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Hostage | [Robert Crais]

Hostage

Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.
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Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life by taking the chief-of-police job in a sleepy, affluent bedroom community far from the chaos and crime of Los Angeles.

But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change when three young men, fleeing the robbery of a mini-mart, invade a tightly secured home and take the family hostage.

Plunged back into the high-pressure world that he has desperately been trying to put behind him, Talley finds his nightmare has barely begun, because this isn't just any house. It belongs to a brilliant white-collar criminal who launders money for L.A.'s renegade franchise of La Cosa Nostra. And the accountant's records of the incriminating money trail that lie within will put L.A.'s most lethal and volatile crime lord, Sonny Benza, behind bars.

As Talley desperately tries to save the innocents inside, the full weight of Benza's wrath descends on him, putting Talley and his own family at risk. Soon, all involved are held hostage by the exigencies of fate and the only one capable of diffusing the crisis is the least stable of them all.

©2004 Robert Crais; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    David Houston, TX, United States 07-15-13
    David Houston, TX, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"

    Crais is a craftsman. He melds two parallel plots involving a variety of sharply drawn characters and twines them around a very cleanly conceived and delivered framework based on what seems at first to be a familiar hostage standoff. Along the way we learn a good deal about hostage negotiation techniques, but all the elements are integrated in a way which drives the tension and suspense nonstop to the end. I admire the clarity and detail this author brings to his situations and to the action. His descriptions seem effortless but provide the reader with an excellent sense of being there.

    There is not a lot of depth or ambiguity in this work, but it functions extremely well as a straight ahead suspense thriller. In addition James Daniels provides a fine, no nonsense rendering of the story and keeps us oriented during the frequent shifts of character and viewpoint.

    Listeners who are looking for Crais' Elvis Cole character should be advised that this book is not a part of that series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K United States 08-12-09
    K United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Thrilling!"

    Now THIS is a thriller! What a ride! The characters are well rounded, complex and unpredictable. The author paints one tense scene after another, making it almost impossible to stop the story for ANY reason. It will keep you up all night and in the morning you get to play the Creativity Game -- trying to think up a believable excuse to be late or completely absent from work. I told them I was held hostage. I don't think they bought it.

    The downside of this book is that it ruins the listener for so many others. Great story, tightly written, perfect narration. Tough act to follow

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 10-05-09
    bonnie 10-05-09

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    "Really held my attention and interest"

    When I started listening I was a little skeptical and thought I knew what the book would be about. Much to my delight, the author added more dimension than I expected and by the time I hit the second half of the book I was fully addicted. I will definitely look for other offerings by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-12-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Thrilling!"

    Now THIS is a thriller! What a ride! The characters are well rounded, complex and unpredictable. The author paints one tense scene after another, making it almost impossible to stop the story for ANY reason. It will keep you up all night and in the morning you get to play the Creativity Game -- trying to think up a believable excuse to be late or completely absent from work. I told them I was held hostage. I don't think they bought it.

    The downside of this book is that it ruins the listener for so many others. Great story, tightly written, perfect narration. Tough act to follow

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 05-06-13
    Trish Virginia 05-06-13 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "I have a new favorite author!!"

    I really enjoyed this book--and highly recommend! It was well written, had a great, suspenseful story, and had the perfect narrator. I loved the way the story kept switching from character to character for the different perspective--I know this is something I have complained about in other books, but this author did it very clearly and seamlessly, and it kept the plot moving right along. I was thoroughly entertained, and that's why I love to read--

    This is the second audiobook I have listened to from this author--the first being Suspect (which I loved!)--and I can't wait to see what else he has to offer!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Hostage again? Why?

    I would not listen again. There was so much profanity that it took away from the story. It was a good story but could have been so much better without all the repetitive words.


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    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 09-20-13
    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2005

    I'll see ya in the smoke.

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    "miles away from Elvis"

    This book is tense, with a kind of sharp edge all the way through. If that makes any sense. The Elvis books include humor and some "tongue in cheek" attitude within stories that may be very tense and violent in places. For me this book was a lot like "Cujo" by Stephen King. Very often I would need to put the book down and walk around for a while before I went back to it. Not a book I would want to read (or listen to) at night before going to sleep.
    In a way, it kind of feels like the book was written to become a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Corvallis, OR, USA 02-21-10
    Mary Corvallis, OR, USA 02-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator is the best!"

    James Daniels is my favorite narrator!! He does a superior job of infusing life into the story and changing his voice to match the character's personality. I've listened to several books that he's narrated and all have been spectacular. In fact, I'm currently selecting books from this site based on this one requirement--has to be read by James Daniels. HIGHLY recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 08-31-09
    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 08-31-09
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    "Pretty good - not as good as the Elvis Cole novels"

    I really like the novels of Robert Crais, particular the Elvis Cole novels read by James Daniels (but not so much the Elvis Cole novels read by the other guys). This was pretty good. Not as good as an Elvis Cole novel, but better than average.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 11-30-08
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 11-30-08 Member Since 2006

    Born to read

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    "not stop action"

    this book never stopped. it was not stop action

    I could hardly stop listening.

    Great read

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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