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The Program | [Gregg Hurwitz]

The Program

In this powerful follow-up to his action-packed thriller The Kill Clause, Gregg Hurwitz ratchets up the excitement with another page-turner featuring Tim Rackley, a lawman motivated by honor, morality, and justice.
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Publisher's Summary

In this powerful follow-up to his action-packed thriller The Kill Clause, Gregg Hurwitz ratchets up the excitement with another page-turner featuring Tim Rackley, a lawman motivated by honor, morality, and justice.

Called back into the fold of the U.S. Marshals Service, Tim is tasked with retrieving Leah Henning, the daughter of a powerful Hollywood producer, from a mind-control cult. As Tim wends his way deep undercover into an insidious operation called "The Program", he confronts a brand of mind-warping manipulation beyond his worst expectations.

Tim becomes enmeshed with a diverse band of characters, from the charismatic, messianic leader T. D. Betters to a cult reject burnout to the intelligent yet highly vulnerable Leah herself, and finds himself caught in a shadowy landscape of lies, manipulation, and terror. At stake: innocent minds, maybe even his own.

©2004 Gregg Hurwitz; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating...intriguing....Filled with well-drawn characters, meticulous research and pulse-pounding action...easily one of the best thrillers of the year." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Grounded in character and believable detail, Hurwitz's thriller engages on every level." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping read from start to finish." (Booklist)

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    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12
    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Happy to Have Tried Hurwitz's Books"

    I read this one, then devoured all of the rest. Great stuff. Strong recommendation to those who like the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-14-13
    Jennifer 09-14-13
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    "The thought is SCARY!"
    If you could sum up The Program in three words, what would they be?

    Mind Control...Frightening


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Although, I don't believe that cults are that predominant in this day and age, I do believe that we are open to a lot of mind controlling influences. This is a good story to make you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 04-03-13
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 04-03-13 Member Since 2012

    There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story. I enjoy reading others' reviews.

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    "Save your credits and skip The Program"

    Gregg Hurwitz is one of my most favorite authors...but even he is capable of a lemon every now and then, and this is his lemon. I'm so grateful that my love affair with him started with They're Watching and not with The Program because I'd never have given any of his other books a shot. That would have been tragic, which is also an apt word to describe The Program. Halfway through it, I finally put an end to my suffering and moved on to something else. Sorry, Gregg, but this book isn't worthy of you.

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    Anne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-23-12
    Anne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "If cults interest you, this book is for you."
    What did you like best about The Program? What did you like least?

    I like Greg Hurwitz books, as I find he does a good job of creating characters.
    I dislike the idea of cults, to the extent that I found this book disturbing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Program?

    I found it memorable, & a bit creepy, that the protagonist could feel himself being drawn into the


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He interpreted the characters well. His voices, as he interpreted the characters, almost created physical descriptions for me. I found this strange & rather fascinating, as this has happened only rarely, for me.


    Did The Program inspire you to do anything?

    The story's subject matter is not one I enjoy, or even want to read about/listen to. As a result, I didn't finish it ... something that rarely happens.


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    "A frightening story....."

    ....to learn how vulnerable, how very susceptible we are when we're unhappy. Unhappy, because we haven't yet figured out who we are and what we can do.

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