"If you knew this was our final day together, what would you say to me?"
"Anything but good-bye. I can't ever say good-bye to you."
Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams. He's a brilliant young CIA agent, stationed in London. His wife, Lucy, is seven months pregnant with their first child. They have a wonderful home, and are deeply in love. They have everything they could hope for... until they lose it all in one horrifying moment.
On a bright, sunny day, Sam receives a call from Lucy while he's at work. She tells him to leave the building immediately. He does... just before it explodes, killing everyone inside. Lucy vanishes, and Sam wakes up in a prison cell. As the lone survivor of the attack, he is branded by the CIA as a murderer and a traitor.
Escaping from the agency, Sam launches into a desperate hunt to save his kidnapped wife and child, and to reveal the unknown enemy who has set him up and stolen his family. But the destruction of Sam's life was only a step in an extraordinary plot - and now Sam must become a new kind of hero.
©2011 Jeff Abbott (P)2011 Hachette
I like a good thriller as much as anybody, but this one falls a little short for me. The problem? The "bad guy" dialog is, frankly, terrible. The story itself is OK, but the cheesy talk ruined the book for me. Not horrible, but there are much better out there.
This captured my attention. The writing is good, not great. I expect Abbott's writing will improve and I look forward to more stories about "Sam."
The interest in Parkour or "free running" is very cool and a thread throughout. The only other reference I know of it comes from a book by John Twelve Hawks called the Traveler. I recommend both.
Good read / listen
This is one of the most overwrought, contrived books I have listened to in many a year. And the reader was no better -- in fact, probably worse.. Listening to this was like having showers of flaming daggers aimed at my cerebral cortex, and feeling smothered by tons of burning shale, with pain searing my every sinew, and gasping for life breathing oxygen, while struggling to reach the surface, gasping................., well, you get the point. Bottom line: read something elee.
Story and presentation was excellent. Hard to put it down.
Sam was perfect. I had a distinct picture of him in my mind thoughout the book.
Mia. Loved the Russian accent and the strenght of the character
Pushing you to the limits.
The different voices and accents made me feel like there was a whole cast of different readers. Excellent.
Our reader pro-noun-ces ev-er-y syl-la-ble. De-lib-er-ate-ly. Abbott's story starts explosively with a beautifully described parkour run that seems to promise that our hero will use this skill to save himself or thwart the enemy. I was with Sam Capra thru the bomb and his subsequent imprisonment (not really spoilers). Then the story developed holes large enough to drive a Hummer through. The combination of increasingly implausible plot developments and Collins's devastating reading style made me jettison before I reached the end of the first download.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
I had a hard time believing the narrator was over 25years old. Never heard of pars course....that was interesting. I can see people doing this. The technology part was not believable to me...Robin Cook writes about things like this and I feel it could be true, but not in this story.
I made a mistake, I thought this was written for adults. Your 7th grader might like it since no cuss words are used- instead the author literally writes 'bad words.' Ugh.. Tediously full of - I've got to find my family! I've got to find my family! The book is so namby-pamby. If you like a simpleton who does improbable things with a transparent plot line, go for it. I got it based on some reviews and it's one of the few of the hundreds of Audible books I've downloaded where I felt like throwing my iphone on the wall. The narrator doesn't help - he makes the dumb book even dumber.
Here we go again. I guess that there are some audiobook listeners who want their narration to be just short of a dramatic presentation with all but the stage players. Not I. Just read the book narrator. I don't need a Broadway play, just a book. Chill.
Every few minutes there was a contradiction or an inconsistency of one kind or another.
I know you have to sometimes "suspend disbelief" but this book really pushed it to the limit.
Despite all that the story sucks you in and keeps you involved and entertained if you can get used to the grating, often frustratingly overly emphatic naration.
I heard about this book on NPR and it sounded good. I was excited to see it available on Audible! I just finished the book and it was thrilling to the end. Great story of international (mostly European) intrigue. The book is written from the viewpoint of Sam, who had seen his wife abducted and thereby looks like a traitor to his employer (CIA). Sam tries to find his wife and winds up in a plot line with not just kidnapping, but weapons, trafficking, more kidnapping, and the list goes on. Very well written and enjoyable to read.
The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job with many languages and dialects. Exceptionally well done, in my opinion.
I recommended this book to several folks before I finished it and recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys a strong plot, good story-telling and, for Audible folks - fun dialects as well.
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