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Prepared For Rage (Coast Guard #2)

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A nail-biting, straight-from-the-headlines thriller of international suspense from Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author

A terrorist filled with resentment…an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intelligence…a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch on that very American of symbols from the water…an astronaut who takes her job very
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published February 5th 2008)
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PREPARED FOR RAGE (Thriller-International-Cont) – G+
Stabenow, Dana – Standalone
St. Martin’s Press, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0312369735

First Sentence: She screamed, once, a single, helpless cry of agony, despair, and betrayed innocence.

Her whole life, Kenai Munro has dreamed of being an astronaut. How is her chance as the shuttle Endeavour. Kenai is also related to Douglas Munro, the only member of the Coast Guard awarded a Medal of Honor. Cal Schuyler is captain of the Coast Guard cutter, Munr
Christine Trensen
I have heard good things about Dana Stabenow for years, but never got around to reading her. Interestingly, I came to her by way of one of my sons who's a voracious reader. He likes international intrigue-type books (Olen Steinhauer, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, et al.) so I was surprised to see him reading this one. He seemed unaware that she made her reputation with mysteries!

Prepared for Rage is a contemporary thriller that follows three lead characters. Isa (Arabic for Jesus) is part of a spli
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Summary: Following A Deeper Sleep, her most successful Kate Shugak novel to date, the Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling thriller writer Dana Stabenow delivers a nail-biting, all-too-real novel of international suspense.

A terrorist with a most personal grudge, an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intelligence, a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch on that very American of symbols from the water, an astronaut who ta
Shonna Froebel
I was already familiar with Stabenow's Kate Shugak mystery series, set in Alaska, but this thriller is a completely different sort of book. There is tons of action, a fair bit of violence, global politics, and, of course, sex. We follow several characters here: Coast Guard captain Cal Schuyler; NASA astronaut Kenai Munro; CIA strategist Patrick Chisum; and Pakistani terrorist Akil, also known as Isa. Cal is captain of the Coast Guard cutter which is currently patrolling the Caribbean and will be ...more
I picked up this book because I recognized the author's name. I've read a couple of the books in the Kate Shugak mystery series by Dana Stabenow and I enjoyed both the mystery, and their setting in Alaska.

This book is not part of that series. In fact, it is quite different. I find this one to be more of a thriller with 3 separate story lines: the story of a bitter young middle eastern man determined to teach the U.S. a lesson, a female astronaut preparing to live her dream on her first shuttle
#2 in the Coast Guard series.

Coast Guard series - Coast Guard captain and female astronaut become involved. Coast Guard cutter is stationed off Cape Canaveral to guard shuttle launch. Terrorists plan to shoot down shuttle as a follow-up to 9/11. Some characters reappear from "Blindside Game". Better than it sounds but too many coincidences.
This is an exciting suspense novel about a terrorist named Isa and various CIA and Coast Guard characters who get involved in stopping his attempt at an Evil Deed. The characters are pretty well fleshed out and the plot is one those that tracks various threads until they all come together in a decidedly edge-of-the-seat ending.

Dana Stabenow writes the Kate Shugak novels. They are considerably more interesting than this novel because of the setting (Alaska) and the complex and compelling protago
Intersecting stories about a terrorist, a strong woman astronaut, the Coast Guard captain who begins a torrid affair with her, an FBI guy, blah blah blah.

Terrorist event is to shoot down the space shuttle on which the astronaut is about to ride, Coast Guard guy is on the ship observing and protecting the launch, you get the idea.

Predictable, way more than I wanted to know about Coast Guard ships etc. (although many would have been enthralled by all the detail, and she DID a good job with her re
Ed Sinamark
A good thriller. The coast guard is not a setting for may thrillers so it was unique in that respect and as always there is a tie in to Alaska. Not quite as enjoyable as her Kate Shugak books.
The first two Dana Stabenow novels that I read were set in Alaska with Kate Shugak(?) and Liam Campbell, and I enjoyed them much more than this one. I found this interesting, but not nail biting and hot. Perhaps I have read too many thrillers before this, but it seemed somewhat plodding at times. Having the Coast Guard in the plot is interesting--a little different. Kenai seemed very one dimensional--couldn't see her having a love interest which would compete with her astronaut life. Hopefully, ...more
I was really bummed that Stabenow decided to capitalize on the whole terrorism mania in her latest mystery. (Or should I say "thriller"?) Sure, she managed to get in a few decent jabs at the Bush administration, (she's certainly no Ted Bell), but the whole thing was unnecessary. I read her novels for the unique Alaskan bush setting and unique characters. How many "thrillers" being published now feature terrorists from Pakistan or Afghanistan and a plot against a prominent U.S. symbol? Far too ma ...more
David Weinfeld
Very exciting & entertaining. I liked it.
I look forward to more Coast Guard.
Sep 08, 2014 TAMI marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Thriller/2008/8 CD's
TIME/PLACE: Present/Cape Kennedy Space Center, FL
CHARACTERS: Cal Schulyer/Coast Guard; Kenai Munro/astronaut

