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The Last Minute (Sam Capra #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,230 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
Sam Capra must commit an impossible assassination--or he will lose the only person in the world who matters to him . . .

Sam Capra has one reason to live: to rescue his baby son from the people who abducted him. An ex-CIA agent, Sam now owns bars around the world as cover for his real mission-working undercover for a secret network as mysterious as it is powerful, while usi
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
My best advice for this Sam Capra series is to suspend reality before opening the first page and just enjoy the ride. I usually get annoyed with protagonists who are uber-fit and capabable and never seem to suffer the consequences of life-threathening battle after battle. But Sam's trying to be a good guy in a not-so-good world, and he's a bit of a tortured soul. He also isn't a know-it-all or crusader, and that's what makes the series enjoyable.

I didn't care for Leonie but Mina is growing on m
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
The novel features a fast-paced plot, yet not much character development or attention to setting and location. It reminded me of something that the author James Patterson might punch out with the help of his 'writing team'. Another book to file under 'Lite Summer Reading' or 'Airport Novel'.
Michael Sherer
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first exposure to Jeff Abbott was his last-minute addition as a co-panelist at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference in Seattle last summer (2012). After meeting him and hearing him speak about his new series character Sam Capra, a former CIA agent, I’ve been looking forward to picking up one of Jeff’s books. I started with THE LAST MINUTE, the book he spoke about at PNWA, instead of the first Sam Capra novel, ADRENALINE. (I’m terrible when it comes to starting a series at the ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I upped the first book in the series Adrenaline to four stars because I had a hard time putting it down. Much of what I liked about it can still be found in The Last Minute, but this time it seems forced. I understand that Sam wants his child back but, in case I don't get it, I'm told over-and-over-and-over-again. Being reminded so continually of Sam's resolve to do whatever it takes pulled me out of the story.

In addition, the multiple threads in the storyline become a little too tangled. There'
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book, but I had a hard time getting into it. I noticed that one of the other reviewers mentioned she read the first book in the series before reading this one. I think that may have helped me as I did not connect with the characters early on. Then the narrator changed and I learned some back history. From that point on I really got into the book and enjoyed it.

The book tells of an underground crime network that has kidnapped an agent's child. The agent must kill someone who holds
Paulo Pires
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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E se lhe raptassem o seu filho !!! ... até onde iria para recuperá-lo?
Haveria limites ao que faria para o recuperar? Ousaria matar?
Este é o fio condutor do novo livro de Jeff Abbott publicado em Portugal pela Civiliazção Editora.

É um livro replecto de acção e adrenalina. Impróprio para cardiacos, uma vez que não dá descanso ao leitor e consegue-o fazer de uma forma fluída e deliciosa. As 560 páginas que o compõem são viciantes, a cada revés, a cada novo obstáculo o livro prende-nos e lança-nos n
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that Sam Capra is motivated would be an understatement. His ex-wife, who committed treason against the CIA and cost Sam his job with the "Special Projects", now lies in a permanent vegetative state. His former employers are actively pursuing him for his alleged crimes that occurred while trying to clean up the mess that his wife created. On top of that, a mysterious criminal group, The Nine Suns, has kidnapped his newborn son, Daniel. The only way Sam will ever see his son again is if he ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
A great thriller by Jeff Abbott. This book is the sequel to ADRENALINE, so I suggest you read that first, in order to understand what's going on. Sam Capra is an ex-CIA agent who needs to rescue his son. His son is in the hands of black market child sellers. This book deals with serious issues such as illegal adoption of stolen children, sexual trafficking, rape, forced heroin addiction, and the ethics of murder (is it okay in self-defense? Is it okay if it saves a child's life? Is it okay if th ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Sam Capra is a motivated man. He is motivated to kill Jack Ming, a Chinese hacker, in order to rescue his son, Daniel, who was kidnapped by Nine Suns. Nine Suns is an elusive, secret, global crime society, who sows chaos and reaps the profits. Jack Ming has a red notebook with a lot of Nine Suns' secrets in it. Sam has left the CIA in order to focus on dining Daniel, but he still has friends within the Agency. He also has Mila, his contact and partner with the Round Table, the anti-Nine Suns. Th ...more
Stacy Bearse
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Abbott’s novel is an excellent thriller, reminiscent of the early books of Robert Ludlum which featured solo heroes raging war against murky global conspiracies. In “The Last Minute”, the son of retired CIA officer Sam Capra is captured and used as leverage to turn Capra into an on-demand killer. Capra reacts by walking on the razor’s edge to both save his son, and to bring down the organization behind his capture. The book features lots of action, and a strong, surprising conclusion. I’m glad I ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book was intense and hard to put down at times. The plot was complex and had several characters to keep straight. I found myself having to go back a couple times to figure out who the author was talking about. I will read more books by Jeff Abbott. I do like his writing style and the story line was interesting. There were some things in the book that if was left out it would not have been missed. I guess it was longer than it needed to be. Overall i did enjoy the book and would recommend it ...more
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

