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Sam Capra is living the dream. He has a perfect job with the CIA, and a perfect wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. But one sunny day, Sam’s life changes forever. After narrowly avoiding an explosion, Sam wakes up in a prison cell. Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to survive, and discover the truth about those he thought he k Sam Capra is living the dream. He has a perfect job with the CIA, and a perfect wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. But one sunny day, Sam’s life changes forever. After narrowly avoiding an explosion, Sam wakes up in a prison cell. Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to survive, and discover the truth about those he thought he knew...


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Sam Capra is living the dream. He has a perfect job with the CIA, and a perfect wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. But one sunny day, Sam’s life changes forever. After narrowly avoiding an explosion, Sam wakes up in a prison cell. Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to survive, and discover the truth about those he thought he k Sam Capra is living the dream. He has a perfect job with the CIA, and a perfect wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. But one sunny day, Sam’s life changes forever. After narrowly avoiding an explosion, Sam wakes up in a prison cell. Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to survive, and discover the truth about those he thought he knew...

30 review for Adrenaline

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maureen ( NOT RECEIVING NOTIFICATIONS)

    *3.5 stars* Sam Capra is a UK based CIA operative. He’s married to Lucy, and the two are expecting their first child any time, but then a disaster strikes , changing everything. He enters a meeting, and gets a call from his Lucy telling him to leave the building immediately, and as he stands outside, the building is completely destroyed by a bomb. Many of his colleagues, and others in the place are killed, and as he stares in disbelief, he sees his wife being driven away, clearly in a state of di *3.5 stars* Sam Capra is a UK based CIA operative. He’s married to Lucy, and the two are expecting their first child any time, but then a disaster strikes , changing everything. He enters a meeting, and gets a call from his Lucy telling him to leave the building immediately, and as he stands outside, the building is completely destroyed by a bomb. Many of his colleagues, and others in the place are killed, and as he stares in disbelief, he sees his wife being driven away, clearly in a state of distress. This is a compelling start to this thriller. The beginning is tense and very gripping. The story goes through Capra’s doubts about his wife, the questioning, and the demolition of his career in the CIA, because his colleagues think he may be a traitor, why else would he leave the building just before a bomb goes off? But then he gets some clues about the perpetrators, and is soon on their trail, helped by a lady who works for another shadowy organisation. Apparently, she wants them as badly as he does.   The story moves from England to the US, to Holland, and back to the US again, and the action never stops. I did end up feeling that the middle part of the book was a little slow, and had to suspend disbelief at times, but it was an exciting read, with plenty of tension, and I enjoyed it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: He was probably good at handling contracts and subordinates and accounts. I was none of those things. (c) Q: Silence is my most powerful weapon. Most people literally cannot sit in silence with another human being around, especially in a café over drinks. We consider it odd. (c) Q: Nic, the wannabe badass, was a computer geek who lived with his mother. (c) Q: Parkour is about effective movement from place to place. Efficiency. I made my mind a knife. I cut the problem into small steps that could Q: He was probably good at handling contracts and subordinates and accounts. I was none of those things. (c) Q: Silence is my most powerful weapon. Most people literally cannot sit in silence with another human being around, especially in a café over drinks. We consider it odd. (c) Q: Nic, the wannabe badass, was a computer geek who lived with his mother. (c) Q: Parkour is about effective movement from place to place. Efficiency. I made my mind a knife. I cut the problem into small steps that could be done in one fluid movement. I had been hanging on to the windowsill for less than ten seconds. I had no time to spare. (c) Q: I don’t want to have a boss who thinks he’s a ninja. (c) Q: She goes nowhere without her three sons. I suspect their father is the devil and Mrs. Ling won custody. (c) Q: “Let me get this straight,” I said. “I have just told you that the guy who bombed the London office is smuggling seriously dangerous goods into America, and you want to know what hostel I stayed at?”(c) Q: We weren’t exactly a pair of badasses. (c)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Ventura

