Greg Rucka, Author of Thriller Novel Alpha, on KAZI Book Review Today
Today’s guest on KAZI Book Review is Greg Rucka, author of Alpha, a new novel that was described by the Library Journal in a review as a “lean, mean thriller.” Listen to the interview 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT on KAZI 88.7 FM or live online at kazifm.org.
I recorded the interview with Greg a couple of weeks ago and I believe it was one of the best this year!
Book Summary from Greg Rucka’s Web Site
For the visitors to Wilsonville, the largest theme park in the world, the day begins with a smile. But, by the end, they start to wonder: will they escape with their lives? Undercover Delta Force operator, Master Sergeant Jonathan “Jad” Bell has been deployed to act as Wilsonville’s lead undercover security officer. The threat begins with the announcement of a hidden dirty bomb, but quickly becomes something far, far worse.
Trained since the age of 18 to save innocent victims from impossible hostage situations, Jad scrambles to assess the threat and protect the visitors. He will come face to face with a villain whose training matches his in every way—and presents a danger Jad may not be able to stop.
Military operative Jad Bell matches wits and brawn with the bad guys from eastern Europe trying to blow up an amusement park in southern California. He’s happily divorced, father of teen daughter who is deaf, and is expert in hand-to-hand combat and guns. His ex-wife doesn’t love him anymore and thought he spent to much time away from home on secret military operations. His daughters believes the same thing, but still loves him.
The main villain, Gabriel Fuller(his cover name)/Matias, was recruited from the gang he ran by an international crime syndicate at age 16 to be a sleeper agent in America. After several years living in America he’s been activated to lead the takeover of Wilsonville, a Disney-like amusement park. Like Jad, he’s an expert in hand-to-hand combat and guns. Unlike Jad, he’s in love and living with his college girlfriend. Thus he is a reluctant terrorist.
Greg Rucka was born in San Francisco and raised on the Central Coast of California, in what is commonly referred to as ‘Steinbeck Country.’ He began his writing career in earnest at the age of 10 by winning a county-wide short-story contest, and hasn’t let up since. He graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. in English, and from the University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing program with an M.F.A.
He is the author of nearly a dozen novels, six featuring bodyguard Atticus Kodiak, and two featuring Tara Chace, the protagonist of his Queen & Country series. Additionally, he has penned several short-stories, countless comics, and the occasional non-fiction essay. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world’s best-known characters—Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman—as well as penning several creator-owned properties himself, such as Whiteout and Queen & Country, both published by Oni Press. His work has been optioned several times over, and his services are in high-demand in a variety of creative fields as a story-doctor and creative consultant.