Primary Target: The Forging of Luke Stone—Book #1 (an Action Thriller)

The Forging of Luke Stone

Book 1
Jack Mars
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“One of the best thrillers I have read this year.”

--Books and Movie Reviews (re Any Means Necessary)


In the much-anticipated debut of a new series by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, when elite Delta Force soldier Luke Stone, 29, joins a secretive government agency, he is dispatched on the mission of a lifetime: a whirlwind race across Europe and the Mid-East to save the President’s daughter before she is beheaded by terrorists.

 

In PRIMARY TARGET (Book #1), we see the forging of one of the world’s toughest—and most lethal—soldiers: Luke Stone. A 29 year old veteran who has seen enough battle to last a lifetime, Luke is tapped by the Special Response Team, a secretive new FBI agency (led by his mentor Don Morris) to tackle the most high-stake terrorism operations in the world.

 

Luke, still haunted by his wartime past and newly married to an expecting Becca, is dispatched on a mission to Iraq, with his new partner Ed Newsam, to bring in a rogue American contractor. But what begins as a routine mission mushrooms into something much, much bigger.

 

When the President’s teenage daughter, kidnapped in Europe, is ransomed by terrorists, Luke may be the only one in the world who can save her before it is too late.

 

PRIMARY TARGET is an un-putdownable military thriller, a wild action ride that will leave you turning pages late into the night. It marks the long-anticipated debut of a riveting new series by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, dubbed “one of the best thriller authors” out there.


Book #2--PRIMARY COMMAND--is also now available!

 

“Thriller writing at its best.”

--Midwest Book Review (re Any Means Necessary)

 

Also available is Jack Mars’ #1 bestselling LUKE STONE THRILLER series (7 books), which begins with Any Means Necessary (Book #1), a free download with over 800 five star reviews!

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About the author

Jack Mars is the USA Today bestselling author of the LUKE STONE thriller series, which include the suspense thrillers ANY MEANS NECESSARY (book #1), OATH OF OFFICE (book #2), SITUATION ROOM (book #3), OPPOSE ANY FOE (book #4), PRESIDENT ELECT (book #5), OUR SACRED HONOR (book #6), and HOUSE DIVIDED (book #7). Jack Mars is also the author of the new FORGING OF LUKE STONE series, comprising three books (and counting).

ANY MEANS NECESSARY (book #1), which has over 800 five star reviews, is available as a free download on Google Play!


Jack loves to hear from you, so please feel free to visit www.Jackmarsauthor.com to join the email list, receive a free book, receive free giveaways, connect on Facebook and Twitter, and stay in touch!

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Publisher
Jack Mars
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Published on
Oct 16, 2018
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781640294714
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Political
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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A bundle of books #1 (PRIMARY TARGET) and #2 (PRIMARY COMMAND) in Jack Mars’s Luke Stone Thriller series. This bundle offers books one and two in one convenient file, with over 150,000 words of reading.


In PRIMARY TARGET (Book #1), we see the forging of one of the world’s toughest—and most lethal—soldiers: Luke Stone. A 29 year old veteran who has seen enough battle to last a lifetime, Luke is tapped by the Special Response Team, a secretive new FBI agency (led by his mentor Don Morris) to tackle the most high-stake terrorism operations in the world. Luke, still haunted by his wartime past and newly married to an expecting Becca, is dispatched on a mission to Iraq, with his new partner Ed Newsam, to bring in a rogue American contractor. But what begins as a routine mission mushrooms into something much, much bigger. When the President’s teenage daughter, kidnapped in Europe, is ransomed by terrorists, Luke may be the only one in the world who can save her before it is too late.


In PRIMARY COMMAND (Book #2), elite Delta Force veteran Luke Stone, leads the FBI’s Special Response Team on a nail-biting mission to save American hostages from a nuclear submarine. But when all goes wrong, and when the President shocks the world with his reaction, it may fall on Luke’s shoulders to save not only the hostages—but the world.


