Alias: The Pursuit (Prequel Series #5)

Alias: The Pursuit (Prequel Series #5)

by Elizabeth Skurnick

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Michael Vaughn’s father left him a legacy: A calling to a world filled with necessary lies. Dangerous exploits.

And the chance to make a difference.

Michael is ready to be an agent for the CIA. To do whatever it takes to honor his father’s memory.

But serving his country will exact a toll higher than he can imagine. His life will change forever.

And so it begins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375890406
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/09/2003
Series: Alias Series , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,035,616
File size: 137 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lizzie Skurnick has written a number of novels in the Sweet Valley University and Love Stories series, and has taught creative writing at Johns Hopkins University.

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The puck smashed into the goal like a grenade exploding.

Making a quarter turn with his stick, Michael deftly flipped a new puck onto the ice from the quickly emptying bucket at his feet. Moving like a low-flying plane, he approached the goal and crossed the bar. Before another second had passed, an orange puck had smashed almost through the nubbly gray net and joined the other pucks scattered at the bottom of the goal.

At least I can still aim, Michael thought, looking with satisfaction at the growing constellation of pucks that had shot back onto the ice after being pounded inside the bounds. Too bad I’m fifty thousand times too slow to be the next Wayne Gretzky.

In the cold air of the rink, Michael’s breath made plumes of smoke as he skated over to his bag to take a swig from his water bottle. Though at this point, I’d be happy to take a job cleaning the ice.

He surveyed the rows and rows of darkened seats that surrounded the rink. His loud, ragged breathing was the only sound in the place, that and the hum of the overhead fluorescents. Michael always snapped the lights on when he had these late-night practice sessions at Orca, an indoor ice rink with distinctive black-and-white patterning.

Michael took a long pull from his water bottle and placed the cap back on. A low, groaning sound suddenly seemed to rise from the benches around him, like a beast slowly waking. Michael tensed, snapping his head around to find the cause. Then his shoulders relaxed. The groan, he realized, had come directly from him.

Before Michael could stop it, another groan escaped, this one like the whoosh of air escaping a tire. He began to pound his chest as if he were having a choking fit. It seemed like the first real exhalation he had allowed himself in months, but for some reason, he was afraid. If he let himself feel anything right now, he might discover that he was filled with enough rage to smash up the whole arena.

Well, isn’t that what hockey players are supposed to do? he thought, surprised to find a small smile making its way across his features, like a hiker clambering over unfamiliar terrain. Maybe I’m cut out for a life on ice after all.

A life on ice was right. Ever since he’d reached the spring of his senior year at Georgetown University, that’s how he’d felt—shelved, on hold. Michael smiled again. This was easily his first real smile in months. Or at least his first real smile since he’d finally accepted the fact that no matter how hard he’d worked to fit the profile and prepare himself for his chosen career, no matter who his father was, the CIA just wasn’t going to respond to the application he’d sent them nearly a year ago.

They hadn’t even sent a form letter to acknowledge receipt.

Cursing and mumbling under his breath, Michael grabbed his bucket and skated back out onto the ice to begin the tedious task of rounding up all the pucks. Kneeling down to grasp one that had lodged under the skeleton of the goal, he slipped, then found himself sprawled out nearly full length under the battered hood, his ear smarting where he’d winged the side of the goal on his way down.

Michael looked up at the ceiling, the bulbs of the hanging orbs blinding him momentarily.

Now I’m really on ice, he thought. And the CIA’s sent my application to the penalty box.

* * *

It had been a long, hot summer in D.C. A long senior year, in fact. And it would have been even longer without Nora.

Except now Nora was gone.

Michael had spent the fall like most Georgetown seniors: hanging out with friends, getting recommendations from all his best professors lined up, and of course, attempting to dutifully attend all the classes that suddenly seemed a little more voluntary now that it was all coming to an end. Luckily, Michael was a natural grind—finished with most of his coursework, he had picked up advanced classes in French, Italian, and Spanish, then blown by his classmates. Raised bilingual, with a French mother and an American father, Michael had always found Romance languages a breeze.

Until the first semester of his senior year, when he’d met Nora, Michael had felt only a vague impatience for college to end so that his career with the CIA could begin. But after he met Nora, it was almost as if he had split in two: There was the Michael who loved hanging out with his pretty, smart, sophisticated girlfriend, and there was the Michael who was planning to work for the American government the minute they got their act together and came for him.

Needless to say, the two Michaels had never even been introduced.

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Alias: The Pursuit (Prequel Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Alias, I cannot help it. I found Alias through the Blockbuster mailing Netflix wanna be program and fell in love. It was during the third season on television and my roommate and I got all of them and would watch it for hours as a marathon until we ran out of discs and then would run to the mailbox to mail them off and wait two days until the next influx of discs would come. It was completely addictive and made me forget about my depression. The only anti-depressive I have ever had to work, other than my husband's smiles, cheesy I know. But I think it is because in every single episode things can change so quickly an emotions go on a fast roller coaster and almost always end well. I think that my emotions follow them and I forget my reality of being depressed for no good reason and I'm whatever the emotion is at the end of the episode. Now that I have found the books it is as if it continuing and I'm very excited and I do love them. If you didn't like the TV show, then you just don't understand. Either you get it or you don't, that's just the way it is.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a book report in school and I would reccomend it to anyone who likes James Bond novels. The book was ok, and I would read another one but there are other books that could be better than this. This is not a must read, but it is a book that is easy to read and great for a book report.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Alias books up to Father Figure. I'm reading it now. I love them all and fly through them, howevever, I wish I had skipped this one. It went on and on without any real excitement. I couldn't make it through a chapter without getting bored. I finally finished it when I was stranded on a 6 hour flight. I started reading Close Quaters immediately afterwards and was so relieved that it was much better. I realized, however, that it was pointless to have read Pursuit because they give you all the background info you need in Close Quaters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing i absolutely loved it it showed backround on Vaughn that you dont get from the show 5 stars all the way!!! written by an ALIAS FANATIC
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was and enticing book for me because I'm so interested in Vaughn. Without him, I would never watch Alias.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book since you get to understand and know more about Michael in this series. He is an excellent agent who does his job well. He definitely falls for every woman whom he gets close to at times. Each book gets better and better every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think it was to boring, and it took me a really long time to get through it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books so far! i love how it is about Michael because in the show you dont really get any insite from him in the show. you find out how he really thinks and how he does on missions! i twist twords the end caught me! i loved this book! i am on my way to get the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vaughn makes Alias! Without him there would be no point in watching the show. I've got to get this book because it's about him. At the end of Alias series 1 what happend to Vaughn? I missed the first episode of the second series, What happend to him because the last thing I saw at the end of series 1 was him trapped and about to drown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The books comes out today and I cant wait to get it. The cover sold me!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yummy. .. oh Michale is a hottie and a joy to have a book about his sexy character. I am just a teenage girl in love with him and with Alias, the hit TV show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Claire, I couldn't agree with you more. The other Alias books were great but just having it be about Vaughn makes it even better. Even though it's not out yet and I haven't read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes!!! At last, a book about Vaughn. I have been waiting for this for a long time. If Vaughn is in it, It is going to be a great Book!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Looks like another great book!! Hope theres more of them!!! I've read all 4 of the books from the series, so far. They kept you on the edge of your seat. I would recommend this book to any reader who loves fiction. I can't wait to get my hands on another book because I couldn't put the others down!!!! Plus the t.v. series was awsome!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have not read yet, the book isn't even out yet but if he's on the cover im buying and i know it's gonna be good.