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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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    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.

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    Ronald 07-10-14
    Ronald 07-10-14
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    "Solid Thriller with Some Interesting Plot Twists"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostage to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed a number of characters - the brothers and the main character weer all interesting.


    What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Good narrator. Would definitely purchase audiobooks that he narrates.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - too long.

    But this was hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun book. Felt like two stories distilled into one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Nally 06-24-14
    Renee Nally 06-24-14
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    "Pretty good read for an accidental purchase!"
    Would you listen to Hostage again? Why?

    The plot moves along quickly with lots of surprises. Some of them you kind of see coming but there are plot twists that will take the reader by complete surprise.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I didn't want to quit listening....I kept telling myself, just one more chapter!


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

    He is an excellent narrator. His voices are particularly telling, i.e the Mars character....it is creepy just hearing that voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes....Mars.


    Any additional comments?

    I think a clear picture of despicable characters can be painted without all the profanity, particularly GD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 06-20-14
    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !

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    "Intense !"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this, I was on pens and needles. I couldn't focus on my day to day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hostage?

    There were several moments, one in particular was the negotiation over the zip disks.


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

    Suspense


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen. My attention definitely captivated with the narrator's voice. Excellent way to spend my credit :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Galadriel 11-01-13
    Galadriel 11-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Kept me up into the night"
    What did you love best about Hostage?

    Very suspenseful,


    What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voicing of characters, never overdone but still rich.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved Suspect, and that was enough to make me want to try this author again. This is an older work, not as memorable or compelling as Suspect, but still a great ride for suspense lovers. This is not terribly original territory, but Crais is an expert storyteller that knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. I'm ready for more from this author, that was fun!

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    ray 09-16-13
    ray 09-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok - not great story line"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Easy to put down and pick up a day or so later without a problem. Not the best storyline - but ok.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Crais? Why or why not?

    This was my second book by Robert Crais which is why I tried him again.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-26-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Good listen lightweight ending."
    What did you love best about Hostage?

    I thought the story was interesting and suspenceful, the narrator did a good job as well.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, but I was a liitle disappointed in the ending. There was a lot of story and a little ending.


    Which character – as performed by James Daniels – was your favorite?

    The cop, smart, intense and loved his family.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final reunion.


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen. I enjoyed it, different storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina 03-11-13
    Katrina 03-11-13

    I haven't "read" a book since 1998, just not interested....after the 50 Shades Trilogy, I have become an audio book addict! I am a very tough critic.

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    "Great Listen, Action & Narrator"
    Would you listen to Hostage again? Why?

    Yes, because there is so much going on, I probably missed something :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple viewpoints


    What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

    He was great, you knew which character you were listening to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The family interactions


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    Carol 09-22-12
    Carol 09-22-12
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    "Very enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Hostage the most enjoyable?

    The narration was crisp and the story crisper...a really enjoyable listen. The mars characters was perfectly creepy.


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    Donald Discovery Bay, CA, United States 03-07-12
    Donald Discovery Bay, CA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "very good book a little long but worth it"
    If you could sum up Hostage in three words, what would they be?

    a great listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    this is a new character to Robert Crais but a good one


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

    The books are always better than the movies


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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