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Alias: Recruited (Alias Prequel #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  518 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Terror-filled eyes. Lungs choked with water. A pounding heartbeat.
For Sydney Bristow, it’s a typical day in her not-so-typical after-school job–she’s an agent for SD-6, a top-secret division of the CIA. Or so she thinks.

This prequel is the first in a new series based on the smash ABC show Alias–it’s Sydney’s life before she discovers she’s working for the bad guys, juxtap
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Mass Market Paperback, 211 pages
Published May 30th 2003 by Bantam Books (first published 2002)
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Natalie
Sep 22, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alias by Lynn Mason is about a shy girl named Sydney, who lives a pretty normal
collage life and ends up being recruited for the CIA. Sydney is studying at UCLA as a freshman planning to follow in her mothers footsteps to become a teacher. But it's wasn't long before she starts to wonder why a teacher? What else was out there? In my opinion, Sydney was a small and scared girl. With a father that has no sympathy or love just money for tuition. She's left to deal with her problems all alone. (Mas
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Rich Sanidad
This was not a piece of heavy reading, by any means, which was fine for me as at the time I just needed a piece of brain candy. The protagonist is certainly not the Sydney Bristow that we came to know and love through the TV show, but she's likable in her own way. The author adds just enough of the character's core traits to make her transformation from awkward college freshman to superspy-in-training believable. I can't imagine someone who was not already a fan of the TV show enjoying this book ...more
Kar Wai Ng
Aug 30, 2009 Kar Wai Ng rated it liked it
A nice prequel that explained how Sydney Bristow was recruited into SD-6. However I actually expected the book to be a novelization of the pilot TRUTH BE TOLD. Still im glad how the story had turned out.

In fact it actually reminded me what was it like reading CHARMED few years back then.
Favourite quote: I'm nineteen, and I'm going to die.

Bottomline is, I prefer to watch the show rather than reading this book. Still im going to give it a 3 stars. Because ALIAS still rocks. Forever =D
Josh Gusmis
Oct 12, 2014 Josh Gusmis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you are a fan of Alias, you'll know what this mean 'I feel like I don't belong to anywhere. Even in the college.)
And Lynn Mason gives you exactly that.
The show never bores me out. The book does the same thing.
Reading about Syd is so much fun and full of energies. It's like sitting next to her.
Lynn has a way to describe Sydney that we already know so well. And still brings all her friends and family alive.

Jim C
Apr 08, 2016 Jim C rated it it was ok
A book based on the television series. This actually takes place before the beginning of the series and details Sydney's introduction into SD-6.

This read is a quick read and is recommended for ages 8 and up. The actual story is a decent story and I liked how the author pens the arc of an innocent college student being enticed to work for a secret organization. Also, I liked how the author portrayed the contrast of confidence in the main character before SD-6 and after she joined SD-6. It was a
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Chalise
Not bad at all. I was looking for a quick read and so I picked this up. I really like the TV show Alias and so this was great to see how this all began. The only dowener in no Micheal Vartan...he's so dreamy :)
Jen
Feb 27, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was worth reading because it went more in depth of how they recruited her while she was in college.
Alex
May 28, 2011 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not spectacular, but fun. Sort of like fanfiction, though -- licensed fanfiction.
Christopher Cook
Apr 02, 2016 Christopher Cook rated it liked it
RECRUITED is the first book of the ALIAS prequel series. It tells the story (as the title of the novel suggests) of how Sydney was recruited as an SD-6 agent and also deals with her very first mission out in the field. The television series does not go into too much detail regarding how Sydney was recruited, as it begins with Sydney already having been an agent for several years, so this background information is enjoyable to any fan. It also briefly recounts how Sydney and Frannie met and becam ...more
Kelly
Oct 13, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Sydney Bristow 90210

When it comes to my favorite tv shows, I'm not really that into novelizations or prequels written by third parties – rarely do they live up to the standards set by the series' writers and production crews. Even so, when I spotted an audiobook version of ALIAS: RECRUITED at a garage sale, I decided to give it a try.

As you can probably surmise, ALIAS: RECRUITED is a prequel to ALIAS – essentially, the novel is author Lynn Mason's imagining of how Sydney came to work for SD-6. T
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Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
3.5 stars

As the blurb on the cover of the book states, this is an original prequel novel based on the TV series, with the action taking place about six months to a year before the pilot of the show (I'm estimating). We see Sydney Bristow, a freshman at UCLA, doing exceptionally well in her classes yet feeling lost, without a purpose. We know she has issues with her distant father and has had ever since her mother died when she was a little girl; all Sydney wants to be is a teacher, like her moth
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Bonnie
Oct 23, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was ok
I was a huge fan of this television series but just now picked up this first novel based on the series, because I got it for about 15 cents at a library sale. For 15 cents it wasn't a waste, but I certainly wouldn't buy any others. I might see if my library has others I can borrow. The book felt like fanfiction. Trust me when I say I have no disrespect for fanfiction writers; I think there are a ton of supremely talented writers out there. However, Lynn Mason is not one of them. The book was sim ...more
Ginger


Recruited (Alias)


