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The Sixth Station (Alessandra Russo #1)

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Some say Demiel ben Yusef is the world's most dangerous terrorist, personally responsible for bombings and riots that have claimed the lives of thousands. Others insist he is a man of peace, a miracle worker, and possibly even the Son of God. His trial in New York City for crimes against humanity attracts scores of protestors, as well as media and religious leaders from ar ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Forge Books
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Dec 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
To be honest, I made it to pg 66 (the end of Chapter 6) and as I started Chapter 7 I realized that this book was going nowhere, fast. There was a lot of back & forth, a ton of unnecessary detail, too many cliches in too short a timespan, the main character was 1 dimentional and annoying as a character can be. The "BLOW THINGS UP" event: a kiss from the accused-terrorist, which consumes about 5 pages, and the immediate follow-up is not a round-the-world run from bad people a la _The DaVinci C ...more
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stasi, new to the fiction scene, brings much attention to herself with this novel. Tackling not only the intricacies of active narration and dialogue, but also the nuances of acerbic wit, fact-embedding, and keeping the plot moving, she is able to entertain the reader from the get-go and keep their attention throughout. A storyline torn from the genre of Dan Brown or Sam Bourne, Stasi layers some interesting ideas as she introduces a plethora of characters, whose personas weave themselves togeth ...more
What a pleasant surprise! The description of this book caught my eye and sounded like something I would like, I just didn't know how much I would enjoy this fast-paced, detailed read!

The story opens with Alessandra Russo, an experienced reporter being awakened by her boss to head out immediately to a breaking story of epic proportions. Immediately, you pick up on Alessandra's attitude, feisty with a strong personality, headstrong, independent and a little worn out from life. Her narration of the
Julie Schoerke
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This is book is a MUST read! I should have been traipsing around amusement parks with my child in Florida during my holiday - instead I was holed up with this thriller and could not put it down!

Some of the best novels are written by journalists and this one knocks it out of the ball park. Meticulously researched, the premise that a world-terrorist on the scale of Osama Bin Ladin - or perhaps even bigger - may not be who the world religious leaders have come together to crucify as well as n
Kari Anderson
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Some say Demiel ben Yusef is the world’s most dangerous terrorist, personally responsible for bombings and riots that have claimed the lives of thousands. Others insist he is a man of peace, a miracle worker, and possibly even the Son of God. His trial in New York City for crimes against humanity attracts scores of protestors, as well as media and religious leaders from around the world.

Cynical reporter Alessandra Russo heads to the UN hoping for a piece of the action, but soo
William Bentrim
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi

Dan Brown meet Sandra Brown. This is a novel of the 2nd Coming. Alessandra Russo has a Manhattan size chip on her shoulder and a mouth most truck drivers would be ashamed of having. She despises hypocrisy and authority equally. She finds herself caught up in a millennium old religious conspiracy.

Demiel ben Yusef is either Satan incarnate or the Son of God. Alessandra finds herself trying to discover which.

This book had a fast pace incongruent with it’s thought p
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alessandra Russo is a newspaper report. She along with a bunch of other reporters are covering one of the biggest stories. Terrorist, Demiel ben Yusef is being tried at the United Nations. Upon his arrival Demiel stops right in front of Alessandra and kisses her. With just one kiss Alessandra’s life is changed forever. Now she is on the run.

Usually I try to stray away from books that focus mainly on religion and this also includes fiction books. One because I have my own beliefs and two because
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I got this book for free through goodreads first reads. Thank you!!!

Okai so when I first read the description for this book I must not have noticed the god part. So when I started reading this I was not happy. I wasn't happy because books about god and what not just are not my thing. But I was pleasently surprised.

I really liked this book. It kept me wondering what will happen next. I think the author carried out the story pretty well. But there is one thing I don't like. It felt like things ke
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was billed as similar to the Da Vinci Code, so I was eager to read it. I was disappointed. The overall premise was too incredible to believe, the author jumped around too much and I found it hard to follow.
Hank Mishkoff
Jan 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I marked this "read" but I didn't really get very far into it before I quit. Interesting plot, I would have liked to have known how it turned out, but the writing was so amateurish that it was a chore to read.
Really it’s a good 3.5 Stars for me. It kept me interested and has me very much looking forward to book 2 in this series.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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Zoe Kennedy
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Susan Edelman
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing

