Alias: Free Fall (Prequel Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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Based on the hit TV series, an original novel about a co-ed spy who kicks serious bad-guy butt!

Sydney has finally made a friend she can open up to—a fellow agent from SD-2. Stephanie is sweet and caring and knows exactly how it feels to...
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Alias: Free Fall (Prequel Series #8)

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Overview

Based on the hit TV series, an original novel about a co-ed spy who kicks serious bad-guy butt!

Sydney has finally made a friend she can open up to—a fellow agent from SD-2. Stephanie is sweet and caring and knows exactly how it feels to lie to the people you love.

But friends don’t ask friends to help kill their boyfriends. Or do they?

Suddenly nothing is what it seems. And everyone is in the same boat. Until someone gets pushed out.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375890482
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/13/2004
  • Series: Alias Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 751,210
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 403 KB

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1



"Does it get any better than this?" Francie Calfo let out a contented sigh, gazing out at the crashing Pacific surf. A summer party anthem was playing on the radio, the sun beat brightly in the cloudless blue sky, and the smell of coconut-scented suntan lotion wafted through the air.

Sydney Bristow settled back in her striped blue beach chair and cracked open a wet can of Sprite. "Only if I had someone here with a tall glass of ice--and a fan."

Francie tilted her head toward a group of guys playing volleyball on the sand. "I'm sure that can be arranged."

"Mmm, sorry, they look way too involved in their game." Sydney picked up the paperback novel she'd stuffed into her canvas beach bag. This was the first day she and Francie had spent together at the beach in weeks, and she was glad that it was just the two of them. "I've been dying to read this."

Francie looked over at the book. "Middlemarch?" She scowled. "Have you ever heard of a beach read?" She gestured to the lively scene around them. "Syd, for the first time in months, we are free! No more studying, no more finals, no more all-nighters. Come on! Can't you stop being responsible and vegetate for just an hour? You make the rest of us look way too shallow and vacuous." She grinned. "See, I wasn't sleeping through English lit the whole semester."

It was hard to believe their first year of college was over. Back in September, Sydney had been a scared, clueless freshman. The UCLA campus had seemed dauntingly huge, the classrooms and dorms filled with intimidating strangers, and the workload overwhelming. Not to mention that only a few weeks into the school year, she'd been secretly recruited by SD-6, a covert branch of the CIA based in Los Angeles. She had gone from frightened kid to a full-fledged secret agent dedicated to protecting the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. To say that freshman year had been an adjustment was putting it mildly.

Sydney took a sip of cold soda. But now, ten months later, things were completely different. She knew where to park and which professors were notoriously difficult. She knew which campus cafeteria ladies were grumpy and that the best place to study was on the second floor of the health sciences library. She knew that having a roommate could be completely exasperating and totally perfect (especially when said roommate came home with a new outfit and let you wear it before she did).

But most of all, Sydney had learned about herself. Being an agent for the United States government was more than just a job. She hated lying to her friends, but the fact that the CIA trusted her to go on missions for her country, trusted her with top secret, life-and-death information, made Sydney feel on top of the world. It was an incredible responsibility. She'd been waiting all her life for a chance to make a difference. Now, after months of training and several successful missions, not only did she feel physically ready for any challenge, she felt mentally prepared as well.

That's what was making the summer ahead a bit of a bummer.

"You're doing it again," Francie accused, pointing a French-manicured nail at Sydney, startling her into dropping her book.

"What?"

Francie peered at her over the top of her white-framed sunglasses. "You know. Getting that distracted look on your face, like you just remembered you left your curling iron plugged in or a tray of cookies in the oven too long." She shook her head disapprovingly. "That is not allowed in summer, missy!"

Sydney laughed. "I know. I'm psyched about summer. Really."

Francie sighed. "You know, you have only yourself to blame. You could have gotten yourself a fun yet completely pointless summer job, like being a shot girl at one of those bars down on Sunset. Or--or becoming an extra on a movie set. You'd be perfect at that, with your classic looks. Or--"

"Or working full time at Credit Dauphine because it's a good job and they offered me a nice chunk of change to pick up extra hours this summer," Sydney finished. She and Francie had had this discussion at least ten times. Francie couldn't understand why anyone would voluntarily work indoors, at a bank, when the beaches and outdoor cafes were beckoning. Sydney had a laundry list of excuses why the bank was the perfect place of employment.

Of course, the real reason wasn't on that list.

Not that she wasn't glad to work for SD-6 in the summer--she was. It would have been silly for her to even think of getting another job. Not only would the pay be much worse than what she earned as an agent, but there was no point in learning a new job only to quit two months later. All year long, Sydney had struggled to balance school and SD-6. Now she had only SD-6 to worry about. And that was a good thing, right?

It's not like I have anything else on my plate, she thought, closing her eyes for a moment. Her father had recently visited her in Los Angeles, and although there had been a few nice moments in between all the awkward ones, the whole thing had left her depressed.

