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The high adventure of James Rollins meets the gripping suspense of Matthew Reilly in Jeremy Robinson's explosive new thriller, SecondWorld.
Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS Special Agent is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s fingers and tastes like blood.

Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing. No ships. No polluters.

No oxygen.

Instead, he finds a cloudless sky full of red particles dropping like snow and coating the ocean with a thick film that stretches to the horizon. When a dead blue whale collides with Aquarius, Miller begins a harrowing race to escape the affected area.  Cut off from the rest of the world and surrounded by death, Miller makes his way to Miami where he discovers just one survivor, and the awful truth: the strange phenomenon that robbed the air of its life giving oxygen was an attack by an enemy reborn from the ashes of World War II. And they’re just getting started. Miami, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo have all been destroyed. Millions are dead.

And if Miller can’t track down and stop those responsible in seven days, the rest of the world is next.

341 pages, Hardcover

First published May 22, 2012

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Jeremy Robinson

137 books2,145 followers
Jeremy Robinson is the New York Times bestselling author of seventy novels and novellas, including Apocalypse Machine, Island 731, and SecondWorld, as well as the Jack Sigler thriller series and Project Nemesis, the highest selling, original (non-licensed) kaiju novel of all time. He’s known for mixing elements of science, history and mythology, which has earned him the #1 spot in Science Fiction and Action-Adventure, and secured him as the top creature feature author. Many of his novels have been adapted into comic books, optioned for film and TV, and translated into thirteen languages. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children. Visit him at www.bewareofmonsters.com.

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Profile Image for Kristin Lundgren.
304 reviews14 followers
June 15, 2012
I read a lot of YA books which tend to fall into the paranormal/fantasy, SF, and dystopian genres, and a few stragglers. And I enjoy them, some immensely. But they don't give me that thrill. That rush of adrenaline, which I had been missing. Then I picked up Jeremy Robinson's latest thriller. He writes like James Rollins and Matt Reilly - somewhat improbable plot, improbable feats of derring-do, etc. But they are fun and enjoyable, and they all do well in bringing people to life. And that was this book. Using a new character, an NCIS agent, it starts out with him underwater, supposedly studying some ocean stuff in an underwater habitat, but really an enforced vacation. Then strange red flakes start falling, and his habitat is unlivable and he surfaces, to find all life around him dead. He manages to get to shore, and works his way up the coast to Miami where it appears everyone has died from the red flakes, so he uses his scuba gear to be able to keep breathing, because somehow, the red flakes sucked the oxygen out of the air. What follows is his attempt to reach a safer zone, save a sick little girl, and be one of the few people trusted by POTUS to help save the world. Fun, blasting energy, but time for some small moments as well - sharing pudding with the girl, talking and joking with his comrades, a motley rag-tag bunch. It's pure adrenaline, a headlong rush into a secret plot that has been hatching for 70 years - "an enemy reborn from the ashes of WWII". Can't say more without spoilers - it's that kind of book, but once again he proves he is a master at his genre. Great action, great characters, fun, if improbable set-up, and a roller coaster ride to the finish line. And that was a wake-up, a refresher, from the quieter books I have been reading, so my next few reviews will be in this genre. Once I get started it takes me a few to stop. Then I get overloaded, and need to go back to the quieter ones - the YA genres. So if this is not to your taste, stay tuned. I won't stay here forever, just a drop-in now and then to refresh myself at the font of action and mayhem.
August 20, 2014
I started this on Playaway and I had to turn it off because of the disturbing scene at the beginning. I got the print copy and I'm so glad I picked this up again, because this book rocked!

Warning: If you hate Nazis, you will either love this book, or you will find your hatred for Nazis inflamed to even higher levels. The Nazis (and all their modern counterparts) seriously suck (which is putting it lightly) and inspired many violent thoughts in my head as I was reading. I think that this book might be therapeutic in that way. Having studied WWII and been sickened by the horrible acts perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews (and everyone else they deemed unfit), I have stored up a fair amount of enmity against them. At least in fiction, you can see the Nazis get theirs. And I hope that we can learn from history and not let anything like this happen ever again.

