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Dark Rising (Alex Hunter #2)

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When a massive amount of gamma radiation is detected somewhere beneath the desert of Iran, the world is on edge. Is it a nuclear weapon—or worse? Alex Hunter and his highly trained incursion team is on a mission to find out. When they arrive at the ruins of Persepolis, they find an underground facility but no lab, no weapons, no scientists—not even radiation. A black ho

Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Cuando un evento de radiación gamma es descubierto en Irán, Alex Hunter, nombre en clave Arcadia, junto a un escuadrón de HAWCs, lo más selecto de las fuerzas especiales, se unen a una agente y un científico israelíes para descubrir la causa y neutralizar la amenaza. No obstante, Alex tiene órdenes de conseguir esta nueva tecnología para Estados Unidos, e igualmente, la agente israelí ha recibido la orden de averiguar qué o quién es el Proyecto Arcadia. Pero lo que no saben es que los iraníes es ...more
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The 2nd book in the Alex Hunter series, and it was just as high tempo as the 1st one. These Arcadian books seem to have a little bit of something for everyone. There is action, mixed in with the high tech and a bit of science fiction, alongside a hint of horror. Not really enough of any for it to be happily pigeon holed to a specific genre.
Initially the book was quite slow paced, but soon picked up the higher tempo. A radiation spike is detected out in the Iranian desert, but without the expecte
This ambitious novel draws from all of the genres that I love. The story begins as a kind scientific thriller, when a black hole is created in a secret lab in a Middle Eastern desert. The US calls on superhuman Alex Hunter, think Wolverine meets Indiana Jones, to lead a team of the nation's best military agents to assess and destroy this threatening technology. To complicate matters, Israel has sent two agents to assist the US on the mission, and to steal the secrets behind their mysterious Arca ...more
I really liked this a lot. Great pace, memorable characters and solid research combined with a plot that was solid. Think Michael Crichton combined with Clive Cussler. The intelligent reader's Matthew Reilly.
I needed a high energy, commando-type, danger around every corner with a dash of sci-fi horror and militaristic weaponry in my life. "Dark Rising" delivered in abundance, I will have to say. I gobbled this book up over my morning and evening commute to work, heart racing as the larger than life hero went up against tremendous odds, obstacles and an extremely scary scientific event. The writing was fast paced and well done and this author isn't afraid to wipe out characters in tragic and sometime ...more
Andre Higgins
A great second book of the Alex Hunter saga.
I didn't find it as good as the first only because it took so long for the action to start. I had to read up to nearly 40% of the book before it got moving. But then it got real interesting.
The Alex Hunter character is getting more and more intriguing, can't wait to see how he will evolve in the next book.
I really liked the first one but was a little dissapointed by this one. I really wanted to give it four stars but I couldn't. The first half of the book was slow and boring and it dragged a lot. It was the second half of the book that was good. All the suspence and action that filled the first book came in the last 120 or so pages of this one.
11811 (Eleven)
4+ stars on this one. A little cheesy at times but overall a fun novel. This is mostly an adventure novel but it does well on other elements such as the horror factor, which was tame but still unique, and the supernatural factor which was kind of a side premise. It reminded me of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark - Action with substance.
Dark Rising is the first book I've read by this author. After reading the introduction, it sounded like the type of genre that I enjoy reading most. Deep Black Ops, non-stop action, and hard to believe scientific scenarios and possible outcomes that could actually have some validity to it. The novel did not disappoint. Each character in the story was well described, without losing any importance as the story progressed. The main character, Alex Hunter, is a medical and scientific miracle in his ...more
Jason Payne
Alex Hunter, his team, and a couple of Israelis (one an astrophysicist, the other a Mossad agent) head to Iran to investigate what was either a nuclear accident or an artificially-created black hole. Naturally, Beck throws in a beastie-of-the-week, this time an extraterrestrial monstrosity--with a more than passing resemblance to a creature from Islamic folklore--with a voracious appetite and surly attitude. Oh yeah, and the President of Iran is a nutjob who dreams of the apocalypse.

Second in th
I read the first two chapters and almost put the book down. I'd never read an Alex Hunter novel before and everything felt a bit too cliched. But then the author got revved up and it was like two different people wrote this book. Best of all, the book veered from a secret military incursion into Iran to take out a nuclear site into something wonderful and weird and lots of fun to read.

