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SecondWorld Hardcover – May 22, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


The popcorn novel of the summer has arrived, and Jeremy Robinson delivers an action fest that rivals the best of James Rollins, Clive Cussler and Matthew Reilly… The combination of Mad Max, I Am Legend and Where Eagles Dare provides a fresh take on the end of the world that is riveting from the first page. SecondWorld is a guaranteed one-sitting read that would make a terrific summer movie. (Associated Press)

Another crisply plotted tale from the fertile imagination of Jeremy Robinson. This one has it all, frozen Nazis, UFO crashes, Antarctica, and some really cool science. Plan to hunker down for all-nighter with this one. I did. (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key)

Robinson blends myth, science and terminal velocity action like no one else. (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Nocturnal)

The year 2012 is synonymous with Doomsday, but what if the cause of the chaos to come was. . .Adolf Hitler? Read SecondWorld, a new treat from Jeremy Robinson. (Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of Meg & Grim Reaper: End of Days)

A harrowing, edge of your seat thriller told by a master storyteller, Jeremy Robinson's SecondWorld is an amazing, globetrotting tale that will truly leave breathless. (Richard Doetsch, international bestselling author of Half-Past Dawn)

Relentless pacing and numerous plot twists drive this compelling stand-alone from Robinson (Threshold)… Thriller fans and apocalyptic fiction aficionados alike will find this audaciously plotted novel enormously satisfying. (Publishers Weekly)

A brisk thriller with neatly timed action sequences, snappy dialogue and the ultimate sympathetic figure in a badly burned little girl with a fighting spirit... The Nazis are determined to have the last gruesome laugh in this efficient doomsday thriller. (Kirkus Reviews)

Compellingly written… But, instead, it's gripping, propelled by expertly controlled pacing and lively characters…. Robinson's punchy prose style will appeal to fans of Matthew Reilly's fast-paced, bigger-than-life thrillers, but this is in no way a knockoff. It's a fresh and satisfying thriller that should bring its author plenty of new fans. (Booklist)

Jeremy Robinson's Threshold is one hell of a thriller, wildly imaginative and diabolical, which combines ancient legends and modern science into a non-stop action ride that will keep you turning the pages until the wee hours. Relentlessly gripping from start to finish, don't turn your back on this book! (Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy on Threshold)

With Threshold Jeremy Robinson goes pedal to the metal into very dark territory. Fast-paced, action-packed and wonderfully creepy! Highly recommended! (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The King of Plagues and Rot & Ruin on Threshold)

Threshold is a blisteringly original tale that blends the thriller and horror genres in a smooth and satisfying hybrid mix. With his new entry in the Jack Sigler series, Jeremy Robinson plants his feet firmly on territory blazed by David Morrell and James Rollins. The perfect blend of mysticism and monsters, both human and otherwise, make Threshold as groundbreaking as it is riveting. (Jon Land, New York Times bestselling author of Strong Enough to Die on Threshold)

Jeremy Robinson is the next James Rollins. (Chris Kuzneski, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Throne and The Prophecy on Threshold)

Jeremy Robinson's Threshold sets a blistering pace from the very first page and never lets up. This globe-trotting thrill ride challenges its well-crafted heroes with ancient mysteries, fantastic creatures, and epic action sequences. For readers seeking a fun rip-roaring adventure, look no further. (Boyd Morrison, bestselling author of The Ark on Threshold)

In Robinson's wildly inventive third Chess Team adventure (after Instinct), the U.S. president, Tom Duncan, joins the team in mortal combat against an unlikely but irresistible gang of enemies, including "regenerating capybara, Hydras, Neanderthals, [and] giant rock monsters." ...Video game on a page? Absolutely. Fast, furious unabashed fun? You bet. (Publishers Weekly on Threshold)

Robinson's books have the necessary action and engaging characters to make the reader frantically turn the pages, but Threshold elevates Robinson to the highest tier of over-the-top action authors, like Matthew Reilly and James Rollins. Intense and personal, this book is a great launching point for new readers, and it delivers beyond the expectations even of his fans. The next Chess Team adventure cannot come fast enough. (Booklist, starred review on Threshold)

Threshold is my favorite Jack Sigler Thriller so far... I hope one day to see the Chess Team materialize on the big screen. Robinson artfully weaves the modern day military with ancient history like no one else has and I would love to see the adventures of the Chess team come alive in a movie. (deadrobotssociety.com on Threshold)

