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An aeon ago it crashed into the frozen earth. Millennia later it was removed from the icy soil, still functioning. They opened it … they shouldn’t have.Alex Hunter – in the mission that turned him from a normal man into the weapon known as the Arcadian – and the elite team of soldiers known as the Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos must enter a hostile country to rescueAn aeon ago it crashed into the frozen earth. Millennia later it was removed from the icy soil, still functioning. They opened it … they shouldn’t have.Alex Hunter – in the mission that turned him from a normal man into the weapon known as the Arcadian – and the elite team of soldiers known as the Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos must enter a hostile country to rescue a defected Chechen researcher from the center of a country at war. But the HAWCs are not the only ones looking for the rogue scientist and the mysterious package he carries with him. A brutal and relentless killer and his death squad are on the trail too – and they bring a savagery with them that Hunter and his team have never witnessed before in modern warfare. In this stunning prequel to Beneath the Dark Ice, the HAWC team must race the clock to rescue the scientist, prevent the package from falling into the wrong hands … and save the world from a horror that should never have been woken.Arcadian Genesis features a sample chapter from Greig Beck's forthcoming novel Black Mountain....

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Number of Pages : 108 Pages
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Arcadian Genesis Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-03-13 18:30

    What can I say? It was okay. It's just a taste of a modern gun-porn mil-sf technothriller. Stop me if you've heard this before: super-competent crack-team of treasure hunters with lots of guns. Add a mysterious alien artifact. Mix well with Russians. Maybe add a touch of superpowers. Voila!

  • Trish
    2019-03-14 21:29

    I was told to read this prequel before starting with the series (we're reading book 1 with the group) but it turns out I needn't have. The little we actually know about the origin of Alex Hunter's abilities is summed up in the blurp of the novel, nothing is actually revealed in this novella. Except that the author is also one of those that let himself be steered towards creating a wholly unrealistic team of spec-ops guys (hint: there is a British woman here that definitely couldn't keep up). But I liked the "probe" and can't really believe that after everything that thing was able to do, it got handled (successfully) the way it was described in this story. Nope. Aliens gonna be back. Anyway, it was fast-paced, though not overly original. The thing with such thrillers is that I do have suspension of disbelief but when an author can't be bothered to get simple details right (like the British woman on an American spec-ops team; or that the hero is incredibly stupid in his fighting tactics which even I realized and I'm by no means an expert), it just throws me off.I hope I'll enjoy the novel more. I'm really OK with somewhat cardboard cut-out characters, but the rest has to fit and it didn't here. :/

  • Jonathan Wilson
    2019-03-14 19:45

    4.25 Stars

  • Neil
    2019-03-01 15:25

    I started to read 'Beneath the Dark Ice', which I believed to be the first in the Alex Hunter series, when I discovered that 'Arcadian Genesis' is the prequel novella. So hoping that it would give me a good introduction as to who is who in future books within the series. In this book the HAWCs (Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos) have already been formed, under the command of Major Hammerson. At this point Alex Hunter is just a member of a HAWC team.As you might have guessed it is a military/action/thriller, but with a bit of science fiction technology thrown in for good measure. Set against the backdrop of war torn Chechnya, an unknown probe has been discovered, and it appears to have come from space millennia ago. On investigation, it seems that despite its age it still has a functioning power source. Something which could solve the world's reliance on fossil fuels, but it could also be used for military purposes. A scientist with no love for Russia escapes from the research establishment, taking the power source with him.The race is now on as to who will get to him first, the Americans who he contacted, or the Russian special forces unit. If you set aside credibility, it was quite a good suspense thriller, and explains how Alex Hunter became he Arcadian.

  • Veronique
    2019-02-25 16:43

    I was about to start Beneath the Dark Ice but was advised to read this novella first. This turned out to be an action-packed military story with shades of scifi and horror. Its primary mission is to introduce us to Alex Hunter and his 'skills', which I guess it did pretty well, although I have no idea what those are since this is my first array in this world. Moving on to the novel :O)

  • Geoff
    2019-03-14 16:46

    This is a very welcome extension on the Alex Hunter story. It tells the tale of the beginning of the whole thing. It's very nicely priced for a novella, and fills in some pre-story gaps that have, so far, been missing and only hinted at.It's well-written, and the technical aspects are spot-on.At a buck, this is real value-for-money, and if you are yet to read any Beck, this is the perfect place to start, as it introduces the ongoing hero Alex Hunter, as well as giving us more on the antagonist from the first novel (Beneath the Dark Ice).Short, sharp and perfect as a lead-in to the next Alex Hunter release in a few months.Now to wait with bated breath for the release of Black Mountain.Five stars. This novella is a WIN!

