by Greg Rucka
This was sold into me thus: Think – Die Hard in Disneyland! How could I resist? I took the proof copy home and started it that very night. A few nights later I was done. Very well written and well observed, ALPHA starts slowly (methodically) but the tension builds and builds until I was turning the pages faster than I could read them. I HAD to know how it ended. Fun stuff.
With bad guys who think themselves above all moral codes, who will stop at nothing to attain their ends, and a good guy who is so good at being awesome it hurts, ALPHA is the perfect read for fans of LEE CHILD, DIE HARD and BOURNE.
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.
Jonathan ‘Jad’ Bell has spent a lifetime in the US army. He can be relied on to get the job done, whatever happens, whatever the cost.
So when someone needs to go undercover at the nation’s biggest amusement park, Jad is the obvious choice. Aside from dealing with fights and missing children, his main responsibility is to prevent the nightmare scenario from coming to pass.
This is the nightmare scenario:
A group of well-trained, highly motivated terrorists infiltrate the park. They cut off all escape routes. They take hostages. They ensure every camera in the world is trained on Wilsonville…and then they turn it into a bloodbath.
And on the day the nightmare becomes real, Jad and his team are all that stands between a band of ruthless killers and thousands of innocent people… including Jad’s estranged wife and daughter.
Available 12th June 2012
About the Author
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.
“”Rucka gets his new series featuring Ex-Delta Force Master Sergeant Jad Bell off to a smashing start with this pitch-perfect thriller. 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.”–Library Journal (starred review)
“Pulse-pounding….Rucka mixes suspense and an alarmingly realistic plot with ease.”–Publishers Weekly
“An interesting setting, a liable hero, an appropriately clever villain, and a gripping story. A real corker.”-–Booklist
“Greg Rucka is one of the best writers in the world.”–Brian Michael Bendis, writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four
“ALPHA is hands down, the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping, butt-kicking novel I’ve read in years. Rucka is the real deal. If this one doesn’t make you stay up late rooting for the good guys, you don’t have a heartbeat. Highly recommended!”–Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception and Numbered Account )
“One of our best writers.”–Lee Child
“Read Greg Rucka. It’s that simple. Open one of his books and what you’ve got is a fistful of dynamite.”–The Cincinnati Enquirer
“Greg Rucka is a refreshingly bold talent.”–Dennis Lehane
“A true professional.”–Chicago Tribune
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.