Alpha by Greg Rucka

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For the visitors to Wilsonville, the largest theme park in the world, the day began with a smile. By the end, they wonder-will they be able to escape with their lives?

Retired Delta Force operator, Master Sergeant Jonathan "Jad" Bell, is 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 seventeen 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 threat Jad may not be able to stop.

About Greg Rucka

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Greg Rucka is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the Atticus Kodiak and Tara Chace series, and has won multiple Eisner awards for his graphic novels. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.
Published May 22, 2012 by Mulholland Books. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Jad, undercover as deputy director in charge of park security, has suddenly learned that among the 60,000 likely visitors this coming Friday will be a contingent from the Hollyoakes School for the Deaf, a group that will include his adored daughter Athena as well as his ex-wife Amy.

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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.

Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Alpha


There is a clever ploy by Fuller to escape as all of the hostages and terrorists are dressed as characters from the park, and the ultimate confrontation between Fuller and Bell is handled well.

Jun 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Alpha


Last year, Rucka signed with upstart imprint Mulholland Books to create his newest creation, Jad Bell, star of "Alpha".

Jul 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Alpha

Book Reporter

The majority of ALPHA takes place over the course of an extremely long and dangerous day at an imaginary amusement park in southern California known as Wilsonville.

May 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Alpha

Portland Book Review

When the government suspects a theme park somewhere in the United States is a target of terrorism, Bell is assigned to a position at Wilsonville.

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A fanatical book reader, Kirstie has works hard to fit the ‘evil day job’ of Financial regulation around her passion of writing, promoting writers of all genres and encouraging more people to read books.

May 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Alpha

Mystery People

I first discovered Greg Rucka a few years ago when I chanced upon the first volume of his Queen and Country graphic novel series at my local Half-Price Books.

May 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Alpha

Willamette Week

Greg Rucka is a serial series writer.

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