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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 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.
About the Author
David Wellington lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of the Monster Island trilogy of zombie novels; the Thirteen Bullets vampire series; the epic post-apocalyptic novel Positive; and the Jim Chapel missions, including the digital shorts “Minotaur” and “Myrmidon,” and the novels Chimera and The Hydra Protocol.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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….
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.