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SecondWorld
     

SecondWorld

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by Jeremy Robinson
 

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Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS special agent, is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility, located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s

Overview

Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS special agent, is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility, located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s fingers and tastes like blood.

Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing. No ships. No polluters.

No oxygen.

Instead, he finds a cloudless sky full of red particles dropping like snow and coating the ocean with a thick film that stretches to the horizon. When a dead blue whale collides with Aquarius, Miller begins a harrowing race to escape the affected area. Cut off from the rest of the world and surrounded by death, Miller makes his way to Miami, where he discovers just one survivor and the awful truth: the strange phenomenon that robbed the air of its life-giving oxygen was an attack by an enemy reborn from the ashes of World War II. And they’re just getting started. Miami, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo have all been destroyed. Millions are dead.

And if Miller can’t track down and stop those responsible in seven days, the rest of the world is next.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Relentless pacing and numerous plot twists drive this compelling stand-alone from Robinson (Threshold), though readers should be prepared for a far-fetched premise involving Nazis, a grand-scale conspiracy, and massive iron clouds in the atmosphere. When NCIS agent Lincoln Miller, who’s temporarily stationed at an underwater research station off the coast of Key Largo, Fla., notices an abundance of reddish flakes in the water, he initially believes that it’s illegally dumped waste. But he quickly realizes that it’s much worse—the ocean is littered with dead fish. Once on land, Miller finds a world without oxygen covered in red ash and fresh corpses. Using an oxygen tank to stay alive, he discovers that while the disaster wasn’t global, it may just be the beginning of the end. Thriller fans and apocalyptic fiction aficionados alike will find this audaciously plotted novel enormously satisfying. Author tour. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media. (May)
New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Steve Berry

Another crisply plotted tale from the fertile imagination of Jeremy Robinson. This one has it all, frozen Nazis, UFO crashes, Antarctica, and some really cool science. Plan to hunker down for all-nighter with this one. I did.
New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Bl Douglas Preston

Jeremy Robinson's Threshold is one hell of a thriller, wildly imaginative and diabolical, which combines ancient legends and modern science into a non-stop action ride that will keep you turning the pages until the wee hours. Relentlessly gripping from start to finish, don't turn your back on this book!
New York Times bestselling author of The King of P Jonathan Maberry

With Threshold Jeremy Robinson goes pedal to the metal into very dark territory. Fast-paced, action-packed and wonderfully creepy! Highly recommended!
New York Times bestselling author of Strong Enough Jon Land

Threshold is a blisteringly original tale that blends the thriller and horror genres in a smooth and satisfying hybrid mix. With his new entry in the Jack Sigler series, Jeremy Robinson plants his feet firmly on territory blazed by David Morrell and James Rollins. The perfect blend of mysticism and monsters, both human and otherwise, make Threshold as groundbreaking as it is riveting.
New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Thro Chris Kuzneski

Jeremy Robinson is the next James Rollins.
New York Times bestselling author of Ancients and David L. Golemon

Jeremy Robinson is a fresh new face in adventure writing and will make a mark in suspense for years to come.
New York Times bestselling author of The Atlantis Thomas Greanias

Instinct is a jungle fever of raw adrenaline that goes straight for the jugular.
Kirkus Reviews
One of the only survivors of a bizarre holocaust in Miami caused by lethal red flakes falling from the sky, NCIS agent Lincoln Miller must defuse a late-developing plot hatched by the Nazis to reboot the planet with Aryans by killing everyone else. In the initial attacks, Tokyo and Tel Aviv also lose millions of people to the ghastly storms, which deplete the target areas of oxygen and poison anyone who comes into contact with the deposits. Miller, a former SEAL who was underwater when Miami receives its lethal rainfall, becomes the president's go-to guy to save the world. Before he can take on the bad guys, he has to figure out how to keep breathing (he collects abandoned SCUBA tanks). Then he has to evade grim-faced snipers and assassins and survive an assortment of gunshots, car crashes and blows to the head. With sidekicks including a German female Interpol agent whose grandparents were among the scientists participating in hideous Nazi experiments, Miller discovers that thousands of stealth antigravity satellites are hovering up above to capture refined iron and shoot it downward as toxic ammo. His desperate efforts take him from New Hampshire to Europe to Antarctica, and from abject fear to wisecracks. Has he really turned his cell phone into a targeting device for a nuclear missile, he's asked. "That a problem?" he replies. A brisk thriller with neatly timed action sequences, snappy dialogue and the ultimate sympathetic figure in a badly burned little girl with a fighting spirit, this novel doesn't waste time addressing such matters as why the fate of the world rests in the hands of one man. The Nazis are determined to have the last gruesome laugh in this efficient doomsday thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455891856
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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1

