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(Sam Capra #1)

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"If you knew this was our final day together, what would you say to me?"
"Anything but good-bye. I can't ever say good-bye to you."


Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams.

He's a brilliant young CIA agent, stationed in London. His wife Lucy is seven months pregnant with their first child. They have a wonderful home, and are deeply in love.

They have everything
Paperback, UK trade paperback, 512 pages
Published June 24th 2010 by Sphere (first published 2010)
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Bev Taylor just finish the book - otherwise there is no point in u continuing !

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Q: He was probably good at handling contracts and subordinates and accounts. I was none of those things. (c)
Q: Silence is my most powerful weapon. Most people literally cannot sit in silence with another human being around, especially in a café over drinks. We consider it odd. (c)
Q: Nic, the wannabe badass, was a computer geek who lived with his mother. (c)
Q: Parkour is about effective movement from place to place. Efficiency. I made my mind a knife. I cut the problem into small steps that could
Jeff Ventura
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Here's the litmus test to determine if you'd like this book:

If, in the middle of an action/combat scene in which the main character is attacked by a swarthy sailor with a switchblade, the main character's reaction is to think to himself, 'The 1980s called and wants its weapon back', do you dig it or almost throw your Kindle into the nearby swimming pool?

There's a reason I'm writing this from my iPad.

If you have nothing else to read except deodorant packaging, sure, pick up this book. It's a
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own

This is the book that made me the reader that I am today. I am so thankful with this book because it got me started into reading. Before this book i did not read anything at all, dont ask me why because i dont know ( i was missing out) but now i have read 14 books just this year. To me that is a great accomplishment because i used to not read anything, so to go from nothing to 14 is awsome! One of my friends asked me if i could go with him to barnes and noble to get some books. While i was
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Adrenaline" is the first novel written by Jeff Abbott that I've read. The premise of the book sounded promising, the beginning chapters were exciting, and then the story simply ran out of steam. In fact, it was about 100 pages too long. I read a fair amount of mysteries and spy thrillers, most of them more suspenseful and better written than "Adrenaline". In my opinion, this book deserves a C+ to B rating.

Without warning, CIA operative Sam Capra's happy life and the world as he knows it are
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the second book, I've read by this author and it is the first one in his Sam Capra series. It was great to get the back story on Sam, because I've already read the 5th one in this series. I actually liked this one. It was fast paced and entertaining. Some of the plot was a little far fetched, but I didn't care.....the ride was fun and I could almost believe this world the author described.

I liked the characters. They were fun and interesting. Sam, the MC, wasn't overly defined in this
This started out really well, a 4 star read. Unfortunately, it jumped the shark about halfway through & kept doing so. I don't know why the author felt he had to have a guy jump off a bridge on to a truck doing 70 mph down a highway, but that's TV garbage. Up until that point, it had been pretty realistic, too.

The hero & story starts out really well. He's into parkour & that was well used at first. His life is shattered & he never gives up. Well done. The bars were a good touch
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sam Capra is off to work. Things are going well. His wife, Lucy, is 8 months pregnant and he loves his job as part of a special team that tracks down bad guys through their networks. He is just about to make an important report when Lucy calls telling him to meet her downstairs and then when he gets there, to run. He spots her in a car across the street and runs toward the car just as the top floor of the building, where his offices are located, blows up.

Soon, the next thing he knows is being
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I dont normally read stories like Adrenaline. You know the kind: the generic dime store thriller you see among the likes of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell. I never, ever, pick up these books. Its not that I have a discriminatory sensibility about them. Obviously, theyre popular books and sell lots of copies. Its just something that Ive never had a compelling desire to read. So, since I just had Adrenaline lying around I thought I would try something different as a sort of palate cleanser. ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
It might be 3.5 stars, not 3, but we'll have to see after the story has had time to settle in my mind. This was the genre of book that I needed in the moment, so I may be rating it higher for that reason.

I really felt that this was many short stories tied together with the same characters and plotlines that flowed (sort of). I found myself thinking more than once "really? more?" Sometimes, when a spy/thriller novel is well-written, you feel like you're being swept away, and you feel the urgency
Patrice Hoffman
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by Jeff Abbott. The only reason I bought it is because I won the second book in the series through a goodread giveaway. I wanted background information on this Sam Capra character that is the focus of the series.

The book starts off with Capra showing off his parkour skills and explaining his love for it. Initially, Capra thinks his life that he has made with his wife is perfect. A CIA operative who's about to embark on a great journey of normalcy has no idea his
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Very exciting book about a man who works for the CIA and so does his wife. She warns him to get out of the building just before a bomb blows it up and kills everyone. Is she a traitor, or was she forced to? Kidnapped? What about their son? She is seven months pregnant when she disappears. The CIA won't let Sam look for her. How will he get out and start searching? Plays like an action movie, very gripping, fast-paced and exciting. Twists and turns in every chapter.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, thriller
Thank you to Barnes & Noble for this "Serial Read". If it hadn't been a serial read, I would have devoured it in a couple of sittings!
I received this audiobook for review from Hachette Audio. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

Adrenaline is a fast-paced thriller that will leave you wanting more!