An Original Prequel Novel Based On The Hit TV Series Created By J.J Abrams

Written By Lynn Mason

Published 2002 By Bantam Books



I love the TV series Alias in fact I fan-girl hard core for all things Alias (and all things Jennifer Garner). I watched the series beginning to end and even though I never got all my questions answered during the series ( umm hello "Deep Throat") it was so good it really didn't matter. So when I stumbled upon a couple of Alias books at my local goodwi
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Yoselin Rivera
This book is about a 19 year old Sydney A. Bristow is an average teenager at UCLA. All she ever wanted was a job...and friends...and acceptance.Then one day while she was eating her lunch at the campus a strange man walks up to her or in other words he aproached and asked her in she wanted a job at the Central Intelligence Agency. Everyday Sydney goes to work at the Credit Dauphine Bank and Trust, what she does is hits a secret pannel on the wall and their she begains her basic training as a spy ...more
Kyle Schubick
Jan 13, 2016 Kyle Schubick rated it really liked it
At first you think this is going to be your average book. Just a girl whose dad doesn't like her very much, she excels in school, and can't get a guy. But things take a change and it gets a whole lot more interesting. This is a great book and it will leave you wanting more.
Shannon Scheidell
Watched the show first, read the books second. They are pretty much neck and neck, aside from the fact I think the show is a little more mature than the books. In the books, she's this little scared, courageous girl just trying to make it through college and somehow ends up in the middle of this espionage gig where her face gets all bloody and her mind starts racing. At this point she's thinking, "Who am I? What am I doing with my life? Is this even real?"

In the TV series, they just kind of jump
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Nola Lightman
I read this only because I have a stack of books I bought on a whim and decided to do a little Spring cleaning to my book collection. I have to admit that I've never watched the show but after reading this book, I think I would enjoy watching the TV version more. The story is a quick read that fell a bit flat to me. I think it's the first book of the series. Regardless, I'm on the fence about continuing with the other books that follow this one. Not because the writing was bad, but I felt like I ...more
Katie
Jan 26, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the TV show Alias
Believe it or not, I actually found this book at a Garage Sale! What a lucky find for me! I had recently bought "Alias Season 1" on DVD and had a feeling from the show's intro there had to be more to the story. The intro sums things up from this book pretty well, and adds a couple pictures of Sydney being approached by SD-6, but I was always curious about her beginning training and first couple missions. Also, this book explains the past relationships Sydney has created with some of the main cha ...more
A. Moree
Jun 28, 2013 A. Moree rated it did not like it
I love the show, but this tv-tie-in book was not good.
1) Sydney was in no way the same as she was on the show.
2) There is SO much self-pity in this book, that it makes you want to punch the characters and author in the face.
3) The writing is terrible.
4) I HATE FRANCIE & HER BOYFRIEND
5) The only character I liked was Todd de Rossi, and it was because he was the only HAPPY character in the whole book.
6) The book was SO INCONSISTENT in terms of the story line.

All-in-all the only two good things
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Mary
Apr 11, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mohammad Hassan
Sep 07, 2012 Mohammad Hassan rated it really liked it
My dad used to watch the show and it was really intriguing for me but he wouldn't allow me to watch it because it had themes of violence plus he wanted me to study. ANYWAYS, I started reading the book after finding it in my school library. It was awesome. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I literally took notes in my notebooks on what I could do to become a CIA agent when I grow up :P This was back in 7th grade so, I don't know how I'd feel about it now.
Kent Lumanas
Oct 28, 2014 Kent Lumanas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
its good
Lisa Detlefsen
May 16, 2007 Lisa Detlefsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alias Fans
I am a huge Alias fan and the Alias books that I have read capture the show. I have only read some of the APO series because my public library only as four alias books. I would love to read the books that take it CTU because on the show, the first two seasons are my favorite. This book also has stuff with Syd and Vaughn, so I loved that part of it.
Matt Mazenauer
Oct 12, 2008 Matt Mazenauer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: updated
An interesting prequel of how Syd met Francie and got recruited. The first 3/4 were entertaining, though a bit... sappy/romatic/girly (moreso than the show) Unfortunately, the last end goes far too unbelievable/slapdash (also moreso than the show). Still, it's of interest as it's not "just an adaptation" of an episode we've already seen.
Kate
Dec 30, 2013 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
A decent prequel to the Alias show. Follows Sydney from a introverted college Freshman to a kick ass super spy. We get to see her friendship with Francie and her initial contact with Noah ( the man before Daniel and Vaughn). I plan on doing a re-watch of the series soon, so this was a good start!
Terri
This is an imaginary tale of how Sydney got recruited by SD6 and what it was like for her in the beginning through her first mission. It focuses on Sydney's personal growth as well as professional. It is a quick story (2 disks) and fun.
Monica
May 14, 2008 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book for all you ALIAS fans--it gives a glimpse of Sydney before she became the super-turbo spy that she is on the show--she actually makes some funny mistakes that make her seem more human.
Will perdue
I am a huge fan of the show. I own the whole series. These books made from the show are just good reads. Nothing important about them, just fun to read when you have nothing else to read.
Laurie Drouillard
It was an easy read, but it really pulled me out of the story because the way they described something in the book was not how it was described in the show.
Colleen
Read to preview for an elementary student since I was a fan of the show I enjoyed it and thought it would be fine for a 4th or 5th grade girl to read.
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