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Ten Seconds to Dead

(Ten Seconds #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  561 ratings  ·  106 reviews

Ten seconds may be all she has left ...

Kate Edison witnesses her father’s death and, in order to keep his memory alive, decides to follow in his footsteps by joining the CIA. She molds herself into becoming exactly what the CIA is looking for---and captures their interest, both personally and professionally. But before she can finish the CIA process, Kate is offered a

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Published January 20th 2020
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Kathy Jo
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy. Crow! I’m going to preface this by saying I have never read a thriller before and had no clue what to expect. This book was definitely outside my comfort zone. But one of my goals this year is to branch out and find new authors.

Kate had watched her father die at the age of sixteen. From that moment on, she knew she was destined to follow in his footsteps and join the CIA.

Several years later she finds herself interviewing with the CIA. Once the week-long interview process was complete, she
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up.

Wow, just wow!! This is a great debut from a new author. I really like suspense/thriller/mysteries so when I saw the FB post asking for readers to read an ARC I said yes, and I'm so glad I did. I found this story enthralling. It captivated my attention completely and I didn't want to stop reading. There are a few places in the storyline that allowed me to rest and relax my brain for a bit, then it was back to the action again!

I don't want to give anything away that isn't in
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fast Paced and Interesting

I loved the fast paced, all in, nature of this book. It was interesting and occupied my whole mind while I read it (and even some while I wasn't reading!). This isn't a light, fluffy read, a lot of times it felt gritty and violent. The romance is on the light side with the plot definitely being the driving force. There are a lot of players in this game but I never felt overwhelmed by them. Well, sometimes I was overwhelmed by them individually being evil, fearful or cra
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

This is the first book in the Ten Seconds series by L.A. Clayton.

Wow. Just wow. This is like watching an entire series of Alias all in one go! Just a wonderful read. I am excited to see what more this debut author has to offer. She already has put the finishing touches on book two of this series. I got a sneak peek at the end of this book and am ready to dive into TEN SECONDS TO PANDEMIC right now. How fitting that it really resonates with the pandemic we are currently facing. Maybe Clayt
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t typically read the synopsis or blurb of a book because it gives too much away for me. So with TEN SECONDS TO DEAD I went in pretty blind - all I knew was CIA and debut author.
Well, I wasn’t disappointed. The story line was believable - terrifyingly so - and the characters honest and real. The world of the AGI was hauntingly realistic and it scares me to no end; I don’t doubt something akin to this exists somewhere. Kate is the kind of girl I want to be when I grow up.
I absolutely loved
Paula Bothwell
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Ten Seconds to Dead--PG13
Violence: Yes, quite a bit, about as much as a Bourne movie
Language: There was no offensive language that I can remember
Sex: No sex. Some kissing.
I thought I would never get to sleep after reading this book because of how amped up I got reading it! I'm normally a rom-com gal and stick overwhelmingly with romance (I didn't even have a bookshelf tag for this book), but I took a chance on this first-time author (which I cannot believe this is her first book!) and I'm hooked
Julia Lance
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
10 seconds to Dead
This book was all kinds of intense and action packed. I loved it! There are a few parts that are a little slower but it is still an edge of your seat page turner. PLUS Kate is awesome! I loved her and her desire to learn and help people. Her story is such a great one and the friends she made all have great personalities that just add to the story. I really hope that we get to see some more of her AGI friends in the next book! On that note, AGI is all sorts of messed up haha the
Kareena Horton
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review and I can honestly tell you that I LOVED this book! I typically do not read thrillers, but this book grabbed my attention from the very first page and had my heart beating throughout the book. The characters and plot are well developed throughout the story. There are twists and turns that keep you guessing and just enough romance to make you smile. I was really glad to know that there is a sequel to this book coming in a few months be ...more
Ted Tayler
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
"Too much detail"

I was almost a third into this one before I realised there was going to be a story line. The detailed explanation of every stage of Kate getting into the CIA wore me out. How often did she ogle an instructor or a fellow agent? How many times did she roll her lips between her teeth? Was any of that appropriate for a potential agent? When the story line finally emerged it was another laughable shadow government outfit ready to establish a new order. What followed was predictable.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Kind of like Alias. Kate is recruited because she has a true photographic memory. She thinks she is joining the CIA but ends up with something called AGI which is an alternative government in case something happened to the real one. Once she gets in she finds out that everything is not as she’s been told. Sound familiar? The reason behind the title - some agents have been unknowingly implanted with something that can kill them. The reason I didn’t rate it higher, because there are too many clich ...more
Laura Conway
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given the chance to read an ARC of this book. Before I began just reading the plot I was already intrigued. I thought I had the main character pinned down, but was surprised when she accepted the secret mission position. This book was the equivalent of watching an action packed movie. It draws you into her world. And once you think you have it figured out, well you are probably wrong! Highly recommend!!!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author to me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me captivated from the beginning. It was action-packed and filled with lots of intrigues. this was such a well-written story that I loved the storyline and characters. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought I had it figured out but another twist or turn kept me guessing. Really glad this story was recommended to me.
Shantel  Poland
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to get to read an advanced copy of this book. I really enjoyed it reading it. It was suspenseful at times and had a few surprises that I was not expecting. The main characters were very likeable. I can't wait to read more from this author. ...more
Patti Brennan
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

From the very first page I was pulled into this book and couldn’t stop reading . It is phenomenal A spell binding spy thriller like Ken Follett or Clive Cussler. It is the first book I have written by L.A. Clayton but I am looking forward to reading many more

Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately intrigued by the blurb and knew this had to be moved up my TBR list. Clayton did a fabulous job telling Kate's story because I felt like I was with her every decision she had to make. Pacing was spot on and I really loved these characters and their start to finish journey. Lyon was most definetley swoon worthy and Kate had me rooting her on from the start. I am so looking forward to book 2. 5 stars!