In other ways, this was a great read. Lincoln Miller, while he is from a kickbutt elite Navy SEALs background, he still feels like an everyman hero. He assumes accountability to save the world, because he is in the right place at the right time. I loved to see him think through the very desperate circumstances he faced in this book. Imagine not being able to breathe in open air? Really scary. I love a resourceful lead character, and Miller's way of thinking through situations was always credible. Miller has a strong moral compass. While he's not a believer in God, he definitely knows the difference between right and wrong, and has a sense of justice that causes him to fight the good fight and to take a hard line against bullies and murderers. He doesn't kill wantonly, but he's not going to hesitate if killing is necessary.

I liked the secondary characters, although I never did trust one of them. Arwen is awesome. I hope to see more of her. I want to see Lincoln make good on his promise to her. I loved Cowboy! He has a novella out that I will definitely be buying for my Kindle. Also liked Elizabeth a lot. She's a good action heroine, realistic and admirable. Her smarts play a crucial role in this story.

Including the Nazis, there are some aspects of this novel that are very disturbing. I found the far-reaching enormity of the conspiracy quite harrowing, although not surprising, considering how prevalent (and entrenched) racism and prejudice is in this world (and most definitely in the United States). Part of me wondered how people could willingly get in bed with the Nazis, but if your ideology is similar, I guess what they believe is just a more extreme expression of your own beliefs (terrible to consider).

The action was off the charts. I did like how Robinson is realistic in how he describes Miller's reactions to the continual stresses on his body, and how he takes measures to keep himself going when rest isn't an option. For those who like Antarctica as a setting, look no further (although they aren't there very long). There is a big body count, but it's not gratuitous, and I didn't feel sorry for the Nazi/racist bad guys at all.

I decided I was being nitpicky in not giving this five stars. It really is a fiver for me. I wouldn't change anything about the writing. It's easy to read and I liked Robinson's way of explaining things without getting too technical, and also how he keeps the action going. He has a great imagination. Some readers may find the portrayal of the Nazis as being stereotypically evil, but that wasn't a big problem for me. To me, they are the essence of evil. If a reader wants a book with more shades of gray, this probably isn't a book for them.

I'm glad that this book was chosen for the Action/Adventure Aficionados group read, because it was a very fun, exciting read. I talked to this book almost the whole way through, and I didn't want to put it down until I finished the last paragraph. Highly recommended.

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5,070 reviews183 followers
July 10, 2012
Ex-Navy Seal turned NCIS agent, Lincoln Miller has been tasked to check out the Aquarius underwater facility in the Florida Keys. Lincoln notices something strange. The sky is blazing red with red specks falling from the sky. Fish are dying Lincoln makes it to land, only to learn that an attack has been launched on the world. Someone has depleted the world of oxygen. With the lack of oxygen, people are also dying and the specks falling from the sky is all that is left of civilization. Miller must figure out who is behind the coming of the "secondworld" or all will be lost.

I started this book during my lunch hour and that was a bad choice. This is because I was instantly hooked. That was the quickest hour that I ever experienced. All I could think about was getting back to the book. I was going to leave the book at work but I just could not as I had to finish it. Wow. It has been a while since I had read a book this great. Mr. Robinson really is a great proflic writer He painted such a vivid picture of the "secondworld". I could actually picture something like this happening and this added to the suspense. A strong storyline, great characters, and a nice ending. I can picture this book being turned into a movie.

Lincoln Miller is something that I could cheer for. He kicked butt. It was like he the one only one left fighting the good fight for America. If this really did happen, I would want someone like Miller on my side. He was not standoffish. He did have a caring side and brains.

There was so much action that I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Every time I turned the page, there was something else happening. Secondworld is a recommended read! If you are looking for romance, a sexy hero, and doom and gloom, then turn on True Blood. Although, if you are looking for a book that will rock your world, then you need to run or click on the nearest bookstore or website and order a copy of Secondworld!
Profile Image for Mike.
165 reviews15 followers
June 11, 2012
Attention, Clevelanders -- Miami is DESTROYED in this book! Not the Heat basketball team, the ENTIRE CITY! LeBron James won't be winning any NBA championships after Navy SEAL Lincoln Miller saves the world and cleans up the mess resurrected Nazis create in this world.