They had never been close. Ever since Sydney's mother, Laura, had been killed in a car crash when Sydney was a child, Jack Bristow had stayed as far away from his daughter as possible. Her childhood was a blur of nannies and boarding school and more business trips than she could count. He didn't seem to want her in his life. Sometimes Sydney wondered if he wished she'd never been born at all.

Yet despite the ice-cold air that hung between them every time they were together, Sydney still held out some small nugget of hope that they could actually have a normal father-daughter relationship. Go to Athletics games . . . catch a movie . . . have dinner. And every time, her hopes were dashed. Even when they did spend time together, it was never like she hoped it would be. They were virtual strangers, growing more distant as the years passed. After this last visit, Sydney had resigned herself to the fact that they were just two very different people, with very different personalities. And that made her feel more unloved than ever.

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First Chapter

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"Does it get any better than this?" Francie Calfo let out a contented sigh, gazing out at the crashing Pacific surf. A summer party anthem was playing on the radio, the sun beat brightly in the cloudless blue sky, and the smell of coconut-scented suntan lotion wafted through the air.

Sydney Bristow settled back in her striped blue beach chair and cracked open a wet can of Sprite. "Only if I had someone here with a tall glass of ice--and a fan."

Francie tilted her head toward a group of guys playing volleyball on the sand. "I'm sure that can be arranged."

"Mmm, sorry, they look way too involved in their game." Sydney picked up the paperback novel she'd stuffed into her canvas beach bag. This was the first day she and Francie had spent together at the beach in weeks, and she was glad that it was just the two of them. "I've been dying to read this."

Francie looked over at the book. "Middlemarch?" She scowled. "Have you ever heard of a beach read?" She gestured to the lively scene around them. "Syd, for the first time in months, we are free! No more studying, no more finals, no more all-nighters. Come on! Can't you stop being responsible and vegetate for just an hour? You make the rest of us look way too shallow and vacuous." She grinned. "See, I wasn't sleeping through English lit the whole semester."

It was hard to believe their first year of college was over. Back in September, Sydney had been a scared, clueless freshman. The UCLA campus had seemed dauntingly huge, the classrooms and dorms filled with intimidating strangers, and the workload overwhelming. Not to mention that only a few weeks into the school year, she'd beensecretly recruited by SD-6, a covert branch of the CIA based in Los Angeles. She had gone from frightened kid to a full-fledged secret agent dedicated to protecting the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. To say that freshman year had been an adjustment was putting it mildly.

Sydney took a sip of cold soda. But now, ten months later, things were completely different. She knew where to park and which professors were notoriously difficult. She knew which campus cafeteria ladies were grumpy and that the best place to study was on the second floor of the health sciences library. She knew that having a roommate could be completely exasperating and totally perfect (especially when said roommate came home with a new outfit and let you wear it before she did).

But most of all, Sydney had learned about herself. Being an agent for the United States government was more than just a job. She hated lying to her friends, but the fact that the CIA trusted her to go on missions for her country, trusted her with top secret, life-and-death information, made Sydney feel on top of the world. It was an incredible responsibility. She'd been waiting all her life for a chance to make a difference. Now, after months of training and several successful missions, not only did she feel physically ready for any challenge, she felt mentally prepared as well.

That's what was making the summer ahead a bit of a bummer.

"You're doing it again," Francie accused, pointing a French-manicured nail at Sydney, startling her into dropping her book.

"What?"

Francie peered at her over the top of her white-framed sunglasses. "You know. Getting that distracted look on your face, like you just remembered you left your curling iron plugged in or a tray of cookies in the oven too long." She shook her head disapprovingly. "That is not allowed in summer, missy!"

Sydney laughed. "I know. I'm psyched about summer. Really."

Francie sighed. "You know, you have only yourself to blame. You could have gotten yourself a fun yet completely pointless summer job, like being a shot girl at one of those bars down on Sunset. Or--or becoming an extra on a movie set. You'd be perfect at that, with your classic looks. Or--"

"Or working full time at Credit Dauphine because it's a good job and they offered me a nice chunk of change to pick up extra hours this summer," Sydney finished. She and Francie had had this discussion at least ten times. Francie couldn't understand why anyone would voluntarily work indoors, at a bank, when the beaches and outdoor cafes were beckoning. Sydney had a laundry list of excuses why the bank was the perfect place of employment.

Of course, the real reason wasn't on that list.

Not that she wasn't glad to work for SD-6 in the summer--she was. It would have been silly for her to even think of getting another job. Not only would the pay be much worse than what she earned as an agent, but there was no point in learning a new job only to quit two months later. All year long, Sydney had struggled to balance school and SD-6. Now she had only SD-6 to worry about. And that was a good thing, right?

It's not like I have anything else on my plate, she thought, closing her eyes for a moment. Her father had recently visited her in Los Angeles, and although there had been a few nice moments in between all the awkward ones, the whole thing had left her depressed.

They had never been close. Ever since Sydney's mother, Laura, had been killed in a car crash when Sydney was a child, Jack Bristow had stayed as far away from his daughter as possible. Her childhood was a blur of nannies and boarding school and more business trips than she could count. He didn't seem to want her in his life. Sometimes Sydney wondered if he wished she'd never been born at all.