It was perfect - BUT - I can't remember if Jeff did this in his other books but what was bothering me a bit here was the use of SO and NOW at the beginning of sentences or as a stand-alone sentence ☺
It would be totally ok if only one character did that - but they all do ☺

Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this guy writes. From the first page of Adrenaline to the last it moves. Finished it a week ago and now I am reading book two of Sam Capra's chase and run. Don't want to give away anything here in case you have not read the first book. All I can say is fasten the seat belt cause you're in for a ride. Gotta go..only on the second chapter..need to get a couple more in before passing out tonite.
M Christopher
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Another good read from my fellow Rice alum. The second in the series about nice-guy spy Sam Capra. This one starts a little slower than "Adrenaline" and it took me a while to get into it. And I'm not entirely sure I buy the ending. But I'll look for #3, "Downfall," in a few months.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A good story pretty well written. Read it in two days. Had a happy ending.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Decent follow up to 1st Sam Capra novel, similar fare to previous with lots of action twist and turns. Looks like there will be 3rd book so will be interesting to see how series progresses..
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a bit of a hard time following the story at the beginning but once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down
Daniel Kincaid
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sam Capra knows he has only one reason to live- to find his son, who was sold by his wife, ex-CIA, traitor, a member of the Novem Soles secret criminal group, who is now in a coma after getting by bullet. But as Sam gets close to find his son, he is immediately thrown off the trail as Novem Soles offers him an offer he really can't refuse- kill for us or your son dies. And as Sam battles his morals- kill in cold blood or lose his son forever, he must cooperate with woman, another victim of Novem ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-mystery
The ending is what edged this book to 5 stars. WOW. This book was fun and entertaining for being a suspense thriller type book. I read the first book in this series yesterday, and I don't think I did the book justice. I liked the writing. It is creative how the author attempts to say things differently. Not all his metaphors worked for me, like the birth canal one, but I appreciated the effort he put into his writing. And it kept me hooked. This book, the second in the Sam Capra series, was the ...more
Ada Iaboni
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the first book of this series sometime ago. I recalled it being quiet a fast moving and crazy story. This one too was in the same vain. Crazy and fast moving... BUT with so many turns that I ad to go back, at times, to recap and seeing who was who.
Way too many things happen to the Sam Capra, the main character. Way too many mysterious things surrounds him and those who appear to be on his side, and way too much to deal with.
It was also a bit long! Cutting it 50 to 75 pages would have made
Cinda Edwards
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Deloris Stephenson
Sam Capra series is riveting

Very good book. Unfortunately I read the series out of order, but they are compelling reads! Anyone who likes fast action and good storytelling will enjoy Jeff Abbott's work.
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the first time that I had read a before book from this author and I must say that I really enjoyed the book.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another far-fetched storyline, but the writing is good, and there is a lot of action. This would be a perfect holiday/beach read.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam Capra is entangled investigating and fighting international criminal conspiracies while attempting to rescue his baby son from kidnappers. Fast paced.
I enjoyed this more then I thought I would the twist at the end got me
Brandon Kelley
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a ton of fun. Lots of twists, really fast-paced, and a great ending. If you like action thrillers, read Jeff Abbott!
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Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jeff Abbott: The Last Minute It has been awhile since I read the first book in this series, Adrenaline, and while I really enjoyed that book and would recommend it to readers, I do not think you need to read that book in order to enjoy The Last Minute. Abbott takes the time (but it never felt out of place) to cover all the important elements from the first book in the second so you do not feel lost at any time. Jeff Abbott is back with another high adrenaline read in the Sam Capra series; who wi ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
an origin story in an origin story in an origin story in a sequel.... wow far more than expected.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spies, adventure, crime
For a book called 'The Last Minute', it's a very long one indeed. Crazy long for what it is. And what it is isn't much. A very slight story. Pretty one dimensional. Some by the numbers CIA people - and you're never going to believe this, but one of them may be a renegade CIA person, told you you wouldn't believe me. There are not one, but two cut out and keep shadowy, global secret organisations. One good, the other pantomime villain bad.

There's also, for some reason best known to the author (an
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Jeff Abbott (born 1963) is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has a degree in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. His early novels were traditional detective fiction but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. A theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. His novels ar ...more
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Sam Capra (5 books)
  • Adrenaline (Sam Capra, #1)
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