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Measure of Danger

(Kade Sims #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Kade Sims was a successful army intelligence officer until his hypomania disorder and impulsive behavior resulted in his discharge. Forced to adapt to a sedate civilian existence, he’d all but given up on a life of service. That is, until opportunity—and an FBI agent—knocks on his door.

The FBI believes Kade’s unique talents make him their best candidate to infiltrate Agrit
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer (first published October 10th 2013)
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Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You're not in "Danger" of being bored with this book! @badwordplay

Thrillers can sometimes be a mixed bag. Sometimes they can have a great opening, and get you sucked in, but lose the plot in the middle, only to pull everything back together at the end, for a serviceable ending. Probably because, as a writer, the first things you figure out are the begining and end, and spend the rest of the time creating the road between the two.

I'm happy to say, this is not one of those books.

When The FBI reali
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a well written espionage book. I'm guessing in the style of Jack Reacher series (I don't read much govt espionage). This book had a lot of action going on and some amazing situations, so for those reasons I recommend it!
Personally there were many many characters to try to figure out, all of them were last name only. Plus there were so many agencies involved - evil corporation, FBI, DEA, cartels, Government officials (congress and above) - So you decide if this book is for you.
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Jan Heart
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished Measure of Danger and a pretty intense read it was – and brilliant! In Kade Sims, Jay Kages has created a convincing, realistic hero with a strong ethical streak and real self-doubts and fears. He’s educated, smart and a good-guy, but his life is not looking good after an honorable discharge from the army where he worked as in intelligence analyst, respected and successful but having problems and getting into trouble off-duty due to his hypermania disorder. The latter brings him to ...more
Conrad Taylor
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this well-paced book! The author, Jay Klages, has a flair for drama. He cleverly weaves tidbits of science, technology, engineering, and math in creating an intriguing story about the human spirit. He shows that aspect in its many varied forms, as he takes readers into the dangerous world of intelligence gathering. Klages skillfully takes us into the shadows, where good and bad coexist in suspenseful tension – sometimes in the same person. Kade Sims, the book’s main character, ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never heard of this book or this author, so my expectations were not high. However, in the forums that I participated in, they kept recommending this book over and over. Finally, I decided to give this book a try. I am very glad I did. A powerful secret organization has subverted every level of the United States government. No one knows who the enemy within the government is.

Kade Sims is living a meager live. When the FBI comes around and asks him to go undercover to assist them in findi
Patricia Wright
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Thrilling from beginning to the end. A army intelligence offer is sent undercover to infiltrate a group called Agrite X. He is sent to get information and proof of their plans and get out. But when he goes to join ........... Everyone who joins gets implanted with a chip. He is not only trying to survive the group but the cartel that is after Agrite X. All hell is about to break loose and he must get a message to the outside to save the USA.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Measure of Danger centers around one Kade Sims, who has been recruited by the FBI to gather evidence of organized crime involvement in an Oregon biotech company. Seems like a straightforward assignment: the only problem is, he uncovers much more than expected in the evidence of not just crime but a large militia force set to unleash a terrorist attack of unparalleled proportions upon the nation.

