When terrorism goes viral, one man goes ballistic.
They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn. Air force veteran. Champion boxer. Trained assassin. Handpicked for a new global task force that, officially, does not exist, Quinn answers only to the director of National Intelligence and the US president himself.
His methods are as simple—and brutal—as his codename: the Hammer.
MARC CAMERON, a native of Texas, has spent over twentyfive years in law enforcement, the last twenty with the federal government. His assignments have taken him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, Canada to Mexico, and points in between. Having earned a second degree black belt in jujitsu, he often teaches defensive tactics to other law enforcement agencies and civilian groups. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and BMW motorcycle.
©2011 Marc Cameron (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“One of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre…Terrifying…In one word: awesome.” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
I'm happy to report that this is an excellent book! I listen to 50 books a year, many from this genre i.e. all the Eislers, Flynn etc. This is right up there. Excellent main character, hightly skilled but not cartoonish. Great bad guys. I'm ready for the next immediately. Once I adapted to reader after first half hour or so, I found him very good. Took a little while to get used to his voice and keep from drifting. By the end I was able to differentiate all the characters clearly with his acting. I would definitely recommend this fast paced straightforward book!
The story is great, the idea is very good and the execution, more or less, is quite enjoyable. The narrator is also very good and I enjoyed his performance.
My only problem was small details that were just unbelievable on their own, that seemed to exist just to drive the story forward. I thought the author was better than that, and I wish he'd edit those again. There were a couple of details about the behavior of the feds and the CDC doctor that were completely illogical, and the fix for those would be relatively simple by doing a bit more research about how things actually work. Same goes to some other minor character behaviors and some scenes - it felt like the author wrote those thinking what HE THINKS an army person would do rather than actually checking what would be done, or what he wanted person X to do to move the story forward rather than researching if this is really logical for a trained federal agent (or agency in general) to do.
I don't want to give spoilers, so I will hold some of the examples back, but the believability was, at times, quite lacking. I had to suspend my disbelief for those parts and it hurt the enjoyment of the book.
That said, if you like action thrillers in fast pace, this book is definitely enjoyable. It's a good airplane read (or listen).
Some small parts made me shudder, and not quite for the right reason (see above about consistency and believability) but other than that, if you just move on past those, the book is enjoyable.
I don't usually take the time to write full reviews, but I had to this time.
The storyline is great in this book, and the writing and performance were very enjoyable, so those unbelievable points (where it seems research on the author side failed or didn't exist at all) were so disappointed, I had to share. Without those parts, I'd have given this book a full 5-star review with fanfare. As it is right now, it's a not-too-bad story you should listen to if you're going on a long trip, and ignore the inconsistencies for the sake of the story.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I enjoyed the story while reading it: nicely complex, believable character behavior (well, as long as we exclude the female character, she was odd), and a reasonable bad-guy.
The problem I had with it is that 2 days after reading it I couldn't really remember/distinguish the plot. I read a lot of books of this type - this book, while a sound and interesting read while reading it, did not have that 'thing' that makes the story and/or the characters stick in your mind. Oddly enough, it was only the main character's name that allowed me to recall how this book was different than the other thriller-terrorism books I read.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing though - I don't really expect these types of novels to have some deeper meaning that sticks with me afterward.
The part I liked best was that even though the characters are 'super soldiers', they didn't come across as unbelievable or smarmy, and the novel as a whole doesn't waste time with lectures or morals re terrorism, or the military, and etc. There was a tad too much, err, we'll call it 'interest' in motorcycles - they are described the way most authors describe women. And the only female character here did not ring true on any level. She wasn`t written like the simpering bimbo most women in these types of novels are, but it felt like the author was trying too hard to make her come across as 'strong' even though he wrote her based on stereotypes.
Anyway, she isn't significant to the story. Nor is the stereotype 'buddy' who gets called in to help (but doesn't really do anything other than talk about his wife). No matter though... I will definitely be reading the next in the series. For its genre, it is well above average. The narration was good. It wasn't particularly graphic and there is no sex in it.
Easy to Please
This book is one of those you quickly forget. Well-narrated, but the storytelling was just thin in many places. And I really don't like the obvious setting-you-up-for-the sequel in the epilogue--a really good book leaves a reader eager to read the author's next work because of the connection made with the characters, not because of an author's tossed-in device suggesting the story may not be completely told.
This isn't an author who left me wanting to read more.
Weiner is an experienced narrator who rarely misses a step.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this book. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. Thoroughly middle of the road. There was some action but not a ton of it, there was some character development but not a ton of it. The story just didn’t reach out and grab me but it kept me interested enough to finish it but not want to read the next book. One redeeming quality is that I think Jacque is probably one of my 10 ten favorite characters. I wish he had more time in the book.
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The real possibility that this could happen at any time in our world. A lot of brilliant people out there today who can easily be led astray for the wrong cause. A Pandora epidemic is most certainly something that could happen today.
I found the beginning of the book very memorable. A normal day which turns to hell in a matter of hours. You so wish the loss of the policeman could have been avoided and in truth had Molly stayed home, it would have.
Jericho Quinn who is most certainly a force to be reckoned with. He is quite a character and for sure one you would like in your corner.
My reaction was that I wanted him to catch all the bad guys quickly. Several scenes made me catch my breath as well as consider losing my stomach once or twice. The author did a good job of putting you in the scene and making you feel like you were there experiencing what he was.
The first chapter grabbed me and made me want to keep going to see what was next for the well developed characters here. All the characters were developed well and fit their part of the story perfectly. It was an excellent listen though I would like for the women's voices to be a little better done. I have heard worse though and it did not distract from the story as a whole.
National Security is one of the best spy/thriller books I've listened to in quite some time. The book doesn't try to be something that it's not (no
I really enjoyed a minor character at the beginning of book. A police officer whose eyes were used for us to see a terrorist attack. Marc Cameron did such a good job of having me connect with the cop that I was disappointed when I realized he was not the main character.
Cameron made up for this disappointement with Jericho Quinn. Quinn is up there with Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn), Scot Harvath (Brad Thor), and Gabriel Allon (Daniel Silva) in the fight against terrorists. Smart, multi-lingual, and able to blend behind enemy lines, he reminded me a bit of Jason Bourne without the split personality.
At first, Weiner would not have been my first pick for a narrator. His vocal style just didn't seem well suited for this genre, but I do think he did a great job with a few of the characters. His voice for Thibodaux helped paint the picture of this man in my mind's eye. By the end of the book Weiner's voice had become transparent to me.
If you enjoy thriller/spy books, I recommend you give this one a try. I know I am looking forward to the sequel.
Marc really gets you to fall in love with the characters. I have listened to one full book a week for the last year, this is one of my favorites.
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