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Warning Light

(Jake Keller #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  780 ratings  ·  246 reviews
A massive earthquake strikes southern Iran, potentially exposing the rogue nation’s most secret military facility. When a foreign airliner is forced to make an emergency landing at a nearby airport, the Iranians quickly become suspicious. American businessman Jake Keller is separated from the other passengers and secretly arrested on charges of espionage. Alone and against ...more
Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Warning Light – Review & Blog Tour

About: Warning Light is an espionage thriller written by David Ricciardi. It will be published on 4/17/18 by Berkley Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are thriller, mystery, espionage, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut.

My Experience: I started reading Warning Light on 3/18/18 and finished it on 3/21/18. This book is a great read! I like the glimpse into Iran’s desert and the ocean that connects
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Excellent! Fast and furious!
I have to say that when I looked up the author I was amazed to know that this is his first book. His writing was top notch and the story plot could have been yanked out of headlines today. I especially enjoyed that his true to life experiences came into play in several sequences in this story.

The author crafted an amazing plot that offered heart pounding detail and a high level of reader engagement. I love the fact that you never knew what was
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this as an ARC on this site. The writing was good and the story had some twists and turns but "nothing edge of your seat". At times it didn't flow as well as I would have hoped, hitting a "speedbump" at times. And there seemed to be a loss to some of the characters at the end.
Renee (itsbooktalk)
3.5 Stars

From the initial opening scene...a passenger jet in trouble...this debut was non-stop action with many, many thrills along the way. Zac Miller, an American on board the possibly doomed British airliner, soon comes to find his troubles are just beginning. This is a somewhat hard book to review because I don't want to give away any of the plot details and the happenings in this story could go on and on. I'll keep it simple. Zac is a character I really liked and who very much reminded me
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Espionage Action

Warning Light is a fast-paced, action-packed espionage thriller that takes us on a journey into secret military bases in Iran, through the Persian Gulf, and on a wild ride through Europe. It is a man-on-the-run adventure, a Jason Bourne type rogue agent thriller, and more. While not always realistic, it is a fast read that certainly gets your attention. It is the first volume in a planned series. Part of the proceeds from sales goes to a charity for children of fallen military.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

A moderately paced, solid espionage thriller that is a one continuous chase, as stated on the back cover. Ricciardi brings a lot to the table in this debut. After the plane makes an unexpected stop in Iran, Zac is questioned, taken prisoner and tortured. Once he sees an opportunity to escape, he takes it. Now he has to face the elements, cover his tracks and keep on the move so he can get to safety alive.

While this isn't the typical type of thriller I usually pick up, it was an easy and fun
Janelle | She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing for providing my free copy of WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi - all opinions are my own.

I am completely blown away that this is a debut novel! It’s a well-paced, easy, and captivating read that I really enjoyed!

A commercial airplane makes an unexpected landing at an Iranian military base. Undercover CIA analyst, Zac Miller is detained for questioning. Unfortunately, Zac is tortured, rendered unconscious, but the real danger begins when he wakes up and
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turning thriller about a young CIA analyst's escape and evasion from torture and execution by Iranian Revolutionary Guard's. This is an exceptionally entertaining debut thriller that I hope becomes book #1 in a series.
This is the debut thriller that was really hard to put down. Zac Miller is a CIA analyst who goes in to the field in what should have been a "simple" mission. Instead, everything goes wrong that could go wrong and then some. There were a lot of action sequences that were really well written. Zac is a compelling character. I ended up giving this 3 stars (7 of 10) because there were some unbelievable sequences. But overall it was a great debut and I look forward to reading more by the author.
Dayle (the literary llama)
I'm a big fan of the action/adventure novel. CIA and spy thrillers are some of my favorite stories both in book and screen form. So WARNING LIGHT felt like a great marriage of the two. You could completely envisage this fast-paced book as an action-packed film. The hero barely had time to take a breath before he was off and running again. It made for a very quick and fun read.

