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Pandora's Temple (Blaine McCracken #10)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  154 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page

Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member of his comman
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ebook, 406 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published January 1st 2012)
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Steve
Jan 29, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
Pandora's Temple is my first experience with one of Jon Land's books and I am impressed! This is a classic tale of high stakes adventure where the hero is literally fighting for the fate of the world. The book is the latest is a series that features Blaine McCracken, now approaching the age of 60. But the man hadn't lost a step. I give Land credit for writing a book that features a protagonist that some might consider past his prime. As part of the plot, McCracken wonders himself if he might hav ...more
Mary Bearden
Feb 14, 2013 Mary Bearden rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book alot once I got further into it and the only thing I was sad about was that our heroes are in their 60's and 70's and I was like, what? I guess the younger generation just don't know how to get it done in this book!

There are alot of twists and turns and some really suprising reveals and upsets that I did not see coming. I usually am pretty good at spotting who the "real" enemy or killer is in books, but this one had me stumped.

I wasn't too crazy about how it ended with
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Joe  Noir
Fun, pulpy adventure. Fast moving. Very cinematic. Some dialogue is razor sharp (the stranger, and Captain Seven for example) exactly like real speech, but other dialogue is overwritten. An actual person would say the same thing better in fewer words. Some of the description and exposition is overwritten, also. There is a great prologue which is very cool and sets the stage extremely well. It drew me right in. Things seemed to drag a bit in the chapters about villain Sebastian Roy. All in all, a ...more
Gary Sedivy
First time I've read a novel by Jon Land. It was okay. The two heroes, McCracken and Wareagle, are Vietnam war veterans with special forces training. They are 'problem' solvers, doing 'black ops' for various government entities. Since this is the tenth novel in the series, they've had a lot of experiences.
The action in the novel is fast paced, but too cliched. There at least three sets of bad guys in this novel - the evil industrialist, the crazed Japanese doomsday cultists, and the twisted env
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Cheryl C.
Feb 05, 2013 Cheryl C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! Thrilling! Superb! All these words and more describe Land's latest Blaine McCracken novel. From the moment I opened this book on my Kindle, I didn't want to put it down. A masterful storyteller, Land draws on an ancient legend to create a fast-paced, exciting "What if..." novel that twists and turns until its explosive conclusion.

McCracken and his cronies provide tons of intense action coupled with a healthy dose of humor. Captain Seven, a dope smoking science and technology geek, i
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Victor Gentile
Jon Land in his new book, “Pandora's Temple” Book Ten in the Blaine McCracken series published by the author gives us a new adventure of Blaine McCracken.

From the back cover: What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page

Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that
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Ruth Hill
Feb 02, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to thrillers, sometimes I really like them, and there are other times when I am just not too sure. This is a book that is very well-written, and I found the story very fast-paced. In fact, once I started it, I really didn't want to put it down. There was never a dull moment, and I was even able to keep the characters straight. Sometimes I feel really lost when I read thrillers, but this one was fairly easy to follow.

I could have done without the profanity, but since a man wrote th
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Vivian
Jan 07, 2013 Vivian rated it liked it
First let me say that I've never actually read a true thriller before and have I been missing out! (I've read suspense-thrillers and psychological thrillers but never a true, action-packed thriller.) Pandora's Temple is a phenomenal read that incorporates Greek mythology, environmental terrorism, a Japanese Doomsday cult, dark matter, the US Government, contract government agents, an international energy company, and science fact along with science fiction. Amazingly, all of these elements (and ...more
Bob Milne
Dec 18, 2012 Bob Milne rated it liked it
When reviewing a book I generally avoid talking about the mechanics of the book itself - the layout, the format, the editing, etc. - since most if that is rarely the author's fault. However, there are books where the formatting is such an impediment to enjoying the story, that I feel the need to call it out. Such is the case with Pandora's Temple, which looked like a direct conversion of a PDF print layout, complete with lines that arbitrary break in the middle of the page, and hyphenated words ...more
Kayla West
Feb 20, 2013 Kayla West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to read Pandora's Temple by Jon Land. The title interested me, but not to the point where I was actually excited to pick it up and read it. That all changed, however, when I read that dark matter would play a big part in the storyline. I have always been interested in the subject of dark matter and was intrigued by how it would be incorporated into this book. Therefore, I immediately decided right then and there that I would try it and see what happens. ...more
Bookworm
Jan 15, 2013 Bookworm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading, I didn't know what to expect from Pandora's Temple, I knew it was an action thriller, but I had no idea I was about to read what turned out to be one of the most action packed, crazy in a good way books I've ever read. I'm actually sitting at my computer now trying to figure out how to get all this action into my review. This is the 10th book in the Blaine McCracken novels, the first books coming out in the late 1980's, but it can be read a standalone.