 

MIAMI, FLORIDA

WEDNESDAY—AUGUST 8, 2012

 

 

“Shit!”

The microwave door flew open and Rachel Carter reached her hand in.

The spoon, left in the bowl of oatmeal and heated along with the cardboard-flavored breakfast, had been shooting off blue sparks when she noticed it. Without thinking, she grabbed the spoon. A millisecond later, her mind registered the stupidity of her action, along with the searing heat. Her arm reacted quicker than her fingers, flailing backward. The spoon soared across the kitchen, weighted with expensive organic oats, and smacked against the stainless steel fridge, where both breakfast and spoon clung like Silly Putty.

Rachel turned on the tap and ran cold water over her pulsing index finger and thumb, her glare fixed on the spoon. It slid slowly toward the floor.

“You okay, Mom?” asked her ten-year-old daughter, Samantha.

“Fine.”

Samantha walked past the fridge, paused, stepped back and looked at the spoon. She turned to her mother with an eyebrow raised. “Fine?”

Rachel forced a smile that communicated a single message: don’t ask.

Samantha shrugged and pulled a chair up to the counter. She climbed onto the chair, then onto the counter.

“Get down from there!”

“I’m hungry.”

“I made you oatmeal.”

“You’re gonna make me puke, too, if I have to eat that sludge.”

With two granola bars in hand, she jumped down from the counter, swung the chair back to the table, and began unwrapping the first bar. Jake, the younger of the two siblings, strode into the kitchen, still in his footie pajamas, which he wore most days. “One of the advantages of being homeschooled,” he was fond of saying. Samantha tossed him the second granola bar and they sat at the table, eating in silence.

Rachel sighed. She couldn’t complain. At least they were eating granola bars and not fast-food egg and sausage sandwiches—which she suspected her husband, Walter, had been sneaking on his way to work. Again. She looked at the microwave clock.

8:30 A.M.

“Walter, you’re going to be late!” she shouted after noticing the time. He worked for a big downtown marketing firm and had a major pitch to make that afternoon.

Walter slid into the kitchen, moving fast. He opened the cabinet, reached up, and took down the granola bar box. Empty. “Ouch. Epic fail.” He looked at Rachel, who nodded toward the kids. Her grin said it all.

He took in their barely contained smiles. “Traitors!” He sighed. “I guess I’ll just get something on the way.”

“I’m sure you will,” Rachel replied, drying off her still-stinging finger.

“What?”

Rachel stared intently at him, trying to convey her annoyance over his bad eating habits, without actually having to spell it out for him in front of the children.

Seeing her expression, Walter laughed. “I have no idea what you’re talking about! Now get out of my head, woman!” He grabbed his bag and headed down the hallway for the front door.

“Love you!” Rachel shouted as the door creaked open.

There was no reply.

No customary “Love you, too.”

No closing door.

No starting car.

She was about to go check on him when Walter slowly backed into the kitchen. He had his iPhone out and was tapping the screen madly. This wasn’t an uncommon activity, but the dire look on his face was far from normal. Rachel held her breath. The kids stopped giggling and watched their father.

“What is it?” she asked. “Did the job fall through already?”

Walter shook his head and kept on tapping. Then he stopped. “This is wrong.”

“What?” she demanded, growing worried. “Is the phone broken?”

He stared blankly down at the screen. “It’s happening everywhere—all over the world. Wait— Crap, I lost our Wi-Fi connection.”

“Walter…”

“The 3G network is down, too.” He met his wife’s eyes. “It must be disrupting cell service.”