I had a few ups and downs while reading though, those things that kept it from being a perfect experience. I loved the
Stewart Tame
For the record, I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

This book is definitely a high octane thrill ride. A British Airways flight from London to Singapore develops engine trouble en route, and is forced to make an emergency landing in Iran, right in the middle of restricted airspace. After repairs, the passengers are on their way again … minus one. Zac Miller is surreptitiously detained for questioning, a lookalike being sent in his place. He was snapping pictures of the sunset
Marshal (thebookishhowler)
Shit. That was good.

Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
Thank you to Berkley Pub for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Check out my blog for more about the author!

If you've followed my reviews for awhile, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of the political and espionage thrillers. With my senior project being on the espionage tactics in the Cuban Missile Crisis, I love when there are thrillers that dive into the cat and mouse game of espionage. WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi is a consistently paced novel where the action doesn't
Nick Brett
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong debut novel.
Undercover CIA operative (an analyst not a black ops type), sees something he shouldn’t on an emergency plane landing in Iran. He is caught but escapes into the desert (think Chris Ryan, The One That Got Away) and tries to make his way to freedom. His CIA colleagues think he has gone rogue and he ends up being chased by both the good guys and the bad. As he makes his way from Iran through to Europe, it appears there is nobody he can trust...
Good debut, a lot of pace and many
Pam Carmichael
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spies
I just finished David Ricciardi's book :Warning Light" I can't thank Goodreads enough for this arc. I don't really read this type of book but let me tell you I will now. This author was amazing. I was hooked in the first few lines and it never let me go!! Talk about government spies and CIA and the whole thing going on now just made it seem more real. It just about flew out of my hands a few times, it is that good. I so hope he is writing another one to follow this one because the main character ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book & author 10 stars I would! Warning Light is a non-stop, edge of your seat, action adventure that will keep your interest from first page to last page! I hope I am fortunate enough to win the sequel for a review!!! Zac Miller has a desk job with the CIA, who has a sharp eye for satellite pictures. He is sent on a business trip to Singapore with an unscheduled stop in Sirjan, Iran, which is located in a prohibited (no fly) zone. While mechanics are checking the plane ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#1 in the Zac Miller series. Though not stated to be a series, the 2018 debut novel by author Ricciardi has a cliff-hanging ending that shows a sequel is planned. An exciting, quick reading chase story that will keep you captivated until the aforementioned ending. The novel is worth reading although after finishing being caught up in the story, a few questions may come to mind. For instance: if the Iranians thought Zac was on a planned trip why did they detain only him and not the pilots who ...more
Jessica B.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the "nonstop action" quotes are too true. This guy hits the ground running and literally does not stop until about 3 pages from the end. And just when you think he's going to catch a break, NOPE.

Aside from the incredible pacing and action, I really loved the author's descriptions of each setting. The heat, the desert climate, the people and customs, it was all so well done.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really a good ad for Gorilla glue- once you put your hands on it you are glued down th the last page!!! Really a continuous feed of adventure and survivalist skills as a desk job CIA agent volunteers to take over the job a field agent could not do on the premise that "since I wrote it, I should be able to do" mistake. The usual governmental vengeance between agencies and staff members and murders planted with the opposite sides agents, he is forced to find his own way home and avoid being marked ...more
Russell Atkinson
The best that can be said about this comic book without pictures is that it's not offensive (other than a bit of torture). At least there's no swearing or pornographic sex scenes. The story line is trite and hackneyed and the writing is easily understood by the average sixth grader. The hero is a CIA analyst who, without any prior training as a field agent, is sent to Iran on an intelligence mission. Where have we heard that before? (Clancy's novels, The Condor series, and many more). He gets ...more
Tom Donaghey
WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi is a slam dash acton novel from the first paragraph. This book is the initial installment in what hopes to be the newest action adventure series of man against the world. When an earthquake strikes Iran is opens up the possibility of uncovering hidden nuclear facilities. A plan by the British and Americans to insert an agent almost gets derailed when the perfect person is not available. Instead a CIA intel analyst is sent in his place. This operative, Zac ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Warning Light is a nicely paced story of a regular guy's struggle against very difficult conditions to get to safety. Jake is not a super-human ex-SpecOps operator. We learn he travels for his "architectural" firm, is 28 years old, has a girlfriend in London and seems otherwise to be a regular guy. What happens in this beautifully crafted first work by David Ricciardi will keep you on the edge of your seat, right to very end and through the epilogue. I see a sequel shaping up based on where this ...more
Jeanette Pollock
I won an advanced reader copy from a GoodReads giveaway from BerkleyPub for an honest review.