Yet despite the ice-cold air that hung between them every time they were together, Sydney still held out some small nugget of hope that they could actually have a normal father-daughter relationship. Go to Athletics games . . . catch a movie . . . have dinner. And every time, her hopes were dashed. Even when they did spend time together, it was never like she hoped it would be. They were virtual strangers, growing more distant as the years passed. After this last visit, Sydney had resigned herself to the fact that they were just two very different people, with very different personalities. And that made her feel more unloved than ever.

Copyright© 2004 by Christa Roberts
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    Murder in Paris

    Alias,a secret life By,Laura Pesyton Roberts Genre: Mystery 202 pgs. Sydney Bristow has a lot on her shoulders. She¿s a college student, her best friend is always nagging her to hang out, and she¿s a CIA agent. When the CIA calls her asking her to go to Paris, she is so exited. It is Sydney¿s first mission When she got to Paris, she met another agent. His name was Noah Hicks. They were playing an american tourist couple, but they were actually there to spy on a possible killer. Their prime suspect was Monique Larosse, a fashion designer. Is she harmless, or a cold blooded killer? Alias, A Secret Life, a book based on the T.V show by J.J Abrams, keeps you guessing throughout the whole book. I thought this book was great. I like the fact that it kept me on the edge of my seat. If i were to change anything, I would give Sydney a boyfriend in the beginning. That would make it even more dramatic. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries and suspenseful stories. I give it five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Awesome

    This book was so good. It was the first Alias book I read. I've read all the other books including the Michael Vaughn part of the series. Out of all the books, this was definitely my favorite. I love Noah and Sydney working together, though they aren't officially a couple until later on in the series. I COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Read!!!!

    This is the book right. The Alais book right! Becase it has a sammy keyes cover abd i was like there finally doing a movie about sammy keyes but when i saw the written cover i was like what the flip! Anyhow. I stgis the real book Alais!!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Good

    It was a good book but my copy has a sammy keys cover???
    Wierd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    pretty good

    This is the first Alias book I have read. I enjoyed this book because of the suspence that it created for me. The thing I enjoyed the most is that it was real not completely made up. Also i didn't like this book because there was some drama that I couldn't understand, I don't like the lieing that took place even though it was for a good cause. It was a little hard for me to understnad in the begining but as I kept reading it made more sence as to why certian things kept happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    loved it!!

    i loved this book and cant wait to find out in the next ( if there is a next) book about sydney and that guy!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    this was my first Alias book

    this was the first Alias book i'd read, and i think it was one of the best books i've ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Alias Series

    Alias is my all time favorite TV show! This book was great! I couldn't put it down. If you love a good mystery, action, or drama book, you'll love this book. With twists and turns on every page, this book will get you hooked on this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    A Jennifer Garner and Alias Fan

    This is by far the best Alias book out of the whole series.This book has a great balance of great plot twists that are common to anything Alias,also it has so much suspense evening it all out.I think this is the Alias book that is most simmialer to the show.Thank you for reading!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2004

    THRILLER

    This book is a true thriller with turns on every corner. You will have never guessed the shocking ending. If you are part of a sorority, this would definitely make you and your sorority flip. The way it was written is just so perfect, so Syd. It is like a must have to an Alias lover. And there is no better person to play Sydney Bristow than............JENNIFER GARNER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    The Perfection of Spys!

    This book was great, i couldn't put it down, i read it in like 2 hours. It was a great book for erieness and romance. it's great read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    A page turner!

    A great book that will make you believe something thats not true. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    awesome

    The eigth Alias book is awesome. If you love suspense, and kick-butt action then you definetly have to read this book. I finished it in less than 24 hours. It is sooooooo good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    My Favorite (So far)

    Sister spy is one of my favorites so far, it's just like the first two seasons (which I own on DVD) All the Books have either a suspense ending or a shocking ending. Highly recommended ALIAS book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    alias rules!

    The book Father Figure was 1 of the better ones in the Alias series. I LOVED it. I also love the show. thats y i started readin em! i would give it 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    THRILLING RIDE

    This book is one of the best one's yet. It's full of action and its fast paced. You won't want to put it down. They really put Syd to the test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Nancy Drew

    It was a good book but remind me of a Nancy Drew book for the next gerneation. It was tons of fun to read and it took a little less than 1\2 day to read but really enjoyable. In a nut shell if you like Nancy Drew Books but want to find something that really kicks butt than here is the books for you the Alais serise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    These books have everything!

    The ALIAS series is awesome! These books really do have everything from romance to action and adventure. I love them and I can't wait for Free Fall(#8) to come out! Dont miss out on any of the action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Alias is #1!!

    I have read all of the Alias books so far and all of them have been great! This one I read in one day because there was so much suspension and I just could not put the book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    GOOD!

    this book is soo good... so are all the other books... alias is the BEST tv show there is in the whole world... be sure to catch it ABC 9/8c

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