Oh, my goodness! The suspense was great! This book caused me to seek more by Gregg Hurwitz, and read by Scott Brick.
The surprising plot. I was guessing some kind governmental experiment gone bad affecting Mike and his family. I enjoyed Shep's character he was quietly funny, wry, and very matter of fact.
Yes but only when I was about a third of the way through the book. I almost stopped listening after the first couple of chapters but the reviews of the book had been good so I continued on.
The voice of the narrator was the weakest part of the book. It was grating, whiny (instead of angry), and annoying. I put my audio speed on 1.5 to take the edge off.
In the despair, anger, and frustration that the characters suffer in much of this book I loved the "not a hallmark moment" line. My only extreme reaction was the beginning of the book and being frustrated that I paid money to listen to bad narration.
Greg Hurwitz must think publishers pay by the word When I read a book I can skip over the "extras" but that's not an option with an audio book. I did bump up the speed of the reading just to get things moving. When I got to the scene when Dodge and William have Mike I increased the speed to 2.5 just to get past the never-ending scene.
Great author and a great narrator....loved the story and the narration.
Receieves the coveted Storm Seal of Approval!
You will not be disappointed.
thrilling, exciting, real
The story was so true to life. The characters were very believable.
The performance was easy to follow the different characters voices.
It made me want to cry.
I am going to get more of his books.
This book had a good story line and I enjoyed the way it was written.
The narration of the book left a lot to be desired. Scott Brick would make a good narrator for a children's book. If you wanted to put the child to sleep. He sounds like he is reading every line of the story as the last line of a bedtime story,
I would have loved to listen to the story all in one sitting but I couldn't sit and listen without falling asleep because of the way the narrators voice droned.
After the big build-up and big letdown of "1Q84", and the lackluster storyline of "Stolen Prey", it was VERY refreshing to find a book with a perfect blend of raw action, emotion, and mystery. Like the other reviewers, I didn't want to stop listening. Gregg Hurwitz never lets up! I've grown so tired of reading books (and even watching movies) with little-to-no conflict. Undercover agents, Colombianas, and average Joes turned superhero assassins where their biggest challenge is a fight sequence with a "final boss" that lasts more than three minutes. Boring... As soon as the characters in this novel make it out of one situation, they're knee deep in another. And Hurwitz writes in such an enthralling way that I found myself "worried" for the safety of the characters. Normally I'm left wanting and wishing for some... ANY type of harm or compromising situation to be unleashed upon a main character just so they can have an obstacle to overcome. For once in a long time I've been satiated; even left imploring for Mike's success, and I couldn't be more satisfied.
On another note, the narrator did annoy me at first. I couldn't get adjusted to his cadence and grave tone for any non-dialogue text. That was, until I listened to a sample of Audible's other listing of this book by a different author (they've since removed it, but he was horrible). Scott Brick grew on me, and his voice differentiation was pretty good, especially with Shep. I couldn't get enough of Shep's voice! It perfectly portrayed the dangerous, yet listless expression of his character.
I did have trouble following Hurwitz's action scenes sometimes though. I like his descriptive wording and how he shows instead of tells (unlike the action sequences in an awful James Patterson novel), but I'm not sure if it was because of Brick's reading or what. I had to rewind the hospital scene a couple of times. And I don't know why people are complaining about gratuitous violence. They must have stopped watching TV after 1996. This book's action has nothing too over-the-top, is certainly plausible, and so gripping that at times I found myself talking back to the speakers in my car. Do not pass this one up!
So many stories are predictable, you see whats coming, not with this story.
Shep or the daughter....hard to choose
Scott Brick did a fantastic job at all the characters...
Have been an avid reader all my life. Started with comic books and had read all Shakespeare's plays & most sonnets by 10th grade. Average reading or listening to a new book ever 2 or 3 days.
This story will keep you guessing right up the the very end! Hurwitz has broken out of the typical thriller genre plot and come up with an engrossing and believable story that has you wondering what is happening and why all the way through the book.
I don't want to give away anything so won't go into the story itself other than to say I stayed awake all night to finish the book.
Scott Brick in not one of my favorite readers but he has out done his usual droning performance in this story. This is easily his best performance that I've heard.
This book is well worth the price of admission.