Yes, resurrected Nazis. Seems the biggest villains of all time are back to take over the world 70 years after they lost World War II. Miller and his little band of rag-tag commandos must dodge thousands of bullets, ward off aerial attacks and survive in several oxygen-depleted environments.

Everything about this book is ludicrous, especially the fact that I finished it. At least it doesn't take long. Any reader can skim over several paragraphs per chapter and still figure out what's going on.
Profile Image for Julie Carter.
796 reviews6 followers
September 17, 2022
I just revisited the audiobook version of this story, and it was even better than the first time I listened.
Lincoln Miller is an ex Navy Seal who can take care of himself in any situation. This story takes him all over the world, and the precarious situations he finds himself in will leave you breathless. Very fast-paced story with great character interaction. I love Cowboy!
Profile Image for Susan.
36 reviews39 followers
July 14, 2013
I loved this book from the first page to the last.

It is a rip-roaring, heart-pounding adventure and one of the best books I have read in recent times.

If you love high adventure and haven't yet discovered Jeremy Robinson, do yourself a favor and read this.

I can't wait to read more about Lincoln Miller, he is giving King and the Chess Team a run for the money.
5 reviews2 followers
July 1, 2013
I'll be honest - parts of this book are (unintentionally?) hilarious. No spoilers, but the final scene is so over the top that I have to think that Robinson is in on the fun as well. But I look past all that because this is an incredible concept with delicious sci-fi inspired action that is just close enough to reality to be great. Five stars.
Profile Image for Diane.
1,137 reviews32 followers
October 5, 2012
The beginning was 5 stars, but once the hero is out of immediate danger, it got boring and bogged down with history and explanations . So I just skipped to the end to see what happened.
Profile Image for Audrey Arnold.
125 reviews2 followers
March 15, 2019
This was a really good book! The apocalypse, Nazis, and fast-paced action -- what could be better? Jeremy Robinson takes readers on a whirlwind ride with twists, turns, and danger around every corner. Perfect for lovers of action and intrigue.

This book sucked me right in and held me there until the very end. Highly reccomend SecondWorld!
Profile Image for Marie (UK).
3,090 reviews42 followers
December 15, 2020
If My husband had been watching a movie of this books I would have heaved and sighed all the way through it But this was a wonderfully narrated tale of the next Nazi uprising. I loved almost every minute of it - the opening confused me and I didn't really work out it's meaning until about a third of the way through. The ending did take fighting to a new level a veritable Piff Paff Pouff of battles guaranteed to make me snarl in film and TV.

It is definitely more than 4 stars for me (just not quite the full 5) the imagination, world and character building was excellent and this is an author I will look to again
Profile Image for Aubree.
66 reviews
November 9, 2020
Action packed the very beginning to end. ‘Mercia all the way!!!!
Profile Image for Jordan Anderson.
1,274 reviews33 followers
December 27, 2014
I have often times wondered what would happen if James Rollins and Matt Reilly somehow managed to team up and pen a new thriller. Two of the penultimate (and two of my all-time favorite) thriller authors, combining their respective talents. The result would be nothing short of marvelous! Now, I know that's more of a self-professed book nerd's wet dream. The chances of something as fantastic as that are most likely never to happen.

However, there is a close second to that never-to-happen fantasy, and it has actually happened. Jeremy Robinson has somehow managed to bridge the gap between the 2 and write something very similar to what those guys would ever produce. Hell, he could quite possibly be the lovechild between those 2!

I say all that because "Secondworld" was almost the most perfect blending of Rollins's science/plot and Reilly's over-the-top, thrill-a-minute action. Both are here and both work in such an awesome, fun way. The book never seems to let up and just when you think there can't possibly be anything else, any other way to ratchet up the excitement or thrill, Robinson finds a way to prove you wrong. And when you think you've had enough of the Nazis and all their heinous ways, there's Robinson once more, making you hate them all over again, while at the same time renewing scientific conspiracies and causing you to think "what if...?" I could continue singing my praises for this one, but just ponder this: If there was ever a time for a new screenplay, it should be something from Robinson. The guy is freaking fantastic.

