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Kraken Rising

(Alex Hunter #6)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The Arcadian returns to the dark ice in a reprisal of one of his first and most deadly missions. But this time the stakes couldn't be higher.

In 2008, a top secret US submarine went missing on its test voyage off the coast of Antarctica. After years of silence, its emergency beacon is suddenly activated, but strangely, the beacon is emanating from a point miles below the ic
Published October 22nd 2015 by Momentum (Pan Macmillan)
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
WOW! This was the best Alex Hunter novel yet!

An American submarine with superior weapons technology was lost at sea years ago. Suddenly, its distress call is discovered pulsing under the dark ice of the Antarctic. So it's back to where it all began, Alex must go down under the Antarctic and face the foe he was introduced to in the first novel, who is very much still alive. Also, he must beat the Chinese from getting to the submarine first, and prevent a devastating nuclear war. Meanwhile, Jack c
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi/action/horror/monster fiction fans
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Action/Adventure Aficionados group read
Alex Hunter, the Arcadian, goes back to Antarctica, or at least, beneath it, and faces an old menace. And we, the readers, are along for the ride. This book is as much horror as action. I have always thought as the polar ice caps melt, something will be revealed that we may not want unleashed in the modern world. Pathogens that could wipe out humanity. This book touches on these fears, both at a macro and micro level. The world beneath Antarctica as a whole seemed out to get to the explorers. Th ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Arcadian returns to the dark ice in a reprisal of one of his first and most deadly missions. But this time the stakes couldn't be higher.

In 2008, a top secret US submarine went missing on its test voyage off the coast of Antarctica. After years silent, its emergency beacon is suddenly activated, but strangely, the beacon is emanating from a point miles below the ice sheets of the frozen continent.

The race is on. The Chinese government, alerted at the same time as the Americans, is after the
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
I’ve read Greig Beck before, and liked him, so when I saw that Kraken Rising was available for review, I immediately leaped at the chance. He doesn’t disappoint. Beck gives a cast with some decidedly over-powered characters, but he plays them perfectly so that even though you know its completely unrealistic, you mostly don’t care, and settle in to enjoy the show.

With inspiration seemingly drawn from both classic and contemporary science fiction and fantasy (ie: The Lost World, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyd
Myra Gabor
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Greig Beck sent me his book as an ARC. Below is my honest review.

Alex Hunter pops up in the Kremlin. Literally. He’s just cut his way through two feet of reinforced concrete and steel in the Kremlin basement to either rescue or terminate a captured American army captain.

To catch you up, Alex Hunter is a super soldier. He was so damaged during a previous mission that he was given an experimental treatment to save his life. The treatment worked almost too well. Alex now has increased strength and
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Beneath The Dark Ice was the book that got me hooked on Greig Beck's novels. So I was thrilled to realize Kraken Rising was a sequel to it. This book didn't disappoint! It had all the heart-pounding, page-turning action and thrill of the first book, and then some. My favourite book of the Alex Hunter series so far I think. Can't wait to read the next one!
Liam Klenk
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
The first installment of the Kraken story (Beneath the Ice) was far better and had more originality, less cliche and patriotic stereotypes.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: h-2018-33
I once read an author’s review of his book, set in Antarctica, in which he stated that a continent largely unexplored could be the setting for all manner of books. It may have been Alex Hunter’s first visit to the Antarctic continent. I do not remember.

Kraken Rising has been sitting on my reading list for some time now and I am not sure why I did not read it at an earlier date. Kraken Rising has all the pace and intrigue as any of Greg Beck’s previous books.

With the world on the brink of nuclea
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit all over the place. Some great descriptions of the primordial world below the ice, a few intense battle scenes, and plenty of places that made me gag--in a good way. But there was a bit too much toxic masculinity for me. Not all American soldiers are buzz-cut wearing jerks who only want a reason to get in a fight and show off their muscles. Some of them are, sure. Stereotypes exist for a reason. But I felt like the book spent way too much time watching insecure people argue about who was t ...more
Jonathan Wilson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for many years to see if Greig Beck would go back to his roots and continue on with perhaps the most engaging adventure story of this decade. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out that he wrote this book and I was happy to give up precious hours of sleep in order to clear it in one sitting.

