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
This book was well written. The first Robert Crais book I have listened to. It was exciting, not very predictable, and read well by the narrator. It was well worth a credit.
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.
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I bought this one based on how much I loved Suspect by Robert Crais. Hostage is good, but doesn't compare. What turned me off from the beginning was the unnecessary use of GD and other over the top bad language ALL THE TIME in this book, and by the GOOD GUYS. I listened to the end, and now that it's over I still feel kind of cheated, not satisfied like I usually do after finishing a really good book.
The book reads like a crappy Bruce Willis movie and, indeed, it was made into one. Every character is drawn from movie cliches, starting with the brilliant tough-guy cop who was devastated by a previous case gone bad and now must come out from his emotional hiding to save his family. But crappy action-thrillers have a way of pulling you forward by sheer momentum of the plot so there’s three stars. But it gets docked a star for also having that action-movie cliche of the women characters being non-existent or there to be rescued like damsels in distress — only men do anything important in this book. And it gets docked another star for holding back an absurd secret that one of the characters was hiding until near the end; it completely removes the plot from reality and is just stupid. Fortunately, this is an early Crais book and he gets better. Bechdel test: miserable failure.
After reading the five star book SUSPECT by Robert Crais, I was so looking forward to reading another of his books. Hostage was such a disappointment. I recommend, if you're thinking about buying this book based on SUSPECT..... pass it up. The depth of feeling, the quality of writing and the ability to pull a reader into the story is lacking in Hostage. If you'd take a CSI television show or a made for movie television show and write a book about the show, this would be the book. My feeling of HAVING to get back to the story - can't wait to hear more - just wasn't there.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
The only reason I withheld one star from this Crais novel is that I read "Suspect" first and it swooshed me over to buy another Crais book... Which is why I bought and loved "Hostage". It's just that "Suspect" was my standard for Crais and well, as good as "Hostage" is... "Suspect" is even better. Hey.... treat yourself... listen to 'em both... and enjoy how James Daneils creates these characters in your mind.
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.
Very interesting and intense, the language was a little rough for family listening, so I am glad that it was just my wife and I, however she did complain about the language, so beware. It was a good book and I enjoyed it.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.