    Here's the litmus test to determine if you'd like this book: If, in the middle of an action/combat scene in which the main character is attacked by a swarthy sailor with a switchblade, the main character's reaction is to think to himself, 'The 1980s called and wants its weapon back', do you dig it or almost throw your Kindle into the nearby swimming pool? There's a reason I'm writing this from my iPad. If you have nothing else to read except deodorant packaging, sure, pick up this book. It's a pred Here's the litmus test to determine if you'd like this book: If, in the middle of an action/combat scene in which the main character is attacked by a swarthy sailor with a switchblade, the main character's reaction is to think to himself, 'The 1980s called and wants its weapon back', do you dig it or almost throw your Kindle into the nearby swimming pool? There's a reason I'm writing this from my iPad. If you have nothing else to read except deodorant packaging, sure, pick up this book. It's a predictable thriller starring Sam Capra, who's entirely one-dimensional and seems never to struggle with things most protagonists do, like self-doubt, making mistakes, and being human. He's cocksure and slick, and Abbott never seem to tire of explaining how Capras gets through sticky situations using parkour, which gets tiresome quickly. (I'm guessing it's also Abbott's passion.) But whatever. I got this from Harlan Corbin's recommended summer thriller list, but I'm now convinced that Corbin (a) was drunk, or (b) is a good friend of Abbott, because no way this book makes a shortlist of best thrillers without some altered judgment or greased palms. The heir apparent to Jason Bourne Sam Capra is not. Not a chance. Average at best. If you're looking for a quick junk read, you found it. If you want more, keep looking.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    This is the book that made me the reader that I am today. I am so thankful with this book because it got me started into reading. Before this book i did not read anything at all, dont ask me why because i dont know ( i was missing out) but now i have read 14 books just this year. To me that is a great accomplishment because i used to not read anything, so to go from nothing to 14 is awsome! One of my friends asked me if i could go with him to barnes and noble to get some books. While i was the This is the book that made me the reader that I am today. I am so thankful with this book because it got me started into reading. Before this book i did not read anything at all, dont ask me why because i dont know ( i was missing out) but now i have read 14 books just this year. To me that is a great accomplishment because i used to not read anything, so to go from nothing to 14 is awsome! One of my friends asked me if i could go with him to barnes and noble to get some books. While i was there i was looking around when i saw the title of this book, it was in big red letters, i picked it up and read the back of it and i liked what it showed it was about. Am a really big fan of 007 movies and books, i think that is why i decided to give it a chance. I am so glad i got the book, it is one of the best decisions i have made. I was hooked instantly, i was surprised that i read it until 1 am that night. I ended up finishing it in four days. I really liked the fact that it was a really fast paced easy to read book because i was or am a novice reader. The story itself is great, it is action packed throughout the whole book, it actually never ends. It has many twists and some suspense moments. Overall it is a great book to read. I highly recomend it to anyone, but you would like it best if you are into spy, action, guns, 007 type of books and movies. I cant wait for the paperback edition of the sequel ( the last minute ) to come out in december!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the second book, I've read by this author and it is the first one in his Sam Capra series. It was great to get the back story on Sam, because I've already read the 5th one in this series. I actually liked this one. It was fast paced and entertaining. Some of the plot was a little far fetched, but I didn't care.....the ride was fun and I could almost believe this world the author described. I liked the characters. They were fun and interesting. Sam, the MC, wasn't overly defined in this o This is the second book, I've read by this author and it is the first one in his Sam Capra series. It was great to get the back story on Sam, because I've already read the 5th one in this series. I actually liked this one. It was fast paced and entertaining. Some of the plot was a little far fetched, but I didn't care.....the ride was fun and I could almost believe this world the author described. I liked the characters. They were fun and interesting. Sam, the MC, wasn't overly defined in this one, but it was interesting to see his beginnings with this new organization. So 4 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbi

    "Adrenaline" is the first novel written by Jeff Abbott that I've read. The premise of the book sounded promising, the beginning chapters were exciting, and then the story simply ran out of steam. In fact, it was about 100 pages too long. I read a fair amount of mysteries and spy thrillers, most of them more suspenseful and better written than "Adrenaline". In my opinion, this book deserves a C+ to B rating. Without warning, CIA operative Sam Capra's happy life and the world as he knows it are bla "Adrenaline" is the first novel written by Jeff Abbott that I've read. The premise of the book sounded promising, the beginning chapters were exciting, and then the story simply ran out of steam. In fact, it was about 100 pages too long. I read a fair amount of mysteries and spy thrillers, most of them more suspenseful and better written than "Adrenaline". In my opinion, this book deserves a C+ to B rating. Without warning, CIA operative Sam Capra's happy life and the world as he knows it are blasted to smithereens, his family is torn apart, and he is accused of being a traitor. Sam spends the rest of the book tracking down and ultimately triumphing over a legion of bad guys using his wits, athleticism, guns, bare fists, flying feet and whatever objects happen to be handy. About midway through the book, I became aware that the near misses were too numerous, the twists were too tangled and implausible, and the turns too numerous to count. Notwithstanding my overall disappointment, it's likely that I'll give the sequel a try in the hope that the author's next book will deliver more punch and less drag.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This started out really well, a 4 star read. Unfortunately, it jumped the shark about halfway through & kept doing so. I don't know why the author felt he had to have a guy jump off a bridge on to a truck doing 70 mph down a highway, but that's TV garbage. Up until that point, it had been pretty realistic, too. The hero & story starts out really well. He's into parkour & that was well used at first. His life is shattered & he never gives up. Well done. The bars were a good touch & some of the sna This started out really well, a 4 star read. Unfortunately, it jumped the shark about halfway through & kept doing so. I don't know why the author felt he had to have a guy jump off a bridge on to a truck doing 70 mph down a highway, but that's TV garbage. Up until that point, it had been pretty realistic, too. The hero & story starts out really well. He's into parkour & that was well used at first. His life is shattered & he never gives up. Well done. The bars were a good touch & some of the snappy dialog was fun. Some was overdone (He sees a switchblade & thinks, "The 80s want their weapon back." Seriously?) but that was forgivable. The scum & situations that he has to deal with were great & the twists excellent. The story got worse as it went on until I was glad it was over. It's a shame. There were so many good elements in the book. Toning down just a few things would have made a far better story. Shortening the book by 20% or a bit more would have helped, too. At least it wrapped up well enough that I don't need to read further into the series. Yes, there are a couple of strings for further books, but I don't really care to follow them. I'm tempted to give this 2 stars, but it's a little better than that. I'll give it 3 stars without recommending it unless you're out of other stuff to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eric_W

