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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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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 07-11-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 07-11-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Good, but the Ending is Without Suspense or Climax"

    I liked this book until the ending. . . then it was so anti climactic there was hardly a need to finish listening to the last 45 minutes. Too bad, because it had great potential and good narration. The story built and built and then just collapsed on itself with predictable events that made for an oh so happy ending. Too, too bad. Three stars at best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 05-05-13
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly entertaining."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostage to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but found the audio version to be wonderful. I loved the narrator. His voice is not craggy or accented. His reading is clear and not marred by mispronunciation. I was hooked from the very beginning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This book is full of excitement and surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Robert Crais. I was drawn in almost immediately. I really cared about the main character. The plot has turns that were truly surprising. Nothing was really over the top. Great story. Hope to read more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 04-27-13
    Sharon United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Thriller!"

    Really enjoyed this book! Lots of twists and turns. Keeps you guessing. I'm quickly becoming a fan of Mr. Robert Crais!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Safety Harbor, FL, United States 02-25-13
    Gail Safety Harbor, FL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing after having read Suspect"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regan W. Polone 09-04-09 Member Since 2006

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    "worthwhile"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-04-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "My first book"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-11-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Tough plot for tough guys! Fine work."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 07-28-14
    Pat 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept me interested"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. From the beginning, it kept me interested.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I stopped listening, i found myself anxious to get back to the book.


    What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The change in vocal inflection, made the characters more familiar.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The suspense never ends.


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    John 07-13-14
    John 07-13-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Something against God?"
    What disappointed you about Hostage?

    Mr. Crais must surely be bitter about God. Otherwise, why would he have his characters take His name in vane so many times and in so many ways? I will pray for him. Could not continue listening beyond the first pages.


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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 07-10-14
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 07-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Doesn't work."

    The first half of this book was good. I think I would rate it 4 stars. But it completely lost me when it took a turn for the unreal. I am sorry, but the whole first half of the book is based on common sense and sound logic. Then all of the sudden we are supposed to accept the character would do something completely the opposite? Sorry, I could not finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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