If you thought Pulse and Instinct were fun, just hold on tight my fellow thriller lovers. Jeremy Robinson pulls out all the stops in Threshold making this the most electrifying installment in the series so far. Robinson somehow takes the Tower of Babel, killer statues, giant lizards and insects, Stonehenge, and medieval lore and mixes it all together in this crazy, relentless story that is simply impossible to put down.... I have a blast every time I pick up a Jeremy Robinson novel and Threshold is no exception. I love authors who are dedicated to continually bringing fresh and original content to their fans, and Robinson continues to find ways to do this. If you are longing for a great thriller writer to follow and are tired of waiting a year or more between novels, then give Jeremy Robinson a chance. He's the perfect combination of quality and frequency in a market that is often lacking both. (FictionAddict.com on Threshold)

Jeremy Robinson pulls out all stops in this never-a-dull-moment [novel]... you'll be turning pages faster than you can blink. (Bookloons.com on Threshold)

Pulse was a video game in print form, and [Instinct] is a tribute to James Cameron's film Aliens. Intense and full of riveting plot twists, it is Robinson's best book yet, and it should secure a place for the Chess Team on the A-list of thriller fans who like the over-the-top style of James Rollins and Matthew Reilly. (Booklist on Instinct)

If you like thrillers original, unpredictable and chock-full of action, you are going to love Jeremy Robinson's Chess Team. Instinct riveted me to my chair. (Stephen Coonts on Instinct)

Jeremy Robinson is a fresh new face in adventure writing and will make a mark in suspense for years to come. (David L. Golemon, New York Times bestselling author of Ancients and Leviathan on Instinct)

Instinct is a jungle fever of raw adrenaline that goes straight for the jugular. (Thomas Greanias, New York Times bestselling author of The Atlantis Revelation and The Promised War on Instinct)

Jeremy Robinson's latest novel, Pulse, ratchets his writing to the next level. Rocket-boosted action, brilliant speculation, and the recreation of a horror out of the mythologic past, all seamlessly blend into a rollercoaster ride of suspense and adventure. (James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Oracle on Pulse)

Raiders of the Lost Arc meets Tom Clancy meets Saturday matinee monster flick with myths, monsters, special ops supermen and more high tech weapons than a Bond flick. Pulse is an over-the-top, bullet-ridden good time. (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Contagious and Infected on Pulse)

Pulse contains all of the danger, treachery, and action a reader could wish for. Its band of heros are gutsy and gritty. Robinson's impressive talent is on full display in this one. (Steve Berry on Pulse)

Here's a neat twist: a young adventure thriller writer--whose heroes save the world--saves the world of adventure thrillers. In a genre glutted with popcorn gimmicks and tired rip-offs, Jeremy Robinson dares to craft old-fashioned guilty pleasures--far horizons, ancient maps, and classic monsters--hardwired for the 21st century. There's nothing timid about Robinson as he drops his readers off the cliff without a parachute and somehow manages to catch us an inch or two from doom. (Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author of The Descent and Year Zero on Pulse)

Pulse is Jeremy Robinson's best yet. A really intriguing premise, frightening consequences, wrapped up in roaring adventure. (Stel Pavlou, International Bestselling author of Decipher on Pulse)

Greek myth and biotechnology collide in Robinson's first in a new thriller series to feature the Chess Team... Robinson will have readers turning the pages... (Publishers Weekly on Pulse)

Robinson's latest reads like a video game with tons of action and lots of carnage....The combination of mythology, technology, and high-octane action proves irresistible. (Booklist on Pulse)

From the Back Cover

An old enemy is hell-bent on revenge. And time has already run out…

Lincoln Miller, an ex–Navy SEAL turned NCIS Special Agent, is sent to Aquarius, the world's only sub-oceanic research facility, located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller'sfingers and tastes like blood.

"An action fest that rivals the best of James Rollins, Clive Cussler, and Matthew Reilly."―Associated Press

Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing―no ships, polluters, oxygen. Cut off from the rest of the living world, Miller makes his way to Miami where he discovers a lone survivorand the awful truth: the strange phenomenon that robbed the air of its life-giving force was an attack by an enemy reborn from the ashes of World War II. And they're just getting started. Miami, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo have all been destroyed. And if Miller can't put a stop to those responsible in seven days, the rest of the world will be next…

"Plan to hunker down for an all-nighter with this one. I did."―Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312617860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312617868
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Robinson has a staggering imagination. He has a wild, inventive imagination that should be the envy of all writers. No, Mr. Robinson's challenge seems not to be in coming up with stories, but with reining them in. I would definitely consider his latest novel, SecondWorld, to be over-the-top, but the author is clearly having so much fun with this tale it's hard to fault him for it.