    Sam Capra is off to work. Things are going well. His wife, Lucy, is 8 months pregnant and he loves his job as part of a special team that tracks down bad guys through their networks. He is just about to make an important report when Lucy calls telling him to meet her downstairs and then when he gets there, to run. He spots her in a car across the street and runs toward the car just as the top floor of the building, where his offices are located, blows up. Soon, the next thing he knows is being lo Sam Capra is off to work. Things are going well. His wife, Lucy, is 8 months pregnant and he loves his job as part of a special team that tracks down bad guys through their networks. He is just about to make an important report when Lucy calls telling him to meet her downstairs and then when he gets there, to run. He spots her in a car across the street and runs toward the car just as the top floor of the building, where his offices are located, blows up. Soon, the next thing he knows is being locked in a dungeon, where he and Lucy are accused of being traitors. After being held several months being tortured, all the while maintaining his innocence, he escapes and flees to Rotterdam with the assistance of a shadowy group which he doesn’t understand, but whose help certainly willing to accept. Weird weapons, groups within groups, psychotic killers, Patty Hearst parallels, and parkour (I had never heard of this, slug that I am.) Not to mention Roger Cadet. A bit too James Bond at times, nevertheless a fun time-waster. This book delivers what the title suggests; it's a frenetic rush. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 since I happen to be in a good mood this morning.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I don’t normally read stories like Adrenaline. You know the kind: the generic dime store thriller you see among the likes of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell. I never, ever, pick up these books. It’s not that I have a discriminatory sensibility about them. Obviously, they’re popular books and sell lots of copies. It’s just something that I’ve never had a compelling desire to read. So, since I just had Adrenaline lying around I thought I would try something different as a sort of palate clea I don’t normally read stories like Adrenaline. You know the kind: the generic dime store thriller you see among the likes of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell. I never, ever, pick up these books. It’s not that I have a discriminatory sensibility about them. Obviously, they’re popular books and sell lots of copies. It’s just something that I’ve never had a compelling desire to read. So, since I just had Adrenaline lying around I thought I would try something different as a sort of palate cleanser. This is the beginning of the Sam Capra series. Sam Capra is a CIA operative who studies the money flow between criminal organizations. Next, cut to his life in disarray because his pregnant wife Lucy has been taken and his CIA office blows up within a minute of Sam leaving the building. Sam then goes on a rogue mission to find his wife and child. Along the way is helped by a shadowy organization as he uncovers an even larger and more insidious plot that he has to stop. I assume that there will be similar adventures in the rest of the series where Sam is thrust into a dangerous situation and must save the day. The one thing that kept ringing false was that Sam is basically just an analyst. Yes, he did some undercover work before as a smuggler but never anything involving combat. The only combat training that he seemed to possess was parkour skills. Then he’s under cover and kicking ass and firing guns with precision accuracy Jason Bourne style. This would make sense if his cover persona of the Ex Canadian Special Forces operative was true. However, Sam was recruited directly out of College into the CIA. Where did all this combat training come from? Also, I really want to put in a trigger warning for rape and sexual assault. Seriously, there was so much rape in Adrenaline it was unbelievable. I think almost every woman in the story was a victim of sexual assault. This bothered and disappointed me for all of the very apparent reasons. There are so many other avenues that could have gone down besides raping literally almost every woman in the story. In fact, this is the main reason this is getting a lower rating from me. It was just gratuitous and in poor taste to have that level of sexual assault throughout the story. Adrenaline was essentially the same for me as a Jason Bourne movie. I liked it just fine and it’s quite thrilling and if it happens to be on TV I’ll probably watch it for a bit. However, other than it coming to me randomly, I don’t spend much of my time thinking about it. This is a single serving adventure for me. It was fun but not something I’m going to ever be obsessed with.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    This is the first book I've read by Jeff Abbott. The only reason I bought it is because I won the second book in the series through a goodread giveaway. I wanted background information on this Sam Capra character that is the focus of the series. The book starts off with Capra showing off his parkour skills and explaining his love for it. Initially, Capra thinks his life that he has made with his wife is perfect. A CIA operative who's about to embark on a great journey of normalcy has no idea his This is the first book I've read by Jeff Abbott. The only reason I bought it is because I won the second book in the series through a goodread giveaway. I wanted background information on this Sam Capra character that is the focus of the series. The book starts off with Capra showing off his parkour skills and explaining his love for it. Initially, Capra thinks his life that he has made with his wife is perfect. A CIA operative who's about to embark on a great journey of normalcy has no idea his picturesque life is about to change. He will soon find his self trying to find his wife and son and that sets the stage for this book. I actually enjoyed reading this novel. It was fast-paced and held my attention. The author doesn't go in too deep into the characters psyche which is something I didn't like. They all only show what's on the surface. There is almost no history or depth to any of the main cast. I'm hoping that the next book in the series will help with this aspect in character development. Essentially this book seems to be laying down the ground work for what's to come. I recommend this read to anyone who likes fast paced spy thrillers. There's action, suspense, and death. The necessary ingredients.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Very exciting book about a man who works for the CIA and so does his wife. She warns him to get out of the building just before a bomb blows it up and kills everyone. Is she a traitor, or was she forced to? Kidnapped? What about their son? She is seven months pregnant when she disappears. The CIA won't let Sam look for her. How will he get out and start searching? Plays like an action movie, very gripping, fast-paced and exciting. Twists and turns in every chapter. Very exciting book about a man who works for the CIA and so does his wife. She warns him to get out of the building just before a bomb blows it up and kills everyone. Is she a traitor, or was she forced to? Kidnapped? What about their son? She is seven months pregnant when she disappears. The CIA won't let Sam look for her. How will he get out and start searching? Plays like an action movie, very gripping, fast-paced and exciting. Twists and turns in every chapter.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    It might be 3.5 stars, not 3, but we'll have to see after the story has had time to settle in my mind. This was the genre of book that I needed in the moment, so I may be rating it higher for that reason. I really felt that this was many short stories tied together with the same characters and plotlines that flowed (sort of). I found myself thinking more than once "really? more?" Sometimes, when a spy/thriller novel is well-written, you feel like you're being swept away, and you feel the urgency It might be 3.5 stars, not 3, but we'll have to see after the story has had time to settle in my mind. This was the genre of book that I needed in the moment, so I may be rating it higher for that reason. I really felt that this was many short stories tied together with the same characters and plotlines that flowed (sort of). I found myself thinking more than once "really? more?" Sometimes, when a spy/thriller novel is well-written, you feel like you're being swept away, and you feel the urgency of every scene - the breakneck pace is part of what ties the hurdles together. For this book, though, I found that the stories just happened next to each other. By the end of the book, I was just looking forward to the end of the book. Then I found out that there were major plotlines that were going to be explained in the next book, which is always a crummy surprise. I also got the feeling that the protagonist was really just playing at being a spy. I don't know why I thought that, whether it was that he started out in an office giving a presentation, or whether it was just the way he was written - either way, the bottom line was that I didn't buy that he had the skills that he exhibited in the fight scenes. Lastly, if I read about parkour one more time, I think that I was actually going to barf. Not just a little bit of puke in the mouth, actually a heaving, retching, purging barf. Hope that's visual enough to illustrate how much I'd really had enough of this unbelievable skill that he had that saved his ass time after time. Yeah...maybe after some thought, I might reduce the number of stars to 2.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Thank you to Barnes & Noble for this "Serial Read". If it hadn't been a serial read, I would have devoured it in a couple of sittings! Thank you to Barnes & Noble for this "Serial Read". If it hadn't been a serial read, I would have devoured it in a couple of sittings!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I received this audiobook for review from Hachette Audio. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. Adrenaline is a fast-paced thriller that will leave you wanting more! Sam Capra is a CIA agent whose pregnant wife, Lucy (also a CIA agent), has been kidnapped after a bombing of the CIA offices. A phone call Lucy makes to Sam telling him to leave the building moments before the bomb goes off leads the CIA to believe that Lucy double-crossed the CI I received this audiobook for review from Hachette Audio. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. Adrenaline is a fast-paced thriller that will leave you wanting more! Sam Capra is a CIA agent whose pregnant wife, Lucy (also a CIA agent), has been kidnapped after a bombing of the CIA offices. A phone call Lucy makes to Sam telling him to leave the building moments before the bomb goes off leads the CIA to believe that Lucy double-crossed the CIA and planted the bomb and that Sam was involved in the duplicitous scheme as well. Sam’s mission is to find his wife and clear her name, as well as his own. Sam is a bit of a smart-ass, and I love that about him! He is extremely sharp, and his loyalty to his wife is unerring. I love the character of Mila as well, the Russian woman who recruits Sam to help her find the daughter of a very rich businessman/scientist. The pace of book is fast and enjoyable. I did successfully deduce the identity of the mastermind behind the operation, but that did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. Abbott has created a very interesting cast of characters (which I think would translate very well to the big screen, by the way!), and I think this book is a fantastic start to a new series! The end of the book sets up the next one in the series beautifully, and I cannot wait to see what is next in store for Capra! I hope that we will learn more about mysterious Mila and that she will stick around for a long time! Abbott is a new-to-me author, and I am definitely planning to check out his previous novels while I anxiously await the next Capra novel! This is my first audiobook narrated by Kevin T. Collins, and he had me totally captivated. Not only did he create unique voices for each of the characters, but his narration had varied levels of intensity that dripped with emotion. I thought Collins did a superb job! MY RATING: 5 stars!! I loved it, and I wait with anticipation for the next in the series! Thank you, Hachette Audio!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    The protagonist, Sam Capra, works for the CIA. He is in his mid-twenties, tall, with dark blond hair, and keeps fit by practicing Olympic sorts of jumps and flips off of walls and ceilings and stairways – this will come in handy! (Called "Parkour", this is the real-life non-competitive sport originating in France of traversing mainly urban landscapes by running, climbing, vaulting, and other acrobatic movements.) There is terrorism, betrayal, treason, lots of deaths, and an international chase. The protagonist, Sam Capra, works for the CIA. He is in his mid-twenties, tall, with dark blond hair, and keeps fit by practicing Olympic sorts of jumps and flips off of walls and ceilings and stairways – this will come in handy! (Called "Parkour", this is the real-life non-competitive sport originating in France of traversing mainly urban landscapes by running, climbing, vaulting, and other acrobatic movements.) There is terrorism, betrayal, treason, lots of deaths, and an international chase. There is definitely a lot of adrenaline. I had fun reading this, although I had to make a BIG effort to suspend believability.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Mind boggling. This is one fast paced book. It had me up late reading because I had to know what happened next. Looking for book 2.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I don't read many thrillers, but I enjoy one every now and then. This one in particular didn't do it for me on almost every level. I'm actually kind of shocked this guy is an established author, this feels like a "first time" kind of book. For one, the author is constantly telling with almost no showing. I know thrillers have to move fast, which sometimes requires just straight up telling, but you have to put the reader in the shoes of the main character too. I need to feel the sweaty palms, the I don't read many thrillers, but I enjoy one every now and then. This one in particular didn't do it for me on almost every level. I'm actually kind of shocked this guy is an established author, this feels like a "first time" kind of book. For one, the author is constantly telling with almost no showing. I know thrillers have to move fast, which sometimes requires just straight up telling, but you have to put the reader in the shoes of the main character too. I need to feel the sweaty palms, the staccato heartbeat, the racing thoughts. This leads to a bigger problem: the main character does not act like a guy who just lost his family. These would all be believable reactions for someone whose pregnant wife was just kidnapped: screaming, anger, frustration, feelings of helplessness, throwing things, etc. Sam displays almost none of these emotions. It would be one thing to say "He relied on his CIA training to keep calm, knowing a clear head was the only way he would find his wife. He choked the scream rising in his throat". THAT tells me he is in control on purpose. But the author doesn't say that. Sam just basically never reacts, except for the obligatory "I wonder where my wife and baby are" every 20-30 pages. He never strikes me as a guy who has lost everything. I was also able to guess at the twist endings. But the kicker is that the author didn't even finish his plot thread. An important character is still missing at the end, which is essentially the author trying to force the readers to buy his next book. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kincaid

