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Hammerhead (Hammerhead #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  693 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Kindle Science-Fiction/Adventure best seller!
Jeffrey Holt tears apart decommissioned ships that have been crash-landed in the Nevada desert. He’s a shipbreaker, no one of consequence—just as he wants it. However, decades after his role in the world mattered, someone is trying to kill him. Searching for a reason, he tears into the bridge of a derelict Kappa-Class freighter
Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 29th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 22nd 2011)
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I originally tried to win this as a GoodReads First Reads but lost. The author was nice enough to send me a message so I picked it up on Kindle.

Overall, I liked the book. Non-stop action from start to finish and an enjoyable read throughout.
Ed Morawski
I really wanted to like this book since I planned on reading the sequel. Unfortunately this is another one of those all too common books with glowing reviews where neither the author or the readers seem to know anything about the real world. Okay, I know it's science fiction and some suspension of disbelief is necessary, but important plot points are so far fetched I just couldn't get past them. Even science fiction has to have some basis in reality and physics.

My review process is that all book
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book might not normally get five stars from me, but in comparison to some other sci-fi books I've read recently* (and not bothered to log), it's fabulous.

The source of the title is an elite group of Marines who were genetically modified to be better soldiers - have quicker responses, etc. Jeffrey is the last living member of the first group of Hammerheads. (We do not learn a lot about the Hammerheads, which is weird considering the title.) Done with war, but living with his memories, he wo
Scott James
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Jason this last weekend at a convention, and was impressed enough to buy his book as soon as I got home. I finished it in one long session, and immediately recommended it to other writer friends.

Hammerhead is a story about war and warriors, of what happens when those with power forget how they got it and why. In general I am a fan of books about veterans of conflicts either real or imagined, and Hammerhead does not disappoint.
Richie Rich
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Mr. Bond followed Elmore Leonard's advice and left out all the parts that readers skip. He did it well. I never once lost interest while reading this book. I look forward to reading more books by Mr. Bond.
To Jason. I hope to see you again some time at Hastings. Thank you for taking the time to write this book. You can believe that I will spread the word about your book. Goodreads will help.
Mark Polino
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011
Hammerhead is fast and action packed. It's a quick read and a lot of fun. I wouldn't have minded even a little more background at the beginning.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this was a great story. as a veteran, I found the character very believable. I am looking forward to the presequal.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this title is classified as science fiction, and it does have a sci fi element to it because it is in the future and there are advanced technologies, this one is more of a thriller to me: everything is based on Earth, you have the good guys trying to outwit the bad guys, and all of the other typical plottings of a thriller.

It’s also a very good thriller, and the author does a great job of getting you into the head of his main character and making you feel as if you are right in the middle
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hammerhead is a very fast moving and entertaining novella. It's a credit to the author that he managed to squeeze in so many twists and turns coupled with genuine excitement in such a short book. I can't really comment on the story as to do so would let the cat out the bag and spoil it for future readers
Bruce Burns
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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William Bentrim
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hammerhead by Jason Andrew Bond

I read and review a lot of books. I generally only read and review books I think I am going to like. This means that I often have four and sometimes five star reviews. That simply means I am winnowing out the ones that don’t grab me due to the fact there are so many good books out there. Hammerhead is a good example. This was an excellent book. I don’t get into style, grammar, punctuation or any of that drivel. I recommend a book based on whether I enjoyed it or no
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The novel is intense, fun, and just a pleasurable overall read. It's a fast-paced, action-packed science fiction thriller that really keeps you moving through the pages. There's also on over-reaching theme to the book that keeps you guessing between what is real and what is conspiracy-theory.

Jeffrey Holt used to be an elite pilot in the war, but that was a long time ago. Now, he just works away the years as a clean-up artist for derelict spaceships that have been crash landed in the Nevada deser
Anastasia Pergakis
I quite literally just finished reading this book and I'm having trouble coming up with the right words to tell you how much I loved it. Sure, I can sit here and ramble about how I was instantly pulled into the story and how I fell for the characters and routed for them the whole way. But that really doesn't do justice to the story. (All of that is true by the way.)

The descriptions about the technology were described so well that I didn't realize it was futuristic until half way through the book
Jason McCracken
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Jason's book, Hammerhead, more than I initially thought I would. I picked up the book because I know Jason from when we were in college. I was pleasantly surprised at how the book got better the more I read. I found the characters very relatable and found myself more engaged in their well being than I anticipated.

I don't typically read science fiction so if you do you will probably enjoy this even more. I've read some fairly prominent science fiction authors and I enjoyed Hammerhead m
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Science Fiction fans
Overall, I enjoyed the ride. A lot happens in a short period of time and that is good and bad. Stacey completely recovers way to to quick from an obvious concussion. Even seasoned athletes are now required to wait weeks before resuming any sense of normalcy. That might be nitpicking so I'll move on.
The Hammerhead premise is pretty cool and I wish Mr. Bond had spent even more time having us wonder if the War really happened or not. I started having bits of doubt as to Jeffrey's mental state and
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this as either an Amazon Prime loan or free download. Can't remember.

The book pushed all my buttons... in a good way. Great sci-fi action adventure and a great lead character with well conceived backstory. I think there could have been more development with the "did the war really happen" concept. It felt underplayed. There were certainly moments (ala "Total Recall") where our hero wonders if he is just going nuts, but these were mostly internal struggles vs. looking at whatever everyone
Shannon Kelso
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun action/sci-fi book. It was a bit graphic for me in places, but it really wasn't excessive as far as adult novels go. I just usually hang out with YA books. Story line was intriguing, and I enjoyed the character development too. It takes place several years in the future, after a war that took place in our solar system. There's a movement that believes the war never took place, while our hero was a member of the elite Hammerheads (futuristic SEALS) that protected the Earth in that war. I te ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the First Reads Giveaways and the author, Jason Andrew Bond, I won this book!

