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Written by retired USAF Colonel Gregory S. Lamb, "A Dangerous Element" is based heavily on events you'll be surprised to see in the news. It will take you past the Iranian borders into their nuclear weapons development and uncover a top-secret weapon developed by DARPA - through the eyes of a former combat pilot who knows how to work the system. Description: An American co ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Gregory S. Lamb
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Sanela Jurich
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading The People in Between: A Cyprus Odyssey, I could not wait for A Dangerous Element to come out. In the mean time, I interviewed Mr. Lamb, a retired military officer, for my blog.

First of all, let me tell you, Mr. Lamb’s ability to describe places he’s been to is uncanny. The settings for his novels are inspired by the places where he lived and worked while serving in the armed forces of the United Stares. The way he described Cyprus in The People in Between is unbelievable. It trul
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Fran
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Dangerous Element: Gregory S. Lamb

Colonel Mark Coolhand Reynolds is behind closed doors in a psych ward being given meds that will hopefully erase his memory. Many other combat soldiers both officers and enlisted men are among the patients in this hospital being given these drugs. Entering the halls you see them carrying a special project notebook having to add their thoughts and notes before begin allowed to leave their daily meeting. As each person leaves he/she is told to stand in line and
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Bruce Blizard
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Dangerous Element by Greg Lamb is a military/espionage thriller told by an ex-U.S. officer who seems to know a great deal about his subject.
This is not a book that will necessarily appeal to everyone. But for readers interested in the world of contemporary international conflict and domestic bureaucratic maneuvering, A Dangerous Element will be a satisfying read.

The book is the story of Colonel Mark “Coolhand” Reynolds a former Air Force pilot who finds himself thrust into the arcane world of
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Rteeny
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly satisfying read from start to finish. Mr. Lamb’s latest novel is an action thriller with enough technical and espionage intrigue to keep the attention of the most discriminating connoisseurs of this genre. The story opened with a mysterious passage that kept me reading late into the night. I was so captivated, I picked it up first thing the next morning. This story really drew me into the world of those things we don't like to think about.

The main character, Mark Reynolds is an air
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Liam Saville
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A contemporary military thriller that keeps you turning pages.

Author Gregory S. Lamb, a retired USAF Colonel, has drawn upon a wealth of personal knowledge and experience to create this believable, contemporary, military thriller. With a strong protagonist, and interesting cast of support characters, Lamb takes the reader on a roller coaster ride involving a compromised US plot to disable Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities, an attempted government cover-up, and enough action and intrigue to m
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Susan Rae
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed reading Mr. Lamb's first novel, The People In Between and looked forward to his second book. In A Dangerous Element, he takes us back to Cyprus and to the turmoil of the Middle East in a story of espionage, terrorism, and government subterfuge that could rival some of the best political thrillers. Mr. Lamb's knowledge of military operations and the details he includes in the novel make it all the more chilling because one begins to wonder how much of the work is fiction, and ...more
Gerry O'Sullivan
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very compelling novel. If I was writing a movie pitch I would say, as I put in the title, 'Top Gun' meets 'The Manchurian Candidate'.

Without giving away plot points, the main character is a Colonel in the US Airforce. His starting point is as a combat pilot in Afghanistan. The flying scenes are done really well and reminded me of a contemporary version of the old 'Biggles' novel by Captain W. E. Johns that I used to read as a young boy. The Colonel finds himself transferred into other
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R.l.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
They say "Write what you know"— Author, Gregory S. Lamb, a retired United States Air Force Colonel, knows his stuff and it pays off in this riveting military thriller.

The story starts with a bang and the reader is hooked when US Air Force Colonel Mark Reynolds wakes up in a psychiatric ward of a naval hospital.

The action only escalates from there, as the story takes us into Iran, nuclear weapons, secret operations, and cover ups.

A Dangerous Element is a thrilling ride from start to finish, wi
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Lisa Kearns
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of A Dangerous Element from the author, in exchange for an honest review. My husband is actually the one who read this book, and below are this thoughts on it:

Overall, this is an enjoyable read and was entertaining throughout. The basic premise of the book is well thought out, reflecting topics that are happening in the real world, and the characters were well developed and believable. The story incorporates a good deal of technical detail which enhances key parts
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Stacie
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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I thought the idea behind the storyline was intriguing and I found myself wanting to read further and find what would happen to Mark, Coolhand, as the story progressed. However, as someone that has no military experience I found wading through some of the acronyms and technical details a bit tedious at times. I think it is great to add in some information at that level, however, a little goes a long way and I think the storyline could have been a bit better developed and clarified in the given a ...more
Sorin Suciu
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Though I am not a fan of war in general and war literature in particular, I found more than enough reasons to be captivated by this story.

It may be the fact that, prior to reading A Dangerous Element, I have watched three seasons of Homeland in less than two weeks. This is certainly a case of “if you have enjoyed this, then you will love that.”

Suspense, intelligence, fast pace, drama… Yeah, that worked really well for me.
Victoria
Intelligently written with details military buffs will love. A plot-driven story rather than a character-driven one, the characterization reminded me of Stephen King's "The Dead Zone." While some may not prefer this style, those who do and those who like intricate details, particularly regarding military operations and technology, will enjoy this book. ...more
Lou Wooten
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
i've enjoyed reading a dangerous element...i look forward to reading more books
of gregory lamb in the future
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Jonathan Brookes
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This fast-paced techno-thriller will keep you engaged from start to finish. The story's wonderful collision of black-ops, high tech warfare, and vintage spy-vs-spy dialogue spins a classic espionage tale around one of the most successful cyber-warfare attacks in history.

Colonel Mark "Coolhand" Reynolds finds himself thrust into the middle of a covert plan to reach out from the ephemeral cyberspace and literally grasp and strangle an enemy's hardened military assets. Add in a mysterious and sult
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Gregory S. Lamb is semi-retired. He studied Geography as an undergraduate, earned his Masters Degree in International Relations, and was awarded a fellowship in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Lamb's writing career began as a passion and past time during his youth and undergraduate education. His formal writing career shifted to technical writing during his professional
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