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Edge: A Novel | [Jeffery Deaver]

Edge: A Novel

Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary.
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Publisher's Summary

Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.

Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the “primary” caves under pressure.

The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him—is also an opportunity to avenge his friend’s death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.

As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving’s every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving’s return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.

©2010 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Deaver unveils some nifty new tricks in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.... Deaver’s first first-person narrator, Corte, is an exciting new weapon in the author’s arsenal of memorable characters." (Publishers Weekly)

"Fans of Deaver’s fiendishly clever suspensers... won’t be surprised by the nonstop deceptions, reversals, shocks and surprises, but this time they’re even more varied than usual, and, given the characters’ backgrounds, a lot more plausible. The result is his most successful thriller in years." (Kirkus)

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    Deborah Huntington, WV, United States 11-19-10
    Deborah Huntington, WV, United States 11-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I might have enjoyed the story"

    if not for the narration. The monotone and the mispronunciation ruined it for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maddy Wheaton, IL, United States 11-17-10
    Maddy Wheaton, IL, United States 11-17-10 Member Since 2015
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    "The reader makes or breaks a book"

    I have been reading audio books for years and have to admit that I have some favorite narrators: Scott Brick and Dick Hill. There are also others that are good and although they are not my favorites, I still enjoy the book. On the other hand, a few times I have run into narrators where I am unable to continue reading due to their poor performance. This is one of those times. This book may be good, but the reader really ruined it for me and I am unable to finish it. I may try to get the paper book as I usually like Jeffery Deaver books, but I cannot read the audio copy.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 05-11-15
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting self-talk, gaming theory; bad reading"

    The best about this book is that it IS a Jeffery Deaver book. There are plot twists and cleverness and bad guys out-thinking good guys out-thinking the bad guys. Deaver is a great writer, creating believable, fully-fleshed characters and complicated plots. I fully enjoyed the story.

    It does not read as action-filled as a Rhyme/Sachs story, but there is plenty of action.

    The "edge" of the title refers to the leverage someone can gain over another to make that person do things s/he would not ordinarily do. The bad guys find out who is important to you and threaten them so you will do what they want. That is the "edge." So here we have both good and bad guys striving to find the edge to the other so as to win out in the end. It is a tad overplayed, but still works.

    What sets you back off the edge of your seat is the new area of expertise Deaver has plumbed. As in all his books, Deaver gives us an education into the topic of the story. The main character, Corte, is a board-gamer in his off time. Therefore, you will hear a LOT about old and ancient games, gaming theory and strategy. Some people will find this boring or annoying. I did not. I found it more interesting that I expected, and very informative. This information is given via introspection by Corte, so be prepared for lots of self-talk with no action.

    As you have read from other reviewers, the worst of the story is the narration. His voice and tone are great for Corte and the gaming talk, but there it stops. He cannot change to do the other voices. And his unfortunate hyper-pronunciation-caused reading errors are distracting. I am a lover of pronouncing the "h" in words like "which, whale, white, whenever," etc, but can't guess wHy the reader inserts the "h" into "weapon", and "witch," and a few others. The "wheppon" is the worst since it comes up a lot. But I got over it.

    I try to be forgiving of both authors and narrators because we have gotten, well, too too picky, and because I could not do as well as most of these folks. I thought it was a great story, well told, with a tremendous surprise twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-13-14
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    "Great Story"
    Where does Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    HIGH


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the twists and turns. Guessed the ending wrong several times. Liked all the action scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. S. California - United States 01-07-13
    J. S. California - United States 01-07-13 Listener Since 2009

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    "Painful Listening Experience . . ."
    Would you try another book from Jeffery Deaver and/or Skipp Sudduth?

    Not with Mr. Sudduth doing the narration. His mispronunciation of several different words and inconsistency with the same word made for an excruciating listening experience . . . like someone hitting the wrong key on the piano . . . or scraping their nails on a chalk board. The word weapon pronounced as wheapon was so annoying that I almost just stopped listening altogether . . . perhaps I should just go back to eBook copies of Deaver's works. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is the first time that this has occurred.


    What could Jeffery Deaver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found someone else to do the narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Skipp Sudduth?

    Anyone else . . .


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line was okay . . . wish I could erase the memory of listening . . . but I'm afraid that it was ruined even if I read a print copy . . . it would be replaying in my head.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mhurban 09-04-12
    mhurban 09-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator isn't that bad!"
    Any additional comments?

    Alot of the reviews criticise the narrator, but I thought he was pretty good. I did grimace everytime he said "wheapon" instead of weapon, or "awhare" instead of aware, but other than that, he did a good job.

    I thought the story was pretty good too. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading more in this series, if there is a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-17-12
    Robert 01-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Edge will keep you on the edge of your seat"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It has a very complex story, I don't even think my wife can figure out the ending, and she usually does.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The bad guy is some kind of genius and keeps our protagonist constantly on his best game.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end, but you will have to get there to find out why.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The time where he defied authority and went on his own.


    Any additional comments?

    Very complex plot, keeps you guessing...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 11-15-11
    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting"
    Where does Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was somewhat slow to begin and I thought it might just be a ho hum book. However, as it went on it got more and more interesting and just when you thought there was no more, it had another level.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because there were so many twists and turns.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Skipp Sudduth’s performances?

    I felt he was quite stilted. In the beginning I actually thought this was going to be more of documentary type book which I didn't expect from Deaver. It was because of the naration. It wasn't that he was annoying, just that he was way to stiff.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I usually listen to my books while I work outside, but I brought this one in and listened while I was cooking dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really good book and worthy of Deaver. I just wish it had a different reader. I will listen to it again sometime as it was so interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 09-26-11
    Elaine 09-26-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "Good Read"

    An excellent story very well thought out. The characters are interesting and well drawn. Deaver use continues to develop his use of visual language. I really enjoyed this book. The only draw back I found was the narrators habit of pronouncing w as in weapon with a soft wh sound like wheapon. I found it annoying, but things like that just irritate me. A minor flaw in an excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael E. Wallster 09-21-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Engrossing and enjoyable book"

    Reading the new James Bond novel Carte Blanch by Jefferey Deaver inspired me to read more of his books, Edge being the first of what I now believe will be many! The characters are well-defined, the plot contains many surprises, twists and turns, and the novel has a sort of epilogue that contains an unexpected emotional punch. The narrator of this audiobook has received some criticism for not making his voice characterizations distinct enough. This criticism is somewhat deserved, but I felt that the narrator corrects this and actually improves quite a bit over the course of the reading. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more books read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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