COMMENTS: A new terrorist cell group is plotting something bigger than 9/11. Set against the latest space shuttle ready in Florida. Very good narration.
Cheryl S.
I didn't think to check if this was another in the Kate Shugak series when I ordered it and it's not. I thought I would like it anyway, but unfortunately I didn't like it at all. Bummer. No humor or vivid characters like I'm used to and way too many confusing middle eastern names. I was expecting a lite, fun read. My own fault. I'll remember to check the next time.
Terrific! A great fun read. The characters were alive and believable. And the plot line was suspenseful. I'd never thought about how easy it would be to shoot down the shuttle - but I can see how it would work.

This was a great thriller - from the pen of the author of the Kate Shugak mysteries. Makes me want to pick up one of her mysteries now.
Fast reading. Good for the hospital once I was able to concentrate. Plain from the beginning that the Pakistani man in the prologue is bent on revenge, but it didn't make sense that it was against the U.S. and not his village elders. He has set in motion a plan to destroy the next space shuttle as it launches and nearly succeeds.
The Coast Guard doesn't get featured prominently in the fight against terror, but gets top billing in this book. It didn't start too well for me, but picked up as the book progressed, and by the end I was caught up in it. Mid-east terrorists aren't exactly a new theme, but I still found it interesting.
I'm not sure why, but for some reason I didn't get on with this as well as I did Blindfold Game. It had some good moments, but I never did figure out why the chief bad guy was motivated to do what he did, and I have to confess that the bits I enjoyed were the cameos from the characters from Blindfold Game.
Astronauts preparing for a space shuttle have a special passenger on board. Meanwhile a terrorist cell is preparing to make a statement by blowing up an important symbol of America, and the Coast Guard is securing the waters off Florida. All these groups converge in this well written thriller.
Found it a bit too contrived, Dana Stabenow just seemed to try too hard with this one. I love the Kate Shugak mysteries, I have been reading them since the first book came out years and years ago. I'll stick with Kate, this one didn't really do much for me.
Feb 20, 2008 Joyce rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults or late teens
Recommended to Joyce by: browsing at library
This is a first for me for this author, but it won't be the last. It was well written and well plotted and as current as today. The premise was believable and the terrorists frightening because of their plausibility. The "heros" were equally real.
Kat Hodgins
Not my favorite Stabenow book, but still a good read. I found this one a little slow off the top, I didn't really get caught up in it until I was at least half way through. Was a bit predicatable as well. Entertaining, but not her best work.
This book is well-written for a political thriller, but I didn't like it nearly as much as the Kate Shugak books. It didn't have the Alaskan setting and the strong lead female character I love in those books. It was ok, for a thriller.
"A renegade terrorist with a personal and vindictive grudge against all things American targets the space shuttle as NASA prepares to launch an important mission with a high-profile payload and a wealthy visitor on board."
Catherine Woodman
Write a review...Not sure I like this line of book from Stabenow--I love her Shugak series, but this is more controversial and while I would read another one, I am not in love at first sight--this seals with terrorism in the US
Stephanie Blackbern
picked this up on book sale table and really enjoyed it. Lots of research by the author who went on military tour to get the story straight. There was also an astronaut, politician and a great plot of terrorist revenge...
I enjoyed what I read ok, but it failed to draw me in -- I think this was because all of the jumping around in time from character to character slowed down the narrative, and it just didn't feel suspenseful enough to me.
A quick read with some good plot twists and pretty realistic shipboard action. The terrorist scenario in this book is too real for comfort.

This was also a nice change of pace from the author's other works.
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Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere.
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