K.I.A.

K.I.A.

In the empty children’s ward, I have time to think...

I always knew something was happening behind the scenes.The possibility had occurred to me that I was just a paranoid schizophrenic.
I’m certain it’s never been more reassuring to be hunted by anonymous kidnap squads.

About the Book

Hildegard Pine holds her frosty breath on the edge of a snow-filled clearing, watching a couple of teen-aged fellow students being led away with bags over their heads, never to be seen again.That’s the grisly consequence of failure at Truman Academy, the chill-inducing location for KIA.

Follows lead character (and kick as protagonist) Hildegard and her unlikely comrades — Grace and David — from their survival-of-the-fittest beginning at the isolated Alaskan military school to the discovery of a startling secret about their own genetic pasts.

In the process, they cope with grueling physical training and draconian interpersonal conditions that often pit them against both peers and sadistic instructors.

“It’s a fascinating read that moves fast and features acerbic, clever repartee among the intrepid trio as they struggle against both their hostile far-north environment and a harsh boot camp-like school setting”

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Genre: Action Thriller/NA
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Byzantion Books
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: B075F9J9DC
ISBN: 0954729250
Endorsements
KIA is my first shot from a new-to-me author, Alexander Charalambides. The teasers I saw promise a very interesting bits of the storyline so I gave in and bought my copy. KIA starts in a conversational way, making the readers get involved in the protagonist Hildegard Pine's mission. It's the 'wait, I didn't signed up for this, why am I now involved in all of these?' kind of opening. And it ain't bad. The story revolves around Hildegard Pine, her search for her missing friend, her social worker, Jonathan Cooper, which unexpectedly opens a plethora of secrets she herself have never imagined. And Truman Academy, the military academy she was (sort of) unwilling to sign up for became her training ground, her asylum, but more importantly, the place that made sense to her true nature. Though for a fact, I don't like Hildegard's indecisiveness. I mean, who goes to a war without a plan? She's been a consistent 'I'll plan when I'll get there' kind of gal. As for the other characters, I didn't pay much attention as my interest focused on the scenes. KIA kind of reminds me of The Fifth Wave. I won't dish everything out in here but here's the meat for KIA: what if the truth you've been believing all your life isn't the truth after all? What are you willing to do and how far are you willing to go in search for truth? KIA portrays a plot of disturbing the comfortable. Cloning? Human programming? Surveillance? It's a YA version of some of the conspiracies (as it was labeled and told) in this modern world. Kudos to Alexander Charalambides for bringing in a YA version of our most loved non-YA action/crime/thriller books and films. *review also on facebook
Joan
K.I.A. by Alexander Charalambides, is quite the suspenseful young adult story, one that lures the reader in immediately and doesn't let up. Strong characters that you either love or hate, a plot that has some fantastic twists and turns and the pages of K.I.A. almost turn themselves. The ending seemed to leave some questions unanswered so perhaps readers may be able to hope for a sequel. I won a copy of the book in a contest and was not required to write a review.
Hildegard Pine holds her frosty breath on the edge of a snow-filled clearing, watching a couple of teen-aged fellow students being led away with bags over their heads, never to be seen again.That's the grisly consequence of not making the grade at Truman Academy, the chill-inducing location for KIA by groundbreaking author Alexander Charalambides. This first-rate YA thriller follows lead character Hildegard and her unlikely comrades -- Grace and David -- from their survival-of-the-fittest beginning at the isolated Alaskan military school to discovery of a startling secret about their own genetic pasts. In the process, they must cope with grueling physical training and draconian interpersonal conditions that often pit them against both peers and sadistic instructors. It's a fascinating read that moves fast and features acerbic, clever repartee among the intrepid trio as they struggle against both their hostile far-north environment and a harsh boot camp-like school setting. Hildegard reluctantly assumes a leadership role as they fight to survive day to day and discover the true reason their parents have shipped them off to such a dreadful place. What common condition binds these extraordinary teens together, and what will they discover about their enigmatic shared beginnings and their tentative, danger-filled future? Clever characterizations and outstanding writing elevate this Young Adult novel far above other stories in its genre ... At well over three hundred pages, the book nevertheless holds a reader's rapt attention from mysterious beginning to climactic finish. KIA is a storytelling triumph by standout writer Charalambides. We'll be on the lookout for more adventure-packed, character-driven work by this accomplished British author.
– Publishers Daily Reviews.
I believe this novel will hold your attention to the very end with contentious complex plot. But, not easy to solve with it's twisted snares that the characters have to experience in order to survive. Worthy read. However, the last File 9 was very confusing and who is JD, did I miss something in the novel. It left me hanging and unclear . . . does it mean to be a follow-up of this novel. Hope not I would like to just read a standalone novel and not go into a series.
– Kindle Customer
Take time to read a new author, well new to me. Good book, solid writing
– BJ Sikes
I enjoyed this book. Full of twists and turns. Hope to read more from this author
– Pam Harris
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