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Monday, September 12, 2011


TITLE: Adrenaline
SERIES: Sam Capra, Book #1
AUTHOR: Jeff Abbott
NARRATOR: Kevin T. Collins
PUBLISHER: Hachette Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged - 14 hours, 38 minutes
GENRE: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
ISBN: 978-1611136654


Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams. He's a brilliant young CIA agent, stationed in London. His wife Lucy is seven months pregnant with their first child. They have a wonderful home, and are deeply in love. They have everything they could hope for...until they lose it all in one horrifying moment. On a bright, sunny day, Sam receives a call from Lucy while he's at work. She tells him to leave the building immediately. He does...just before it explodes, killing everyone inside. Lucy vanishes, and Sam wakes up in a prison cell. As the lone survivor of the attack, he is branded by the CIA as a murderer and a traitor. Escaping from the agency, Sam launches into a desperate hunt to save his kidnapped wife and child, and to reveal the unknown enemy who has set him up and stolen his family. But the destruction of Sam's life was only step on in an extraordinary plot-and now Sam must become a new kind of hero.

I received this audiobook for review from Hachette Audio. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. 

Adrenaline is a fast-paced thriller that will leave you wanting more!

Sam Capra is a CIA agent whose pregnant wife, Lucy (also a CIA agent), has been kidnapped after a bombing of the CIA offices.  A phone call Lucy makes to Sam telling him to leave the building moments before the bomb goes off leads the CIA to believe that Lucy double-crossed the CIA and planted the bomb and that Sam was involved in the duplicitous scheme as well. Sam’s mission is to find his wife and clear her name, as well as his own.

Sam is a bit of a smart-ass, and I love that about him! He is extremely sharp, and his loyalty to his wife is unerring. I love the character of Mila as well, the Russian woman who recruits Sam to help her find the daughter of a very rich businessman/scientist.

The pace of book is fast and enjoyable. I did successfully deduce the identity of the mastermind behind the operation, but that did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. Abbott has created a very interesting cast of characters (which I think would translate very well to the big screen, by the way!), and I think this book is a fantastic start to a new series! The end of the book sets up the next one in the series beautifully, and I cannot wait to see what is next in store for Capra! I hope that we will learn more about mysterious Mila and that she will stick around for a long time!

Abbott is a new-to-me author, and I am definitely planning to check out his previous novels while I anxiously await the next Capra novel!

This is my first audiobook narrated by Kevin T. Collins, and he had me totally captivated. Not only did he create unique voices for each of the characters, but his narration had varied levels of intensity that dripped with emotion. I thought Collins did a superb job! 

MY RATING: 5 stars!! I loved it, and I wait with anticipation for the next in the series! Thank you, Hachette Audio!

This book qualifies as:

#55 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
#31 for my 2011 Audio Book Challenge

#31 for my 2011 "Whisper Stories in My Ear" Challenge
#14 for my 1st In a Series Challenge 2011 


  1. Wow, this sounds intense. Thanks for the review Darlene, I will have to add this to my to-read list!

  2. This sounds great I love thrillers with smart ass characters!! I'll have to add it to my tbr pile :) Great review!

    Giselle at Xpresso Reads

  3. Hi, Squeak-Mama Mouse & Giselle! Thanks to you both for stopping by!

    I'll bet you would both love the book! Non-stop action and great characters! Even the bad guys were fun to hate!


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