This is no ordinary discovery and it's no ordinary task for Kade, who now must make some dangerous dec
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Measure of Danger by Jay Klages
This was a fun read. A plot involving an extreme political organisation, drug cartels, the FBI, state of the art technology and a likable hero; what more could one want. Reading the authors notes, it appears he did quite a lot of research and his description of the FBI operations seemed very authentic. Implausible situations, lots of loose ends and the plight of some characters, including one of the main villains, plus the author’s notes at the end, indicated a seq
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written novel with believable characters and a storyline that goes slightly beyond the realm of everyday spy thrillers.
Kade Sims is a former army intelligence officer currently living a civilian life who, due to certain disorders, is tasked by the FBI to assist them in penetrating the secrets of AgriteX, a company hiding behind legitimate environmental biotech walls. He soon discovers that infiltrating the company may be harder than at first glance, and that all is not as it seems. W
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-army intelligence officer, Kade Sims, has a dead-end job at Home Depot and he finds himself at a dead end in life when the FBI comes knocking on his door to go undercover to infiltrate a quasi militia group called The Chapter. Sims finds himself in the middle of danger as he is captured by The Chapter and continues to get himself into trouble. Instead of Kade getting in and out of this job he was trained to do he keeps getting further and further in. The intensity I felt while reading about S ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway, and I was very excited to read it. I read the summaries and the reviews and I had really high expectations for this book, and it totally lived up to them! The book was fantastic! I read it all in almost one sitting. I did not want to put the book down. It was a thriller from beginning to end. Jay Klages does a great job a painting a picture in your mind. I'm very glad that I own the book, because I will definitely be reading it again!
Ray Perigard
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for even the most discerning of thriller fans. Unlike many first novels, the author weaves a very tight storyline and maintains a steady, engaging pace through to the end. Kade Sims is a believable hero with real talents and flaws, making him someone you can root for without having to put him in situations requiring super-human feats. I definitely look forward to reading more.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was ma goodreads giveaway. If this was the first book for the author I can't wait for the next one. The book is well written, characters are easy to follow and the premise of the book is very believable. This is a must read.
Leah Eisen
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with lots of unexpected twists and turns. I love it when an author can keep me guessing on what's coming next and make me want to know more about each of the characters. I'm looking forward to the next book to see where Kade Sims' story leads.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book

I liked the author's writing style. This book started strong and didn't lag or slow down at any point. I have picked up his next book, SOURCE and will be reading that one as well.
Jay Klages
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition


Measure of Danger: A Kade Sims Novel by Jay Klages is a thriller revolving around a young former intelligence officer, Kade Sims. Kade Sims finds himself removed from his job because of a behavior termed hypomania. Sitting at home he is bored, but at that time the FBI approaches him and asks him to go as an undercover agent to find out about The Chapter, a mysterious quasi-militia group. Kade finds himself on a di
I am an avid fan of Daniel Silva and his Gabriel Allon series. I recently read the first book in the series, and it's nothing like his later books. Mr Silva is an excellent writer with great characters and intense detailed plotting. But if Kill Artist had been my first Daniel Silva book there's a good chance it would've been my last.

I feel that way about this book. This is a debut novel...and it feels like one. There are moments of an excellent book here but there were also moments I wanted to
Jan 26, 2016 added it
Good action book. Liked the blend of technology, people taking the law into their own hands, an individual overcoming his own difficulties to do the right thing. Nice detail of the brainwashing chip installed into each person. Leaves you to wonder if there are still any of these individuals out there. And at the end, the American public is still in the dark, and the politicians are still trying to blame someone. Even with this almost world changing situation averted, we still remain blind and ou ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through Goodreads Firstreads, and boy did I love it! I cannot wait for the next "Kade Sims" adventure.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay-klages
Loved it!! I want more!
So, I Read This Book Today
“Hope does not mean that our protests will suddenly awaken the dead consciences, the atrophied souls, of the plutocrats running Halliburton, Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil or the government.” – Chris Hedges

Jay Klages knows his stuff when it comes to the military, espionage, rouge military technology and the new and terrifying dangers our world faces today. I wanted to get that out there first, because I think Mr. Klages has a bright writing future. As far as this first book goes, I found a lot to li
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

My daughter gave me this book. I stayed up till midnight, captivated with Jay Klages book about a threat to the nation's governance by an organization led by a very smart "nut". I enjoyed the chapter breakdown that identified the actions progressing in a certain location with some of the characters in the story. When the scene changes Klages went to a new chapter heading. This makes a very understandable break in the story line and let's you shift gears with the author. It also keeps you wonder
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kade Sims, former military intelligence officer and now after a medical discharge working at Home Depot is contacted by the FBI and convinced to go under cover to try to infiltrate a company and domestic terrorist group suspected of planning an attack of some kind in the near future. So far the FBI has been unable to get anyone inside and they hope that Kade can manage it. The company is know to have a sophisticated new lie detector but Kade due to his medical condition was been able to confuse ...more
Lisa Eirene
I enjoyed this book a lot, it was good for a spy-espionage book, which is not usually my forte. The premise was a little sci-fi and far-fetched but interesting.
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Jay Klages is a former military intelligence officer and West Point graduate who lives in Gilbert, Arizona. He attended the MBA program at Arizona State University, where he successfully deprogrammed himself for service in corporate America. He enjoys desert trail running and is particularly good at falling down.

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