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The Tenth Circle

The Tenth Circle

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by Jon Land

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Blaine McCracken races to stop terrorists from unleashing an ancient weapon of unimaginable power at the president’s State of the Union speech
Blaine McCracken pulled off the impossible on a mission in Iran, but his work has just begun. Returning to the US, he faces another terrible threat in the form of Reverend Jeremiah Rule, whose hateful rhetoric


Blaine McCracken races to stop terrorists from unleashing an ancient weapon of unimaginable power at the president’s State of the Union speech
Blaine McCracken pulled off the impossible on a mission in Iran, but his work has just begun. Returning to the US, he faces another terrible threat in the form of Reverend Jeremiah Rule, whose hateful rhetoric has inflamed half the world, resulting in a series of devastating terrorist attacks. But Rule isn’t acting alone. A shadowy cabal is pulling his strings, unaware that they are creating a monster who will soon spin free of their control.

Finding himself a wanted man, McCracken must draw on skills and allies both old and new to get to the heart of a plot aimed at unleashing no less than the tenth circle of hell. A desperate chase takes him into the past, where the answers he needs are hidden amid two of history’s greatest puzzles: the lost colony of Roanoke and the Mary Celeste. As the clock ticks down to an unthinkable maelstrom, McCracken and his trusty sidekick, Johnny Wareagle, must save the United States from a war the country didn’t know it was fighting, and that it may well lose.

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“McCracken’s back! And I couldn’t be happier. Jon Land’s The Tenth Circle is a knockout thriller blending history, cutting-edge science, and nonstop action. Ancient mysteries, ghost ships, and a modern threat like no other . . . this is a novel that grips you by the throat and refuses to let go until the last page.” —James Rollins, New York Times–bestselling author of The Eye of God 

“Jon Land is one hell of a writer. His vivid recreations of the past, his characterizations and his non-stop ticking clock tension had me turning the pages so fast they were smoldering. I really loved this book.” —Peter James, #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace novels

“At play is a weapon of mass destruction with links to the lost colony on Virginia’s Roanoke Island and the ghost ship the Mary Celeste, and McCracken and his comrades-in-arms, Sal Belamo and Johnny Wareagle, are the only ones who can prevent a horrific terrorist attack designed to bring America to its knees. A series of escalating clashes between the principals leads to a suitably climactic showdown.” —Publishers Weekly

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The Tenth Circle

A Blaine McCracken Novel

By Jon Land


Copyright © 2013 Jon Land
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4804-1470-9


The Negev Desert, Israel: The present

"We have incoming, General! Anti-missile batteries are responding!"

General Yitzak Berman focused his gaze on the desperate scenario unfolding in amazingly realistic animation on the huge screen before him. Eight missiles fired from Iran sped toward all major population centers of Israel in a perfect geometric pattern, about to give the nation's anti-missile system, Arrow, its greatest test yet.

"Sir," reported the head of the analysts squeezed into the underground bunker from which Israel maintained command and control, "initial specs indicate the size, weight, and sourcing of the missiles ..."

"Proceed," the general said when the analyst stopped to swallow hard.

"They're nuclear, sir, in the fifty-kiloton range."


Another young man picked up from there. "Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, the Mediterranean coast, the Sinai, our primary airfields ..." He looked back toward Berman. "And here, sir."

"Anti-missile batteries are launching!" a new voice blared through the strangely dim lighting that seemed to flutter as the missiles drew closer.

And Berman watched the animated simulation of dozens and dozens of Israeli Arrow rockets, along with larger American Patriots, shooting upward in line with the incoming missiles. Four hits were scored in the maelstrom of animated smoke bursts, more rockets launched to chase down the remaining four nukes that had survived the fist salvo.

"We have two more confirmed downed!" yet another young voice rang out.

But the bunker fell silent as the sophisticated animation continued to follow two surviving Iranian missiles as they streaked toward Tel Aviv and Haifa.

