good story! clever plot line and good character developement. the upward rising tone of the young people is very aggravating. i did not know that the valley girls moved from cal to boston. and by the way, you don't "cock the trigger" on a revolver.
In the thriller genre, this book deserves 5 stars. The narration by Holter Graham is so good I had to check to make sure it wasn't Scott Brick! Yes, the various accents are over the top -- this is a fictional thriller, they should be! He does a great job voicing various characters, and since the book is told in the first person by likable tough guy Nick Heller, the voices should be regarded "as-heard by" his character anyway.
The story is quite good, not too gruesome or too sexual, but also gritty and exciting. I'm a dedicated fan of Mr Finder's and I hope he keeps up this terrific level of storytelling. This is exactly the kind of book I like to listen to.
This is my 4th Finder book and I have loved each one. The story moves quickly and keeps your interest from cover to cover. He's created a great protagonist with the Nick Heller character. I hope that he continues with that character as his lead for many future stories to come; if so, I have a feeling that years from now we will consider that Nick Heller will be to Finder as Jack Ryan was to Tom Clancy... having created a character that readers really like because he just does it "his way," and in the process largely increasing his fan base.
The audio quality was very good, and the narration was smooth. I thought that the narrator did a good job with both male and female parts, as well as the various dialects.
The hero is unblemished, invincible and ultimately unconvincing. I don't know anything about weapons and so am, in my ignorance, impressed if what is said is true. But the details of the plot are so unrealistic that I've crossed the author off my list.
I was/am a great dad, but my girls are in Sugar Land Tx and Billings Mt!
Unlike his previous suspense novels of "civilian" guys in extraordinary situations, this is a very typical super agent novel. Mysteries are solved with computer savvy, friends are experts in needed fields at the perfect moment.
Plot and characters are solid. Narrator great. Good choice for espionage. Not a five star bowl you over book but close and keeps you involved and wanting to get back in the car.
I love a good book...
The second book in the series does justice to the author. He has captured one of the fears of a lot of people and used it to develop a sit on the edge of your seat thriller. I loved it. Again Holter Graham did an excellent job with narration.
If you are not easily annoyed by irritating teenagers this is the book for you. Unfortunately for me there are three of them in this book and it gets tiresome. They clearly bog the plot down. Nick Heller could be a great protagonist, but he clearly needs to stop hanging around anyone under the age of 25. Not nearly as good as Vanished, the prior Nick Heller saga, which also suffered from Gabe, Heller's insufferable nephew.
I love Joseph Finder's novels that deal with the corporate world, so I didn't enjoy this as much as I have with some of his other novels. I guess crazed terrorists trying to torture for enjoyment really isn't my cup of tea. I'd pass on this.