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I have waited several days to write this review. It hasn't gotten any better. The cause of all the mayhem in the story is one spoiled young lady. Just when the story could end, a different teen girl further complicates things.
In the usual Hurwitz style, the book keeps moving. The scene on the ledge outside while a bank robbery is in progress inside, the mystery of why the Ukranians want the contents of a safe deposit box, the struggling hero, and the race to protect two (conflicting) families has twists and many characters.
The hero is believable with his PTSD, broken family, and diagnosis of ALS.
The Ukranians are overdone. It is hard to believe that they only hang out together, are the baddest of the bad, are evil all day long every day, and murder and torture when they don't get their way or for pure enjoyment.
All that being said, it was a decent listen. I did continue to the (predictible) end. I have enjoyed Hurwitz in the past and will give him another listen in the future.
Scott Brick, again, gives a great reading.
On the first page and doesn't let go. We are drawn in from the moment our hero climbs on the ledge to jump, and suddenly we're hip-deep in Ukranian bad guys who sound like a chorus of Boris Badenovs and enough plot twists to make us dizzy. You could bring your critical eye here and find many Oh Please moments, but it's much more fun to just go with it and enjoy the ride.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I enjoy Gregg Hurwitz's books very much (and always like Scott Brick). This was a good one - albeit quite far-fetched. The plot was interesting and had some surprises. I will certainly stay with this author but I don't think this was his best book. The characters were all wonderfully developed - so that is a big plus, too.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I held this book in my library for quite some time before deciding to put it into the queue. I had never read anything by Gregg Hurwitz before, and really did not know what to expect. You always have high hopes, but sometimes those hopes can be let down spectacularly. This book was NOT one of those times. I loved it from the very beginning. I think that, perhaps, one of the reasons that I loved it so well is that it revolves quite heavily around the relationship between a father and his daughter (two of them, actually). Having 4 daughters myself, and believing the sun to rise and set with them, I related to the emotion involved quite easily.
I thought that the building of the characters was not perfect, but that the execution of the story line, and the way that the characters interacted with each other, was nearly flawless. There was action, intrigue, heart-wrenching decisions and situations, and so much more. Man, I just enjoyed this book so much. The narrator was beyond excellent as well. I felt that he really understood the author and what the author was trying to convey with his writing. It is a special combination when that happens.
This one definitely deserves all 5 stars across the board. Buy it, and enjoy!
This is an excellent story and performance, one of those that I wish I could forget so I could enjoy listening to it fresh all over again. I've been listening to audio audio books for quite awhile now, long enough to prize certain author/narrator teams that produce compelling experiences, and I think that Hurwitz and Scott are one of my favorite combinations.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
EVEN THE RUSSIANS ARE AFRAID OF THE UKRAINIANS!!!!
Do not be fooled by the sample. The sample is part of chapter one. Chapter one thru four are great and then... I loved the first four chapters and thought I was in for a great book, especially after reading Your Next. Then the book goes unbelievable stupid. I am capable of suspending belief in a couple of events, but when it happens over and over, it just gets too stupid. Let's start with the bad guy. We get a background on him and he sounds like one real tough dude. You even admire the guy for his toughness and ability to survive the life he lead. Then this, shoot first, ask questions later type of guy starts to get pushed around by a loser, simply because he has a terminal illness and does not fear death. I guess the Ukrainians have not heard of torture, even though they have pictures. There is one scene where the Bad Ukrainian wants to prove how bad he is, so he disrobes in the middle of a restaurant and shows our hero all of his tattoos. He explains the meaning of most of the tattoos. He even drops his pants. Am sorry, but I got lots of friends who have tattoos and some of them are soft overweight marshmallows who would not hurt a fly. There are several more examples where the tougher then Russians, mafia character acts like a cute kitten. If your going to build up a bad guy, keep him in character and dazzle me with his toughness.
One of the more improbable things is how everything just goes right for our main character. He sneaks into a crime scene after the police have given it a going over and just happens to come upon what he needs. He manages to go into a bank and steal out of a deposit box, with security standing over his shoulder. He is questioned by the police and never gives anything away, etc...
The teenage daughter goes above and beyond stupid. I know teenagers don't make the best choices in life, but this one makes so many, that are life threating to her and her family, it stretches belief too far. The parents continue to let her do these things, cause she insists that she needs to be in on the decision making process. Yet, she makes decisions that could cost the whole family their lives on several occasions, without or against her parents warnings.
I am one of Scott Bricks biggest critics, but I believe he did well in this and it is not his fault the story is so unbelievable.
I need to change my slogan to, I will listen to no BORING book and no STUPID book.
Started off great, but quickly fizzled. Couldn't get past 90 minutes. There is nothing engaging about the material or likeable about the characters. The delivery is monotone.
I always hope the bad reviewers are wrong but n this case they were right. Will be asking for a refund.
Scott Brick tries to do a good job with this book but the story and hero are so contrived that it became hard to listen all the way to the end. About the only thing the hero didn't have as an obstacle was having a wooden leg. The book had some redeeming qualities but it was hard to accept the disjointed and irrational behavior of the characters.
I typically don't write reviews but do listen to my books daily. This one moved me to write something simply because it breaks the mold. You start out knowing at least something about how the story will end but that never seems to take away from the steady forward motion of the plot and action line. I really think that Scott Brick's narration nudges the rating above where it might be if it had been read by somebody else. The performance makes such a difference. I was sad to have the story end but loved the ending! I'll definitely be checking out more by Gregg Hurwitz!