"Schmai Israel, hallileh hoseh," one of the young voices began, reciting the prayer softly as the missiles' arcs turned downward, on direct courses to their targets with nothing left to stop their flight.

"Order our fighters holding at their fail-safe positions to launch their attacks," instructed Berman. "Destroy Iran."

He'd barely finished when two flashes burst out from the animated screen, bright enough to force several of those squeezed into the bunker to shield their eyes. As those flashes faded amid the stunned silence and odor of stale perspiration hanging in the air, the bunker's regular lighting snapped back on.

"This concludes the simulation," a mechanical voice droned. "Repeat, this concludes the simulation."

With that, a bevy of Israeli officials, both civilian and military, emerged from the rear-most corner of the bunker, all wearing dour expressions.

Israel's female defense minister stepped forward ahead of the others. "Your point is made, General," she said to Berman. "Not that we needed any further convincing."

"I'm glad we all agree that the Iranian nuclear threat can no longer be tolerated," Berman, the highest-ranking member of the Israeli military left alive who'd fought in the Six-Day War, told them. "We've been over all this before. The difference is we're now certain our defenses cannot withstand an Iranian attack, leaving us with casualty estimates of up to a million dead and two million wounded, many of them gravely. Fifty simulations, all with results similar to the ones you have just witnessed." He hesitated, eyes hardened through two generations of war boring into the defense minister's. "I want your formal authorization."

"For what?"

"To destroy the Iranian nuclear complex at Natanz."

Israel's defense minister started to smile, then simply shook her head. "We've been over this before, a hundred times. Our army can't do it, our air force can't do it, our commandos can't do it, and the Americans are saying the very same thing from their end. You want my authorization to do the impossible? You've got it. Just don't expect any backup, extraction, or political cover."

Yitzak Berman returned his gaze to the wall-sized screen where the animated versions of Tel Aviv and Haifa had turned dark. "The man I have in mind won't need of any of that."

"Did you say man?"


Natanz, Iran

"We are descending through a million tons of solid rock," the Islamic Republic of Iran's Minister of Energy, Ali Akbar Hosseini, told the filmmaker squeezed in the elevator with both his equipment and the trio of Revolutionary Guardsmen. "A technological achievement in its own right. You understand the great task you've been entrusted to perform."

"Just as you must understand I'm the best at my job, just like your scientists are at theirs," said the bearded, award-winning filmmaker Hosseini knew as Hakeem Najjar. Najjar's appearance was exactly as depicted in photographs, save for the scar through his left eyebrow the minister did not recall. He was dressed casually in dark cargo pants and a long-sleeve cotton shirt rolled up at the sleeves, bulky clothing that hid what was clearly a V-shaped, well-muscled frame beneath. "I was told I'd be given total access to the facility."

"And you will, at least those parts deemed appropriate by me."

"That wasn't part of the deal. It never is with my work."

"This is a different kind of opportunity."

The elevator started to slow.

"Then you should have gotten a filmmaker more adept at wedding videos," Najjar snapped. "Perhaps we've both made a mistake."

"You are about to see what few men ever have," Hosseini continued, wearing a fashionable suit instead of a military uniform. "And it will be your blessed privilege to chronicle it for the world to see when the time is right. You call that a mistake?"

"You chose me because I'm the best. I ask only that you treat me that way."

"I could have retained a simple videographer for this assignment," Hosseini said, his shoulders stiffening. "I chose you because I wanted something that would stand the test of history. This will be my legacy, my contribution to our glorious Republic, and I want it to be celebrated, not just appreciated, a century from now. I want anyone who watches to see not just a place, but a point in history that changed the world forever. An awesome responsibility I'm entrusting you with."

"I look forward to exceeding your expectations."

Hosseini's eyes fell on the bulky equipment lying at the filmmaker's feet: a camera, portable lights, and a quartet of shoe box--sized rechargeable batteries to supply power. "Others I've worked with have turned to much smaller cameras for video, even ones that look like they only take pictures."

