The Hydra Protocol (Jim Chapel Missions Series #2)

The Hydra Protocol (Jim Chapel Missions Series #2)

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by David Wellington
     
 

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To prevent nuclear annihilation, Special Forces operative Jim Chapel must infiltrate a top secret Russian military base and disable an unstable supercomputer in this high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure thriller from David Wellington, the acclaimed author of Chimera—an exciting, science-based thriller reminiscent of the works of Lee Child and James

Overview

To prevent nuclear annihilation, Special Forces operative Jim Chapel must infiltrate a top secret Russian military base and disable an unstable supercomputer in this high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure thriller from David Wellington, the acclaimed author of Chimera—an exciting, science-based thriller reminiscent of the works of Lee Child and James Rollins.

On a routine mission involving a sunken Soviet submarine in Cuban waters, wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel, back in action thanks to medical technology, unexpectedly meets Nadia, a beautiful Russian agent.

Nadia shares shocking intel about HYDRA, a forgotten Cold War supercomputer that controls hundreds of nuclear missiles aimed at the U.S. Just one failsafe error, and America will be obliterated. And there have been glitches in its programming. . . .

To disarm HYDRA before it plunges the U.S. into nuclear winter, Nadia and Chapel must travel across Eastern Europe and infiltrate a secret base hidden deep in the steppes of Central Asia. But as these uneasy allies discover, not everyone wants the weapon out of commission.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
Wellington’s inventive sequel to 2013’s Chimera teams Capt. Jim Chapel, of U.S. Military Intelligence, with Russian spy Nadia Asimova. The pair must find and disable a computer system known as the Dead Hand (or Perimeter to the Russians), a Cold War relic located at an unknown location in Kazakhstan. Certain conditions could cause Perimeter to think Russia is under attack and automatically fire all its missiles at the U.S. “The resulting fallout and nuclear winter would mean the end of the world,” Chapel learns at his Pentagon briefing. Of course, the mission isn’t that simple, and cross and double cross are the order of the day, as Chapel tries to work out who is friend and who is foe. He has two secret weapons: a bionic left arm and a controller known as Angel, whom he knows only from radio transmissions. Plenty of twists and rolling action keep the pages turning. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-03
Wellington wants those of you who haven't kept up with the news to know that Cold War relics and new world order infighting have made the former Soviet Union a very dangerous place indeed. Just because the USSR is no more doesn't mean it's not armed to the teeth. Consider the missile defense system Perimeter, which is programmed to automatically unleash a full-scale attack on the U. S. if it ever senses the approach of an American missile. Clearly, this dinosaur system, whose existence Russia never acknowledged, is a disaster waiting to happen, and Agent Nadezhda "Nadia" Asimova, of the Federal Service for Technic and Export Control of the Russian Federation, wants to stop it. And she wants one-armed Capt. Jim Chapel, of U. S. Military Intelligence, along to witness that the system has indeed been neutralized. After rescuing Chapel (Chimera, 2013) from detection when his routine deep-sea dive to recover a notebook from a long-sunken Soviet submarine off the Cuban coast goes unexpectedly wrong, she asks his boss, Rupert Hollingshead, to authorize his participation, a process that's considerably eased when Julia Taggart, the girlfriend for whom he's willing to quit the service to marry, walks out on him. Picking up Bogdan Vlaicu, the Romanian hacker who'll tinker under the hood of the doomsday machine, the pair makes for remote Uzbekistan. Problem: They're not the only parties to turn up on the scene in the middle of nowhere. Problem: Chapel's growing attachment to Nadia threatens to compromise the mission. Problem: Nadia may not be exactly what she seems to be. The threats keep shifting, but the well-choreographed action, which requires a remarkably small cast, is nonstop. From Russia with Love meets Dr. Strangelove. Wellington has added a few twists of his own, but the rhetoric—"What could come close to measuring up to the fate of the entire world?"—has changed remarkably little over half a century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062248800
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Series:
Jim Chapel Missions Series, #2
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

David Wellington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The acclaimed author is most famous for his online serialized zombie novel, the Monster Island trilogy, later published by Thunder's Mouth Press. In 2006, he began serializing Thirteen Bullets, a vampire novel. He lives in New York City. His previous Jim Chapel missions include Chimera and Minotaur.

