I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
Although I really like Gregg Hurwitz and his books are always turbo charged, there are times when his exchanges between the main characters get maudlin and overextended. This is not helped by Scott Brick's feeble attempts at voicing the sensitivity being expressed. (listening to two Scott Brick books in a row is like nails on a chalkboard) Although character development is not at the top of the list in books like this, Gregg Hurwitz has done a better job than most in this genre. However, the characters in this book often become cardboard when they have sudden behavioral changes that help the protagonist out. For example, his estranged father suddenly decides to help Nate after a fifteen year absence. Nate himself suddenly becomes dedicated to his daughter after ignoring her for five years. All this is explained away by his decision to not commit suicide but I didn't buy it. The extended love scenes between Nate and his wife became so annoying that I had to turn the book off or else be drowned in butterscotch. Also, the entire storyline of the book, that Nate had to obtain the contents of the bank security box was absurd. The villain could have easily gone into the bank several weeks later with a new crew and retrieved the contents himself. One of the best parts of the book was the manner in which Hurwitz nailed the personality of a 15 year old girl in LA. She was so totally obnoxious, so totally self-absorbed and so totally out of control that how Nate could even stand to be around her was a fantasy in itself. Why he would sacrifice his life for her was beyond me. I also thought the way that PTDS soldiers were treated was a disgrace. Dumping these poor guys because they are psychologically damaged is like divorcing the guy because he has no legs. Yeah, he's scaring the daughter. So what! That's the sacrifice we all make for those who put themselves in harms way. I also thought that the ability of the Ukranians to track every step of Nate's was somewhat contrived. It reminded me of the movie, "Enemy of the State". I could see it if the tracking agency was Governmental but a small group of foreign thugs? Nah! After reviewing this comment, I'm not sure it deserves the four stars I gave it but, on the whole, if one's cynicism is suspended, its a good hurricane read.
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.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, a tad manipulative and emotive, but whoa! what a fast paced and different listen. I don't want to reveal anything so I'm not going to touch the plot. The title is hint enough. I have not liked Scott Brick in other places and times… This time, I get his fan appeal. Gosh he's atop this read. He was virtually invisible and his characters instead played around my imagination with power.
Yep, this is a taut thriller with twists that frequently made me mutter, "Oh!". I'm off to find another Gregg Hurwitz and I've referred it to two friends already, only hours after it ended audibly, but I'm sure these characters won't stop careening around my mind for a while.
My husband (who only reads nonfiction) and I are currently listening to The Survivor. We take trips in our car, and dream up places to go, just to listen to this book. It's outstanding!!
I love Scott Brick. His voice is so soothing. This story is so gripping ans suspenseful and I loved the juxtaposition of the two opposites.
Suspenseful, kept interested, felt part of the story, could feel his pain and love for his family. Felt the freedom he had when it was over.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
This is a very good listen with an unusual twist. The hero is going to die in the end and you know that from almost the first page. Forced into an act of heroism as he is contemplating his suicide, Nate Overbay is your typical ex marine who knows how to use a gun, but is reluctant to do so. Since he knows he is dying there is not much that can really scare him, and he actually prefers a sudden end over a long painful death from illness. When the bad guys threaten him, he could care less, and it is only when they threaten his family that he becomes violent. If you like Jack Reacher books, you will probably like this. As usual Scott Brick does a great job at narration.
This mystery/thriller novel was fun from start to end. It grabbed me from the first exciting scene and never let go. That rarely happens with thrillers with me. I should say that this book is not close to realistic. Instead, it so obviously pushes every emotional button a book can, all in one book, and it succeeded with me. The "buttons" include threats to family, military PTSD, terminal illness, being framed for a crime, and parental estrangement. The plot twists and action are nonstop, and I really liked the good guys and hated the bad guys. If you are looking for a beach-read page turner, you might like this to listen to. Scott Brick is a great reader and so easy to listen to, but his voice was slightly more sophisticated than the main character in this novel, and so he was not a perfect fit. Still good, though.
I enjoyed this thriller/mystery about an ex-soldier suffering the after effects of a tour of duty in Iraq. He is suffering PTSD, depression and carrying an ALS death sentence. His military training kicks in when he faces a crises even though he is in middle of his own depressing episode. He becomes the town's hero but his real trouble has just begun. This is a real cliff hanger/thriller. I couldn't stop reading. I was holding my breath that this Good Samaritan will overcome the complications in his life and receive a redeeming medical diagnosis. I didn't see the ending coming until the very last minute. The entire drama had some comedic relief but not much. It was intense from beginning to the very end.
I am a Lee Child's Reacher fan and love narrator Scott Brick....Brick performed this novel so well that I did not think of Reacher once! and that's saying something... Recommend.
This is one of the very few books I stopped listening to. There is no one in the book to like and the plot is absurd! The main character's situation just kept getting worse and more horrific. There are no redeeming features in the first 2 hours of listening.