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24 Declassified: Operation Hell Gate (24 Declassified #1)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  290 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Within twenty-four hours a nightmare will be unleashed that could cause the death of untold millions and devastate a great nation. It's a plot being carried out by the unlikeliest of allies. A powerful mole within the deepest reaches of U.S. Intelligence has secretly conscripted the very criminals he's been charged with investigating -- former IRA terrorists, Latino and As ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by HarperEntertainment (first published 2005)
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I'm pretty big on 24, I wouldn't say I'm an ultra die-hard fan that needs a 24 fix between seasons. Hell I don't even watch the show on a regular basis, I wait till the DVD's come out and watch it all at once. My mom actually picked this up for me as a joke because my friends and I talk about Jack Bauer being so extreme.

So, needless to say, I didn't go into this book having high expectations. This book definitely met, then blew away my expectations. I couldn't put this thing down! The book is a
I stopped reading this book before and decided to actually finish it before I reviewed it. It's a decent read, despite the fact the author continually said ex-Marine (there is no such animal) rather than former Marine. I know a couple of them and one scared the life out of me when I said ex-Marine and he corrected me on that. As the author's blurb states he writes military nonfiction, he should know better. Also, one thing both Tony and Jessica should have known, you never remove a knife from a ...more
You'd think an author who writes a book about a highly trained CTU agent wouldn't think a Glock can pass through airport security because it's "made of plastic". Psssst...hey Marc, the barrel is metal, the entire slide is metal, recoil spring, firing pin, bullets, all metal! There's more metal on a Glock than there is plastic. That statement is a basically a microcosm of how awful this novel is.
Didn't like it as much as Cat's Claw. I'm a great fan of 24 and I still enjoy these short novels even though they're terrible as books but it's fun to read this every once in a while to rest from denser books. It still kept me entertained and I couldn't put it down till I finished it.
I remember reading this when I was huge on 24.

The book certainly has not stayed with me and did not keep me thinking afterwards but I remember it was a fun light read.

I have not read any of the other 24 books since and can not see me doing so.
Tammy  King Carlton
After reading two romances in a row, I needed something completely opposite - and as I am eagerly awaiting the new season of 24, this will feed my Jack Bauer withdrawal for now! - OK just finished, and really enjoyed it. It is hard to build the same suspense and do-or-die action the tv series creates, and it is very clear that these stories are not written by the same people who write the story lines for the show. But still, a fun romp, and nice way to fill the gap between seasons. My husband sa ...more
Dan Hopman
being a huge fan of the tv show, I definitely enjoyed this book. the problem I had with it was the inaccuracy with the tv show. what I'm mostly talking about is CTU was created after the events of 9/11 but in this book the world trade center still stands.
Jafarul Warner
Jack Bauer still rocks
I really enjoyed this book! The funny thing is, it wasn't particularly well written. In fact, the writing was somewhat atrocious! But, and this is a very large but, it read just like an episode. And for those of us who can't get enough of 24, this was perfect!

I passed it along to my other half, and when he was done three gals at work enjoyed it, too. I have no idea where this book is now, I just hope that some 24 lover will get their claws dug into it like we did.
Charles Eldredge
Having never watched the show, I found this an enjoyable read and the characters were very relateable.
Robert T.  Garcia
The collection from this series is an easy quick read. The format is like the Television show, broken down into 24 chapters like each hour that passes and the flow of the story is smooth and action packed. These kind of books are my sweet treat after reading some heavy reading before hand. I love that there are books that simply entertain me like this novel.
Jun 11, 2007 Hechilles rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jack Attack Fans
This Jack Bauer, straight from the streets! While it is based off of a TV Show (which is usually not the best way to write a book), it is still decent writing. The story seems a little slow paced, but you also get more of Jack Bauer from the first couple of seasons - more calculating then reactive. Decent read if you are a 24 fan!
Ed Schmidt
Jack Bauer travels to NY with an FBI Agent and a captured terrorist. The plane they are on crashes and the terrorist escapes. A renegade FBI Agent shoots 2 other agents, then later blames the murders on Jack. So, while Jack is trying to locate the terrorists, both the FBI and NYPD are lookong for him.
Eric Zulueta
A very readable first novel tackling the other days in the life of Jack Bauer.

It follows the tv show's formatting up to and including the "This happens between the hours of: xxx" portion.. I could almost hear the show's signature ticking clock sound effect.

Can't wait to read the next installment!
Marc Cerasini once again captures the feel of the TV series very well in book form. Some nice pieces of continuity that will lead into season one. The terrorist plot is ingenious and the regulars are well served. A fun quick read.
Andy Ramos
If you like the tv show you'll like the book. Only negative for me is the language. They used profanity probably a dozen time. I just feel if you can write a 350 page book and use profanity 12 times you can be creative enough not to.
Oct 26, 2009 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
24's Kiefer Sutherland kicks but as usual, but this time in book form. As the story unfolds, hour by hour, we see the threat get more threatening from different character's points of view. Enjoyable and a quick read.
This is the first in a series of novels based on the "24" tv show, If you like "24" you should like this,If you are not a particular fan of "24" and you like action stories,this should appeal to you.
Read 25% and gave up. Liked the TV series well enough, but this just read like a warmed-over version of (bad) Tom Clancy, with totally flat characters.
A fun book. I think it retains the feel of the show pretty well. I had a good time reading it, but, like the show, it drags in the middle a bit.
Sep 26, 2011 Kellie marked it as quit-reading
Boring - and I just didn't care what happened. Rare for me...
De tv-serie is in dit geval stukken beter dan het boek
Sam got me this book as a joke, so I read it to spite him.
Andrew Whitaker
A must read for any 24 or Tom Clancy fan
Victoria Martinez
Action packed just like the TV show
Charlene Lassig
Action packed. A great read
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Best-selling author, Marc Cerasini has spent time on the New York Times and USA Today best-seller's lists. His writing spans from children's picture books and young adult novels to adult mystery and military nonfiction. Along the way, he's managed to ghostwrite for Tom Clancy.
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