It's history on a collision course with current affairs. Could Jesus Christ emerge in Manhattan after being cloned from a speck of blood? Is it a miracle or a monstrosity? That's the fascinating premise of this fun, thrill-packed tale. It starts with a mysterious kiss. Reporter Alessandra Russo is thrust into chasing the story of the millennium and takes you along for a wild ride. She's like no other heroine you've met: down-to-earth with a healthy appetite and a self-deprecating humor. She crac
Gloria Elia
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to get an advanced copy of this book. I'm an avid reader with one rule. If the book doesn't draw me in by the end of chapter two, I put it down and never open it again. The Sixth Station drew me in after chapter one. As a person who spent most of her life living in NY, I felt as if the main character was someone I knew. She's tough, sassy and smart. I think Linda Stasi did a good job of developing her lead characters: some familiar, some exotic, all original. It's a thriller that ...more
I read this because it was on some critic's "books to read list." Wish I remembered which critic so I won't follow their advice again. It's an interesting premise to re-tell the New Testament in a modern setting, with cloning, GPS, astronomy, geo-politics, etc. It's just that this book doesn't do it well. The switching back and forth of who was a "good guy" and who was a "bad guy" was exhausting, and only added confusion to the story. If you need to kill time on an airplane ride, this would be f ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Linda Stasi's The Sixth Station is quick paced, fun, and informative all rolled into one. I had to write a review after reading some of the other ones . Like her or not, the main character is intriguing, abrasive, feisty and fun also rolled into one. The entire time I read this book all I kept thinking was what a great movie it would make. Stasi's exciting writing style tells a great story and you read it as if you were in a theater plowing through a bucket of popcorn. You can't stop. You can't ...more
Nina Dobkin
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put it down- from the first page it draws you in.

I am a huge reader and this was so different and was really a pleasure.

It is one of those books that stays with you for days- and you are sorry when its over!

The characters were so life like I felt like I had new friends- and they are characters I hope to see in future we do Alex Deleware and Dr.Scarpetta.

The plot had me guessing from beginning to end- and the final ending was a real shocker.

I will say no m
Tina Simms
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book as I'm a fan of Linda Stasi's TV Review in the New York Post. Alessandra Russo, like Ms. Stasi, comes across as a quick-witted, street-smart reporter with a terrific sense of humor and no-nonsense attitude! As much as I enjoyed the storyline, I was very impressed with the historical background, which I believe took Ms. Stasi several years to research. However, all that work pays off, and I hope this is the first of many novels from her. Readers of this novel are in for ...more
Maria Mcbride
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gripping, amusing, fast-paced adventure inspired by tragic and terrifying current events and religious history. Written by a reporter who knows what it feels like to be on the run in great looking shoes! From the steps of the UN to the Vatican and so many hot spots in between, this suspenseful novel creates a memorable character, move over Dan Brown

Eric Clark
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I Won a Signed copy of this book as a first read. It was a very controversial read and very well written and researched. I truly enjoyed reading this intriguing adventure. Kudos to Lind Stasi for not only delivering a wonderful story but an educating experience.
Carole P. Roman
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Fast paced, easy read, riding the coat tails of Dan Brown. It started out well enough, and got me interested, but fizzled out towards the end. Like a well made dinner, the dessert was predictable and a let down.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Riveting! A real nail biter laced with history, politics, religion .... And romance! Can't wait to see the movie version...... Who will play Alessandra Russo? This is a must read!
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Sixth Station" is suspenseful and well-researched but also a really fun, funny read. Well done, Linda Stasi!
Bonnie Meche
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Thought-provoking and unique, this is a crossover between a historical thriller and a supernatural who-done-it. It is well plotted, and presents some interesting scenarios, but does not, ultimately, provide an AHA! moment. According to the notes included at the end of the novel, it is based on some pretty far-out notions, and it manages to paint the Catholic church and its founders, along with a host of fundamentalist so-called Christians, in less than flattering colors. It will probably not sit ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is written by a catholic about catholic things. I am not a catholic. Apparently a very icon-based religion where "things" have a spirituality all their own. An interesting story but too much use of obscure issues for those unfamiliar with the religion. Would appeal to those who enjoyed Rosemary's Baby and the Da Vinci Code series.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a bizarre, but intriguing, tale. There is a unique yet feasible premise, and a fast-moving story reminiscent of a Dan Brown novel. Yes, I love Dan Brown novels. There was some suspension of disbelief necessary, yet well worth it for the overall story and conclusion. I'll read more Alexandra Russo novels, since this was #1. I really want #2 NOW!
Keith Hoar
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Horrible. I would give this book negative stars if possible. Only read the first three pages. Switched from first person to third person and back. So full of sex and vulgar language on the first pages, simply not point in continuing. Absolutely Awful!!!
Aug 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I finished this book mainly because I really hate to give up on a book, but honestly I didn't really care for it. I didn't really like the protagonist or the story. Should have stopped as soon as I realized I didn't care for the premise of the story.
Viviane Crystal
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alessandra Russo is a smart, sassy journalist who loses jobs because of her cynical, snide comments; but she’s a true journalist who will do anything for a story, anything! But her life in search of the award-winning story is about to go ballistic!

Alessandro gets pulled into the middle of a crowd of thousands awaiting the arrival of Demiel ben Yusef for his trial. For he is accused of being a terrorist responsible for the murder and horrific suffering of people around where bombs have changed th
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