I suppose that's not much of a surprise since he has been compared to both Rollins and Reilly (as well as Cussler). It's a huge compliment and a huge burden to bear on his shoulders but somehow, sliding under the radar, Robinson's "Secondworld" is quite possibly one of the best thrillers I have read and makes me have hope that there are still a lot of relatively unknown (or at least not overrated) authors out there who can write. And all this time, his books have sat just one or two over from Rollins. Such a shame it took me so long to discover him.

Profile Image for Dee Haddrill.
1,424 reviews19 followers
June 24, 2015
Originally read 27 April 2013; listened to via Audible 24 June 2015 (Phil Gigante has an amazing voice and really brought the characters to life!)

Lincoln Miller is an ex-Navy Seal turned NCIS agent who finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a terrifying scenario. The world around him is suddenly inundated with strange red flakes that appear to have one purpose - remove the oxygen from the air around him. With evil villains (Neo-Nazis)abounding, and an assortment of interesting sidekicks beside him, Miller is tasked to bring an end to this apocalyptic problem. Yet another great read from Mr Robinson, full of fast-paced, heart-pounding action, fun characters with humorous dialogue and a story that is scarily possible.
Profile Image for Brian Taylor.
Author 6 books14 followers
July 21, 2015
SecondWorld is a solid read that will keep you entertained. It has plenty of action and characters that could have stepped out of an action movie (even if the nicknames were annoying). What I like about Jeremy Robinson is he's not afraid to go big with his plot...although there are times where things seem a little too unbelievable, or a little too convenient. If you're looking to get lost from your everyday life for a little while, give SecondWorld a try.
Profile Image for Suzanne.
267 reviews5 followers
May 4, 2012
This book was exactly what I needed. If you love movies like Die Hard, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Con Air, then this book is for you. The action never stops and the short chapters keep the story racing. I will definitely be reading more from this author!
Profile Image for Nathalia.
157 reviews17 followers
May 5, 2012
I won a copy of this book through First Reads.

One of the best books that I've read all year! The plot was absolutely refreshing, the characters were fantastic and action scenes kept me on my toes until the very end. Great read!
Profile Image for Jeffrey Higgins.
85 reviews1 follower
May 28, 2012
Oh man can Mr. Robinson spin a tale. Don't miss this one. One of his bestt
Profile Image for Kate.
1,626 reviews322 followers
May 31, 2012
Loved this thriller, absolutely loved it - I could barely control the pages flying through my fingers. One of the most enjoyable reads I've had this year so far. Review to come on FWN.
Profile Image for Daniel Rudge.
270 reviews10 followers
December 3, 2018
An adrenaline-packed thrill ride that combines the best conspiracy theories into one plot, SecondWorld delivers the goods for action/adventure fans. The pace is set at a break-neck speed, the plot weaves in some science fiction and the action is almost non-stop. It loses a star for the lack of character-development, and for some of the action scenes not as well-scripted as say Matthew Reilly's best. Otherwise, a very enjoyable escapist read highly recommended to action/adventure and thriller fans.

Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS Special Agent is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s fingers and tastes like blood. Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing. No ships. No polluters. No oxygen.

Instead, he finds a cloudless sky full of red particles dropping like snow and coating the ocean with a thick film that stretches to the horizon. When a dead blue whale collides with Aquarius, Miller begins a harrowing race to escape the affected area. Cut off from the rest of the world and surrounded by death, Miller makes his way to Miami where he discovers just one survivor, and the awful truth: the strange phenomenon that robbed the air of its life giving oxygen was an attack by an enemy reborn from the ashes of World War II. And they’re just getting started. Miami, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo have all been destroyed. Millions are dead. And if Miller can’t track down and stop those responsible in seven days, the rest of the world is next.
Profile Image for Mary.
677 reviews
March 26, 2019
To say this novel is non-stop adventure and thrills is a gross understatement. With maybe one or two brief moments where the reader is allowed to catch a breath, the action literally does not stop. So why only 3 stars? This is something I never thought I would ever say but there is just too damned much. Too much damage one person could ever inflict. Too much coincidence. Too much luck. Too much pain and injury one person could endure. Too many bad guys. And too damned much need to suspend belief. I love a good adventure novel and am more than willing to suspend belief but this one just asked too much. The story kept my interest and the short chapters (almost each one ending with a cliffhanger) kept me turning pages but in the end I just wanted it to, well, end. Jeremy Robinson is one of my favorite writers but this book is not one of his best.
186 reviews1 follower
November 11, 2019
Yeah. Of course. The bad, bad Germans who were forced to support Nazis in thread to their family being killed had a choice. Descendants of Germans who were forced supporters better were never been born. Sure. The book is a little TOO USA-and-anti-german patriotic. And all the shaved Nazis with the blond hair and the heavy German accent. Please! How ridiculous!
And a 12 year old girl that is soooo intelligent and has the same thoughts as the 'hero'? Garbage. Who should believe this. And she's such a fighter and the burnings of her skin almost don't hurt her. Ohhh she's so... Just annoying and expandable, well garbage!
And the 'hero' well. Of course, he can break the window of a car with his Glock and fight an overpowerful enemy without taking breath. He's so... Okay, we had that already. But for good measure: garbage!
15 reviews
April 25, 2020
I didn't expect this book to be so good