After several brief, frightening prologues, SecondWorld opens beneath the Atlantic Ocean, about nine miles off the coast of Key Largo. Workaholic NCIS special agent Lincoln Miller has been given a puffball assignment: "His skills were better suited to tracking down navy criminals on the lam, or hunting seafaring terrorists. As a former Navy SEAL, now special agent, his skills seemed a gross overkill in the battle against glorified litterbugs. It wasn't until he arrived on-site that he realized the true nature of his assignment--a vacation." Miller is to spend two weeks at the undersea research station Aquarius doing dive patrols for polluters.

When he stops receiving transmissions from the surface, Miller doesn't think twice about it. He's enjoying the solitude and silence when something thunks against the side of the station. It's a large grouper, and looking out the window, all Miller sees is dead marine life. There are red flakes falling down from the surface that appear to have poisoned everything in sight. Miller heads topside to investigate, and suddenly HE'S the fish out of water. He can't breathe. There are red flakes falling from the sky and no oxygen in the atmosphere! Miller is suddenly in an epic struggle for survival, and the opening chapters of the novel document his route to safety, and who and what he encounters along the way.
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This was one of the best books that I have read in some time, and there is quite a bit of competition for that claim. SecondWorld was an amazing combination of action, suspense, historical fiction, and science fiction. I was a little reluctant to start reading because I was concerned that it would be another apocalyptic tale. I enjoyed the Strain Trilogy but it really ended on such a down note that it was depressing. SecondWorld is not a story of doom a gloom, but rather a fantastic adventure with a plot the took one interesting turn after another.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are looking for a fun summer read that is full of action, adventure, and is unlike anything you have read before, this is the book to pick up. I found myself hoping that it would not end.
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Robinson's "Second World" has been a long time coming. Those of us who are fans of his work first heard about this book over a year ago and have no doubt been eagerly awaiting it's release.....I know I had been. Jeremy did not disappoint. Everything about this book screams "Jeremy Robinson". It has a plot that gets thicker the longer you read, characters that make you want to cheer for them out loud, and antagonists and story lines that blur the line on what might actually be possible. Simply put, Robinson is fantastic and Second World is another great read. It's my understanding that this book is supposed to be a "stand alone" but I hope Robinson will reconsider. I for one would love to read more about these characters - and while the book does tie up most of the loose ends, there's always a way to kick things off anew.
In a genre full of copy cats, Robinson continues to find ways to deliver action, adventure, and plots worthy of Hollywood blockbusters while remaining fresh and original. In my opinion, he is the best in his class.
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After months of teasing fans, Robinson delivers his best yet. While I've been a fan of the Chess Team books, this self-contained thriller shows that Robinson has more ideas than just that series. He continues to top himself with each new book, both in action, writing, and (most importantly) the reader's enjoyment.

This is hands-down the fastest of Robinson's books - the plot charges forward with reckless abandon, and that's from a running start, too. Seriously, after a short prologue the book takes all of about 5 pages to explode into absolute mayhem, and the pace rarely lets up. This book goes from zero to bonkers in no time flat and keeps the needle in the red until the very end.

The only thing I found myself disappointed by is a bit hard to explain. The book starts with the protagonist in the "Red Zone", which I won't detail here but is detailed in the book's description. I really expected this section to be a lot longer than it is - it's only the first 10-15% of the book. Robinson wrote a book called "Torment" under the pen name Jeremy Bishop which is more of a survival-horror style book, set in a VERY inhospitable environment. Given SecondWorld's setup, and the emphasis the book's description gives, I thought there would be more time spent on that part of the story. Robinson (as Bishop) wrote a great fight-for-survival yarn in "Torment" and I was expecting more of the same here - maybe he'll revist the Red Zone someday as it was a rich setup that didn't get played to full effect. Again, 5 star review and I loved this book, but know what you're getting. Once the protagonist escapes the book becomes much more of a save the world action novel.

A fast-paced, fun read that'll leave you with a smile on your face. Highly recommended.
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