She took his face in her hands, willing his stunned eyes to meet hers. “Walter! What are you talking about? What is happening?”

He glanced toward the still-open front door. She followed his gaze and gasped.

The kids hopped out of their chairs to look.

“It’s snowing!” Jake shouted, running for the door.

“No!” Walter jumped forward and snagged his son by the sleeve. He looked at Rachel, his expression alarmed. “Close any open windows. Tape the seams. Use the duct tape.”

She nodded, feeling sick, and they both set off around the house, closing doors and windows. Samantha and Jake went into the living room, climbed onto the couch, and peered curiously out the bay window.

“Why can’t we go out?” Jake asked. “It never snows here. I want to play in the snow!”

“Dad says it’s not snow.”

Jake looked grumpy. “Well, how does he know?”

“Because, silly, snow isn’t red.”

 

Copyright © 2012 by Jeremy Robinson

Meet the Author

Jeremy Robinson is the author of several bestselling thrillers, including Antarktos Rising, The Last Hunter: Descent, Callsign: Deep Blue, and the Jack Sigler thrillers, including Instinct and Threshold. His novels have been translated into ten languages. Born in the coastal town of Beverly, Massachusetts, Robinson grew up on a steady diet of science fiction, and started out his creative career as a comic book illustrator. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.
Visit Robinson online at jeremyrobin sononline.com for free content, contests, and updates on upcoming projects. Connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/sciencethriller, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jrobinsonauthor.