    Decided to revisit this fantastic series, seeing as book number 6 in the series, "Traitor's Dance" is due this August! (six years over-due, but hey, I ain't complaining.) It's hard to point a finger at what makes this novel, this series, so good, but it's engrossing, gripping, thrilling and exciting. Maybe it's the fast-pacing, or the well thought-of plots, or maybe even the wonderfully fleshed-out characters. Sam is wonderful, but I just love Mila So much. So-freakin' much. She's funny, sarcasti Decided to revisit this fantastic series, seeing as book number 6 in the series, "Traitor's Dance" is due this August! (six years over-due, but hey, I ain't complaining.) It's hard to point a finger at what makes this novel, this series, so good, but it's engrossing, gripping, thrilling and exciting. Maybe it's the fast-pacing, or the well thought-of plots, or maybe even the wonderfully fleshed-out characters. Sam is wonderful, but I just love Mila So much. So-freakin' much. She's funny, sarcastic, just a bit crazy, ruthless, kick-ass, and her insights always make sense, in their own weird way. One o the reasons I like Jeff Abbott's novels so much is his ability to create and give life to three-dimensional, flesh and blood characters. And he's done so here to the nth degree, giving every character a clear set of motives and rational for everything they're doing. Yes, even for the bad ones. But he can also weave a gripping, fascinating tale that will capture you from start to finish, coupled with his crisp, clear, flowing writing style and bits of fantastic humour. 5 stars. An entertaining, hard-to-put-down, world-trotting spy-action-thriller. Highly recommended, especially if you're new to Sam Capra series. It's a world of double and triple-crossing, grey areas, high-risks, of people of action and principals who are not afraid to also use their grey matters to solve problems. Not to mention a lot of exciting, high-octane, action.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Viccy

