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Lethal Circuit

(Michael Chase #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  76 reviews
A Chinese satellite is on crash course with Earth.
It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city.
And that's the good news...

In the tradition of Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and Robert Ludlum, comes a new hero.

Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college grad, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later,
Paperback, 342 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Fantastic Press (first published August 31st 2011)
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Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read books in this genre much at all, but when it comes to audiobooks I'm usually willing to try anything (except horror). So while I may have enjoyed this less if I had read it, it was a thrilling ride on audio!

It's an action packed story about Michael Chase who has gone to China to find some answers about his father. Almost immediately crazy things start happening and he's running for his life. He's a very smart and resourceful guy, he can figure things out remarkably well. And he's
Jeffrey Vanke
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is thriller entertainment par excellence! Gripping -- strong settings -- complex characters -- full of surprises!

Lethal Circuit grips the reader from the first pages, with sympathy for our young hero Michael Chase amid a growing web of dangers from Hong Kong far into mainland China. Guignard's sense of setting is impeccable, allowing us uninitiated readers to imagine and even smell the streets, buildings, and streams. His character development is superb, as Chase confronts multi-layered
Todd Law
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strap yourself in for a wild ride as backpacker Michael Chase gets caught up in the world of spies and secret agents. The action is pretty much non-stop and will keep you turning the pages (or if you read it on a Kindle like me, clicking on the "next page" arrow) relentlessly - you will not be able to let it go until you read to the very last page. The twists and turns keep coming as our fearless hero goes from adventure to adventure on the trail of his lost father, but gets redirected to a ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Innovative plot, well developed characters, and an ending I didn't anticipate! This was a book I couldn't put down. I stayed up 'til four in the morning to finish it! Michael who has just buried his father who died in an accident but whose body was never recovered. Michael goes to Hong Kong to find out what happened to his father and the adventure begins. This is certainly an author I want to hear lots more from!
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It was very suspenseful with great twists and turned. Couldn't put it down, and can't wait for the next one!
Katie/Doing Dewey
Michael Chase just wants to find his father. Unfortunately, his father disappeared without a trace in China and a little digging reveals that his death was no accident. In fact, it appears his father was involved with a search for a Nazi airplane which various governments and organizations have coveted since WWII. The discovery that a Chinese satellite controlled by the same technology is falling out of orbit makes his search both urgent and a matter of life and death for more than just his ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-bookshelf
When I was first approached to do the tour for this audiobook I was more than a little hesitant. I'm not a huge fan of audios unless I've already read the book because my mind wanders and I tend to tune the story out but since I usually only listen to ones I've read before I don't mind that so much. With this one I listened to the audio without having read the book and I'm really glad that in the end I came around and signed up for the tour.

Back before I was a blogger I was a huge fan of books
Lara Bryn
Michael Chase is on a hunt for his father. He was told his father had died about 6 months ago, but with no body and no evidence, it was pretty hard to believe. So when he’s told that his father is still alive somewhere in China, he’s determined to find him, whatever the cost. Upon his arrival in Asia, he learns his father worked for the CIA and was deeply involved in a case involving a Nazi-related aircraft.

Meanwhile, across the Pacific Ocean, scientists are tracking a satellite that has been
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
In the two years since I started The Nocturnal Library, I’ve never once reviewed a spy thriller, and Lethal Circuit was such an excellent choice for a beginner. The fact remains, however, that I have no experience reviewing these, but I’ll try my best.

Although Michael’s father is a businessman who was mostly absent during his childhood, he raised Michael lovingly and they are, even in Michael’s adulthood, very close. So when his father suddenly goes missing somewhere in China, Michael is
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-ishy
I discovered with this book that I am just not a backpacking-thriller kind of girl.
It wasn't bad. I just didn't care. I didn't want to care. I went into this knowing this isn't my genre of choice, but it sounded so entertaining! Yeah, this isn't my genre. If however, it IS your genre, I would suggest giving it a shot.
**NOTE: I'm a nook girl, but this book is an Amazon exclusive, or some such irritating nonsense. You can get it on Kindle for dirt cheap, but you have to buy a not so cheap hard
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A spy thriller with an intriguing plot and a cast of interesting characters, many of whom are not who they appear to be.

