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
I have listened to a few other Joseph Finder including company man, killer instinct and vanished. I liked them all, and this one is by far the best. A like-able good guy yet not too good to be real, various interesting characters and plot twists. I also love this narrator, he keeps it interesting and is not distracting, its a voice I that matches what I think the main character, Nick, is like.
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.
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.
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
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!!
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Buried Secrets is the second book in the Nick Heller series. It's an improvement upon the first book, and a solid thriller.
Nick Heller helps a friend who's daughter gets kidnapped. There's some pretty good tense moments in the story. If you're claustrophobic, this book will definitely induce some panic in you. There's some good characters, and some pretty dumb ones that make you think "You made it to adulthood?" I thought the villains were pretty good and scary as a villain. Having Mr. Heller as a superhero who kids trust and has friends EVERYWHERE!!!! makes it a bit less thrilling then having him as a guy who relies on a core group, and not people used as plot coupons.
Holter Graham did a much better job in this book then in the first one. Heller's nephew was much less annoying, which made all the difference and he was in much less of the book.
I would still like to see more of Mr. Heller, but I would like to see him less of a superhero.
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