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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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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-23-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-23-10 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Unbelievable...."

    As in not believable at all... So a former mob hitman, who grew up in New Jersey, gets sent to New York on witness protection? And the ending, which I will not give away, is another joke. No one would ever do what he did as a first resort. Other than that though, this audio book wasn't bad by no means. An interesting listen and in particular, I especially enjoyed the way it jumped back and forth from the mob-world to that of the medical-world. In addition, the narrator does a superb job with all of the voice and overall, I'd have to say: if you like a good mob-flick, you'd definitely enjoy this!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan newark, N/A, USA 01-29-09
    Jonathan newark, N/A, USA 01-29-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    Everything about this book was amazing. The author is truly a great story teller. The narration was perfect, and the quality of the recording, right down to scene enhancing music and effects, was brilliant. By far, this is the best audio book I have listened to.

    I highly recommend this!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Regina-Audible USA 12-26-13
    Regina-Audible USA 12-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Audible editor and data evangelist. Lover of fiction, classics, thrillers, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.

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    "Fast-Paced and Action-Packed"

    Beat the Reaper was non-stop action and adrenaline from start to finish, and Robert Petkoff's edgy voice kept up with the tempo. As much as I wanted to love this book, I found the 'protagonist' Peter Brown a bit hard to root for, and the action-packed, mob-themed plot line stretched just beyond my boundaries of suspended disbelief.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 01-07-13
    mindusq san francisco 01-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "Fun, funny, fantastic!"

    If you like Don Winslow, if you like Lawrence Block, if you like Thomas Perry--even Jim Butcher, chances are you will love this novel as much as I do. Like others say, it's part Sopranos, part ER, part scary, part hilarious, part inventive, part ridiculous, a little bit sexy and completely entertaining.

    Go Josh Bazell! Since I live in Oakland I want to go hunt him down in San Francisco and just stand there grinning at him.

    And go Robert Petkoff--geez! What a terrific talent.

    TWO THUMBS UP!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    greg sarasota, FL, United States 04-19-12
    greg sarasota, FL, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple minded, Fun Antihero escapism"

    The book is a fun read if you don't mind the over the top profanity. Interesting idea to have a former mafia/russian mob hitman enter witness protection and become a physician. Enjoyed some of the information imparted from the good doctor but IMHO this is not worth your credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-26-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just plain fun"

    The reader is phenomenal. In fact, I have a feeling that this is one of those cases where the audio book is better than the book (I wish they had not added the occasional music and sound effects -- a bit distracting). The story is like a roller-coaster of fun (and gore). The comparisons to a Tarantino movie are apt. I rushed to download the second novel in the series (and was sorely disappointed by it). This one, though, is definitely worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 08-07-10
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard, gritty, well written"

    Listening to this book is like walking into dark bar in a bad part of town and ordering a pina colada - you have no idea what you are going to get and probably something weird is going to happen to you after you get it. After I listened to this book, which was hard to stop listening to, I immidiately looked to see what else this guy had written, and to my dismay this was it. I really liked it a lot, but that said, it is an adult read with strong language and some sexual content, a very off the street urban thriller with a fast plot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jakup Asanovski 01-28-09
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    "Wow!"

    If I could describe "Beat the Reaper" in one word, it would be WOW! This audio book was enjoyable from beginning to end. It is that good! The author with great narration made every word, scene, and character; imaginable in my mind. It was like I was watching a movie in my state of the art theater room (I don't really have one but it sure felt like I did). The narrator was wonderful that it almost seemed that I was listening to a dramatized version. This just proves how entertaining audio books can be with a balance of great writing, great narration, and great production.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Lakeville, MN, USA 01-28-09
    Bryan Lakeville, MN, USA 01-28-09 Member Since 2015
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    "great book!!"

    I've been an Audible listener for a few years now and listen to over 6 books/month and finally came across a suspense novel that was actually worth the time. :-)

    Interesting characters, great story line, and well written.

    Even though the main character is a Mob "hitman" you find yourself cheering him along thru the book.

    Wish I could find more of this author's material.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Goddard 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I live in the Catskills and I enjoy listening to audiobooks, particularly when I am working around the farm. Fiction works best for me. Reality is overrated.

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    "Non Stop"
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    If you like movies directed by Quentin Tarrantino or Guy Ritchie, you will not be disappointed. The plot goes over the top and the reader can't imagine how things could possibly get worse for the main character, but, don't worry. It gets worse. I could not stop listening. Great narrator and a great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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