An old man is dying. When the old man is dead, they will come for him. And they will come for her, to make him hurt.
John Hart has written three New York Times best sellers and won an unprecedented two back-to-back Edgar Awards. His books have been called “masterful” (Jeffery Deaver) and “gripping” (People) with “Grisham-style intrigue and Turow-style brooding” (The New York Times). Now he delivers his fourth novel—a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping thriller no listener will soon forget.
He would go to Hell....
At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.
To keep her safe....
For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he’s fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy.
Go to Hell and come back burning....
The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena—who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he’s laid at her door— back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he’s been running from his whole life: Iron House.
©2011 John Hart (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
It had potential and was a reasonable read till towards the end and the ever mounting dead bodies. I became quite desensitized and almost yawned when there was another killing or another bizarre event. I found it laughable that after all the death, killing in cold blood, dying and pain inflicting practices, the characters began to talk about deep love and caring?
This is a well-written book, well read by the narrator. The characters and situations are entertaining and convincing, if a bit far-fetched. My problem was with the excruciatingly detailed violence, much of it focused on torture. I don't need to hear 5- to 10-minute, graphically harrowing descriptions of what happens to a character's constituent parts as a body is pierced, pulled, wired, broken, violated in ever more imaginative ways and and then strung up to die slowly. These scenes, and there were several, didn't advance the plot or increase my understanding of the characters. I found myself skipping ahead several times, and didn't miss much of the story, that I could tell.
I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.
I was somewhat disappointed in this novel. I thought the plot could have a bit faster.
Hmmm well...In retrospect I don't think this was as good as I expected or as it had been touted....lots of cliche's.....the storyline a bit obvious.....I had looked up several reviews that said it was grrrreat..but not for me.
I have never been a big fan of John Hart, but after reading the reviews of this book I decided to try it. Mistake!!
The first half was so slow that I almost gave up on it. The second half had so many tangled, improbable relationships that I had to force myself to persevere to the end. None of the characters had the substance to provoke any reaction from the reader.......neither love nor hate. This will definitely be my last Hart book.
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