"And how did their work turn out?" asked the filmmaker, his tone still biting.

"Acceptable, but not impressive. This assignment clearly required something more, a case I had to make to the Council's finance board to justify your fee."

"If you aren't satisfied with what I produce for you, you owe nothing. I'll return my fee to the Council personally."

"Both of us know that will not be necessary. Both of us know you will produce something that will stand the test of time through the ages and serve both of us well," Hosseini said to the man he'd personally selected for the job.

"I value your regard and the confidence you have in me," Najjar said more humbly in Farsi.

Then he slung the camera over his shoulder and scooped up the batteries and portable lights in his grasp, beckoning the minister to exit ahead of him.

"After you," said Blaine McCracken.


Washington, DC: Two months earlier

"You're kidding, right?" Blaine McCracken said after the Israeli he knew only as "David" finished.

"You come highly recommended, Mr. McCracken. Back home you're considered a legend."

"Another word for dinosaur."

"But far from extinct. And my American friends tell me you're the only one they believe can get this done."

"Meaning I'd have to succeed where two governments have failed."

David shrugged, the gesture further exaggerating the size of his neck, which seemed a stubby extension of his shoulders and trapezius muscles. He wasn't a tall man but was unnaturally broad through the upper body. McCracken couldn't make out his eyes well in the darkness, but imagined them to be furtive and noncommittal.

They'd met at the Observation Deck of the Washington Monument. It was closed to the public for repairs indefinitely, but still accessible by workmen, though not at night, always McCracken's favorite time to view Washington. He liked imagining what was going on in offices where lights still burned, what plans were being hatched and fates determined. There was so much about the city he hated, but plenty from which he couldn't detach himself. In the vast majority of those offices, officials were trying to do good; at least, they believed they were.

McCracken found himself wondering which of those offices David had come here from; it would have been State or Defense in the old days, across the river in Langley just as often. These days it was Homeland Security, the catchall and watchword that got people nodding in silence; with its offices spread out all over the city proper, it was responsible for an untold number of the lights that still burned.

A few work lamps provided the only illumination inside the gutted Observation Deck, riddled with a musty basement-like smell of old, stale concrete and wood rot mixed with the fresh lumber and sawdust that covered the exposed floor like a floating rug. David had sneezed a few times upon first entering, passing it off as allergies.

"It's not that we've failed," David told him, "it's that all the plans we've considered have been rejected out of hand. We've come to you for something nontraditional, something no one expects."

"You've got a lot of faith in me."

"If anyone can do it, it's you. Otherwise, we will have no choice but to try something that is doomed to fail and perhaps even make things worse. But our hands are tied. With Iran so close to getting their bomb, the choice is gone."

"Your name's not really David, is it?" McCracken asked the Israeli.

"Why would you think that?"

"Because the last few times I've worked with your country, my contacts were named David too. A reference to David and Goliath maybe?"

A flicker of a smile crossed the Israeli's lips. "I'm told you had a plan."

"No, what I've got is an idea. It's risky, dangerous, and I haven't even broached it to the powers at be here."

"Because you don't think they'd be interested?"

"Because they haven't asked." McCracken looked out through the window at the twinkling office lights again, already fewer of them than just a few minutes before, imagining the kind of things being discussed after office hours had concluded. "The only time my phone rings these days is when the SEALs or Delta have already passed on the mission, with good reason this time."

"We're asking you," said David, "not them. And we'll provide you with the right resources, any resources you require."

McCracken gave David a longer look, the younger man's thick nest of curly hair making him seem vulnerable and innocent at the same time though neither was true. "Tell me you're ready to fight fire with fire. Tell me that's what you meant about making the right resources available."

David seemed to grasp his meaning immediately. "And if we are?"

Blaine smiled.