*I was given an arc for a honest review, this is my truthful opinion*
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tour-aquisition
Full review posted at Reader's Edyn on 03/07/20

Kate Edison is a lot like her father. Gifted with true photographic memory and knowing her father was employed by the CIA, she has only ever dreamed of following in his footsteps. Witnessing his death was a kick to the gut but solidified her decision to become the perfect agent. She’s done nothing but prepare herself for her inevitable future with the CIA. She attacks her training with gusto and breezes through much of it with top grades. But before
Kelly Williamson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Gawd this book is amazing. I was hooked after only reading the first page and a half. This story had me intrigued from the start, not once did I ever get lost in following the storyline or confused on what was taking place at all. The authors amazing writing made me believe that I knew all the characters intimately and that I was in the story with them. The story was close to what I believe is true in real life to make me believe
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
On page 1, sixteen-year-old Kate Edison watches as her father succumbs to a heart attack. On the next page, Kate, now 26, begins the interview process for a CIA position, where her father worked before his death. Between her studies, over the years, to become an exceptional job candidate and her photographic memory, she earns an offer to join the CIA.

And then L. A. Clayton kicks this adventure into high gear. The author creates a stunning and complex plot moving at a relentless pace. Well-develo
Beckie Hines
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a page turner

L.A. Clayton, ABSOLUTELY LOVED UR 1ST BOOK!! Look fwd 2 ur next one. ;-) Kate is such a strong character that u cant help but root for her. Man, to have a photographic memory-I can only dream to be so gifted. I definitely would hav gotten better grades. Wow... I dont think I've ever talked 2 some1 that actually trusts our government and if some1 ever told me they do, I'd advise them 2 read ur book. Secret squirrel govt is mysterious and scary. Thank God she was able to get help
Elisabeth Johnson
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Ten Seconds To Dead” by L.A. Clayton is the debut novel from a promising new author. In my experience, thrillers can be a bit of a gamble. Not the case for this book. I couldn’t put it down. It’s told from the point of view of the likable protagonist. The narrative is relatable and carries an undertone of sarcasm. This author is a girl after my own heart! I find I’m missing the cast of characters now that I’ve finished. I’m hoping we will hear more from them in the future.
This book is a delight
Mackenzie Coleman
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love mystery thrillers. This one did not disappoint! I got into the story right away and became attached to the characters. There were a few twists I didn’t expect. I couldn’t put it down. Loved this book!!! I can’t wait for the sequel!
Shauna Marshall
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great suspenseful read!

Loved this story. I was hooked after the first chapter and I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait for part 2!
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because of the title and the intriguing synopsis. What a ride! I found my favorite book of 2020. When a woman finally has a chance at the job she was made for, her life is destined for a deadly alternative.

Kate was sixteen years old when her father died right in front of her. With her photographic memory and excellent instincts, her father knew she was destined to work for the CIA and follow in his footsteps. After weeks of painstaking mental and physical training as a CIA recr
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
At sixteen-years-old Kate Edison witness her father's death right before her eyes. Kate's dad worked for the CIA and after his death Kate decides to follow in her father's footsteps and join the CIA herself. Kate works real hard and puts everything she has into her interview and tryouts to see if she is CIA material. Kate is a very competitive person and never wants to lose no matter what she is doing. She will push her body to its limits to accomplish her tasks.

Before Kate completes her CIA tr
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alias’s Sydney Bristow meet Kate Edison…
While the details and names may be different, Ten Seconds to Dead fills a void Alias fans have been feeling since the series ended in 2006. It is filled with covert operations, computer hacking, devices the layman only wishes she had access to, and a tough heroine who doesn’t disappoint. You will find yourself holding your breath as Kate manages to escape harrowing mission after mission, but not always unscathed. Kate’s desire to follow in her father’s foo
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book. I walked into this book knowing it was about the CIA, so of course I’m already intrigued (my type of book!). This book actually took it to a whole new level from start to finish, over the course of the book there were so many twists and turns and an organization (AGI) that no one knows about, that’s kept as a big secret and out of the limelight, to the wrongfulness of the organization and how one tries to overcome it.

Through the many twists and
Keely Sherer
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! 4.5 stars from me!

I read this book on a recommendation from my sister (I was the guinea pig and was told to tell her if she should read it, the author is a friend of her friends). This is far from the normal book genres I read, so I honestly was skeptical at first. I usually read a book of this size in 24-48 hours and this took me 4 days because I needed time to decompress (romance is my go too genre, and though this has some romance, thriller was way strong in this one).

It was such a gre
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a free ARC copy. I was really excited because I really love suspense/romance novels! I love reading new authors and seeing what new ideas they can bring to the board.

The main characters were very likable. The plot kept making turns that kept me guessing. There was a couple spots that dragged a little for me, but mostly I was trying to figure out how this part was important for the story. It did bother me a little how different relationships developed in the book. I guess
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kate’s father worked for the CIA. She has always wanted to follow in his footsteps. Like him she has a photographic memory. But he has always had heart problems, and dies when she is 16. Still wanting to do what he did ,she studies everything that would make her a good candidate for selection. But when she is given her envelope with reimbursement money for the interviews, there is a smaller envelope that tells her she is being recruited for a secret government undercover organization. It’s every ...more
Ton Le
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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