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

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  350 Ratings  ·  31 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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Bryan Schmidt
Oct 06, 2016 Bryan Schmidt rated it really liked it
A good, solid, riproaring CTU adventure prequel to the TV show. Well done, capturing the characters, pace, and tone.
Jan 27, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
May 13, 2014 Josh rated it did not like it
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.
Robert  Garcia
Jan 25, 2012 Robert Garcia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-stuff
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 17, 2015 Andy rated it it was ok
Shelves: tv-shows
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.
Oct 26, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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.
Randall Christopher
Dec 31, 2016 Randall Christopher rated it it was amazing
24 is one of my all-time favorite shows, and this definitely felt like 24. Some of the other books in the series haven't had the feel, but this one did. Bauer is a great character, and leaps off the page. The author stays true to the characters from the show, and does a good job of bringing the other characters to life as well. The plot was well-paced and had a few twists at the beginning, but stayed fairly predictable the rest of the way. The show does have a few more twists than this offered u ...more
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
Tammy  King Carlton
Nov 30, 2008 Tammy King Carlton rated it liked it
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
Dec 21, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing
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.
Evan Kirby
Jul 26, 2016 Evan Kirby rated it liked it
A pretty easy and breezy read that is fine enough for what it is. There's a lot of storytelling issues where they'll just randomly know where to go next or miraculously come up with info on something that moves the plot along quickly without any backing research or reason to how they came up with that.
Ed Schmidt
Aug 26, 2012 Ed Schmidt rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 11, 2007 Hechilles rated it liked it
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!
Eric Zulueta
Jun 27, 2013 Eric Zulueta rated it really liked it
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!
Dan Hopman
Mar 12, 2014 Dan Hopman rated it liked it
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.
Jan 07, 2012 Gareth rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Aug 08, 2008 Andy Ramos rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 29, 2016 Jhonny rated it it was amazing
THE story happened before season one. For me personally the DVD'S are better than the books but I can't get enough of 24 so I started reading the books.

I hope someday they bring out the books with the original storyline of the TV series.
May 21, 2014 Nicolas rated it it was ok
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.
May 21, 2007 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general
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.
Dec 01, 2012 JDK1962 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Jan 11, 2009 Jack rated it it was ok
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.
Charles Eldredge
May 08, 2015 Charles Eldredge rated it really liked it
Having never watched the show, I found this an enjoyable read and the characters were very relateable.
chad rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2007
Aug 14, 2016 Doug rated it really liked it
I was surprised this book was so good.
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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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