Natanz, Iran: The present

McCracken lugged the equipment from the elevator, careful to show strain and exertion on his features to avoid raising any suspicions in Hosseini. The hall before them was brightly lit, as clean and sterile as a hospital's. The air smelled of nothing—not antiseptic, not solvent, not fresh tile. Nothing. The lighting looked unbalanced, harsh in some places and dull in others.

The new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani's successor, had made no secret of his desire to chronicle Iran's greatest technological achievement ever. When the time was right, he wanted the world to see the true scope of his country's accomplishment, so long hidden behind innuendo and subterfuge.

The true Hakeem Najjar, the award-winning Iranian filmmaker chosen for that task, was virtually the same height and weight as McCracken and the two men bore more than a passing resemblance to each other, right up to the scruffiness of their tightly trimmed beards. Of course, the plan was not without its flaws. Most notably, McCracken had no idea when Najjar would be summoned to capture the Natanz facility in all its glory. Based on the current timetable for the Iranians' ability to generate enough fissionable material from the refuse of their vast centrifuges, though, he guessed no more than six months.

It turned out to be only two.

The filmmaker Najjar was already under twenty-four-hour surveillance by Israeli Mossad agents long entrenched within Iranian society. Barely an hour after the filmmaker was contacted by Minister Hosseini's office on extremely short notice, McCracken boarded a private jet with a makeup specialist on board to finish the job of matching his appearance as closely as possible to Najjar's. The result, after a laborious process that took much of the flight, exceeded even his expectations. The lone oversight had been not to disguise the scar through McCracken's left eyebrow from a wayward bullet decades before. Although Minister Hosseini had clearly noticed it, he seemed unbothered by its presence.

While Najjar waited in his apartment for his government car to arrive, a fresh Mossad team, just in the country, entered his apartment by using a key fit to the specifications of his lock based on the serial number. The filmmaker, who was still packing, was unconscious in seconds, with McCracken ready in his stead, equipment in hand, as soon as the car arrived for the first leg of his journey.

Once out of the elevator, McCracken knew he was about to encounter plenty not mentioned in David's reports on the structure and its schematics. Israel's intelligence on the Natanz facility was an amalgamation of satellite reconnaissance; prisoner and defector interrogations; and four separate brilliantly crafted infiltrations. Each of these had provided the particulars of at least a section of the facility, but even taken in sum, they didn't offer a thorough rendering of all of it.

The assembled intelligence did reveal a sprawling single-level underground facility. The original plans had called for multiple levels, but this had proven too onerous from both construction and security standpoints. Natanz had been chosen for the site of the plant specifically because of the heavy layers of limestone and shale beneath which it would be contained, along with an underlayer of nearly impenetrable volcanic rock formed in prehistoric times. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the nuclear generating plant that sat at ground level was not positioned directly over the underground facility at all; rather, it served as effective camouflage for the vast tunneling efforts that had forged Natanz from the side instead of from above. The facility was laid out roughly in a square, the size of six football fields placed next to one another, and featured the sophisticated technology required to enrich uranium along with the centrifuges responsible for generating it, a process that undoubtedly included the massive pumps and water systems required for cooling.

But the very features that made Natanz impenetrable to an attack from above made it vulnerable to what McCracken was planning from within.

David versus Goliath indeed.

"One more thing before we get started," Hosseini said, opening a door McCracken hadn't noticed before. "If you'd join me inside here ..."

It was a locker room, more or less, each open cubicle featuring an orange radiation suit and wrist monitor hanging from a hook inside.

"Standard procedure," the minister explained. "The lightest weight suit manufactured anywhere. You slip it on right over your clothes," he continued, starting to do just that himself.

McCracken followed in step. Modern, sophisticated nuclear plants like this were hardly prone to leaks, so the donning of such protective material could only mean Hosseini meant what he said about assembling a complete picture of one of the world's most secret facilities.

"Come," the minister beckoned, "let us witness the means by which we will destroy Israel."


