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When terrorists attack the most famous theme park in America, one man stands in their way - expect explosive action from the start in a new series by New York Times bestselling author Greg Rucka.

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Greg Rucka is the bestselling author of nearly a dozen novels published in the US. He has also written several short-stories, countless comics, and the occasional non-fiction essay. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world's best-known characters - Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman - and is currently working on Punisher. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children.Visit his website at www.gregrucka.com, follow him on Twitter @ruckawriter, and find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GregRucka.

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Cynical hero, unrelenting villains and a story told at rocket-fuelled pace...has a speed and conviction that sets it apart. The perfect airplane read - Daily MailA tough, action-filled thriller that starts at a gallop and never slows down - Canberra TimesHands down, the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping, butt-kicking novel I've read in years. - Christopher ReichPulse-pounding...Rucka mixes suspense and an alarmingly realistic plot with ease. - Publishers WeeklyThis lean, mean thriller with just the right amount of character development and unexpected complications will appeal to all who enjoy this genre but particularly to readers who like a strong hero along the lines of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. - Library JournalCynical hero, unrelenting villains and a story told at rocket-fuelled pace...has a speed and conviction that sets it apart. The perfect airplane read - Daily MailA tough, action-filled thriller that starts at a gallop and never slows down - Canberra TimesHands down, the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping, butt-kicking novel I've read in years. - Christopher Reich

This pulse-pounding first in a new thriller series from bestseller Rucka (The Last Run) introduces special operative Jonathan "Jad" Bell. Back in the States and recently divorced after missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bell accepts a high-level security job at WilsonVille, a fictional Disney rival in California, where unbeknownst to his WilsonVille bosses, his real job is to monitor potential attacks on the park. Meanwhile, a Russian from Odessa who's been groomed over several years to be a sleeper agent, lands a summer job at WilsonVille, where he's known as college student Gabriel Fuller. Fuller and his team first release botulinum toxin into the park's air, setting off an evacuation. Later, they threaten to detonate a dirty bomb and kill the hostages they've taken, including Bell's deaf 16-year-old daughter, Athena. Bell must weigh his duties as a soldier and a father, while racing against the clock. Rucka mixes suspense and an alarmingly realistic plot with ease. Agent: David Hale, DHS Literary. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rucka gets his new series featuring Ex-Delta Force Master Sergeant Jad Bell off to a smashing start with this pitch-perfect thriller. Bell, a former sniper team leader, has taken a security job at WilsonVille, a world-class theme park in California. Unbeknown to Jad, one of the park's costumed characters, Pooch (aka Gabriel), also ex-U.S. Army, is a sleeper agent for an Uzbek thug serving a man with global terrorist connections. On the very day that Jad's ex-wife and their deaf daughter plan to visit the park on a school field trip, Jad is warned about a dirty bomb hidden on the premises. VERDICT This lean, mean thriller with just the right amount of character development and unexpected complications will appeal to all who enjoy this genre but particularly to readers who like a strong hero along the lines of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Highly recommended.-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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