    This is another book nominated for the TLA Lariat List. It is one of the most action packed books I have ever read. Sam Capra is a traceur, a parkour runner. He is also a CIA operative. Living in London, he leaves for work one morning, kisses his expectant wife goodbye and heads into the office to give a briefing on "The Money King." The next thing he knows, his wife has called him, told him to leave the office and meet her downstairs, it is urgent. He leaves the meeting in time to see his wife This is another book nominated for the TLA Lariat List. It is one of the most action packed books I have ever read. Sam Capra is a traceur, a parkour runner. He is also a CIA operative. Living in London, he leaves for work one morning, kisses his expectant wife goodbye and heads into the office to give a briefing on "The Money King." The next thing he knows, his wife has called him, told him to leave the office and meet her downstairs, it is urgent. He leaves the meeting in time to see his wife being kidnapped and then his office explodes with everyone inside dead. He is arrested on the spot and sent to black prisons in Eastern Europe where he is interrogated, waterboarded and tortured by the CIA to give up his and his wife's involvement with terrorists. Only problem is, Sam has no idea what is going on around him. Eventually, the CIA eases up and sends him to New York where he gets a job in a bar and starts plotting to escape his leash and his watchers and find his wife and his child. One thing leads to another and it's all very complicated but exciting in the extreme. Jeff Abbott is a veteran author and he controls the chaos he creates quite well. Sam Capra is a great character the reader is rooting for all the way. This is obviously the beginning of a series because Sam's adventures have only just begun. I am looking forward to the next chapter.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bill Warden

