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Critical Mass (Kirk McGarvey #4)

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Kirk McGarvey--one-time CIA assassin--dreams of a peaceful life and marital bliss. One man will change all that. In 1945, Isawa Nakaruma lost his mother and father at Hiroshima, his wife and child at Nagasaki, and has been planning years to wreak his revenge--and he holds Kirk McGarvey personably responsible.
His plan begins with the murder of McGarvey's girlfriend and the
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Published November 28th 2006 by Forge Books (first published May 28th 1992)
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Sep 04, 2013 Samuel rated it really liked it

[3.8 stars rounded up to four]

Kirk McGarvey. America's James Bond for the 1990's. The ancestor of future protagonists like Scott Harvath and Mitch Rapp finally comes into his own in Critical Mass. In this book, Hagberg tackles the threat of non-state actors who have the resources to shape geopolitics. Unfortunately, he explores this subject with the Japanese as a villain. Such a threat only lasted from the end of the 1970's all the way through the early 1980's. But I digress, lets
Jan 03, 2016 Wayne rated it really liked it
A former German Stasi group of killers, a Japanese billionaire working through this group to get the necessary materials to make nuclear bombs, a disgraced former CIA agent who is now an on-again-off again CIA assassin, and the ex-wife and daughter of the CIA assassin.................all mesh to create yet another suspense filled, edge of your seat thriller by David Hagberg. This is the 4th of 17 Hagberg novels featuring Kirk McGarvey, the renegade CIA assassin known throughout the world as the ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Corri rated it did not like it
Shelves: listened-to
Read by Dick Hill (even he couldn't save this book)

This would be a great Bourne Identity-type movie because the story is great. Of course, I don't know if the terrorism theme would attract moviegoers nowadays.

I found the book was difficult to follow. It had too many characters, technical descriptions, and foreign locations. Also, there wasn't a lot of character development for the Japanese guy behind it all. Dick Hill did a great job narrating as usual, but couldn't save this book. :(
Jan 14, 2015 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Supposedly retired black ops operator for the CIA is called back on to investigate the sale of nuclear bomb parts and the killers who brought down a Swiss Air plane at Frances Oley airport. He ends up going up against a private group on ex Stasi mercenaries hired by a Japanese owner of a electronics firm who is out for revenge for the bombing of Nagasaki. Plenty of action in Europe, the US and Japan.
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Aug 31, 2011 Michelle Snyder rated it it was amazing
If you can find a copy of this book for less than $100 you are doing well. A raw and honest account of and event at the end of WW II that has been suppressed, and even now is taboo. If you like history, or conspiracy that is based in truth, you will like this book. Facts, names, and dates are not fun to read, but the overall information is excellent.
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I've got one more of these Kirk McGarvey "thrillers" left in me (maybe) before I give up on this hero and this series. They're just not... very good.
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David Hagberg is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean and has spoken at CIA functions. He has published more than twenty novels of suspense, including the bestselling High Flight, Assassin, and Joshua's Hammer. He makes his home in Vero Beach, Florida.

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