The Tenth Circle (Blaine McCracken Series #11)

The Tenth Circle (Blaine McCracken Series #11)

by Jon Land

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480414792
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Series: Blaine McCracken Series , #11
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 1,100,693
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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·       Land’s built-in fan base for his Blaine McCracken, Jared Kimberlain, and Caitlin Strong series
·       Readers of Lee Child, Tom Clancy, James Rollins, and Alan Furst
·       Military buffs

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The Tenth Circle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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! :/