I got this book on a whim and I can't remember if it was free or just really cheap and thought I would give it a try since I like the audible books I've listened to by Jeremy Robinson.(this one was a digital book, not audible) This book knocked my socks off from the first page. I didn't want to stop reading it , it was so good.It's been awhile since I've been able to say that about any book. Lately they've been really easy to put down, but this one wasn't. The story was engaging and well-written and kind of scary because I kept wondering if this could really happen. If you like Jeremy Robinson you need to get this book. You won't regret it.
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270 reviews5 followers
January 16, 2020
I quite enjoyed this! I’ve read 3 of his books before, but there were aspects of those that annoyed me. Not so with this one.
Outlandish, both in plot and pace of action, this was a delightful bobsled ride of a book. The premise was just believable enough to make it interesting. The characters were charming. I’m glad he didn’t attempt some idiotic romantic side-plot. Yeah, use a hot girl as a main character but her appeal was that you didn’t know if you could trust her right up till the end; not ‘will she fall in love with main guy’.
I’m definitely going to get another of his books for when I want some light scientific adventure!
286 reviews8 followers
November 24, 2020
Jeremy Robinson has been a favorite author of mine. In this an older novel of his, Second World, has the Germany Forth Reich has begun by testing a weapon discovered at the end of World War II. Deadly red flakes have been released from the skies chocking out cities. Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned special agent must find the enemies location before the end of the world's power and their replacement. Robinson has built into this story many conspiracies that can keep the reader goodling the web for the stories.
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465 reviews2 followers
March 31, 2022
This is escapism at its best. If you can't suspend disbelief, then you won't like this novel. Like many of Jeremy Robinson's books I enjoyed the first half more than the last. Toward the end it got just a bit too convenient and unrealistic for even me, but that's many of this author's stories. Because of that, I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. You can read the plot elsewhere, but it moves like a good science fiction movie. The character, Vasily the Czech Cowboy was very amusing though a bit stereotypical. If you like action and reanimated Nazi's getting blown away, this one's for you.
11 reviews1 follower
June 3, 2022
Ridiculous, on the nose and absolutely immersive. This was the first book I read when I decided to become an author so I decided to start with something light and untaxing. This sci fi action thriller was the thing I needed. Interesting concept, fun action, good cast chemistry and engrossing plot made this a very fun read for me. The exposition sounded quite natural as well, even if it offered nothing new. The hockey dialogue and unrealistic skills of the main protagonist are not enough to break my suspension of disbelief. Recommend.
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280 reviews1 follower
December 23, 2017
Listened to this as an audiobook on our trip up to Colorado for Christmas. It was a fun listen. It kept both of us awake which helped make the long drive more bearable. I will say that the characterization was a little canned and the plot needed some trimming. It felt a little messy at times. I also did not like the narrator’s female voices. But overall, it was a fun, silly book that made a great road trip listen.
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414 reviews5 followers
June 13, 2020
Wow, what a ride. I know this story and action were outlandish and over the top, but it was so darn entertaining. I found it hard to put down, just had to see what was going to happen next. And I googled some of the information in the book and found it to be true! That was astonishing. When I want a quick read with lots of action and interesting premises, I will look for another one from this writer.
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