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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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    David Houston, TX, United States 07-15-13
    David Houston, TX, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"

    Crais is a craftsman. He melds two parallel plots involving a variety of sharply drawn characters and twines them around a very cleanly conceived and delivered framework based on what seems at first to be a familiar hostage standoff. Along the way we learn a good deal about hostage negotiation techniques, but all the elements are integrated in a way which drives the tension and suspense nonstop to the end. I admire the clarity and detail this author brings to his situations and to the action. His descriptions seem effortless but provide the reader with an excellent sense of being there.

    There is not a lot of depth or ambiguity in this work, but it functions extremely well as a straight ahead suspense thriller. In addition James Daniels provides a fine, no nonsense rendering of the story and keeps us oriented during the frequent shifts of character and viewpoint.

    Listeners who are looking for Crais' Elvis Cole character should be advised that this book is not a part of that series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 10-05-09
    bonnie 10-05-09

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    "Really held my attention and interest"

    When I started listening I was a little skeptical and thought I knew what the book would be about. Much to my delight, the author added more dimension than I expected and by the time I hit the second half of the book I was fully addicted. I will definitely look for other offerings by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 05-06-13
    Trish Virginia 05-06-13 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "I have a new favorite author!!"

    I really enjoyed this book--and highly recommend! It was well written, had a great, suspenseful story, and had the perfect narrator. I loved the way the story kept switching from character to character for the different perspective--I know this is something I have complained about in other books, but this author did it very clearly and seamlessly, and it kept the plot moving right along. I was thoroughly entertained, and that's why I love to read--

    This is the second audiobook I have listened to from this author--the first being Suspect (which I loved!)--and I can't wait to see what else he has to offer!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 09-20-13
    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2005

    I'll see ya in the smoke.

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    "miles away from Elvis"

    This book is tense, with a kind of sharp edge all the way through. If that makes any sense. The Elvis books include humor and some "tongue in cheek" attitude within stories that may be very tense and violent in places. For me this book was a lot like "Cujo" by Stephen King. Very often I would need to put the book down and walk around for a while before I went back to it. Not a book I would want to read (or listen to) at night before going to sleep.
    In a way, it kind of feels like the book was written to become a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 02-25-13
    Gail 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K United States 08-12-09
    K United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Thrilling!"

    Now THIS is a thriller! What a ride! The characters are well rounded, complex and unpredictable. The author paints one tense scene after another, making it almost impossible to stop the story for ANY reason. It will keep you up all night and in the morning you get to play the Creativity Game -- trying to think up a believable excuse to be late or completely absent from work. I told them I was held hostage. I don't think they bought it.

    The downside of this book is that it ruins the listener for so many others. Great story, tightly written, perfect narration. Tough act to follow

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-12-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Thrilling!"

    Now THIS is a thriller! What a ride! The characters are well rounded, complex and unpredictable. The author paints one tense scene after another, making it almost impossible to stop the story for ANY reason. It will keep you up all night and in the morning you get to play the Creativity Game -- trying to think up a believable excuse to be late or completely absent from work. I told them I was held hostage. I don't think they bought it.

    The downside of this book is that it ruins the listener for so many others. Great story, tightly written, perfect narration. Tough act to follow

    9 of 12 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 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book"
    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.


    3 of 4 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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