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
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 Joseph Finder's novels that deal with the corporate world, so I didn't enjoy this as much as I have with some of his other novels. I guess crazed terrorists trying to torture for enjoyment really isn't my cup of tea. I'd pass on this.
I've enjoyed all of the other Finder books I've listened to as audiobooks, but did not like this book. Nick Heller describes himself as having an innate talent to read people and tell if they are lying, then proceeds to misread every other character in the book. That would be ok, if this were a joke spy novel, but it's not. Heller is not likable, yet everyone is willing to do anything for him. Based on his secret black ops past, he has contacts that can do anything he needs with a simple phone call, which is convenient but not plausible. It's simply not a well thought out or plotted book. I'd rate it lower if I didn't respect Finder's talent, at least with other books of his.
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.
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.
Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!
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.
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yes! it is an excellent book!
Holter Grahams my performance favorate!
I would name it Buried Secrets!
I love this book!!!
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