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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, wounded Special Forces operative Jim Chapel must infiltrate a top secret Russian military base and disable an unstable supercomputer

A routine mission in Cuban waters to retrieve a hidden key code from a sunken Soviet submarine quickly changes course when Cuban officials are tipped off. It turns out that Nadia, the beautiful

Overview

To prevent nuclear annihilation, wounded Special Forces operative Jim Chapel must infiltrate a top secret Russian military base and disable an unstable supercomputer

A routine mission in Cuban waters to retrieve a hidden key code from a sunken Soviet submarine quickly changes course when Cuban officials are tipped off. It turns out that Nadia, the beautiful stranger who saves Chapel from being discovered, is actually a Russian agent, and her intel is shocking. Hidden during the Cold War, a forgotten Russian supercomputer controls hundreds of nuclear missiles, all aimed at the United States. Just one fail-safe error and America will be obliterated. And there have been glitches in the computer's programming. . . .

To disarm Hydra before it plunges the United States 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.

Jim Chapel is out of his depth, and out of his element, but not out of the game.

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 is the author of seventeen novels, which have appeared around the world in eight languages. His horror series include Monster Island, 13 Bullets, and Frostbite. His thriller series starring Afghanistan war veteran Jim Chapel includes Chimera and The Hydra Protocol. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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