Scott Brick's narration intensifies the action in this novel.
This novel is so action packed that you barely have time to catch your breath before the next intense scene unfolds.
Love, love love Scott Brick as a narrator. He brings incredible energy and intensity to this story.
the story is unrealistic the characters are not believable, the whole approach of the story is based on creating a negative feeling from a depressed and suicidal person with a personality that is hardly realistic. The mobsters are science fiction characters planted in a country and environment that we can not recognize. The whole environment from the security officer in the bank and absent police force leaves a void in the scenario. The reactions of the teenage daughter, the wife or the wives boy friend, are just not believable, maybe the author has never had a wife or children? The cast, therefore the story, does not hold together.
Yes, there is no difficulty differentiating the characters.
Scot Bricks, has exaggerated the depressive character of the person by using a naration tone of a person who has abandoned all values and is in deep depressed shock, a lost and limp soul who does not have the energy to put the next foot forward once out of bed in the morning! this exacerbates the non believable aspect of the character whose actions are more that of a person with a strong and dinamic personality. This renders the main character week and despicable. Not the kind of character that you want to read about!
I couldn't put this book down once I started it. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept you eager to read more - and prevented the book from being predictable!
If you're wondering whether it's worth a credit - It Certainly Is and you won't regret it.
This is one of those books that I'll read again in time.
Definitely! You will never forget its ending!
Nate is my favorite character. He overcomes a lot, and shows great courage.
He brings the book to life. He gives Nate a human quality. After finishing the book, I was jumpy all night! Don't listen to this book in the dark!
Yes! I could not put it down!
You might expect something morbid when the book begins, but you will be in for a big surprise! Get this audiobook, and you will want to read the rest of Greg Hurwitz's novels!
Its hard to gauge how Hurwitz. Did this guy actually think this plot made sense?
First of all... this story starts out with a former military man 'Nate', on a ledge about to commit suicide. Behind him in a bank on the 9th floor, a bank robbery commences. Nate decides not to kill himself and instead manages to take out 5 of the 6 robbers. The 6th is a wraith and escapes. Now I could buy this setup. But then Hurwitz gets going.
The robbery was all about getting something out of a box in the bank vault. A Russian gangster decides to make Nate rob the bank to get that box. The Russian gangster focuses 100% on Nate and Nates family. For some reason a holy war comes down on Nate. Why? Not totally sure.
I don't want to give away things that come to light far into the story. So I wont. But I could think of much easier ways of getting what was in the bank in the first place. Especially with the resources the gangster has at his disposal. Why the bank robbery? Why care about Nate? Everything in this story hinges on this.
The cops are clueless. The Russian mob is a parody of evil. The plot is horrible. Only thing going for the Survivor is Hurwitz's surprisingly decent writing style. His prose flows. Sort of like James Patterson or Grisham.
This is a sad book that proceeds for 13 hours to only get more depressing and sad. The characters are sad, their lives are sad, the villains are sad... if this were a movie the sun would never shine and it would be raining all the time and all colors would be gray and lighter shades of gray. And then it has an ending that is... wait for it... sad.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
Since I heard Gregg Hurwitz first novel, I've been hooked and I've listened to all of them. When I saw Survivor had been released, I bought it immediately. This is the best ever. I couldn't put it down, which is to say I listened straight through with only a few hours of sleep in the middle. It's an original, not like anything else I've read. Hurwitz combines elements I would never have believed could be in the same novel and does it brilliantly. I want so much to write about some of the things I felt as I listened and how many times I changed my mind about the ending but I don't want to give even a minute of this away. You deserve to take this adventure on your own. I recommend it without reservation. Yes there are some blood and guts, so if that bothers you and you can't force yourself to fast forward through those when they occur, then I guess it's not for you, but there's so very much more to it than that. I hope Hurwitz is well into his next book. I'm already in line to buy it.
But I can't end this without mentioning Scott Brick. I listen to 3-4 books every week and he is one of my absolute favorites. I think he is the perfect match for this book and give him 6 stars as well.
I love books!
First time author for me, suggested by audible. An ill, depressed ex-soldier suffering from PTSD in Afghanistan gets in trouble with the Ukranian mafia in LA. If you can believe it, the Ukranian mafia is worse than the Russian mafia, which means they're very bad! This story is how he works through it all. Sometimes it seemed a bit implausible but, hey, it was entertaining. If you like this genre then you'd like this story.
Good story, not great but good. Got painfully thru 3/4 of it and just simply had to stop. Not because of the story but Scott Brick's narration. EVRYTHING is sooooo dramatic with that mans voice! It just ruins great books and I dont understand why he narrates so many. He can make something as simple as the dog in this story licking his paw sound like the end is near! If YOU like him, then get the book because the storyline and plot are worth a credit.