    WOW WOW WOW!!! This book started off with a lot of action, and it never let up. In a lot of books, I get to the end of a chapter and it's a good stopping point -- in this book, the end of the chapter just meant I needed to flip the page and continue the story. It was very intense and kept my attention very well. I have been a fan of James Rollins, James Twining, James Patterson, Brad Meltzer, and some others for a while since their books tend to be action oriented and they can be considered "thril WOW WOW WOW!!! This book started off with a lot of action, and it never let up. In a lot of books, I get to the end of a chapter and it's a good stopping point -- in this book, the end of the chapter just meant I needed to flip the page and continue the story. It was very intense and kept my attention very well. I have been a fan of James Rollins, James Twining, James Patterson, Brad Meltzer, and some others for a while since their books tend to be action oriented and they can be considered "thrillers" or "suspense" novels. Not due to blood or gore, but just due to the fact that the story moves well and you never quite know who is the bad-guy and what their plans are. I can now add Jeff Abbott to that same list. I won this book as part of the First Reads giveaways; and I don't know that I would have looked up Jeff Abbott before that because I had never heard of him. Needless to say, I will be looking for more of his books and I am definitely looking forward to his next Sam Capra book being published.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    3.5 stars If you are a fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series than you will enjoy this book. I almost gave up at the very beginning because the protagonist (Sam Capra) is someone who is in the practice of parkour (Google it) and I had a tough time keeping my mind from thinking about the episode of The Office when Michael, Dwight and Andy are practicing their parkour skills and Andy jumps into an empty refrigerator box! It was hard for me to take that part of Capra's character seriously but the re 3.5 stars If you are a fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series than you will enjoy this book. I almost gave up at the very beginning because the protagonist (Sam Capra) is someone who is in the practice of parkour (Google it) and I had a tough time keeping my mind from thinking about the episode of The Office when Michael, Dwight and Andy are practicing their parkour skills and Andy jumps into an empty refrigerator box! It was hard for me to take that part of Capra's character seriously but the rest of the book was pretty well put together with some interesting twists and turns. The ending is obviously set up for the next in the series. The final 150 pages or so fly by and this was worth the read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    It is really hard for me to stick with thrillers, but I thought Abbott did a great job with this. I found Sam Capra to be a bit more of a colored in character than other thriller leads, which I so appreciate. I also like that Adrenaline opens with Sam in his happy, interesting life. He may be forced to be a loner, but it is not his complete nature. Sam has an openness to people and seems experienced, but not hardened. I was rooting for him. I really wasn't sure for a long time whether another ma It is really hard for me to stick with thrillers, but I thought Abbott did a great job with this. I found Sam Capra to be a bit more of a colored in character than other thriller leads, which I so appreciate. I also like that Adrenaline opens with Sam in his happy, interesting life. He may be forced to be a loner, but it is not his complete nature. Sam has an openness to people and seems experienced, but not hardened. I was rooting for him. I really wasn't sure for a long time whether another main character was good or bad, and usually I find it easy to guess the purported surprise. The ending leaves the door more than open for follow ups. Sam's new cover could make for some great scenes and leaves the whole world open for his quest.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    While there are some moving scenes of violence in this novel, there is really only one, "adrenaline" rush that occurs. This novel is much too long for just one. Yes, there are different scenes of action, but much of it is negatively induced. I found myself hoping the main character would take care of business and eventually he does to a point, but that too is limited. Perhaps in the follow up. 6 of 10 stars While there are some moving scenes of violence in this novel, there is really only one, "adrenaline" rush that occurs. This novel is much too long for just one. Yes, there are different scenes of action, but much of it is negatively induced. I found myself hoping the main character would take care of business and eventually he does to a point, but that too is limited. Perhaps in the follow up. 6 of 10 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    Enjoyed it. Sam is a likable character, tough, smart, courageous, and, most importantly, human. Will enjoy reading future tales of Sam.!