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The Hydra Protocol (Jim Chapel Missions Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first David Wellington book and I’m very impressed with his writing. The storyline had many twist and turns that kept me wanting to turn the page. I will put David on my list of authors to keep reading. I would put David’s creativity & skills up on the same level as Flynn, Thor, Baldacci, Berry & Cussler. The Hydra Project pulled you in on the first chapter and didn’t let you go till the end. The ending even adds a twist of pulling in the ex-girlfriend to launch the next book. The United States is approached by a rogue Russian agent to destroy part of Russia’s nuclear systems. American Agent Jim Chapel teams with the Russian agent Nadia on a journey through the Motherland. Jim questions his objective, but is blinded by lust. Are the intentions of Nadia as she states or are there other reasons for her turning against the Motherland. You will have to read, to see why neither country would talk about what happened in the end. Like I said above, I truly enjoyed David’s writing and will read the next Jim Chapel book. I will even go back and read the first one. I have noticed that new authors tend to try to spice of their books with some hanky panky and David is no exception. It is better to give a hint and let the reader’s imagination run wild, that to go into detail. Most authors seem to grow out of writing so much detail into the steamy parts of the books. It’s only fair to mention, I received this book in a GoodReads giveaway….
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Hardback/Thriller: I liked, but... I knew what was going to happen. I knew who was going to betray who and who was lying. Usually I'm pretty dense when it comes to red herrings and I'm like a sponge and believe everything, so I'm pretty proud of myself in figuring out stuff. Yes, there were things I didn't see coming. This book is pretty good and I do recommend it. It is fast-paced and keeps you guessing. I want to spill the beans, but this book just came out, so no spoiler here. I didn't like the romance because I thought it was false. I felt it was more military thriller than science fiction. I liked the parts in Romania and the Russian territories. I learned a lot about Siberian politics and the desert lizards. I liked most of the characters and I liked that the author wrapped up all the questions I had. I did get this book from Goodreads for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was looking for a quick and inexpensive read and discovered this gem. I generally don't read military stories but was impressed with the synopsis and sample. Looking forward to reading Chimera book #1 in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author needs a good editor. I think he haa the talent, just needs a top notch pro to shine up his work. Give the book a read. I certainly reccomend and will read his next.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
This is my first David Wellington book and I’m very impressed with his writing. The storyline had many twist and turns that kept me wanting to turn the page. I will put David on my list of authors to keep reading. I would put David’s creativity & skills up on the same level as Flynn, Thor, Baldacci, Berry & Cussler. The Hydra Project pulled you in on the first chapter and didn’t let you go till the end. The ending even adds a twist of pulling in the ex-girlfriend to launch the next book. The United States is approached by a rogue Russian agent to destroy part of Russia’s nuclear systems. American Agent Jim Chapel teams with the Russian agent Nadia on a journey through the Motherland. Jim questions his objective, but is blinded by lust. Are the intentions of Nadia as she states or are there other reasons for her turning against the Motherland. You will have to read, to see why neither country would talk about what happened in the end. Like I said above, I truly enjoyed David’s writing and will read the next Jim Chapel book. I will even go back and read the first one. I have noticed that new authors tend to try to spice of their books with some hanky panky and David is no exception. It is better to give a hint and let the reader’s imagination run wild, that to go into detail. Most authors seem to grow out of writing so much detail into the steamy parts of the books.
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A fast food read more empty calories than usual but the fans dont care
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a cheap book when I found the Hydra Protocol. Good book for the $2 or so that I spent on it. I did find it predictablebutthe fast pace kept me coming back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read and interesting hero
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She flies in and somehow tamed a hydra. She brought it back to camp.