If you like the Breach books by Patrick Lee and the Jonathon Ledger series by Jonathon Maberry you'll like Dark
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Per Gunnar
This book is quite similar to the first book in this series. Sure, the story is different but otherwise the similarities are plentiful. A new mission for Alex, a new team of HAWC’s, a strong female character, plenty of action, some monstrous adversaries (both human and not so human). There are even a few caves thrown in as well.

Luckily it is not all the same. Although, on the surface, there is some strong resemblance with the first book it is not just a re-run with some minor changes. The core o
Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Twisted thriller fans
Arcadian Tackles the Iranian Black Hole. In their rush to nuclear participation, the Iranians put together a project to create a transitional black hole in an attempt to harness cosmic energy in hopes of fossil fuel independence. Mahmoud the radical decides to step up the ante and bring on Armeggedon, and coaches his brilliant scientist Ahmad to ratchet up the experiments, which result in a sudden sharp release of gamma radiation equivalent to a sunspot. When the US sees this, they decide to sen ...more
Camilla Almenfors
Kind of slow thru about half...but then it kind of blasts off. Again an action, adventure, thriller, perhaps a little horror. Loving the main character and always looking forward to the next book about him. Some of the charachters die, to my disappoinment, but that kind of added an extra thrill to continue reading. Not how ever my favorite among his books but still worth my time.
The kind of action story that you can imagine Arnie or Stallone making back in the eighties.
Moves quickly, doesn't really flesh out the characters but it doesn't need to.
Has a good blend of real world physics and political talk which help ground the story before it asks you to believe the leaps it takes.
Roger Dufresne
What a Great Read

Couldn't put it down. What action, it was almost too much. From one event to another, it kept on building and building.
I forgot how good the first Alex Hunter book was, but in my estimation I think it will be hard to match or beat this book.
Darla Phillips
I like this series more with each book.

I enjoyed the first book in this series but not enough to immediately rush to read the second. Boy was I wrong to wait. Alex's character just keeps getting better the more I get to know him. I can't wait to read the next one!
Bill Barnes
Excellent Read

Good story, Characters developed well. Only criticism is that the female element was a slight change from the first book. Great action series ad am looking forward to another Arcadian book.
I liked this book. Lots of different subplots happening (maybe too sci-fi to be plausible) but it made it fast paced and interesting. I need to read the first book in Hunter series now to see how he became who he is.
The second Alex Hunter entry lives up to expectations and more. Beck again captures the reader with an original take on military horror that scares and fascinates at the same time. A rollicking good read!
Good book

This was my second reading.
I have read the Hunter series once before.
Not sure if I will read the next one again. Will see.

Joe Ganzi
Absolutely fantastic book, Alex Hunter's character has developed nicely from the first book in the series. Definitely a page turner!
sherry smith
Fast paced

great story that is a fast read and full of action. very plausible in its execution. I highly recommend it.
Sheila Thornton
Goog stuff

fun read fast paced . You need to read the first two to stay up with what is going on.

Mark Carver
Once again, Greig Beck delivers... a roaring action juggernaut filled with ultra-high-tech weaponry and gadgets, sci-fi mumbo-jumbo that actually sounds plausible, heroic heroes, villainous villains, and of course...a hideous monster from the depths of Hell!

Don't expect nuanced social commentary or emotional journeys of self-discovery; Beck bathes the reader in blood and guts and hoo-rah mega-machismo and screw you if you don't like it. There isn't much depth to the characters (or story for that
Barry Simiana
Another in the Alex Hunter series, the second. The Arcadian is learning more about his abilities and it seems everyone wants them. add some mad middle eastern terrorist types, some mad hero types (who turn out okay in the end, despite now being dead), some interdimensional aliens and technology that can't be that far away amd you have another GoodRead from Greig Beck. He tells a good story, and like a lot of his stuff, not long after you find what he's written about had actually started to happe ...more
I couldn't finish it, nor could I get into the story. :( Sad, I enjoyed the first book.
Sam Stephens
This was the first Greig Beck book I read, and it was at that moment that I knew military action and horror was a match made in heaven.

I loved the action, the adventure, and the creatures, but I also love the way Beck intertwines some science into this book that really probes the imagination, similar to what I loved about Michael Crichton's work.

A lot of fun, and Greig Beck is now on my must-read list.
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