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National Security | [Marc Cameron]

National Security

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“One of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre…Terrifying…In one word: awesome.” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

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    John Roseland, NJ, United States 11-24-11
    John Roseland, NJ, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Moriel United States 07-15-12
    Moriel United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2010

    mooeypoo

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    "Enjoyable, but a little unbelievable"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 12-29-12
    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.

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    "Fast paced action and suspense are your ride here"
    What did you love best about National Security?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of National Security?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Evan 05-16-15
    Evan 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Strong terrorist plot with great storytelling"

    Think that this writer is the best I've read since Vince Flynn. Have been depressed since finishing all of the Mitch Rapp books a long time ago but excited about this character, Jerrico Quinn!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil 10-25-14
    Cecil 10-25-14
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    "Great book - could not put it down"
    If you could sum up National Security in three words, what would they be?

    High drama - fast moving, to be the 1st in a series made me order the other books in the series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of National Security?

    When the villain got his due


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good performance by Tom Weiner, this was the 1st time I had heard him.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 08-13-14
    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.

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    "A New Top Five Hero"

    I'm putting Jericho in the hero pantheon with Reacher, Rapp, Bauer, Harvath, Andreas, et al. This guy may be closer to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp than the others.

    I look forward to completing the series over the next week. Keep'em coming Mr Cameron.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elle 09-15-13
    Elle 09-15-13

    Easy to Please

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    "Not a page-turner"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marc Cameron? Why or why not?

    This isn't an author who left me wanting to read more.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Weiner is an experienced narrator who rarely misses a step.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John - Audible 06-23-15 Member Since 2015

    I have to admit I didn’t start listening to audiobooks until I started at Audible (Shhh don’t tell anyone), but have since become addicted!

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    "A Challenger for Mitch Rapp"

    When I started reading National Security, the main character Jericho Quinn really made me think of another of my favorite fictional characters Mitch Rapp. Both have the same complexion which allows them to navigate hostile environments and both are very good at getting the job done (and not following orders in the process!). Definitely a great start to this series and I am ready to start book #2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DesertLizzie Mesa, Arizona 06-03-15
    DesertLizzie Mesa, Arizona 06-03-15 Member Since 2012

    DesertLizzie

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    "Solid story and performance"

    This was a solid story and narration. In the style of Flynn and Baldacci, it probably wasn't quite to their level but it was good enough to make me want to read the next book in the series. It has likable characters - Quinn is humble enough to make him feel real - the bad guys are a bit too stereotypical for my taste but, then, is it possible to write a believable jihadist? I wonder. All in all, an acceptable start to what I hope will be an interesting series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA 05-29-15
    Vincent Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The story was OK."

    The plot was interesting. Character development was good but not great. The performance was also good. The dialogue was the weakest part of the story. It just didn't seem realistic. A bit juvenile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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