Excerpted from The Tenth Circle by Jon Land. Copyright © 2013 Jon Land. Excerpted by permission of OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA.
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Meet the Author

Jon Land is the USA Today–bestselling author of The Tenth Circle, Pandora’s Temple (winner of the 2012 International Book Award and nominated for a 2013 Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original Novel), and five other books featuring Blaine McCracken, Land’s iconic series hero, for Open Road Integrated Media. He also pens the critically acclaimed Caitlin Strong series, which includes Strong Rain Falling and Strong Darkness, winners of the USA Best Book Award in 2013 and 2014, in the Mystery and Thriller categories, respectively. Now with thirty-seven books to his credit, Land will soon be working on a new title for Open Road, in which McCracken teams up with Land’s other bestselling series hero, Jared Kimberlain (The Eighth Trumpet and The Ninth Dominion). Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and can be found at jonlandbooks.com and on Twitter with the handle @jondland.

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Russ_Ilg More than 1 year ago
The Tenth Circle by Jon Land Reviewed by Russell Ilg The stranger retrieved the phone and handed it back to McCracken.  “My advice: keep this handy in case you need to call 9-1-1.”  “I am 9-1-1,” McCracken told him. I’m not sure there’s ever been in a line in a modern thriller that better encapsulates the spirit of a book and enduring series hero than that from Jon Land’s latest mind-number The Tenth Circle.  In the second installment of their resurrection, after last year’s bestselling Pandora’s Temple, Blaine McCracken and his equally bigger-than-life sidekick Johnny Wareagle are on the trail of a crazed preacher with eyes on unleashing a biblical-level Apocalypse.   The Reverend Jeremiah Rule has a weapon in his possession rooted in not just the past, but in two of the greatest historical mysteries of all time, posing the question what if the mass disappearance of the Roanoke Colony and ghost ship the Mary Celeste were connected? What if, indeed.   Nobody speaks the two greatest words in the thriller lexicon better than Jon Land.  He continues to keep us guessing on every page, now adding McCracken’s annual return to his yearly Caitlin Strong installment.  But there’s something even more special about watching, and listening, to Blaine and Johnny work. Age has not taken anything away from these two battle-hardened warriors with Vietnam pedigrees who the government can call upon when no one else picks up the phone. Right out of today's headlines comes a story that is real in every since of the word, propelling McCracken and Wareagle on a mission to find a weapon so deadly that just a small whiff is enough to kill tens of thousands of people while toppling the government.  What if, remember?† It took all the resolve I could muster to stop from flipping ahead to the final pages to see how McCracken was going to foil a government conspiracy somehow involving an outlaw motorcycle gang and wing-nut religious whack job.  And that’s the thing.  Jeremiah Rule isn’t a Bond-like villain with unlimited resources and armies to do his bidding.  He has weaponized words to unleash a nuclear-level firestorm across the world, a perfect bookend to the book’s opening sequence that finds McCracken and company in Iran succeeding where the rest of the world has failed.   From its classic opening to its stunning conclusion, The Tenth Circle is as close to a perfect thriller as you will ever read.  It takes you in its grasp and hits you right between the eyes with a wrecking ball of intense, thrill-filled action.   On top of that, it’s also a cautionary tale about the capacity of a single man to light the world on fire and the loner hero who acts as fireman to put it out.  A wake-up call in more ways than one, since that’s what you’re going to need the day after you start readiing.
cherylkravetz More than 1 year ago
Blaine McCracken, rogue CIA agent and former Green Beret, is back in action in Jon Land’s Tenth Circle. McCracken is called upon to confront an ancient weapon of immense power, and work to stop a terrorist attack on the State of the Union speech while Reverend Jeremiah Rule spews his hateful messages, inciting half the world, setting off a series of devastating terrorist attacks.  Rule isn’t acting alone. An obscure sect is behind his actions, unaware that the monster they are creating is about to break free of their control and wreak havoc throughout the country. McCracken begins a chase around the world and into the past, where the answers he seeks hide in some of history’s greatest unsolved mysteries. McCracken and his partner, Johnny Wareagle battle the dark forces of evil to save the United States from destruction. The Tenth Circle is an exciting, wild ride, with a lot of twists and turns, expertly crafted by one of my all-time favorite authors. Jon Land has a natural ability to draw the reader in with the first page and he doesn’t let go until very end. His characters leap off the pages of his books as he breathes life into them, making them unforgettable. Readers who like Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn will immediately fall in love with Jon Land’s unforgettable characters and eagerly await his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My local bn store does not stock this writer. He fits in a niche just below Hagberg, Flynn, Child and Perry. the story was entertaining but not emotionally gripping
