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
Allegretto, Suspenseful, Uncomplicated
I would recommend Beat the Reaper to friends due to the up-tempo nature of the read. Underlying mob theme with a fast paced plot, enjoyable to distract from the real world..
His sarcasm brings light to the character, gives him added depth that helps pull you into the story. Well read, easy to like detail from his intonation and performance.
No extreme reaction to the book, was just a nice distraction into another's somewhat crazy slightly out of touch lifestyle....
The perfect antithesis to "chic lit" - lots of gratuitous sexual references; lots of testosterone; no lengthy analysis of sparsely mentioned emotions. Heavy on the action scenes with little regard to plausibility... The shark was this long, I swear!
Maybe. I'd have to read the reviews and see if he remedied his writing style.
Petkoff's performance was fine. It did not detract from the story, but I occasionally found his character voices uninspired.
Avid reader. Native Baltimorean. Older male. College-educated.
Absolutely not. In fact I am sorry I wasted my money on
The ridiculous premise that a foul-mouthed, Mafia hit man could become a doctor and then survive numerous attempts on his life for one. But most disapointing is that the author is overly enamoured with the vilest profanity. The entire story is liberally befouled with the f-word and other references to the female genitalia. If this was a movie, and I hope it never gets to that stage, it would be triple-X rated. I cannot recommend this to anyone.
As along as it is not a Josh Bazell offering of smut.
None that I heard.
I found the writing and the story to be very entertaining. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys action and adventure tales.
A Jack Reicher novel.
he dropped th f bomb every third word. Could not get past the first chapter
From the first sentence it had me laughing and interested to see where it would take me.
It could have easily been cliched because of the mob aspect but the author pulled it off by laughing at character and his predicament.
Never heard of him before, but will be looking him up now.
No. Not extreme reaction, but laughed out loud several times.
Cool book, I was impressed.
A fantastically written story with the same stream-of-thought narrative you would expect from writers like Chuck Palahniuk. Down right disturbing, hysterical, and tragic all that the same time. The length is just right and the story is solid and very authentic feeling. I usually hate sound effects and music in audio books, this was done just right and really helped to bring the story to life. A great listen all the way through.
I couldn't believe that this medical resident was involved with thugs. . .and that he acted like a thug himself sometimes. It was a fun listen--didn't know what would happen next. The language is a little explicit, to say the least. Sort of a crazy book. I'm going to read the author's new book out next month.
I love stories that have little FYI moments as it is goes. Though this is fiction no doubt Josh Bazell's telling in the first person of an ER doctor/ ex-hit man view of what is going on in an emergency room was so believeable I will avoid hospitals at all costs for years to come. Some of the information I had to google it was so creepy. But I couldn't turn it off, the story was intense and amazing. The hitman was a bit too skilled to be believable but I didn't care the story was so good I suspended the need for him to be more realistic, oddly I didn't like the characters in this book none of them were really worth saving when it came to the end, with the exception of a homeless man with diabetes losing his feet (and it wasn't so much what the author did with this character as it was he didn't do, nothing disgusting like all the rest of the characters at some point and his little side story sort of drifted in the perriferal view of the main action, so nicely woven in I have to smile). This book has it all, the Italian/Russian mob, Jewish camps, white slavery, life in jail, courtroom deals, rescues, excellent!!! I highly recommend downloading this one. *it gets gross in the same imaginative ways too so be prepaid for that.
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