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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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    Regan W. Polone 09-04-09 Member Since 2012

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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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    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
    Natasha KILLEN, AL, United States 10-12-13
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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.


    4 of 6 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Loy 11-30-08
    Loy 11-30-08

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    "not stop action"

    this book never stopped. it was not stop action

    I could hardly stop listening.

    Great read

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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.

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    Gail 02-25-13
    Gail 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    2 of 3 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.

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Rachel 05-08-15
    Rachel 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "one of the best of Crais!"

    my only regret is that this book didn't last longer. James Daniels is one of the best narrators I've encountered!

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