Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy” who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times best-selling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that’s both high-profile and intensely personal.
Nick has returned to his old home town of Boston to set up his own shop. There, he’s urgently summoned by an old family friend. Hedge-fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick’s help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped. Her abduction was clearly a sophisticated professional job, done with extraordinary precision. Alexa, whom Nick has known since she was young, is now buried alive, held prisoner in an underground crypt, a camera trained on her, her suffering streaming live over the Internet. She’s been left with a limited supply of food and water and, if her father doesn’t meet the demands of her shadowy kidnappers, she’ll die.
As Nick begins to probe, he discovers that all is not quite right with Marshall Marcus’s business. He’s being investigated by the FBI, he has a lot of shady investors, his fund is in danger and now he has a lot of powerful enemies who may have the motivation to go after Marcus’s daughter. But to find out who’s holding Alexa Marcus hostage, Nick has to find out why. Once he does, he uncovers an astonishing conspiracy that reaches far beyond anything he could have imagined. And if he’s going to find Alexa in time, he will have to flush out and confront some of his deadliest opponents ever.
©2011 Joseph Finder (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
Good process peeling the mystery. I didn’t want to stop reading.
Boy, is he a good writer. I like the way clues are discovered throughout the book instead of a tell-all at the end. I like neat things Nick does to get information. Several of the author’s books are two years apart. I like that. He’s not churning them out in a rush.
I have three complaints. 1. The subject matter was tough to take. A girl is kidnapped and placed in a coffin underground while waiting for ransom. Water, food, and air were supplied. There are several scenes with her crying and begging in panic and horror. I did not like reading those parts. They still haunt me. Being bound and placed in a room would be easier for me to take. 2. Unanswered questions about Taylor. Why did she do what she did at the beginning? What was happening with her at the end? I wanted to hear conversations with her and her reactions at the end. Why did her father do what he did at the end? 3. I was annoyed with several cliffhanger hooks at the end of chapters. I don’t like being manipulated that way.
Some reviewers complained about technical errors with GPS, infrared, and gun types. I don’t know if things were technically accurate, but I don’t care. This is entertainment - not educational. It’s ok to make things up. It’s fun, creative, and imaginative. It’s called ARTISTIC LICENSE. I disagree with readers who want every detail fit for an encyclopedia. But I understand, authors would like to make all of us happy.
I “require” happy endings. And the ending was good for me.
AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR (Holter Graham).
He needs to stop doing weird character voices. He did an awful voice for teenage Gabe in the first two Heller books. At least Gabe only had a small part in this book. Graham also used a weird high pitched voice for police officer Kent. He was weird doing Alexa in the coffin. Sure she was terrified, but Graham added weirdness. I liked his female voice for Francine Heller. I suggest he use that voice for most females, just change the emotions. Graham adds weirdness by holding his breath - or something. But for general narration and emotional interpretation Graham is good.
Genre: mystery suspense thriller.
This is book 2 in the Nick Heller series. They do not need to be read in order, but I’d recommend it. Book 1 is “Vanished.”
Plot and characters are solid. Narrator great. Good choice for espionage. Not a five star bowl you over book but close and keeps you involved and wanting to get back in the car.
I love a good book...
The second book in the series does justice to the author. He has captured one of the fears of a lot of people and used it to develop a sit on the edge of your seat thriller. I loved it. Again Holter Graham did an excellent job with narration.
The hero is unblemished, invincible and ultimately unconvincing. I don't know anything about weapons and so am, in my ignorance, impressed if what is said is true. But the details of the plot are so unrealistic that I've crossed the author off my list.
good story! clever plot line and good character developement. the upward rising tone of the young people is very aggravating. i did not know that the valley girls moved from cal to boston. and by the way, you don't "cock the trigger" on a revolver.
In the thriller genre, this book deserves 5 stars. The narration by Holter Graham is so good I had to check to make sure it wasn't Scott Brick! Yes, the various accents are over the top -- this is a fictional thriller, they should be! He does a great job voicing various characters, and since the book is told in the first person by likable tough guy Nick Heller, the voices should be regarded "as-heard by" his character anyway.
The story is quite good, not too gruesome or too sexual, but also gritty and exciting. I'm a dedicated fan of Mr Finder's and I hope he keeps up this terrific level of storytelling. This is exactly the kind of book I like to listen to.
This is my 4th Finder book and I have loved each one. The story moves quickly and keeps your interest from cover to cover. He's created a great protagonist with the Nick Heller character. I hope that he continues with that character as his lead for many future stories to come; if so, I have a feeling that years from now we will consider that Nick Heller will be to Finder as Jack Ryan was to Tom Clancy... having created a character that readers really like because he just does it "his way," and in the process largely increasing his fan base.
The audio quality was very good, and the narration was smooth. I thought that the narrator did a good job with both male and female parts, as well as the various dialects.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Unlike his previous suspense novels of "civilian" guys in extraordinary situations, this is a very typical super agent novel. Mysteries are solved with computer savvy, friends are experts in needed fields at the perfect moment.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
The first chapter or sooooooo --- was a bit hard to grab me as a listener --- there after it was a GREAT listen with an ending that keeps trapped as a listener!!
Frustrating and unnecessarily complicated at times, however my main complaint is with the narrator. His interpretation of some of the characters was very annoying. Please future narrators, do not end a sentence with an inflection unless it is an actual question! The teenage boy's voice was especially bad; never have I heard any young boy sound like that in real life.
Overall the story kept me interested, but it's a 3-star at best.
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