Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott
(Sam Capra)

75%

10 Critic Reviews

Abbott (Panic), displaying a greater mastery of the genre than in previous books, hits full stride early on and never lets up. Readers who thrive on a relentless narrative pace and a straight line to the finish won't be disappointed.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

"If you knew this was our final day together, what would you say to me?"
"Anything but good-bye. I can't ever say good-bye to you."

ADRENALINE

Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams.

He's a brilliant young CIA agent, stationed in London. His wife Lucy is seven months pregnant with their first child. They have a wonderful home, and are deeply in love.

They have everything they could hope for...until they lose it all in one horrifying moment.

On a bright, sunny day, Sam receives a call from Lucy while he's at work. She tells him to leave the building immediately. He does...just before it explodes, killing everyone inside. Lucy vanishes, and Sam wakes up in a prison cell. As the lone survivor of the attack, he is branded by the CIA as a murderer and a traitor.

Escaping from the agency, Sam launches into a desperate hunt to save his kidnapped wife and child, and to reveal the unknown enemy who has set him up and stolen his family. But the destruction of Sam's life was only step on in an extraordinary plot-and now Sam must become a new kind of hero.
 

About Jeff Abbott

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Jeff Abbott is the New York Times-bestselling author of thirteen novels. His books include the Sam Capra thrillers Adrenaline and The Last Minute (winner of an International Thriller Writers Award), as well as the standalone novels Panic, Fear, and Collision. Jeff is a three-time nominee for the Edgar award. He lives in Austin with his family. You can visit his website at www.jeffabbott.com.
 
Published July 1, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 493 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

Begins brilliantly but diminishes to ordinary when character-driven gives way to body-count–driven.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 23 2011

Abbott (Panic), displaying a greater mastery of the genre than in previous books, hits full stride early on and never lets up. Readers who thrive on a relentless narrative pace and a straight line to the finish won't be disappointed.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Sep 28 2011

As it stands, Adrenaline is an “okay read,” a read-and-forget weekend escape. But Sam Capra, with a little more development, and a little more focus is enough of an intriguing character that as a series it should work.

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Examiner

Good
on Sep 09 2011

Abbott takes a fantastical story and through compelling characters, Capra at the top of the list, has turned in a great thriller that begs for more adventures. Adrenaline’s ending makes it clear Capra and crew have just begun.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Aug 04 2011

This may well be his best work to date, combining a strong and sympathetic lead character with a plot characterized by that loudest ticking clock --- a husband seeking a lost wife and child --- and a puzzling and perplexing mystery.

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Dallas News

Good
on Jul 01 2011

Titles can be misleading, oftentimes so ambiguous that it’s almost never a good idea to pick a book based solely on a grabby word...But Austin author Jeff Abbott delivers exactly what he promises in his deliciously crafty new thriller, Adrenaline.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
on Jun 26 2011

Capra's deliberate actions are credible and the over-the-top action scenes, while sometimes stretching credibility, are exhilarating. Adrenaline proves worthy of its title.

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Look At OKC

Above average

The characters are fine, but sometimes the plot gets in the way. It's a fun read, and the author sets it up for a sequel.

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My San Antonio

Good
on Jul 09 2011

“Adrenaline” is the start of a thriller series featuring Sam in subsequent novels...If Sam improves on his parkour skills, the future thrillers will spill over with nonstop action, just as “Adrenaline” does.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

This fast-paced thriller really revs up as the action returns to Amsterdam and London. Secret organizations, shady characters, and plenty of surprises await both Sam Capra and the readers of ADRENALINE.

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