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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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    Rachel 05-08-15
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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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    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 03-06-15
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

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    Nobody says, "Leave go of me." In this book, everybody does. Why? It just sounds silly and distracts from the story.

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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-10-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Well worth the credit"

    This book kept my interest all the way thru, I was really into it so much that I finished it in one day..it kept me in suspense till the end, I would recommend you get it..

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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 10-09-14
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 10-09-14 Member Since 2015

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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    "More than the conventional Hostage thriller"

    This book is fast paced, a bit faster than you will expect. There is no dull moment and never does the author linger into describing the mountains. It is a thriller to the core. It is not a conventional hostage drama, the twist and turns surprise and keep you gripped. Any lover of thrillers will thoroughly enjoy it. It will not be really worth describing the character and plot in the review. The character building is also as fast as the rest of the book. But the book is not about the character, it is how the characters behave in crises. Speed and Thrills. Worth the credit!

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    This book was well worth the time and credit. I got it because I enjoyed a later book by this author. Plus James Daniels is a favorite narrator. All in all a good book.

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    horsestuff 09-28-14
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    "fast paced - exciting - what a ride!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I LOVED this audiobook. The plot gets more and more complicated as more players enter in to the situation but it's easy to follow what's going on and nothing gets lost in the shuffle. I couldn't put this book down.


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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 09-11-14
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 09-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fake characters, absurd character twist,women weak"

    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.

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    Zulu 08-22-14
    Zulu 08-22-14
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    "Not one of his best"

    I like this author's Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books and loved Suspect but I couldn't really get into this one. If it had been maybe a little shorter I would have enjoyed it more. It seemed to drag in places and I would get tired of listening. Three young men hold up a convenience store and accidentally kill the proprietor so they go on the run. They hole up in a house which happens to be the home of the accountant who launders money for the mob and has discriminating evidence in his possession that affects two sets of mobsters.

    There was good character development with lots of twists and turns and some surprises but I found my mind wandering often and didn't care enough to rewind to see what I had missed.

    The narrator did a great job.

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    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 C. Berry Conway, AR, US 07-13-14
    John C. Berry Conway, AR, US 07-13-14 Member Since 2007
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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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