MeteorFlower More than 1 year ago
This book should be a movie!! I have never read any of the Blaine McCracken books. Nor have I read anything by Jon Land. There were a few tours I was scheduled to be on but for one reason or another I had to push those reviews back. I was totally sad about it too! I will get to those books, but when I saw he had a tour going for this one, I decided to check it out. He had me at the bolded part of the book description “Blaine McCracken races to stop terrorists from unleashing an ancient weapon of unimaginable power at the President's State of the Union Speech.” That's exactly what you get with The Tenth Circle and so much more! I devoured this book in two days even with my busy schedule. The story has a pulse pounding pace that had me reading EVERYWHERE I could! Seriously, me and this book were glued. At the dinner table on my kindle and on the bus on the way to the movies on my phone, I was reading this book. It took me a week to finish IT by Stephen King and it comes in at 800 plus pages. It took me two days to read The Tenth Circle and it came in at 500 plus pages. 500 plus pages of religious fanatics, assassins, explosions, history, moments that will make you giggle and music! Yes I said music! There are moments with a certain character that Land makes references to classical music. I found myself running to youtube to play these pieces and re-read the scene and wow it was so much fun! If this becomes a movie, I'll be the first in line to see it, because in my opinion it SHOULD be a movie. I have the desire to just shove everything off my desk and go back and read the other books in this series but I don't think the authors I have scheduled would be happy with that. If you get The Tenth Circle, get the other books because you're going to want to read them!
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
Action packed from the beginning till the end! Blaine McCracken is one of the better kick-butt, patriotic, fictional characters that I have read in awhile! Really reminded me of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp books. I don't normally read political thrillers but this book was an easy read I didn't struggle through it at all. So if your in the mood for a good political thriller you don't need to look any further than John Land's The Tenth Circle.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
A riveting and action packed novel, beginning to end. The Tenth Circle is another Blaine McCracken adventure that takes you around the globe. The US is under siege from coast to coast. A fantastic unsolved mystery. I love the blend of the past with current events. So many familiar things and places were mentioned – a Roll Tide hat, Sherman and Mr. Peabody, a Croatian Indian boy that reminded me of Jacob in Twilight, Boston and Faneuil Hall, the Crazy Horse Sculpture, a ghost ship, a vanished settlement, the Mary Celeste…. I love and hate the characters. I find it so hard to fathom some people’s hatred, especially when they call on religion to explain it. I like humor with my terrorists and murderers. Blaine McCracken has several nicknames – McNuts and McCrackenballs had me laughing. “… I realized…that the craven heathens…have a circle of Hell all to themselves…” “The Tenth Circle” I received an ARC paperback copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly suspense-filled page turner! Having never read Jon Land's book - including any previous Blaine McCracken books, I was wary at being able to pick where the previous book ended. NO FEAR! I was pulled into the mystery and suspense of the novel from the opening pages. The fast-paced action thriller kept me engaged and wanting more! Jon Land has written a storyline that could easily be in the New York Times tomorrow.... except for the mystery surrounding the Roanoke Colony. That is still a mystery! I love when a writer spins a story from true historical times and characters. It makes the story come to life. I look forward to reading other Blaine McCracken novels! If they are half as good at The Tenth Circle, I'm in for a real treat! I received a complimentary copy of The Tenth Circle from Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley for my honest review. Please note that this is NOT a Christian writer or publisher. This is a secular book which contains expletives and swearwords. Blessings, Ellen