Kraken Rising builds directly upon the story from Beneath the Dark Ice, just fast forwarded a few years and x number of mini-books in the middle. It was wonderful to read about so many
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book almost as much as Beneath the Dark Ice. Familiar with enough changes to make it interesting. The book didn't focus entirely on Alex (the Arcadian) and I found I missed him. I wanted more from his point of view but it was made up for by the personalities from the other characters brought to the fore. The villainous humans were typical stereotypes but it was almost necessary to have them written in this way. It saves time and pages to have a stereotype we all know rather than e ...more
Benjamin Stahl
A formidable concept is wasted with lacklustre writing, hackneyed dialogue, abysmal characters and too many pages. In a story that details a set of mercenaries plummeting the depths of Antarctica, one ought not expect staunch realism. On the other hand, they should be lavished with a fun and over-the-top action adventure. While Kraken Rising was certainly the latter, it seemed most of the time our heroes simply hiked through tunnels. There must have been a cold going round: I lost count of the a ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Case of the Killer Calamari.

Imagine this: You're in a restaurant and you order the Salt 'n' Pepper Calamari. “Umm, I'm afraid Calamari is off the menu – it ate the kitchen staff.”

WHAT? “Did you call the cops?”

“Yes sir. It ate them too. And the entire back half of the restaurant. And most of our navy.”

Seafood revenge.

While I found the last 15% of this book good, I struggled to get through the first 85%. There was plenty of action, but it seemed to be going nowhere for quite a while. I might
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A military distress beacon sends two teams to return to the Antarctica cave world. Only this time on the other side of the lake. And the Chinese are searching also.

I like this story in that ‘almost’ everyone I like survives. But when/if the next one come out? I want to see more of Jason.

Footnote: 1) That whole Alex/Cate in the probe thing is stupid. He had a chance of success, she didn’t. And as a scientist she should know that she didn’t belong and acted like an adult or she had no business bei
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another great Arcadian adventure. Beck continues to weave together a great story with this book yet makes so many clear connections to past adventure under the ice. Alex continues to face his demons while trying to deal with his future and where he sees it going, without getting others along the way.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Greig Beck delivers an action packed adventure that starts on page one and just never stops. This is a wonderful book and gets you so involved in the story you have a vested interest in it's outcome. I eagerly await the next book.
Nicole Green
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rotten sod of a book kept me reading till 4.30 am!!!!!!!!
Colin Kauffman
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not the best Alex Hunter novel (that would be This Green Hell), but still a fast paced, engaging and fun adventure in a fascinating setting I’d like to see explored more.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first one.

Even better than the first Karmen novel. Karmen Rising will take you on a rollercoaster ride of pure action. You won't be able to put this book down!
Timothy Vogel
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ooooh ... they went back. It's a fun read, with both the main and supporting storylines action packed and entertaining.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another goodread.

I like his style of writing, it's like reading 3 to 4 different stories but all together. Still calminating into one story. Another page Turner.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy an Alex Hunter adventure
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
many car-sized eyes and a lot of stygian depths to deal with
Brian Cutlip
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, a good come back from the first one.

Everything I expected and more and Lots of surprises and a perfect ending ,highly recommended read in order. every sailors nightmare
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Found one of my new favorite authors
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot damn, another very fun adventure!
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes the characters back to where it all began: beneath the dark ice. It's a fantastic adventure with high international stakes and unrivaled peril for the heroes of the series. I'm putting this down as my favorite book in the series so far. High praise given I'm a big fan of the series overall.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kraken Rising by Greig Beck is a very highly recommended action-packed military-adventure-terror-thriller. It kept my total attention from the beginning to the end.

We know several things from the opening chapters: a sub has been attacked by some huge, mysterious creature; Alex Hunter, the Arcadian, is still alive and working for the US military; an emergency beacon signal is being picked up by bases on Antarctica; and Chinese operatives have tried to capture Joshua, Alex's son and Aimee, his mot
Per Gunnar
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 6-thriller
I found this to be a very enjoyable semi-supernatural, horror and high tech thriller. Alex Hunter is back in his role as a super-hero style elite agent and he is thrown into a mission that brings him back to one of his old “hunting grounds”. There are a few threads in Alex Hunter’s history that are tied together in this book and, at least, one rather interesting new one that is begun.

Alex Hunter is sent back to the mysterious (Jurassic) caves below the ice sheets and is once again forced to conf
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“When I look down into the abyss,
Down into the merciless blackness,
Colder and deeper than Hades itself,
There I see the Kraken rising.”
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