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-03-25 20:50

    Although the series is now at four novels plus this novella, ARCADIAN GENESIS serves as an introduction to.the character Alex Hunter, and to the ops group of which he becomes such an integral part. It clarifies some specifics of personality about Hunter, which color his actions and decisions as part of HAWCS. I found the story line thrilling, given its near-apocalyptic-potential overtones. Violence is rampant, but effective in the story context. Oddly enough for a thriller, I found I quickly developed empathy, even for the characters only.temporarily "on stage, " and consequently found my heartstrings tugged repeatedly.

  • Diane T.
    2019-03-17 14:34

    Being an Alex Hunter series fan, I was very happy to come across this story that gives us the full story of the mission that changed everything Alex. The start of it all. I am not a big short story fan but this one was completely satisfying. Readers had already been given the bare details of the story. This is just icing on the cake. Filled with Greig Beck's usual tight writing and fast-paced action, the pages fly by. Thank you, Mr. Beck for this tale.

  • Kirsten
    2019-03-05 17:25

    A thrilling introduction to a brand-new thriller series (at least to me). I don't know how I got a hold of this book. But I'm glad I did.Alex Hunter and his team are tough dudes. But so are the bad guys. (Russia, in this story, is being ruled that makes Putin look like a pussycat.) The future books look really interesting. Special Forces meets the X-Files. Can't wait to read the future books!

  • Theresa
    2019-03-16 13:47

    Short story (0.5) that introduces the Alex Hunter series. This is mission that starts the whole Arcadian Project and explains why/how Alex was involved. Intense, deep cover operatives. Menacing, alien organism. Power-hungry Russian politicos. Add in one impetuous person’s dream of personal revenge and it all falls apart. Has the feel of the ‘Alien’ movies.Fave scenes: the two blankets, the black worm and the final bullet.

  • Lizzy Lessard
    2019-03-02 16:52

    The first thing I noticed when reading Arcadian Genesis was how vivid and complete the world of Alex Hunter was. It’s like the author slipped on his favorite pair of shoes when writing this book. It’s so polished that you’d think Alex Hunter himself was writing the book. Being written (mostly) from the POV of an emotionally detached guy, there is some trouble feeling for the other characters, which is a good thing considering how many deaths there are in this book. And in some chapters, there is so much carnage and chaos that you’re not quite sure who is left alive until the next chapter begins.I must say that the pacing is incredibly fast for the majority of the story, and you really have to pay close attention or you’ll lose track of what’s going on very quickly (and with a small child running around, I did have to reread some parts). Every word counts in this story and by the end of the book, you’ll feel like you read a story twice as thick because of how much information, world-building, and action is crammed into Arcadian Genesis.As far as technical care, Greig Beck’s writing feels a lot like Brad Thor, but Alex Hunter is way less of a ladies man than Harvath. Alex is consumed by revenge for the deaths of his family and no detailed is spared in exactly how he transforms into a cold-blooded killer. Lots of gore and death. No character is safe. For anyone that has read other books in this series, you know how it ends. For anyone else, you will be surprised.*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Priya
    2019-03-07 13:45

    There were a lot of things I liked about the book: The pace of the book is fast and I was involved in it entirely right from the first page. It is a short book and a lot happens very quickly, which is what makes it the kind of book that should be read in one sitting and with minimum distractions, like I did. The story is a great combination of mystery and action. I am normally not the biggest fan of thrillers, but this one is gory and chilling to the core. The character development is pretty great for a book this size and the world created is one of a kind.The thing I didn't like the most was that the book is very short, and for people who aren't already acquainted with the author, it isn't quite enough. For the author's fans, a prequel must be a unique treat! But for me, it was more of an introduction or a prologue than a complete story in itself. As a standalone, the book is a considerably okay read, the kind that I would read while travelling, or in waiting rooms, to while away time. And still, I loved the author's writing style, the theme, the idea of such a world and such a lead character. I guess the reason I enjoyed the book so much is that it seems like a promising series and I would certainly love to read the other books.Read the full review here: http://peskypiksipesternomi.blogspot....

  • Jen
    2019-03-20 13:49

    Arcadian Genesis is a novella, not a novel, and functions as a prequel to the series featuring Alex Hunter and his elite HAWCS.I haven't read any of this series, but the novella was fast-paced and action-filled. The mission of the HAWCS is to rescue a Chechen scientist who wants to defect with important information. Alex Hunter's team is not alone in searching for the defector, and the Russian team has no compunction, no compassion. It is best not to get between the Russian team and their prey.Since I've not read any of the novels in this series, I can't appreciate the information Arcadian Genesis provides, but evidently fans of the series are happy to have some of their questions answered.The first book in the series is Beneath the Dark Ice; the review sounds like a good action/thriller, and I'd much rather read a novel than a novella.NetGalley/Momentum BooksAction/Thriller. 2014.