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jon Land in his new book, “The Tenth Circle” Book Eleven in the Blaine McCracken series published by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. gives us a new adventure of Blaine McCracken. From the back cover: Blaine McCracken races to stop terrorists from unleashing an ancient weapon of unimaginable power at the president’s State of the Union speech Blaine McCracken pulled off the impossible on a mission in Iran, but his work has just begun. Returning to the US, he faces another terrible threat in the form of Reverend Jeremiah Rule, whose hateful rhetoric has inflamed half the world, resulting in a series of devastating terrorist attacks. But Rule isn’t acting alone. A shadowy cabal is pulling his strings, unaware that they are creating a monster who will soon spin free of their control. Finding himself a wanted man, McCracken must draw on skills and allies both old and new to get to the heart of a plot aimed at unleashing no less than the tenth circle of hell. A desperate chase takes him into the past, where the answers he needs are hidden amid two of history’s greatest puzzles: the lost colony of Roanoke and the Mary Celeste. As the clock ticks down to an unthinkable maelstrom, McCracken and his trusty sidekick, Johnny Wareagle, must save the United States from a war the country didn’t know it was fighting, and that it may well lose There once was a time when there was “High Octane” gasoline.  Using it meant that you were not using “Regular” and that you were giving your car energy for high performance and excitement.  I feel that “High Octane” can be used to describe what Mr. Land has given us here.  ”The Tenth Circle” is one huge action-packed thriller from page one.  We have all seen the heart monitor on TV shows, you know the machine that shows the beeps of the heart-up, down, up, down.  Well Mr. Land provides us maximum excitement for rapid beeping of our hearts then gives us a few moments to catch our breaths and slow our pulse then he revs us up again.  Mr. Land obviously likes to tell a good story.  You will not be disappointed with “The Tenth Circle”.  It is a roaring adventure from start to finish. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A political thriller with a lot of locations, a lot of characters and a lot of short choppy chapters.  Blaine McCracken is the main character, but there was a large host of other characters that were vital to the story and without them all the pieces wouldn't connect, but it was awfully hard to keep them all straight and to remember what side of the equation they were on.   With many characters all living in different locations, this book hopped country and states often.  From Iran to Washington, D.C., there were a lot of moving parts.  I wish that it had been easier to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book's twists and turns and the way the author intertwined everything. A difficult read during the busy holidays because I read sporadically, but when I wasn't reading I was thinking about what was happening. There were an abundance of characters, and for me, keeping track of who was whom was sometimes a bit of a challenge. There is a bit of language, some graphic violence and a sex scene. If those don't put you off, I highly recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Action packed.
Bookworm_Blurbs More than 1 year ago
After successfully completing a seemingly impossible task in Iran, Blaine McCracken returns home to the United States, where a tragedy leads him right into another mission. The United States has been bombarded by mini-terrorist attacks that seem to have been staged by Islamic extremists. These acts have incited increasingly caustic remarks from the religious zealot, Revered Jeremiah Rule, who has been using his platform as an evangelist to nurture hatred towards Muslims. Most terrifying, Rule is backed by a private military in the guise of bodyguards. It's up to Blaine McCracken, who finds himself a fugitive in the midst of all the trouble, to sort everything out and protect the nation from further devastation.      I received an advance copy of this novel from NetGalley. I requested it there because the plot looked super interesting, especially when I learned that some of the key elements of the story are based in some of history's greatest mysteries. But then when I finally got around to reading it, I found out that this book is actually the eleventh installment in a series that I had never heard of. Whoops. Mental note - don't request a book that's a part of a series unless you've read the preceding installments. That being said, I was able to understand mostly everything in the book, thank goodness, so I think that I can still give it a fair review and I also think I can safely recommend it to readers who love action, mystery, and thrilling adventure.    