvey is Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath all rolled into one. the situations he finds himself in are certainly impossible for any mere mortal to survive, but he does, to continue his reluctantly, relentless fight against the forces of evil in this world. We all know he won't run out of evil to conquer...there is just too much! I will start Crossfire today.
3 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 10, 2020
I looked this book a lot and recommend it too all who enjoy this genre.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 5, 2016
Well done..... Hagberg has become one of my favorite authors. The ending was unexpected . I am ready to explore the next book.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 12, 2001
This was another good book featuring our hero Kirk McGarvey. This book brought about the introduction of the KGB killing machine Arkady Kurshin. Coupled with McGarvey's other nemesis Baranov this pair was extremely deadly. McGarvey stays in a dead run trying to prevent the Russians from launching first a Pershing missile and then a Tomahawk missile. This book gives you any type of action scenario that you could ask for. McGarvey and Kurshin battle each other in the sea and on dry land. Baranov is of couse trying to depose Gorbachev. This book is action packed with an excellent plot as well as outstanding characters. This is another great book from Hagberg.
6 people found this helpful
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Five StarsReviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on August 24, 2015
I love his books he writes a great story.