This is my fir
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Jamais
Feb 12, 2013 Jamais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you need to go with the action and not the science. A long time ago someone discovered a substance that could destroy the world and commissioned //Pandora's Temple// in order to hold it. Fast forward a few thousand years and Sebastian Roy has discovered the same substance underneath the ocean. His platform is destroyed attempting to get some of this "dark matter", so Roy looks elsewhere. Meanwhile the Aum ShinRikyo is raiding labs hoping to find enough to destroy the world when they fi ...more
Fran
Feb 16, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pandora’s Temple

Jon Land

Captain John J. Hightower picked up a stranger on Crete Island. This mysterious and unidentified man remained by the research ship’s deck rail watching the turbulent sea and hoping to see what he was looking for. The ship is the Aurora which has been mapping” the seafloor in detailed grids.” Hoping to find something of unknown size, composition and origin by this man. Not really telling him what he was searching for the man gave him some clues but none specific enough to
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Inga
Jan 20, 2013 Inga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
My review:

It was one weird book!
Pandora's Temple was the first book written by Jon Land which I have read, so I was not familiar with his writing before Pandora's Temple. It was action-packed, fast-paced and easy to read. what was confusing for me, was the mixture of genres used and I was in trouble with deciding if I liked that or not. I usually enjoy when genres are combined, but Pandora's Temple could be categorized everything between Thriller and Mystery to Science Fiction. One thing is sure
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Russell
Nov 21, 2012 Russell rated it it was amazing
Pandora's Temple By Jon Land

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

Jon Land keeps the heat up with the best thriller writing you can find today. He has taken a break from the best series out there, featuring female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, to go all the way back to his roots by bringing back the legendary Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle who’d appeared in nine previous tales that ended with 1998’s Dead Simple. The McCracken series was the first Jon wrote, featuring the rogue agent the government goes to
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Athena Nagel
Dec 11, 2012 Athena Nagel rated it it was amazing
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I will start by saying I have not read any other "McCracken" books. But I think I am hooked. There are very few serial type books that I can really stay focused on but I can definitely see these being part of that elite company. There are so many different relationships going on in this book. At the beginning I found it odd that I just could not see the relationship between them all and how they will eventually become intertwined. As the story moves farther along the relationships begin to come ...more
Andy K
Apr 03, 2013 Andy K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I've ever read by Jon Land and also happened to be a series book about a 60 year old ex-special agent named Blaine McCracken.

One feature I particularly liked about this book was that it was easy to dive into despite it being the 9th book in the series. It was also a decently entertaining read with characters that were easily understandable.

However, one thing that irked me greatly was the fact that this book had 93 chapters in it and was only about 400 pages long. Some scenes would sp
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Tiffany
Jan 14, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as the blurb on the cover suggest Jon Land is a great thriller writer. this is a fast paced, action packed, thriller. This is the first I have read of the McCracken series and it will not be my last. Blaine McCracken is facing a milestone his 60th birthday. In the face of this milestone and the fact that he hasn't had a mission in two years leaves McCracken feeling that he no longer has what it takes. He is given a suicide mission and proves himself. Then the real test begins. McCracken and ...more
Tiffany
Jan 13, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Just as the blurb on the cover suggest Jon Land is a great thriller writer. this is a fast paced, action packed, thriller. This is the first I have read of the McCracken series and it will not be my last. Blaine McCracken is facing a milestone his 60th birthday. In the face of this milestone and the fact that he hasn't had a mission in two years leaves McCracken feeling that he no longer has what it takes. He is given a suicide mission and proves himself. Then the real test begins. McCracken an ...more
Molly
Dec 08, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed catching up with the characters from some of Land's earlier books, seeing how they've aged but not really changed. Blaine McCracken, Johnny Wareagle, and Sal Belamo make a great team and their banter is entertaining while also informative. The story in this book wasn't my favorite - shadowy figures searching for Pandora's temple, a structure built in ancient times to house the evils of the world, translated into modern times as dark matter, which has the ability to destroy the wor ...more
Antigo Martin-Delaney
First Lan book, but now the last