THE FORGING OF LUKE STONE is an un-putdownable military thriller series, a wild action ride that will leave you turning pages late into the night. It marks the long-anticipated debut of a riveting new series by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, dubbed “one of the best thriller authors” out there.



“Tata writes with a gripping and gritty authority.”—Richard North Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Bristling with suspense, action, and thrilling authenticity, the novels of Brigadier General A.J. Tata have earned the praise and respect of President George W. Bush, Glenn Beck, and the bestselling masters of international intrigue. In Three Minutes to Midnight, he delivers a terrifyingly plausible scenario ripped from the headlines—and the ultimate test for his hero, Jake Mahegan...

It begins with the kidnapping of an Army Reserve officer on U.S. soil. Name: Captain Maeve Cassidy. Profession: Geologist specializing in natural gas drilling and fracturing. Mission: classified. Abducted less than twenty-four hours upon her return from Afghanistan, Cassidy’s disappearance from a Fort Bragg compound is more than a security breach. It is the first stage of a large-scale domestic attack that few Americans could imagine—or survive...

Enter Delta Force veteran Jake Mahegan. The seasoned operative is on a personal mission of vengeance, tracking down his mother’s killer at a drilling site in North Carolina. When he’s assigned the task of locating the geologist, he can’t help but wonder if her abduction is connected to the fracking magnate he’s pursuing. But when a nearby nuclear plant is attacked, and then another, in a matter of days, Mahegan knows it’s no coincidence. It is a brilliantly conceived, ruthlessly orchestrated assault on our homeland that no intelligence analyst could ever foresee—or stop...

When a third nuclear plant is targeted, Mahegan has no choice but to try. If he fails, our nation falls. The countdown is launched. The clock is ticking. Armageddon begins...Three Minutes to Midnight.

Praise for A.J. Tata and his electrifying thrillers

“Absolutely fantastic...pulse-pounding.” —Brad Thor

“I thoroughly enjoyed it...well done!” —President George H. W. Bush

“An explosive, seat-of-your-pants thriller!”—W.E.B. Griffin

“A riveting look at the terrifying reality of domestic terrorism.”—Glenn Beck

“Topical, frightening, possible.” —James Rollins

“A must read for fans of thriller fiction.”—Newt Gingrich

“General Tata’s story mixes high-threat combat with an intriguing and surprising mystery...a fascinating read.” —Larry Bond

“Powerful and timely. Great stuff!”—John Lescroart

“Written by a man who’s ‘been there,’ this vibrant thriller will take you to places as frightening as the darkest secrets behind tomorrow’s headlines.”—Ralph Peters

“Crackling with action and tension.”—Steve Berry

“Full of action and suspense, this is one book that screams reality ... a knock-down/drag-out thrilling look at the reality of domestic terrorism. . Being a retired general, the author knows exactly the right words to use to scare people to death.”--Suspense Magazine

“Riveting . . . Mahegan stands out from the crowd of usual thriller heroes.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Brigadier General Tata donates a portion of his earnings to the USO Metro DC, the North Carolina Heroes Fund, and the Michael Murphy Foundation.
“One of the best thrillers I have read this year. The plot is intelligent and will keep you hooked from the beginning. The author did a superb job creating a set of characters who are fully developed and very much enjoyable. I can hardly wait for the sequel.”

--Books and Movie Reviews (re Any Means Necessary)

HOUSE DIVIDED is book #7 in the USA Today bestselling Luke Stone thriller series, which begins with ANY MEANS NECESSARY (Book #1), a free download with over 500 five star reviews!

A passenger jet is attacked in northern Africa by terrorists wielding RPGs, resulting in an enormous loss of life. Yet U.S. intelligence reports this is merely a distraction, a prelude to a worse terror incident.