  25. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: Once my wife asked me: if you knew this was our final day together, what would you say to me? CIA agent Sam Capra is deeply in love with his pregnant wife. However, his life turns into a nightmare when his office is blown up killing everyone but him due to a call from Lucy telling him to leave the building, and she then disappears. The CIA accuses Sam of treason and murder, yet he remains determined to prove both his, and Lucy’s innocence. But first, he needs to find her and thei First Sentence: Once my wife asked me: if you knew this was our final day together, what would you say to me? CIA agent Sam Capra is deeply in love with his pregnant wife. However, his life turns into a nightmare when his office is blown up killing everyone but him due to a call from Lucy telling him to leave the building, and she then disappears. The CIA accuses Sam of treason and murder, yet he remains determined to prove both his, and Lucy’s innocence. But first, he needs to find her and their child. It is sometimes hard to start a book with a rather sad opening. It requires the author to have a strong voice and the making of an interesting character. Abbott has both. To have a protagonist who does Parkour; aka extreme running, is not something we’ve seen before. What is even better is that the author truly gives one a sense of it, of the movement. But then, Abbott is a very visceral writer. He doesn’t just make one see, he makes on feel. While this is a very good trait, it can also be painful for the reader. The descriptions of the interrogation are real, uncomfortable, and disturbing as you know they are utilized. The information on nanotechnology—the study of the control of matter on an atoms at the molecular level—is fascinating and frightening. The inclusion of Patty Hearst and the techniques of the Symbionese Liberation Army brings one back to a terrible period in time. Abbott has a very good voice and uses humor in a subtle, wry manner to offset the darkness of the plot—“Then he flicked open a switchblade. A switchblade? The eighties want their weapon back.”—and shades of the television show Sherlock Holmes—“She’s not a traitor.” “I should get you a T-shirt with that on it,” Mila said. “And then my Christmas Shopping is done.” The sense of place is always apparent—“The Grijs Gander wasn’t just a dump bar. It was a karaoke bar. That made it about a thousand times more evil.” Sam Capra is an interesting character whose background is very neatly provided to us as he finds himself in various situations. He is neither an amateur nor a professional at dealing with his situation. Although he has some actual experience in what he must do, he is not a fully-trained field agent. This heightens the suspense. The plot is definitely one of high action and suspense. However, it is unfortunate that there needs be the stereotypical bad guy. The story is filled with very effective plot twists, yet it is still fairly predictable. Even so, Abbott statement about mankind is true and quite pitiable--“God or nature of biological accident gives us these awesome brains and this is what we do with them. We think of better ways to kill. Ways that make murder as easy as taking a breath.” “Adrenaline” is an exciting, sometimes painful, read with an ending that’s a perfect set up for the next book, and the series. ADRENALINE (Thriller-Sam Capra-London-Contemp) – Good Abbott, Jeff – 1st in series Grand Central Publishing – July 2011