"Zac Miller was never trained to be a field operative. And now both Iranian agents and Western authorities are desperate to capture him. He's got nowhere to hide - and a life he may not be able to go back to, if he makes it out alive."

"Inheritances often bestow power and treasure upon the undeserving." - Zac Miller

Warning Light is the story of Zac Miller a CIA analyst that volunteers to go on what
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zac Miller volunteered for Project Snapshot because he thought it would be easy. Relatively, anyway. The plan was to get a plane access into a restricted area so Zac could take a couple of pictures, all the while surrounded (and protected) by the rest of the plan's civilian passengers. But the plan goes awry almost instantly.

Now Zac, a data analyst with no field training to speak of, is a suspected spy trapped in Iran. What's more, the very people who want him for questioning have made certain
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!,
Shelves: giveways
David Ricciardi is impressive with his first high octane novel featuring Zac Miller!

Zac has to leave a new girlfriend in Paris and catch a flight to Singapore. In route the plane has engine failure over Iran. It has to make an emergency landing on a remote airfield in restricted territory of Iran. Which leads him in the fight of his life.
Zac isn't the ordinary guy that he pretends to be, he is really a CIA analyst on a surveillance mission , which should have gone to a field agent. But the
Full disclosure. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

Warning Light was a very enjoyable read. David Ricciardi takes the tried and true thriller genre, and is able to make it his own.

At times the odds seem impossibly stacked against Zac Miller. With him just squeaking through with the smallest of margins.

This is definitely not a novel that will give you the specs on each piece of arsenal that is used. Or the flow charts on how all of the nations spy networks are linked. But it was a
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Zac Miller, a CIA analyst, is a passenger on a plane headed to Singapore. His plane begins to experience engine trouble and makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base recently damaged by an earthquake. While the plane is on the ground, Zac takes photos of buildings believed to be hiding a secret nuclear facility.

Zac finds himself separated from other passengers and is interrogated by local officials. He is tortured by the guards but manages to keep quiet about the true nature of his
Josh Hitch
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this first book in a series, also first book by the author, which is really surprising since it is written so well. It's about a spy who really isn't a field trained agent, he is an analyst, and when things quickly go wrong he has to rely on inner strength instead of training to get through.

The tale is written fairly believable with no huge leaps in logic which helps bring you in and keeps you in. You really care about Zac Miller and root for him. This story has a lot of settings
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This book was a GoodReads giveaway win.
Zac Miller was one of about 200 people on a airplane that was in trouble. The airplane had to make an emergency landing in restricted airspace in Tehran. Zac decides to take a few pictures of the picturesque mountains. That's was a big mistake and is the start of his nightmare.
I guess this book was okay. I couldn't get all that interested in it though. It appeared to be well written, however the story just didn't pull me in. These characters didn't capture
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A keen outdoorsman, David incorporated many personal experiences into "Warning Light." He’s backpacked through the mountains of the western United States and Alaska, received extensive training from law-enforcement and US special operations personnel, and once woke up for a 2 AM watch aboard a sailboat only to discover that it was headed the wrong way through the Atlantic sea lanes in heavy ...more

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