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BALLISTIC by [Levine, Paul]
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A Nuclear Missile...
A Band of Terrorists...
And Only Two People Who Can Prevent Armageddon.

When a doomsday cult captures an U.S. Air Force missile base, it's up to a lowly sergeant and a female psychiatrist to prevent a nuclear holocaust. If you like the action adventure thrillers of Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, Stephen Coonts, or Vince Flynn, you'll love BALLISTIC. Available in both print and e-book formats.

About the Author

Paul Levine is a former trial lawyer and an award-winning author of legal thrillers, including "Solomon vs. Lord "(nominated for the Macavity award and the James Thurber prize), "The Deep Blue Alibi" (nominated for an Edgar Award), and "Kill All the Lawyers" (a finalist for the International Thriller Writers award). He won the John D. MacDonald award for his critically acclaimed Jake Lassiter novels, which are now available as e-books. The most recent of the series, “Lassiter,” is now available in hardcover and as an e-book from Random House. He also wrote more than twenty episodes of the CBS military drama “JAG," which inspired the writing of “Ballistic.”

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  • Print Length: 334 pages
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  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1d6630c) out of 5 stars 75 reviews
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d817b0) out of 5 stars Heart-Pounding, Page-Turning Thriller March 19 2011
By Loves Suspense - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read all of Levine's legal thrillers and never expected a military action/adventure story from him, but I'm glad I took a shot with this one. Most genre fiction writers stick to familiar ground, but this one is far afield of the Miami courtrooms where Levine's Jake Lassiter roams. In fact, it's a nuclear missile silo in Wyoming that's attacked by terrorists.

Then, I read Levine's bio and realized he wrote several years for the military TV show "JAG," which was often set on aircraft carriers, submarines, etc. So, maybe it wasn't that much of a stretch. Either way, Levine has written a lickety-split, heart-pounding page-turner. A lowly Air Force sergeant has to overcome his own fears and shortcomings to stop a bunch of religious zealots from being able to launch a nuclear missile.

Levine makes it believable, scary, and fun.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ad9d74) out of 5 stars If made into a movie it would be "Direct to DVD". Feb. 7 2012
By CoachD - Published on
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As a long time action/thriller fan (movies and books) I was looking forward to reading "Ballistic". One reviewer labeled it as "Die Hard in a Missile Silo". That's the ticket I thought! Seeing how "Die Hard" is my all-time favorite movie ever. I have a beat up paperback copy of Nothing Lasts Forever (The book that inspired the movie Die Hard) by Roderick Thorp. I plan to get this book in Kindle format as well. With that background behind me and having read the four 5-star reviews posted, I jumped into "Ballistic".

To me, it was an "okay" book. I would call it "Die Hard Lite". I am sure the author can write suspenseful novels featuring a former football player as a lawyer, but action just does not seem to be his thing. And certainly NOT military style action. My biggest gripe would be the casual relaxed (good ole boy) attitude that ALL the military characters displayed. Almost as if they were all civilians who dressed up occasionally as soldiers/airmen and just pretended to be in the military. Yes, I understood the story would be a little over the top, but I never sensed the military discipline or dedication in any of the characters. I think a 5-star rating is way too generous and even a 4-star rating would give you the wrong indication of how I feel. I think 3-stars just about sums it up pretty good. This is an average action story that if this was a movie, it would be a low cost "Direct to DVD" type movie.

To see where I am coming from, check out my other reviews and see the types of books I enjoy reading and the ratings I have posted.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d70960) out of 5 stars Horrible Sept. 24 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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I always thought that a writer should write about something the writer knew about. Mr Paul Levine has ABSOLUTELY no knowledge of the Peacekeeper missile, the missile systems within the USAF, nor the USAF missile command structure. He also has a disparaging and contemptuous attitude toward the military and military personnel. It was a good thing that the Kindle edition was free when I obtained this piece of trash, otherwise I would be a very upset reader. Unfortunately, I must rate this; however there are no negative stars so I must (under penalty of not having it published) rate it one.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By K. Bartenetti - Published on
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I was in the Air Force and part of the Peacekeeper Deactivation. Please, do not read this book if you have ever been in the military, studied military tactics, read a book about the military, seen a movie about the military, or ever said the word "military" out loud. I forced myself to read the first half of this book, then I contemplated using my kindle as a coaster for the many drinks that it will take to forget this failure. It is obvious that the author did not do any research beyond 5 minutes of Wikipedia surfing. The inaccuracies are astounding. If you want poorly developed characters, an unbelievable story, and pages upon pages of dry detail then this is the book for you. If you're more than 10 years old, and not searching for a story that even Steven Seagal would turn down, keep looking.

Paul, if this was intentionally written to protect the Airman and Assets then I say bravo! Anyone reading this with the intent of gaining knowledge of our nuclear capabilities and the tactics used in their protection will be left disappointed. If this was simply artistic freedom, then I suggest you begin writing Where's Waldo books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ff0b58) out of 5 stars On second thought Feb. 25 2013
By Sgt. Greywolf - Published on
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This one had been in my Kindle for while and finally decided to give it a whirl. At about chapter 4 I thought, 'nope' ain't gonna spend any more time on it. Then On Second Thought ... I gave it a few more to see if it hooked me. OUCH ... it hooked me alright. Didn't stop until I finished it. The military characters were a bit 'un' military, but the action, the plot and the dialogue kept me turning pages. So if you decide to crack this one open, don't let the first few chapters dissuade you from marching on ... you won't be sorry.