A cargo ship is pirated off the African coast, and terrorists are puzzled to find in its vast hold just one mysterious crate. It contains a weapon they do not understand—one of vital interest to Al Qaeda. It is a weapon, we learn, that will inflict catastrophic damage on the United States if not stopped in time.

The weapon disappears deep into the heart of Africa, and as all hope seems lost to retrieve it, Luke Stone is summoned. Forced to cross deserts, to enter jungles, Luke and his team embark on a mad race across Africa, on a suicidal mission: to destroy the weapon before it is too late.

A political thriller with non-stop action, dramatic international settings and heart-pounding suspense, HOUSE DIVIDED is book #7 in the bestselling and critically-acclaimed Luke Stone series, an explosive new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

“Thriller writing at its best. Thriller enthusiasts who relish the precise execution of an international thriller, but who seek the psychological depth and believability of a protagonist who simultaneously fields professional and personal life challenges, will find this a gripping story that’s hard to put down.”
—Midwest Book Review (re Any Means Necessary)

PRIMARY TARGET: The Forging of Luke Stone—Book #1 is now available for pre-order!


It all started with the bereavement flowers with my name on them.



Not the best way to wake up, right? I work in a flower shop. I know a funeral arrangement when I see one.



I know a killer when I see one, too. And one is standing in my hospital room right now, straight behind the man who saved my life.



I can’t tell anyone the truth, because that’s the fastest way to really die. So I do the next best thing. I “lose” my memory. 



I fake my amnesia.



Pretending not to remember a brutal attempted murder has its perks. The killer is backing down, spending less time around me, loosening the noose.



The less I claim to recall, the more my rescuer, Duff, works to help me “remember.” I hate lying to him.



But he doesn’t understand that my memory is dangerous. To me. And to him.



Fooling everyone isn’t easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.



Except it’s starting to look like I’ve been fooling myself.



In more ways than one.



Read Book 1 in the newest series from USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.





“The first book in the False trilogy is a psychological thriller worthy of Hitchcock, keeping you guessing until the very end. Lily Thornton is the ultimate unreliable narrator — after waking from a 14-month coma, she struggles to remember the day she was shot. As Lily slowly recovers, she’s terrified when she recognizes the face of her would-be killer among her inner circle — but can she trust her own memory? With potential enemies at every turn, a twisty political conspiracy, and just a hint of romance, False Memory offers thrills that will delight both romance and mystery readers.” — Apple Books Editors


“…intrigue and dark humor on display in this thriller…”


While the immediate—and more compelling—tension in Raine’s (A Shameless Little Bet, 2018, etc.) heart-pumping series opener comes from Lily’s constant proximity to her would-be killer, the action takes place against a backdrop of secret government scandals. 


Fortunately, Lily’s voice is captivating, wry, and tough enough to sell this thriller. The novel ends with a cliffhanger that startles, if only because readers will have become so attached to Lily. 


— Kirkus Reviews


Praise for Meli Raine’s books:


“Fresh, riveting, and thrumming with emotion and romantic suspense, False Memory is absolutely unputdownable. You need this book!” - New York Times bestselling author Meghan March


“I accidentally lost a day to this trilogy! It is unputdownable. Apparently I'm on a dark-and-twisty binge, and this book is addictive.” - USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen (Harmless series) 

The exciting sidequel to DEAD MECH is a hellride through Europe, Asia and beyond as American Ghost Heather Walton must save her family, her friends, and an all important cargo. The world has survived the North American zombie apocalypse, but Americans struggle to maintain their place in a world where the powers that be no longer want them. And will stop at nothing to put an end to their standing and their very existence!


Haven’t read DEAD MECH? Not a problem! The Americans is a stand-alone technothriller novel that takes place at the same time as the events in DEAD MECH. Read either one first then get ready for the third and final book in the Apex Trilogy, Metal and Ash!



