My first read of this author and will not be my last. So many books contain bits and pieces of other stories we all have read before but Hurwitz really made many of these characters very interesting. The only complaint I had was the daughter of our hero. Did some very stupid preditable things and her emotion state was not a consistent. Found myself saying No way....she didnt do that or say that....
One of the most depressing books I have ever read. If you're thinking you are going to cheer on a hero that comes out of nowhere to save the day (aka "Die Hard") forget it. Nate is just a perpetual victim who can never seem to get it done. He is a victim of his family (who hates him), of his disease (which has come to define him), the bad guys (who want to kill him) and the police (who want to arrest him). But unlike, say, Bruce Willis in "Red" who always manages to find a way to overcome those difficulties, Nate always seems to find a way to fail. Just when you think, ok, finally he is going to be a hero again something manages to cause him to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Even his final victory is almost as much defeat as it is victory.
Scott Brick is the perfect narrator for this story. His accents are spot on and Brick has a way of being able to make anything sound depressing. I would have given him 5 stars for performance except he did too good a job at depressing me.
In short, if you are a fan of the genre where every possible thing that can go wrong does go wrong and absolutely no-one is ever happy (kind of like a daytime soap opera) you might actually love this story. If you are looking for good old action packed escapism, forget it!
I should of known that a book that begins with a suicide attempt would be depressing. It was. I was looking for an action/adventure thriller. What I got was a lingering tale of depressing people in depressing circumstances. Did I mention that this book is depressing?
Liked the main character Nate, and his wife. Daughter portrayed as quite unpleasant though her parents thought her special....
Author chose wrong disease for Nate:
ALS is very debilitating though Nate able to pull off amazing stunts while allegedly at death's door! Mostly one horrible torture story followed by unreal escape.
This is a wonderful book! On top of the great story, pacing and writing there is something here that has been missing from novels for a long time now--A good guy! The anti-hero thing is getting really old. The malaise, depression, and unending self introspection will be gone from my library for a while. That is if Mr. Hurwitz stays true to this form and of course
Scott Brick reads it
This was one of the most suspenseful books I've listened to yet, from start to finish. Of course Scott Brick does the usual outstanding performance.
I hope I can return this book. I didn't like it for a few chapters, but thought it might improve. The only word I can use to describe the point where I turned it off for good is DISGUSTING. I can't believe Scott Brick would associate himself with such gore and gruesome garbage.
Dark, depressing, emotionally exhausting & worth it. One of best books I've read. Almost stopped after 1st. chp. but kept with it through every gut wrenching chp.
Enjoyable book, very well read. Character development was very good in the beginning, however the story lost luster for me in the middle. It just seemed like there was one violent encounter after another between the two main protagonists. I just do t know how many times two people can meet, go at each other, then escape, only to go back at it a few chapters later.
The beginning and the end were well developed, even if the end came up very quickly.
The writing is decent - draws out suspense too much but has good dialogue part of the time. If you are looking for something to pass the time, it should do the trick.