This was my first Lan novel and I selected it as a Kindle free selection. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the characters and now will backtrack and read the previous nine books in the McCracken title option. I enjoyed Tom Clancy's books with Jack Ryan and this is nice contrast to his character.
Hana
Sep 08, 2015 Hana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
It was really interesting with lots of action, lots of theories and it didn't matter that I haven't read any of previous books. A combination of greek myth and theory about dark matter was really smart and catching. I loved it and if I encounter another bokk from this author I will be happy to read it.
David
Jun 16, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK but anti-climatic at the end. Really has nothing to do with Pandora's Box or Jar. Characters OK but seems like they edited out huge sections because the story is missing reasons for chasing Pandora's temple.
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
‘Pandora’s Temple’ is a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride featuring a cast of characters who could have starred in a weekly serial. Blaine McCracken and Johnny Wareagle along a few interesting secondary characters, such as Captain Seven, go head to head with some chilling enemies to find Pandora’s Box/Jar before it falls into the wrong hands. I enjoyed the whimsically incredible characters (who doesn’t enjoy a character with the nickname “McCrackenballs” or another who smokes up to understand the p ...more
Cheryl Kravetz
Jan 16, 2013 Cheryl Kravetz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am almost finished reading Pandora's Temple by the fabulous author Jon Land. What an exciting book! I especially love the way Jon Land develops his characters, making them come to life as the story progresses. Few authors have his unique ability to do that. Mr. Land has a fascinating mind to be able to tell such wonderfully detailed and believable stories. I have read almost all of his books and it would be difficult to determine a favorite story or character since all are so well done and so ...more
James Hein
Jun 06, 2013 James Hein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many, many years ago I read my first Jon Land book and I was hooked on Blaine McCracken. I eagerly devoured every book and then he started writing about a pair of police in Israel and Palestine and my interest waned.

Then out came Pandora's Temple, the memories came flooding back and this book did not disappoint. Blaine and the Indian were back and I read this book in a very few sittings. I gave the book five starts because I enjoyed it, the characters were the same if a bit older and because I w
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Laura
Apr 26, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading the Blaine McCracken books way back when. it's good to see him back! A fun read.
Michelle
Mar 14, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Pandora’s but have to admit it took me a bit to come to terms with Blaine being 60.. (and Sal closer to 70!)
I know today's 60 is like yesteryear's 40, but not always easy to visualise.

I’m happy the author kept true to the timeline though.. It would have been too easy to conveniently forget McCracken and Wareagle's origins were in Vietnam.. It’s a little of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’!

I'm so hoping this isn't the last we see of Blaine, Johnny and Sal!

Brian Tracey
Jun 22, 2013 Brian Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nominated for the Best E-book Original Novel Thriller Award, PANDORA'S TEMPLE has it all. Ninjas. Monsters. Burnouts. Well, just one burnout. Mostly, it has a wise-cracking protagonist named Blaine McCracken. McCracken takes you on a ride from Mexico to New Orleans to way below sea level to the Pyrenees. Excellent twists and turns, PANDORA'S TEMPLE has its on unique voice, much different from Land's Caitlin Strong series, which is also excellent.
Paul Groffie
Jan 05, 2014 Paul Groffie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun read and one to explore our imaginations. What if Pandora's Box did exist? At what cost would we search for it? Would it be what we want? Would it be worth the search? A wonderful conundrum if we had the opportunity!
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