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Beat the Reaper: A Novel | [Josh Bazell]

Beat the Reaper: A Novel

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.
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Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program-and even they can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey mob. Now he's got to do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time...and beat the reaper.

Beat the Reaper is not just the only work that will be compared to Quentin Tarantino's films, Grey's Anatomy, and Chuck Palahniuk - it's also the most original and entertaining debut thriller you'll listen to this year.

©2009 Josh Bazell; (P)2009 Josh Bazell

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    amy Darien, CT, United States 12-05-09
    amy Darien, CT, United States 12-05-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to believe this is a debut novel"

    If you can buy a character who's an ex mob hit man, witness protection program member, Hospital Physician whose grandparents were murdered for reasons that go back to Nazi Germany (and Bazell makes that a surprisingly easy buy) this book is wildly entertaining. The characters, plotting, details, language and descriptions are masterful.

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    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 11-13-09
    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 11-13-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A Great Time"

    This book will not win any awards for prose, nor will it forge any new genre of literature. What it will do is give you a great few hours of fun. If we could give half stars this would be a 3.5. I have recommended it as escapist reading to several of my friends and they have felt the same way. This book is a completely entertaining way to waste a few hours. Turn off you brain and have a ball.

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    David HULL, MA, United States 06-28-09
    David HULL, MA, United States 06-28-09 Member Since 2014
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    "too full of himself"

    Too much language. Would be nice if there was some warning that every other sentence must have an expletive. The story was OK, the protagonist unlikeable. Seemed like a Clockwork Orange wannabe.

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    Taylor Phoenix, AZ, USA 06-28-09
    Taylor Phoenix, AZ, USA 06-28-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Riveting"

    Embarrassed to say I gasped aloud a couple of times while listening. Narration is top-notch. Can't recommend highly enough.

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    Laura tallahassee, FL, USA 06-20-09
    Laura tallahassee, FL, USA 06-20-09 Member Since 2014
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    "twisted"

    Dark, twisted and hilarious. I couldn't stop listening. Hope there is a sequel coming.

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    Gregory Arvada, CO, USA 06-07-09
    Gregory Arvada, CO, USA 06-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Engaging and provocative"

    Not overrated in my opinion. This story successfully mixed Grey's Anatomy, The Sopranos and Dashiell Hammett. I was engrossed by the excellent voice acting, sounds, and music. There were also interesting tidbits of medical information interspersed throughout the story. I am looking forward to the next book by Josh Bazell.

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    Ren 06-06-09
    Ren 06-06-09
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    "I didn't want it to end!"

    This is such an audible "page-turner". There was excitement from beginning to end! My only problem is trying to locate another book by this author. I hope the Dr. Character stays on the Table of Contents. Great Listen.

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    Matthew Laun 05-27-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Hard Boiled Action"

    I loved the combination of mobsters and hospitals. The writing is very old school noir detective style, but with modern sensibilities regarding language, drug use, etc. The audio production was great, with echo effects in a dark shark tank, nice lead in/out music. Great audio book. Fun to listen to.

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    Michael Lynn, MA, United States 05-20-09
    Michael Lynn, MA, United States 05-20-09
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    "Fantastic"

    I absolutely loved this book. The authors writing style definitely struck fertile ground with me from the start, and I was hooked. I was disappointed I could not find something else by him.

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    Richard 05-08-09
    Richard 05-08-09
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    "Lots of style, a bit short on substance"

    This book is a good read with a great pace and narration, however it stretches its premises quite a bit too far to be thoroughly enjoyable if you're the type who likes to think about their stories as if they could actually be somewhat plausible.

    The author here has been compared to Chuck Palahniuk, and while there's some stylistic similarity, what's missing is Palahniuk's ability to tie all the insane plot lines together in way that's almost always satisfying.

    I'd say it's more like 3 1/2 stars, but that's not an option. Definitely a good drive time book to pass the time.

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