Alpha

Alpha For the visitors to Wilsonville the largest theme park in the world the day begins with a smile But by the end they start to wonder will they escape with their lives Undercover Delta Force operato

  • Title: Alpha
  • Author: Greg Rucka
  • ISBN: 9780316182287
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For the visitors to Wilsonville, the largest theme park in the world, the day begins with a smile But, by the end, they start to wonder will they escape with their lives Undercover Delta Force operator, Master Sergeant Jonathan Jad Bell has been deployed to act as Wilsonville s lead undercover security officer The threat begins with the announcement of a hidden dirtyFor the visitors to Wilsonville, the largest theme park in the world, the day begins with a smile But, by the end, they start to wonder will they escape with their lives Undercover Delta Force operator, Master Sergeant Jonathan Jad Bell has been deployed to act as Wilsonville s lead undercover security officer The threat begins with the announcement of a hidden dirty bomb, but quickly becomes something far, far worse Trained since the age of 18 to save innocent victims from impossible hostage situations, Jad scrambles to assess the threat and protect the visitors He will come face to face with a villain whose training matches his in every way and presents a danger Jad may not be able to stop.

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      Published :2019-06-12T14:00:48+00:00

    About “Greg Rucka”

    1. Greg Rucka

      Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen Country series.

    913 thoughts on “Alpha”

    1. This is Die Hard in Disneyland, and is exactly as enjoyable and fun as that sounds. It's a big 80's action movie, the sort I love, updated for modern times in novel form. If opening a book by showing a man in a Goofy suit pulling out a knife and attacking an undercover military operative sounds hilarious to you, you'll probably like Alpha.It isn't played as a joke though. That's part of the charm. Everything is very straight-faced. There's lots of military jargon and realpolitik, an ageing Veter [...]


    2. Greg Rucka's Alpha rachets up the tension and thrills by having terrorist seize a world famous amusement park and threaten a group of hostages with instant death and the country as a whole with the detonation of a dirty bomb. The terrorists are convincing led by a deep sleeper agent, Gabriel Fuller, a former Odessan gangster, who was planted in the United States seven years previously. After stints in the US Army and a college education, Fuller, once activated swiftly obeys the commands of his h [...]


    3. Alpha is a tense, suspense-filled story. Admittedly, I was bit thrown by the present tense format. I'm not a huge fan of that. I prefer past tense narrative. Otherwise, I have to say that Rucka has another success on his hands. I've been reading almost every graphic novel by his I can get my hands on, because he knows what he's doing. This is my first official prose book by him. He can write just as good without illustrations to tell the story.I found myself feeling very sympathetic towards the [...]


    4. FFFFFFFTTTTTTT. That's the sound of ALPHA entering and leaving my consciousness. It's like a mind-fart, but without the stink. You'd remember the stink.Rucka's first four Atticus Kodiak books and his Queen & Country comics bought him enough goodwill that I'll always read his stuff. But, man, it's been a while since a Rucka novel slapped me in the heartplace like SHOOTING AT MIDNIGHT or A GENTLEMEN'S GAME did. It's not that ALPHA was bad. It justwas. Fun enough, I guess, despite the fact that [...]


    5. I was 12 years old in the summer of 1988, but early into it I remember seeing TV commercials for a movie that looked pretty interesting. It was an action movie that looked intense, but it had the guy from “Moonlighting” in it, so that was a little weird. I still wanted to see it though and several weeks later I did. That movie was of course “Die Hard,” which spawned an almost whole new sub-genre of action films. The original of that genre is still the best though. I loved “Die Hard” [...]


    6. Great book, plenty of action, fighting, and terrorist planning. My personal opinion is it was very good, I would definitely see it if it became a film. The middle drug out a little to much for my tastes, but the ending has absolutely has me going for the next.


    7. Thought this was fantastic. Read it in a day. Rucka has flown under the radar as a novelist for too long - his Kodiak series is one of the best in crime fiction, but probably one of the least appreciated - but this is a top-notch thriller that deserves a huge audience. The amusement park setting is great, Jad Bell is a terrific hero and the pacing is brilliant. A thriller in every way.


    8. "Die Hard" at ersatz Disney World. Fun, though I could have done without the opening bit where our 40something hero is banging the 20yo barista, especially since it has absolutely no bearing on the story whatsoever.


    9. This was an exciting book! It's like Die Hard at an amusement park. I loved the setting and storyline. I will definitley be reading more of Rucka's books in the future. I also liked the mention of Odessa in the book since that is my daughter's name. :)


    10. Jad Bell is the guy you want on your side if all hell breaks loose. He and his team have traveled all over the world taking care of the bad guys. He is tasked with becoming the assistant director of security for WilsonVille in southern California. A huge tourist destination, the theme park brings to life all the characters of the Wilson Entertainment World: Pooch; the Flower Sisters and their entourage; Clip Flashman in all his incarnations. US military has reached a credible threat that amuseme [...]


    11. In both his prose and comics work, Greg Rucka's strength has always been his masterful characterization of the broad range of protagonists he's played with, regardless of whether they're company-owned or his own creations. Not taking anything away from his precise plotting and meticulous research, but those things count for naught if your characters are one-dimensional, cardboard cutouts of the genre. When Rucka signed a book deal with Mulholland Books, I was genuinely excited to jump on board R [...]


    12. Alpha takes more time to get into than other books of its ilk but that time ends up being well worth it. At first, I couldn't help thinking the book lacked focus and clarity. As a fan of Greg Rucka's prior work, I was almost disappointed. But as a Rucka fan I should have known better. After the first 100 pages or so, Rucka hits his stride and Alpha becomes a thrill ride moving at breakneck speed, with non-stop action and intrigue and attention to detail on a level that is frankly inconceivable. [...]