Sam Capra is a CIA agent whose pregnant wife, Lucy (also a CIA agent), has been kidnapped after a bombing of the CIA offices. A phone call Lucy makes to Sam telling him to leave the building moments before the bomb goes off leads the CIA to believe that Lucy double-crossed the
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
The protagonist, Sam Capra, works for the CIA. He is in his mid-twenties, tall, with dark blond hair, and keeps fit by practicing Olympic sorts of jumps and flips off of walls and ceilings and stairways this will come in handy! (Called "Parkour", this is the real-life non-competitive sport originating in France of traversing mainly urban landscapes by running, climbing, vaulting, and other acrobatic movements.) There is terrorism, betrayal, treason, lots of deaths, and an international chase. ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mind boggling.

This is one fast paced book. It had me up late reading because I had to know what happened next. Looking for book 2.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't read many thrillers, but I enjoy one every now and then. This one in particular didn't do it for me on almost every level. I'm actually kind of shocked this guy is an established author, this feels like a "first time" kind of book.

For one, the author is constantly telling with almost no showing. I know thrillers have to move fast, which sometimes requires just straight up telling, but you have to put the reader in the shoes of the main character too. I need to feel the sweaty palms, the
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is another book nominated for the TLA Lariat List. It is one of the most action packed books I have ever read. Sam Capra is a traceur, a parkour runner. He is also a CIA operative. Living in London, he leaves for work one morning, kisses his expectant wife goodbye and heads into the office to give a briefing on "The Money King." The next thing he knows, his wife has called him, told him to leave the office and meet her downstairs, it is urgent. He leaves the meeting in time to see his wife ...more
Bill Warden
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads

This book started off with a lot of action, and it never let up. In a lot of books, I get to the end of a chapter and it's a good stopping point -- in this book, the end of the chapter just meant I needed to flip the page and continue the story. It was very intense and kept my attention very well.

I have been a fan of James Rollins, James Twining, James Patterson, Brad Meltzer, and some others for a while since their books tend to be action oriented and they can be considered
3.5 stars

If you are a fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series than you will enjoy this book. I almost gave up at the very beginning because the protagonist (Sam Capra) is someone who is in the practice of parkour (Google it) and I had a tough time keeping my mind from thinking about the episode of The Office when Michael, Dwight and Andy are practicing their parkour skills and Andy jumps into an empty refrigerator box! It was hard for me to take that part of Capra's character seriously but the
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
It is really hard for me to stick with thrillers, but I thought Abbott did a great job with this.

I found Sam Capra to be a bit more of a colored in character than other thriller leads, which I so appreciate. I also like that Adrenaline opens with Sam in his happy, interesting life. He may be forced to be a loner, but it is not his complete nature. Sam has an openness to people and seems experienced, but not hardened. I was rooting for him. I really wasn't sure for a long time whether another
 Li'l Owl
Enjoyed it. Sam is a likable character, tough, smart, courageous, and, most importantly, human. Will enjoy reading future tales of Sam.!
First Sentence: Once my wife asked me: if you knew this was our final day together, what would you say to me?

CIA agent Sam Capra is deeply in love with his pregnant wife. However, his life turns into a nightmare when his office is blown up killing everyone but him due to a call from Lucy telling him to leave the building, and she then disappears. The CIA accuses Sam of treason and murder, yet he remains determined to prove both his, and Lucys innocence. But first, he needs to find her and their
Bev Taylor
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
sam could not be happier. he has a gorgeous wife who is 7 months pregnant and works with the cia in london

this is turned upside in an instant when his office is blown up and he is the only survivor, having been called o/s by his wife

he sees her in a car with another man and then she is driven away and he loses her

many months pass when he is imprisoned and endlessly questioned and tortured for his role in the bombing. he is the prime suspect and considered a traitor along with his wife

he is
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Jeff Abbott or his Sam Campra Series and boy was I missing out. He is a fabulous storyteller. The action and character development is beyond words in that you both see the book happening as a face paced thriller as you actually feel his emotional up and down pain throughout the novel. I must read the series. I do not say that often anymore. I also get so disappointed with so many of the newer novels that I dont bother to even write a review in that if you remove the smut of ...more
3.5 stars rounding up to 4

Sam Capra is living a good life --- happily married to Lucy, expecting their first child (the bundle), and loves his job as a CIA agent based in London. Then one day, he gets a call from his wife to leave his office, and as he's running out of the building, he sees her as a passenger driving away just as the building blows up.

This was a great set-up -- in the aftermath of the attack, the CIA is unsure of what to do with Sam. Is he a traitor, is his wife? Did he know,
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: b-n-serial-reads
This was the B&N nook serial read for the month of October. This was an interesting one. I found it a bit far-fetched at times, and I really didn't care for the mc, but I still enjoyed reading it. Sam works for the CIA but is apparently also able to become 007 and Jason Bourne with little to no resources. After being falsely accused of being a traitor to his country, he MacGyver's his way through the big bad crime organizations of Europe in a hunt to find his wife and son. He's very ...more
Barbara Fraley
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
the name is definitely appropriate, from start to finish, this book is high speed. you keep reading just to see how sam can resolve his crisis. he is a cia employee in Europe, who runs parkour, is preparing for the birth of his first child, married to lucy - also a cia employee. lucy is in her 7th month of pregnancy and then sam's world explodes! literally! this is a must read
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not usually into spy type thrillers, but this was really good. Fast paced page turner and I like Sam Capra, have to try another one.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Serial read from B&N during the month of October. Seriously gripping! I could hardly wait for the next installment ...
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jeff Abbott (born 1963) is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has a degree in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. His early novels were traditional detective fiction but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. A theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. His novels ...more

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