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've never read any of Joseph Finder's books and noticed on former reviews of other books some customers didn't like Holter Graham's narration. I thought the narration was excellent. It's difficult to narrate a book while making it dramatic and more than interesting, especially when you're a man with a deep voice portraying women characters. I personally liked the way the narrator handled the young, teenage voices (example teenage girl buried alive underground, trying to stay sane and alive) as well as dialects of various characters. I'm almost at the ending and am truly enjoying the audio book. This was an entertaining download for me that keeps my attention. Ooooh the plot thickens. I'm only chapters away from the ending.
I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest throughout. Very well written and narrated. This is my first book by Joseph Finder and I plan to read more.
Nick Heller can outsmart the smartest bad guys, out fight the meanest bad guys, has an assistant who can do impossible things with computers. And he's the only adult that kids will trust. It's just a bit too much and somehow doesn't work for me. With Nick Heller against you, with his talents, I almost feel sorry for the bad guys - in this one-sided fight with a very inevitable outcome ;-)
First time Finder reader and bought "Buried Secrets" because of the price promotion. Really enjoyed the book and narrator. Will be going back to buy the first Nick Heller book, "Vanished".
An interesting and nearly terrifying concept, but the book left me and my partner feeling curiously unfulfilled. I felt the book had great potential, but certain threads simply disappeared, and the main reason for the entire plot when completely explained at the end, made absolutely no sense.
The book is wonderfully read but overlong for the somewhat poorly developed plot. This is not the best thriller available,I'd rather suggest Lovely Bones or some such as a better alternative if you are looking for a thriller.
I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..
I never read any of Joseph Finder books but decided to buy it because of the price..its a great book! All the way to the end it will keep you attention. I plan on buying more of his books!
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.
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