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
"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)
The book may be a good book. A great book, even. It's very hard to tell. The narrator's voice sounded as if he had phlegm in his throat throughout the entire book. That, added to his monotonous tone, made me dislike listening to it. And Jeffrey Deaver is normally one of my favorite authors. I literally had to turn off this book and start listening to a podcast on budgeting and saving money. And the podcast had 1,000 times the vocal inflection and vibrancy of this reader! Amazing!
After reading some negative reviews regarding the narrator, I thought I should wait and check it out at the library. I am glad I went with my gut I bought the book. What a great story, maybe this is the start to a new series. I liked the narrator, I hope he continues to read Jeffery Deaver books.
After several years of being cajoled by my brother to join Audible, I finally relented and joined up with great expectations.
My first book...'Edge'...by Jeffery Deaver and narrated by Skipp Sudduth has almost required that I cancel my Audible account.
But wait...The book selection was terrific. My brother always has suggested fantastic authors to me and he hasn't missed yet. Since the Deaver book was just issued and as I was looking forward to a new book by him and I had just signed up for Audible, I decided that was the one to try first. Wow, was I disappointed. Not with the story by Deaver but the narrator Skipp Sudduth. It was very difficult for me to tell when Mr. Sudduth changed from one character to another and as I srtuggled through this Audible book I also struggled with whether or not to cancel my account. Then my brother finally convinced me that this was only one book and I should listen to the 'Bloody Jack' series narrated by Katherine Kellgren. NOW SHE'S A NARRATOR. I listened to 20 minutes of Ms. Kellegren and that convinced me to stay with Audible.
As for Skipp Sudduth, I think the publisher should find someone else to read Jeffery Deavers books especially the James Bond story soon to be published.
Please, no more Skipp Sudduth.
Who at Simon and Shuster Audio thinks Skip Sudduth should narrate a Jeffrey Deaver novel? His narration of EDGE was perhaps the worst performance of an audio book that I can recall. A dull emotionless reading that reduced exciting dramatic sequences to mere third person observations... sort of like viewing a fish tank that was empty of fish. The voice of every character was virtually the same leaving the reader at a loss to determine who was speaking.
The story was full of so many twists and turns, however, that this is a Deaver offering not to be missed... another Jeffrey Deaver gem!
This is somewhat different from the previous Deaver books I have read or listened to but is just as fast paced and enjoyable as all the others. The narration is adequate for the most part. He is pretty much just reading the book aloud in a somewhat flat tone as opposed to delivering a performance. It is a testament to Mr Deavers skill as a writer that the narrator didn't ruin my enjoyment of his story. One thing I did find very jarring was that the word weapon was always pronounced wheppon with an annoying emphasis on the wh. Kind of like he was blowing to cool down his coffee or something. Why did the director not pick up on this???
Still despite this, i'd still say this audiobook is credit worthy.
Okay the narrator is a little "monotone." But he sounds like Kevin Costner! So just imagine that Kevin is narrating. Seriously, try it. It helps me to imagine an actor in each of the roles. A young Kevin fits the part.
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