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I had never heard of Jeff Abbott or his Sam Campra Series and boy was I missing out. He is a fabulous storyteller. The action and character development is beyond words in that you both see the book happening as a face paced thriller as you actually feel his emotional up and down pain throughout the novel. I must read the series. I do not say that often anymore. I also get so disappointed with so many of the newer novels that I don’t bother to even write a review in that if you remove the smut of I had never heard of Jeff Abbott or his Sam Campra Series and boy was I missing out. He is a fabulous storyteller. The action and character development is beyond words in that you both see the book happening as a face paced thriller as you actually feel his emotional up and down pain throughout the novel. I must read the series. I do not say that often anymore. I also get so disappointed with so many of the newer novels that I don’t bother to even write a review in that if you remove the smut of violence; Sex; and; other vulgarity because of limited vocabulary there is a 20 page book. Not here. A real book with real words not having to bow down to being an old 50cent novel. This is a well written highly emotional suspense novel aimed at men, women, and well as reading groups. The reason the loops and questions that arise. Would you do what he did for love? Did his wife ever really love him? I would highly recommend this book with Five plus stars. I used to love some of our most popular writers before their formula writing. This is that book. It is a longer book. I like books to be a thicker book. I am not in primary school. Although a thicker book and not a hour read like Patterson’s new books Abbott is still respectful re vocabulary. Given I have a doctorate and 14 years of university (full time) education and taught at the graduate school level for 8 Yrs; I always want more. But for 99% of population his vocabulary is perfect. Please try this book you won’t put it down. I loved it. I am a hard critic in that I tell the truth.

  27. 4 out of 5

    JoLene

    3.5 stars rounding up to 4 Sam Capra is living a good life --- happily married to Lucy, expecting their first child (the bundle), and loves his job as a CIA agent based in London. Then one day, he gets a call from his wife to leave his office, and as he's running out of the building, he sees her as a passenger driving away just as the building blows up. This was a great set-up -- in the aftermath of the attack, the CIA is unsure of what to do with Sam. Is he a traitor, is his wife? Did he know, i 3.5 stars rounding up to 4 Sam Capra is living a good life --- happily married to Lucy, expecting their first child (the bundle), and loves his job as a CIA agent based in London. Then one day, he gets a call from his wife to leave his office, and as he's running out of the building, he sees her as a passenger driving away just as the building blows up. This was a great set-up -- in the aftermath of the attack, the CIA is unsure of what to do with Sam. Is he a traitor, is his wife? Did he know, if he didn't -- what kind of agent is he to not suspect his wife? All Sam wants is to find his wife and child, but he's under surveillance by his employers who put him to work at a bar. There he meets some people that he hopes can help him solve the mystery surrounding Lucy, but that leads to a much deeper conspiracy (but don't want to spoil anything). Overall, I enjoyed the book. As a suspense novel, the plot was interesting with enough tidbits to keep me reading late into the night a couple of times. The pacing was a bit un-even and there were some repetitive aspects. This is the first book in a series about Sam, but it is a self-contained story. I liked the ending and Sam as a character so will most likely read the next installment. However, as a trigger warning, almost all woman in the book are involved in some type of violence (view spoiler)[ including sex trafficking and rape (hide spoiler)] . Also, I didn't love the writing, but this is probably just my own personal pet peeve. I don't like it when the book switches POV from first person (Sam's chapters) to third person (everyone else). Overall, if you like suspense books that have a lot of action and bad people, you might want to check this one out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    meghann

    This was the B&N nook serial read for the month of October. This was an interesting one. I found it a bit far-fetched at times, and I really didn't care for the mc, but I still enjoyed reading it. Sam works for the CIA but is apparently also able to become 007 and Jason Bourne with little to no resources. After being falsely accused of being a traitor to his country, he MacGyver's his way through the big bad crime organizations of Europe in a hunt to find his wife and son. He's very convincing a This was the B&N nook serial read for the month of October. This was an interesting one. I found it a bit far-fetched at times, and I really didn't care for the mc, but I still enjoyed reading it. Sam works for the CIA but is apparently also able to become 007 and Jason Bourne with little to no resources. After being falsely accused of being a traitor to his country, he MacGyver's his way through the big bad crime organizations of Europe in a hunt to find his wife and son. He's very convincing and can fool everyone. Throw in a rogue organization that recruits him to find a different missing person, cults, brainwashing, weapons that could bring down governments... there's a lot going on here. Like I said, a bit far-fetched at times, but I had fun reading it. Things were not 100% resolved here, but I'm not sure yet if I will pick up the second book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Fraley

    the name is definitely appropriate, from start to finish, this book is high speed. you keep reading just to see how sam can resolve his crisis. he is a cia employee in Europe, who runs parkour, is preparing for the birth of his first child, married to lucy - also a cia employee. lucy is in her 7th month of pregnancy and then sam's world explodes! literally! this is a must read the name is definitely appropriate, from start to finish, this book is high speed. you keep reading just to see how sam can resolve his crisis. he is a cia employee in Europe, who runs parkour, is preparing for the birth of his first child, married to lucy - also a cia employee. lucy is in her 7th month of pregnancy and then sam's world explodes! literally! this is a must read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    A parkour practicing CIA agent is on top of the world when his pregnant wife is kidnapped...or is she a traitor? The CIA seems to think the latter, and think the agent might well be one too. It's okay, but definitely a beach book. A parkour practicing CIA agent is on top of the world when his pregnant wife is kidnapped...or is she a traitor? The CIA seems to think the latter, and think the agent might well be one too. It's okay, but definitely a beach book.

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