So, first off, as a history buff, I absolutely loved how this book opened. It starts off not with Blaine McCracken, but in the midst of the tragedy/mystery at Roanoke. If you're not familiar with Roanoke, also known as the "Lost Colony," it was a colony of the first settlers in America that actually disappeared without a trace. It had a little over 100 settlers and basically they were left to fend for themselves for a few years but then when a British fleet returned, the colonists had completely vanished with absolutely no explanation or evidence of any sort of illness or attack. The reason for their disappearance is still unknown and the only thing that was found at the colony was the word "Croatoan." So Land starts off the story by showing the British fleet returning to the colony and finding it deserted and John White, whose granddaughter was the first child born in America, remarks that no soul should live in America ever again. Land then cuts to the Mary Celeste, a British merchant ship that was found in 1872 that was unmanned and abandoned. As with Roanoke, no one knows where the crew was and they were never seen again, and this is yet another historical mystery. In the book, Land ties the two events together and makes them very significant to the development of the plot of his story. I'm going to avoid going into further detail out of respect for spoilers, but this was very well done and was accomplished convincingly. It came across as very well researched and I was definitely impressed!   The characters in The Tenth Circle were well-portrayed, especially Jeremiah Rule. He was the most developed character in the book, probably because he had not appeared in any of the previous installments and thus required the most detailed development in order to fulfill his role in the story. Rule is a perfectly crafted villain. He initially appears tob e no more than a religious zealot, but he reveals himself to be an evil, twisted, self-righteous monster, one who, in my opinion, probably suffers from some severe mental illness. He commits some truly atrocious acts and justifies them all as "God's will." Reading about him was disturbing and actually made me physically cringe on several different occasions and I think this a credit to Land's writing technique - this character made my stomach turn.    I found it a bit difficult to connect to McCracken and his allies such as Johnny Wareagle, the Captain, and H.J. Belgrade, but I think that this is simply because I have not read the rest of the series. If I had actually read the previous 10 books, I'm sure that I would feel like I knew them inside and out. At this point, there's not much need for a ton of character development for these characters, so Land wisely chose to simply focus on the action without talking too much about their backgrounds or personalities. This is appropriate for a book that is eleventh in a series and any confusion on my part was simply a result of me being a latecomer to the series.    This book completely engrossed my attention over the last few days. I dreaded putting it down (I did have to on a few occasions, such as my trip to New York City on Saturday and my grandpa's Christmas party yesterday), but when I did have to stop reading it I couldn't get it off of my mind. The style and plot remind me of the DaVinci Code and its companions mixed with the Jason Bourne movies - it blends history with action and sometimes violence and brutality, and even those are not usually my favorite things to read about, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I plan to look up the rest of the books at some point (my current to-read list is HUGE though so I am not sure when this will actually happen) and I highly recommend that you go get yourself a copy, if not of this book then of the first in the series. This is definitely one that's worth reading!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is my first Jon Land book but not my last. I enjoyed it and did not want to stop once I got into the story. Their is a lot of violence. But they are trying to stop terrorists. The Plot I thought it was pretty good how they took two different mysteries in history and tied them together to make a weapon that could bring down the U.S. Government and make it very believable and real. It was action, drama, thriller all in one. The rest home scenes had me laughing and cheering. I wanted to share those scenes with somebody. The characters are well written and developed. It is the 11 book in the series so I expected that. Though I did not realize before I read it that fact. I liked Blaine McCracken. I was not sure who the bad and good guys were. I really liked one of the twists at the end of it. I want to go and read the other 10 books in the series and find out more about McCracken and his friends. The setting for the book was all over the United States and the world. Time was 1590 to the modern year. It tied the different times and incidents together really well. The pacing of the story was good. It revealed the truth a little bit at a time and you did not want to put the book down till you found out all its secrets. If you want a action packed book this makes a great read. I was given this book to review and asked to give honest review of it in return. Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (December 17, 2013) 536 pages ASIN: B00EP6PBGI
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read his yet...but it sounds thrilling! :/