  • Jed
    2019-03-25 15:42

    Arcadian Genesis doesn't feel like a complete story. It is well written, but it fell a little flat for me because it ended so soon. It is a novella and a prequel so I'm sure the other books in the series provide more details. This book seems unnecessary, like the chapters of a book you cut from the beginning because they weren't interesting enough. The action scenes were brief and not terribly inventive. The Russian spec ops totally decimated their US counterparts and everyone pretty much died terribly. One of the main character, Alex Hunter, is supposed to be the best of the best, but in this book he struggled to keep his emotions in check and made mistakes because of it, this didn't seem like the behavior or someone who was "the best of the best."Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

  • A Reader's Heaven
    2019-03-09 15:52

    This is the first time I have read a Greig Beck story. I was aware of a few novels but hadn't got around to picking one up to read. I now know that I will...This story is set in Chechnya/Russia. An American special forces group knows as HAWKCs are called in to rescue a Chechnyan scientist who is carrying a secret so devastating that it could alter the power balance of the entire world. This story is apparently a prologue to the world of Alex Hunter (the main character in the following books.) It reads well - good character building, tight action scenes (if not overly original), and a clear and definite plot. A great quick read!PaulARH

  • Joe Soup
    2019-03-15 20:42

    Greig BeckLove this guys work. If you love fast pace action with twists that can come from anywhere from Jurassic to aliens and Indiana jones to omega man then you will love this guys stories .This is the prequel to the Arcadian series so get this one first.I would recommend anything he has written so far.

  • Barry Simiana
    2019-03-17 16:28

    I am a fan of Greig Beck and his supersoldier Alex Hunter. This shorter book is a chance to give some insight into what made Alex Hunter the man he is, but stops short of just what the Arcadian Project is. Good story, fast paced and also an introduction to the Valkyren, Hunters elite fighting group. Hopefully more will be revealed in further books.

  • Balthazar Lawson
    2019-02-26 14:30

    I've not read any books in the Alex Hunter series but this short story appears to be an introduction to the series. In itself it's a nice quick read of a small special operations force that go out on what sounds to be a simple mission but turns disastrous.It makes me want to read more in the series so it's done it's job. An entertaining read.

  • Deb
    2019-02-27 16:41

    Finally got my hands on Arcadian Genesis (after reading all the others) and enjoyed reading it immensely. The fast action, the characters and the missions (a little grizzly at times) all make for a good read.You know you like the story when you just want to read on and have emotional and physical reactions to scenes in each chapter. Now for Alex Hunter's next installment - Kraken Rising!

  • Vloiacono
    2019-03-07 15:29

    This prequel was short and powerful. It made me want to pick up the reall first book of the series, "Beneath the Dark Ice". I did find some inconsistencies between this and the first book, but nothing that impacts how great the series is thus far. I am looking forward to the rest of the Alex Hunter books!

  • Howard White
    2019-03-25 14:29

    An intro to a new type of soldier. Fast paced and short the book does not require a big time commitment. The future hero of the series is developed with some insights into what makes him tick. The bio threat is left unresolved presumably for another book. I am hooked enough to read the next in the series.

  • Timothy Vogel
    2019-03-16 16:40

    Was good to see (read about) how it all started. That's probably all I really need to say. It's a good quick read if you're into the Alex Hunter series, but not necessarily needed as a prequel to the reading order of the books.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-24 18:41

    A very good prequel to the Alex Hunter series that explains why the arcadian treatment worked on him only. If you've enjoyed the other books in the series you should read this if possible. Its a pity though that its only available in Kindle and there's no print version.

  • Joe Ganzi
    2019-02-27 14:49

    It sure explained a LOT! Hopefully Mr. Beck will expand on this in future books, fascinating concepts.

  • Mandel
    2019-02-26 18:44

    Arcadian Genesis is a good introduction to the Alex Hunter series.

  • Rita McDowell
    2019-03-07 16:44

    EXCELLENT!Once again Beck grabs your attention from first page to the final punctuation mark! Excellent writing and extremely entertaining! Enjoy!

  • The Grim Reader (
    2019-03-13 13:47

    Really enjoyableGreat intro to what looks like an action packed series of novels. An author I will be reading more from.

  • Kieran
    2019-03-21 21:27

    Only read the 0 book so far, and at present have no intention of proceeding further.

  • Pedro
    2019-03-23 18:30

    The beginning of a great series... Keep it up Mr Beck.

  • James
    2019-03-18 14:34

    Interesting story with several related threads. Obviously the introduction to a series. Will certainly read some of the follow up books.