It took me total of one day to finish Hammerhead. From start to end I could not put it down. I enjoyed this book because it doesn't beat around the bush too much and I really grew to really love the characters - especially Jeremy. At first, I found him hard and I'll admit some of the violence he commits gets pretty graphic, but he slowly shows his heroic side and comes through as a really courageous and selfl
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, sf, space
I devoured this book. At least the first part.
Fast paced action, hammerhead flying and tropical islands.
Then I got my foot squashed by a car while waiting for the green light at an intersection (no real harm done) and read the rest in various waiting rooms and forms of public transport.
It felt a bit hurried along and it missed the vibrant action scenes from the first part.

I'd still recommend this book to at least a couple of people and I'm really looking forward to what Jason Andrew Bond has in
Sharon Michael
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good first book, will be looking for more by this author. Not a particularly original plot, a bit space-opera-ish (which is a good thing for me) with faint overtones of novels such as "Firefox Down". Well written for the most part, with characters I enjoyed. Some of the dog-fighting sequences were great and the hand to hand fight sequences were particularly well done.

There were some slow places especially later in the book and I had the impression the author had some difficulty in the tran
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like military sci fi, that's no secret. I love the technology aspects the most. But this book was short on the tech and long on the story and I enjoyed that. Not an overly long read, but I'm pretty sure that's because I almost didn't want to put it down. The characters were believable and the dialog wasn't all John Wayne Swaggerly (yes, I made that word up and yes, you can use it, you're welcome). Jeffery Holt is strong and supremely confident when he has to be but he does have his moments of ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This a book taking place in the future with the title character, a former combat pilot, works as a demolition individual for returned space vehicles to salvage scrap for reuse. A freighter comes into the atmosphere to a controlled crash at Holt's demolition location. While demolishing the wreckage for scrap, Holt finds a surviving passenger from a supposedly empty freighter. A clean-up crew is seen coming across the plain and Holt suspects things are not right. What follows is an action packed t ...more
Wayne Michael
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This author will quickly rise to the best sellers list with his exciting story telling full of non-stop action. Even if you are not a Sci-fi fan this book will keep you turning page after page to see where his story telling will lead you. After each twist and surprise you will find yourself wanting more and more of the story.

If you allow the story telling to lead you this book will play like movie in your mind. The detail being enough to describe the actions and events so they come to life in y
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book and I have to say that it's a great book!! Action take place in the future and it involve a lot of action, a very good intrigue with make you doubt about what the true is till the end, a universe that is original and interesting, and of course characters with which you really get attached to and they also avoid the stereotype in which they could have easily fall into. So a very great book that I recommend without hesitation to the sci-fi fans, the action fans, as well as ...more
Jessica Buike
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This thriller is everything you expect - fast paced, exciting, and plot driven. I loved how toward the end of the book I was still second-guessing myself as to what was real and what wasn't! The characters were interesting, though at times felt a little one-dimensional. It also took me a little bit to get drawn into the story because I wasn't quite sure what was going on. However, once I started getting into the flow of the writing it was very good, and the ending was one of the most amazingly p ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Free book that turrned out to be pretty good. It took me a few chapters to really get into. Jeffrey Holt is the last living member of the hammerheads - a genetically enhanced group of marines that many though never existed. As he is tearing apart machines in the Nevada desert, he finds himself and the woman he saves being hunted. Interesting idea here and I was surprised how much I found myself enjoying the story. Biggest complaint is how little we learned about the hammerheads themselves, but o ...more
Andrew Carlson
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Hammerhead was a good book, just not a great book. It held my interest throughout, but didn't have the finish I wanted or expected.

The adventure tale of the first two-thirds gave way to a confusing and erratic story of dominance and lust and jealousy and other things that distracted from the tale. I was hoping and expecting a good ol' swashbuckling romp but was left with confusion. Oh Well.
Kevin D. McEvoy
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good Jason

I did really like the book. Take heart of the criticism's you talked about and I have faith that your future books will be more than excellent. Don't give up on your writing just yet, I believe that your journey is only just beginning. For those that criticized so harshly, I truly feel you are wrong. Jason has a great talent that is just beginning to emerge. I am looking forward to more!
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-reviewed
I'm not much of a sci fi reader, however I managed to read this book in a few hours.
I thought it was a great book. Enough details and character development to keep the story going. Many sci fi books I've read tend to be bogged down in the tiniest details.
My only complaint is a few more details of the "mythical" war, would've been great. However I may have read an interview that says another book is coming soon....fingers crossed.
BJ Haun
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
This book was a real disappointment for me. Months ago I had read the sample on my Kindle, and was really intrigued with the set-up. However, it turned out that the set-up was by far the most interesting part of the story. The book quickly turns into pretty standard sci-fi fare up until the last 25% or so of the story, in which I found it to be a real slog to finish. Would not recommend.
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Bestselling author Jason Andrew Bond grew up in Oregon and currently lives in Washington State with his son. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Oregon and an MBA from the University of Colorado. When his first novel Hammerhead unexpectedly reached bestseller status, he dedicated twenty-five percent of his profits to disabled U.S. veterans.
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