The pace quickens as lost technology from World War two is unearthed that can correct the decaying orbit of a satellite that is about to release a large amount of radiation over the west coast of the US. It depends on who gains control of the technology and how quickly they do so.
An enjoyable read for spy buffs with a fast-paced ending.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-reader

Plot is too quick paced to really make much sense. To much of action. Too many players. Double Crossing. Triple Crossing. People coming back from the dead. Seems like author was in a hurry to cram in as many characters and plots as possible. Not a lot of fun.
Larry Wheelen
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Action-packed book that will keep you guessing until the end. I am old enough to remember the MacGyver series and the character of Michael Chase is like James Bond meets MacGyver. I would recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next one.
A little contrived, and unrealistic. Fair overall read.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure that his escape would pass the Myth Busters test, but a fun read nonetheless.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast and furious pace.Want to read more Chase character in next book Blown Circuit.
Lowndes Stephens
Terrific. Really good stuff.
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No good! poorly written.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, fast paced, I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Legal circuit

Too dumb to finish. I made it to the 50% mark but just can't go on. I did give it 2 stars instead of one because it seems like the author has some talent but I'm throwing in the towel.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I'd actually give this 3.5 stars. It was almost too much; each chapter trying to end with a Da, Da, Da! The last 1/4 earned it the extra .5 star. I'm pretty sure I got this as a free book so certainly worth it but I won't be looking for the seguel.
Annkay Wagner
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
The plot of Lethal Circuit revolves around a bi-axial set of events, a see-saw of action and consequence of which our main man Michael Chase is heavily involved in and crucial to the outcome of. We are introduced to Michael whilst he is backpacking in China, near to the place where his father mysteriously went missing and was presumed dead just over 6 months earlier. Michael discovers via a meeting with some extremely unsavoury characters in a mens bathroom that his dad may not be dead afterall, ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: An entertaining thriller with major twists and turns!

Michael is in his mid twenties and drifting from one meaningless job to the next. He still hasn't found his purpose in life. Thing have been incredibly difficult since his father's mysterious disappearance and supposed death a few months earlier. When Michael unexpectedly receives a cryptic message from his dead father, he sets out to try and find him. Little does he know that he will soon be thrust into a deadly plot
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3.5 stars
Lethal Circuit is the audiobook that kicked off the audio binge. After being asked to join the tour, I was really hesitant to join because for one; I was honestly scared of how to review an audio (don't ask, okay?) and second, it doesn't sit anywhere near the genres I typically read. Now a movie? Sure. I would have watched in a heart beat. A book? Eh.. not so much. But I digress, I am glad I decided to join the tour because I really
Victor Gentile
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lars Guignard in his new book, “Lethal Circuit” Book One in the Michael Chase series published by Fantastic Press gives us a thriller about a search for missing Nazi technology and a sinister organization

From the back cover: A Chinese satellite on a crash course with Earth.

A shadowy organization seeking global domination

An American backpacker at the center of it all…

Michael Chase flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he’s running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Michael Chase is told his dad died in China, but months later he’s led to believe that his dad is alive. An experienced backpacker, he travels to Hong Kong under the guise of traveling the world’s backpacking trails in order to discover what has happened to his dad. However, he barely sets foot in Hong Kong before he’s running for his life, trusting people on blind faith and following the
A Chinese satellite is on crash course with Earth.
It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city.
And that's the good news...

In the tradition of Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and Robert Ludlum, comes a new hero.

Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college grad, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person
John Podlaski
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great thing about reading a fiction novel is in having the opportunity to get away from it all, taking a "mind trip" to exotic places, meeting special people and experiencing a story through the imagination of the author. In the case of "Lethal Circuit", I found myself following a young backpacker, Michael, on a trek through China to find his father who disappeared six months earlier. Meanwhile, the Chinese have lost control of a special satellite, it's floundering in space and leaving orbit, ...more
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, adult
Lethal Circuit is not my normal read/ listen, as an adult genre, mystery, suspense, but I opted to take a listen for the wonderful Candace. The plot starts off strong with action immediately. The main character is in search of his father who he believes was murdered. I enjoyed this fast paced plot very much but the reader was a bit off-putting. The track volumes seem to change in the chapters and not just the reader’s tone, but the actual volume. On second he is speaking and the next he seems to ...more
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Lars Guignard is the author of the bestselling Zoe & Zak Adventure series and the Circuit series of novels.

Ever since attending high school in the Indian Himalayas, Lars has been an avid backpacker and traveler. After a stint spent circling the globe, he settled down long enough to attend the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He then went on to work as screenwriter in the film and

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