    13. ALPHA is an adrenaline-fueled rocket-sled ride through a Southern California amusement park that has become a terrorist target. Former soldier Jonathan "Jad" Bell is trying to start a new life in Alaska after his divorce when his commanding officer shows up to offer him a job as deputy director of park safety in a Disney-esque amusement park near L.A. As soon as he takes the job, Bell senses that something will happen, and when his deaf daughter Athena calls him via computer to tell him she and [...]


    14. 34/292 - Ex military guy takes over security at a Disney-like theme park. 'Diehard at Disney'? Seems very authentic or researched. Rucka also writes for DC comics.91/292 - Moving along swimmingly. I'm not too interested in a lot of villain details. Not much action yet except for a flashback.171/292 - Shots fired. In the thick of it now. I've found I'm a sucker for military slang. ('Alpha' is code for 1st floor.) Succinct prose. Sometimes I get a little confused. Would make a smart action movie. [...]


    15. Wilsonville is the largest theme park in the world. It was built to compete with the Disney theme parks. Visitors are amazed at the variety of activities available to them. However, its very popularity makes it a prime terrorist target, and now a sleeper cell has been sent to make an example of it. Retired Delta Force operator, Master Sergeant Jonathan "Jad" Bell, is Wilsonville's lead undercover security officer. The threat announced is of a hidden dirty bomb. But this is only a front. Hostages [...]


    16. Terrorists attack Disneyland Wilsonville. A special ops team must take them down, disarm the dirty bomb, and save the hostages. You know, the usual. Very action-oriented. Basically a 292-page strategic and tactical blueprint for how to run an anti-terror operation in a theme park. Rucka is very very good at this stuffbut in this case he relied on coincidence to a surprising and unfortunate extent to drive the story. Hero's daughter just happens to show up on Terrorism Day, and Chief Bad Guy's gi [...]


    17. I have read all the books in the Atticus Kodiak series and really enjoyed Walking Dead. So I had high hopes for this new series/character. I did like the book , but it didn't blow me away. I thought the character development for Jad was a little thin. I'm not sure if that was done on purpose and Rucka will flesh him out in later novels or if he intended to leave things vague. I know a certain amount of mystery about a character's past can be intriguing, but I found myself wishing the book had be [...]


    18. Read this in one sitting, its the perfect summer book if you're looking for a good new action series. It doesn't reinvent the wheel nor does Rucka try to. The book is essentially Die Hard in an amusement park, in place of John McClaine is Jad Bell, former special forces hired to take over security for the largest amusement park in the country which if course, happens to be the site of a terrorist attack. Yeah, that doesn't sound too original but Rucka's moves the plot along like a speeding bulle [...]


    19. I love Greg Rucka books! But not this one. Aside from some very clever bits in some of the scenes, this was very straight-forward. You pretty much knew who was going to die and who was the bad guy. As always the technical details were just right, without being annoying. The emotional content of the characters was very limited. A fun summer romp, but not up to the high Rucka standard: This was published well after A Deeper Blue which shares the theme park setting. I kept waiting for the Keldara t [...]


    20. As a fan of Rucka's Queen & Country series, I thought I would give Alpha a shot. Sounded good, Die Hard meets Disney Land so to speak. Except Jad Bell is not the wrong guy in the wrong place, he is the right guy in the right place.I liked this thriller, plenty of action and I like Jad and his crew. I would have liked a little more interaction at the end. It sure leads the way to Bravo. Which I will probably get once it comes under $9 or so.


    21. Ok book for what it is but not a memorable read. Plus, the last couple of pages have "sequel" stamped all over them! I may try another book by this author but I'm not going out of my way to find him.


    22. Well-written, expertly paced, taut, tense, intricately plotted, gripping action, etc etc etc. Couldn't be a better written thriller. And yet, I never -- not for one second -- found myself giving a rip. No idea why, but it just left me apathetic.


    23. This was pretty good.At times it jumped around in time in ways that was a little confusing, but it made up for that in world building, which is a little odd in a thriller. Usually you don't have a ton on World Building because it's a thriller, it's the real world.This is set in a theme park that rivals Disneyland called Wilsonville.The book begins with a war scene and it's a good establishing scene, very exciting and it introduces the team. And then it cuts to a chapter that is all about establi [...]


    24. Greg first came to my attention with his runs on Batman and Detective Comics, which I enjoyed immensely – so I was really interested to read one of his novels, and I wasn’t disappointed. Alpha stars Jad Bell and follows his efforts to take on a group of damned dangerous terrorists who take over the US’s biggest theme park – not Disneyland, but a fictional stand-in, which serves just as well. Greg managed to balance a racing plot with political intrigue, hectic action and surprises, while [...]


    25. Shades of Rainbow SixReading this I couldn't help but think back to Tom Clancy's book. I loved that and read it twice. This book is as good. And Bell is more a loner than John Clark but every bit as lethal. Good exciting read, good characters.


    26. The Jad Bell series, consisting of "Alpha" and "Bravo", are very well written and thrilling books. Some bad guys, some heroes, some romance, some conspiracies ingredients to keep you reading! I am sure it would make great movie-material.


    27. Waffling between a 2 or 3 I've read many Rucka books, and this didn't do it for me. Largely because I didn't care more about Jad at the end than the beginning. Not sure if I'll read the sequel (which I already own).



    28. Not a lot of depth to the plot nor character development. No display of critical thinking skills by the lead character. Much below average for the genre.


    29. Fast-paced, popcorn flick funIf you enjoy action hero hijinks, this book is for you. Rucka's created another broken antagonist you can't help but root for.


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