Reviews:

“A very different book from "Dead Mech," but you still have the great characters, non-stop action, and imaginative technologies. I finished it in 2 days (work interrupted me!) And immediately downloaded the final book in the trilogy.”- Beth, Goodreads review

“4+ stars. All I can really say at this point that might make sense is: what the literal fudgesicle did I just read from cover to cover practically without stopping?”- Ziggy, Goodreads review

“Brilliant book, I have read Jake Bibles other Apex Trilogy book - Dead Mech - and thoroughly enjoyed it, and have been waiting for the next part of the trilogy. This book did not disappoint!”- Kay, Goodreads review




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Other books by Jake Bible:

By Series:

Roak: Galactic Bounty Hunter Series

The Z-Burbia Series

The Mega/Team Grendel Thrillers

The Flipside Sagas

Max Rage: Intergalactic Badass!

Black Box Inc. Series

Dead Mech/The Apex Trilogy

The Salvage Merc One Series

Fighting Iron Series

Dead Team Alpha Series

The AntiBio Series

The Kaiju Winter Series

Reign of Four


By Genre:

Science Fiction-

Roak: Galactic Bounty Hunter Series

Max Rage: Intergalactic Badass!

The Flipside Sagas

The Salvage Merc One Series

Drop Team Zero

Outpost Hell

Galactic Vice

Agent Prime

Dead Mech/The Apex Trilogy

Fighting Iron Series

Mech Corps

Reign of Four

The AntiBio Series

In Perpetuity



Thriller/Action/Adventure-

Max Rage: Intergalactic Badass!

The Mega/Team Grendel Thrillers

The Flipside Sagas

Blood Cruise

Agent Prime

Galactic Vice


Post-Apocalyptic-

The Z-Burbia Series

Dead Team Alpha Series

Dead Mech/The Apex Trilogy

EverRealm

Fighting Iron Series

The AntiBio Series

The Kaiju Winter Series


Zombies!-

The Z-Burbia Series

Dead Team Alpha Series

Dead Mech/The Apex Trilogy

EverRealm


Horror-

The Z-Burbia Series

Blood Cruise

Stone Cold Bastards


Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Dark Fantasy-

Black Box Inc. Series

Stone Cold Bastards

EverRealm


YA/MG Novels-

ScareScapes! (middle grade scifi adventure

Intentional Haunting (2014 Bram Stoker Award Finalist- YA horror)

Little Dead Man (YA zombie apocalypse)

“One of the best thrillers I have read this year. The plot is intelligent and will keep you hooked from the beginning. The author did a superb job creating a set of characters who are fully developed and very much enjoyable. I can hardly wait for the sequel.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Any Means Necessary)

OUR SACRED HONOR is book #6 in the bestselling Luke Stone thriller series, which begins with ANY MEANS NECESSARY (book #1), a free download with over 500 five star reviews!

After being struck by an Iran-backed terrorist attack, Israel gives Iran a 72 hour ultimatum: clear out your military bases before we destroy them by air. Iran responds: enter our airspace, and we will launch nuclear attacks on Israel and on all U.S. bases in the Mid-East.

With 72 hours to stop a nuclear Armageddon, there is only one man to turn to: Luke Stone. The President sends Luke on his boldest mission yet: to airdrop into Iran and find the secret location of the underground nukes, so that the U.S. can take them out before it’s too late.

In a mad race against time, Luke takes us on a roller-coaster through the chaotic and confusing terrain of Iran, as he scrambles to find their most-guarded secrets and prevent a war from destroying all mankind. Yet as one shocking twist follows another, it may, even for Luke, be too late.

A political thriller with non-stop action, dramatic international settings and heart-pounding suspense, OUR SACRED HONOR is book #6 in the bestselling and critically-acclaimed Luke Stone series, an explosive new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

“Thriller writing at its best. Thriller enthusiasts who relish the precise execution of an international thriller, but who seek the psychological depth and believability of a protagonist who simultaneously fields professional and personal life challenges, will find this a gripping story that's hard to put down.”

--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Any Means Necessary)

Book #7 in the Luke Stone series is also now available!

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