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Ignition Hardcover – February, 1997

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From Library Journal

Col. Adam "Iceberg" Friese was scheduled to pilot the next space shuttle, Atlantis, to dock with the Russian space station, Mir, until a freak accident just before the launch sidelined him. While his former girlfriend, Nicole, supervised the launch, Iceberg sneaked in a back gate and found his own front-row seat for the event. Meanwhile, Mr. Philips, a homicidal megalomaniac, and his fellow terrorists attack the launch site, holding hostage the astronauts, Nicole's launch team, and Atlantis until his demand for a fortune in precious gems is met. When Iceberg realizes that something is wrong, he goes to investigate, following the dead bodies back to the terrorists and, one by one, eliminating Mr. Philips's savage murderers while Nicole keeps the ringleader busy. Anderson and Beason have written a nail biter full of details about NASA and the Kennedy Space Center. This writing team, which admits to changing some details to preserve NASA security, has written several other high-tech action thrillers (e.g., Virtual Destruction, Ace, 1996). For all public libraries.?Grant A. Frederickson, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
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The latest effort of this popular team is not the first thriller set at Cape Kennedy with a space-program background, but it is the most ambitious. Ready to carry a joint U.S.-Russian crew to a rendezvous with the Mir space station, the shuttle Atlantis comes under attack by an adept and ruthless band of terrorists, organized by an unsuccessful junk-bond dealer trying to recoup his fortunes. The former mission commander, Colonel "Iceberg" Fries, has been sidelined by injuries but plays a key part in organizing a successful counterattack, in the process rescuing his former lover, astronaut turned launch controller Nicole Hunter. This yarn is in the classic mold of the novel that marries space advocacy to the techno-thriller, featuring lots of bloody action and exotic hardware at the expense of characterization, which is definitely subordinate. (Not to mention that some of the characterization is over the top: did two of the terrorists have to be a brother and sister who are bisexual and incestuous?) Readers will definitely keep turning the pages, but Anderson and Beason have--in Virtual Destruction and Assemblers of Infinity (1993), for instance--done better work. With a prepub movie sale and plenty of publicity in the pipeline, though, this one may fly higher. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312862709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312862701
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,792,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The space shuttle Atlantis is nearing the final countdown before lifting
off into space. Since a decade has passed since the Challenger accident, the
public has become complacent towards the shuttle program and there is no
reason to believe that this lift off will any different from those of any
other shuttle in the nineties. However, unbeknownst to American and Russian
astronauts on board waiting for the final IGNITION, and the millions watching
on TV around the world, this trip has been aborted. A team of terrorists has
seized control of the launch center.
...... The leader, Mr. Phillips will sell the shuttle back to America for a case
filled with gems and a helicopter within four hours or else. Only one man
might be able to abort the upcoming disaster. Colonel "Iceberg" Friese was
the former commander of this particular mission until he broke his foot. He
knows his crew is in deep trouble unless he can not stop Phillips and his
gang. If he fails, the degree of the disaster could match that of the
Challenger or perhaps even worse.
....... IGNITION is a by the book thriller that provides no new twists and has an
action hero that has been seen in many a novel and movie. Yet the Anderson
and Beason collaboration still grabs the reader by the throat and never lets
up until the tale is finished. Anyone who enjoys action packed thrillers
like the DIE HARD series or the space program (the insight into NASA by two
former insiders is intriguing) will find this novel immensely satisfying.

.......Harriet Klausner
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is packed with a whole bunch of fun loving stunts. The writers went to make it as realistic a possible, but just enough to make interesting. Mr. Anderson and Mr. Beason use the ever so popular terrorist plot, but with a major twist. This group of terrorists siezes control of something thought to be totally secure, NASA's Kennedy Space Ceter. Colonel Adam "Iceberg" Friese is our protagonist in this story. His icey cool actions allow him to think clearly while under pressure. He is shot at with bullets and even missiles, bunched, kicked, and all around beaten. He does this all with a broken ankle. While Iceberg is roaming around the complex fighting off terrorists, his off and on lover affair, Nicole Hunter, is captured in the Launch Command building by the terrorist leader. Along with her is the entire launch staff, a senator, and a Russian delagate. As if thing could not get any worse, a shuttle crew is being held hostage within the shuttle sitting on top of millions of pounds of solid and liquid rocket fuel. Will Iceberg save the day? See for yourself in Ignition by Kevin Anderson and Doug Beason.
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By A Customer on June 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
OK, folks. I know the book had many cliches and predictable plot twists. Actually, I didn't know until after I finished the book that it was being made into a movie, but while I was reading, the similiarities between Ignition and any number of action movies did cross my mind. However, when I picked up the book I knew I wasn't picking up a particularly cerebral book, but an action thriller, just like the cover said. I liked the way the book took us on a virtual tour of (a somewhat deliberately modified version of) the KSC, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Lots of action, even if it did get somewhat predictable. I felt the Jacques-Yvette incest thing was pretty pointless, didn't contribute anything to the story, and probably should have been axed by the editor. Still, I'd recommend the book for anyone looking to have some fun reading a book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed the first portion of the book - the "Set-Up" of the takeover / hostage situation. It was very well done, and established the "bad folks" as a formidable enemy with a well thought out takeover plan.
I was less thrilled with the rest of the book.

4 stars for the beginning and just a weak 2 stars for the rest.

The "villains" were made to look so smart early on, then became so stupid and incompetent during the rest of the book. I never did get into the "hero" Iceberg, who came across as a superman, even though he was saddled with a major foot/leg injury from the start.
The middle and end of the book seemed very "comic book" like as Iceberg performed one impossible feat after another, singlehandedly besting a cadre of professionals with ease.
Fast paced, action oriented, but a bit too much over the top for me. A great premise early on just fizzled out, and I became very disinterested over the last half. Think of a weak "Die Hard" impersonation.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thoroughly enjoyable story of an armed takeover of the Kennedy Space Center by terrorists. The plot has many holes, but is doen not distract from the enjoyment. A modern Rambo story set in high-tech setting. Plenty of blood and explosions.
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Format: Audio Cassette
The plot- well, you have your usual bunch of bad terrorists, two from France, an Australian, plus other red shirt wearers who get killed in no time at all, led by a slimey leader. You have the good guys, led by "Iceburg", his nerdy brother, and his ex girl friend. Iceburg has a broken foot. The leader of the hostages is pain, and argues with Iceburg. Iceburg has to rescue his girlfriend. He does that by stealing a chopper. Its cliche city in other words. You name the stereo type, plot device seen in any number of action movies and books and it is here.
Having said all that, you will probably enjoy the read. Its face paced, frantic, and has even a few one liners that will make you laugh out loud. The characters have no depth at all, but who cares, this is an action thriller, not war and peace. And if you do want fast paced, exciting action, this is a great book for it.
You will probably enjoy this one, gentle reader, but take it for what it is- a few hours of light entertainment ( i read it in three days, and that was for a few hours a day), that will be put on your shelf and probably not touched again.
Grade: C
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