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Secondworld 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
januaryil More than 1 year ago
Another real "page turner" from Jeremy Robinson, if you want characters you want for friends, plots that race at a breathless pace you should read this book. The concepts of Jeremy Robinson's books always teeter on the edge of reality and this is no exception, every time he introduces a new lead character in his books I love them. I think anyone who would write a bad review of one of his books is reading the wrong genre because he is the master of his. Read SecondWorld and it will open a whole new world of great books by a great writer for you, I know it did for me!
kaeseemcdoogle More than 1 year ago
It's not too often that I find an author that I just have a blast reading their books! This is one of them! And, this book didn't disappoint!!
Farley1 More than 1 year ago
Great book, Jeremy Robinson is a master story teller!!!
radioJeffEdwards More than 1 year ago
If there is one thing I have come to expect from Jeremy Robinson, its a freakishly good time while reading his books. The phrases, 'Pedal to the Metal', 'Nonstop Action' and 'Wicked Good' all come to mind when I remember my thoughts as I finished this tremendously F-A-S-T paced juggernaut of a novel. Outside of Matthew Reilly, I can't recall a novel with nearly as much written kinetic energy as I found with 'Secondworld'. I've been a fan of Jeremy since discovering his first self-published book, 'The Didymus Contingency' many years back. He has consistently impressed me more and more with each successive release--and 'Secondworld' is no exception. What do Nazi's have to do with modern-day possibility of Armageddon? Well, I'm not about to ruin one of the best parts of 'Secondworld' by revealing way too much, but suffice it to say that finding out their connection is truly an experience in and of itself...one absolutely LOADED with equal parts entertainment, action, science and enough creativity for a dozen NY Times best-selling authors. Everytime I worry that originality seems to be passing quickly into memory, I end up getting a new Jeremy Robinson book and my faith is restored yet again. This man is NOTHING if not utterly original in a field which is over-flowing with 'been there, read that' recycled plots or blatant attempts to copy the DaVici Code. Jeremy takes what the *norm* is and I imagine works overtime carefully plotting a story which takes creativity to a whole new level. So...does it all work...? The answer is, YES--VERY well, too. The long answer is a bit more complicated. Are there portions of the book that stretch believability? Well, that all depends on what it is YOU require of a book. I'm totally willing to shelve my hold on reality in order to fully immerse myself into a story which keeps me wanting more. More to the point, Jeremy Robinson has EARNED my respect by making everything I've read by him genuinely WORTH it. I can ask nothing more of a novel than to provide me with an escape from the world of pressures for a few hours, and leave me ultimately feeling like I REALLY got my moneys worth. My ONLY gripe of 'Secondworld'? I got into the story SO deeply that I finished it MUCH sooner than usual. I have some books I intentionally take my time reading if for no other reason than to extend the enjoyment of being immersed into the story a bit longer...however, in this case, I simply couldn't finish it fast enough. Kudos yet AGAIN, to Jeremy. An author who really does get better with each new release. Do yourself a favor, if you haven't read Robinson yet, go out and get one today. It'll only be a matter of time before you will have finished up his entire collection. Yes, he's THAT good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading SecondWorld. It was well-researched, and believable. The suspense built steadily, and the ending was suitably climactic, without leaving you hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In contrast to Jeremy Robinson's other novels (and I've read almost every single one), SECONDWORLD didn't stand up to his self-published books - like PULSE, THRESHHOLD, BENEATH, etc. I like the main character but he pulled off some inhuman feats throughout the story line which made him unbelievable. SECONDWORLD is about 350 pages compared to his usual 800-900 page novels. I'm very happy Mr. Robinson got picked up by a publishing company. He's one of my top favorite authors. I just hope it doesn't cause him to change his style or rush to meet a deadline. Some good twists along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Could not put down! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been one to enjoy just a plain mystery and this book isnt just a plain anything. Worth every penny and then some.
Daybee More than 1 year ago
I don't read for reality. I read to get away the madness of everyday life. This book did a great job of taking me away. It was pretty far-fetched, but so much FUN and very exciting!! Jeremy Robinson is one of my favorites because he never fails to entertain. I really liked it.
Maggieschnauzer More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying this book it has me on the edge wondering what will happen to the characters in every chapter.  It is well written and exciting to read.
WordsAndMoreWords More than 1 year ago
This book wraps Every. Possible. Cliché. In. The. Book. into one absolutely terrible read. Decorated ex-military officer, but with the one event that he regrets? Check. Tacky one-liners? Check. The president that can rely on ONLY this one man to save the world? Yep. Nazis? Oh yeah. This book is basically a high school boy's fantasy, which is appropriate since the writing evokes memories of high-school fiction writing. The fact that the first page didn't say "Jeremy Robinson, Grade 9, Mrs. Smith's English class" was a bit surprising. I can't burn my Nook in protest, though I was tempted. In truth, I can't NOT finish a book. I can't walk out of bad movies either. It's my curse. I think I really do try to give the creators a chance. So somehow I finished this book. And I almost gave the author (the horrible, horrible author) credit for not dropping the one cliché that I was convinced he would. Then I read the epilogue. Oh yeah, he went there. I regret reading this book. It has scarred a part of my brain that I can never recover. Please—please do not make the same mistake.
smanke More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books that I have read in some time, and there is quite a bit of competition for that claim. SecondWorld was an amazing combination of action, suspense, historical fiction, and science fiction. I was a little reluctant to start reading because I was concerned that it would be another apocalyptic tale. I enjoyed the Strain Trilogy but it really ended on such a down note that it was depressing. SecondWorld is not a story of doom a gloom, but rather a fantastic adventure with a plot the took one interesting turn after another. I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are looking for a fun summer read that is full of action, adventure, and is unlike anything you have read before, this is the book to pick up. I found myself hoping that it would not end.
Samd724 More than 1 year ago
Nazis trying to take over the world with advanced technology. This is a great read and keeps you hooked all the way through.
Warchol More than 1 year ago
Could notput it down.
hdz50 More than 1 year ago
Fast pace action, but story too unbelievable. Characters are developed ok, but again their roles and actions just a bit too unrealistic.
Kelnyg1 More than 1 year ago
Lincoln Miller is a force to be reckoned with, nothing is going to get in his way of surviving...thank goodness for that. With assistance from Cowboy (read I Am Cowboy) a humorous gunslinger they set out to save the world from Nazi's. A fun, action-packed ride that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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tracksidetom More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read besides Clive Cussler novels.
Mattyshack More than 1 year ago
just awesome! Secondworld is a very new, fresh story. Lincoln Miller a retired Navy Seal and current NCIS investigator, is a lone survivor in a massive attack in Miami. He comes to find out that this attack was set in motion over 70 years ago. Another page turner from Mr. Robinson!!!
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Sigler thrillers are good to
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BEST ONE SO FAR!