Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend, Katherine, fill his thoughts - until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won't stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted their revenge.
Trailing him is the Ghost, the world's greatest assassin, who has just pulled off his most high-profile hit: killing Walter Zelvas, a top member of the international Diamond Syndicate. There's only one small problem: the diamonds he was supposed to retrieve from Zelvas are missing. Now, the Ghost is on Bannon's trail - but so is a rival assassin who would like nothing more than to make the Ghost disappear forever.
From "America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes) comes a high-speed, high-stakes, winner-take-all thrill ride of adrenaline-fueled suspense.
©2011 James Patterson (P)2011 Hachette
My wife (Ruthie) and I together listen to Audible's books every evening. We have been doing this since 2005 and have never missed an evening
The story line is so very unusual it took me by surprise after each few minutes of dialogue. Surprises abound as I listened to this very unique story. Really never guessed what was about to happen as I listened. Felt deeply involved as I learned to understand each character brought into the story line. Performance of the narrators were not outstanding but the five stars I allocated to the book were well earned in spite of the performances of the main narrator. (Just seemed a little weak but filled the bill well in that I was not supposed to know who he actually was until later on in the book). Great book!!! Recommend it to all your readers!
I think all Patterson fans will be disappointed.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest
No, and I won't
Yes, of course but not enough to make me swallow this premise. Don't want to give away the twist in this story. I will just say I could not find it in my mind to accept the lead character's profession. Shame on you for asking us to like this person.
I wish Mr. Patterson would write his novels by himself. This is the second novel by a team that I have found repulsive. The Swimsuit was violent and pornographic way beyond Mr. Patterson's normal violent stories.
I never write reviews and I usually don't read them, but if I can save you the pain of listening to this, it's worth a try. The writing is choppy and terribly sappy, it sounds like something a 6th grader has submitted as a project. I'm not sure how Patterson is still selling books, but the last several I have read have been a waste of time. Listening to this one confirmed it for me! And what is it with his calling out name brands of items, does he get a kickback from Creme de la Mer and Boss Hugo??? The narrator tries to give it life, but I think Patterson's lost his mojo!!
I am a fan of James Patterson's writing and this was just another example of the twists and turns in this book. If you like mystery, intrigue, action (and there's a bit of 'sappy' stuff) get this book!
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
This was a great book by my favorite author and my favorite narrator. What could be better.
So many twists and turns throughout and then that ending! Unanswered questions abound. I hope we hear more from the Ghost.
James Patterson, yes. While there is usually sex in his stories, it's never been this over-the-top. I'm really disappointed. :(
These other guys, I don't know.
The premise of the story is really intriguing. The gratuitous sex is the least interesting.
Not really. :(
An audiofile here sharing that this one is riveting from the first page to the last.
James Patterson pulls absolutely no shortcuts with his audio books. They aren't read, they are acted. Even if you don't like the content of the story, the excellence of his audibles can not be denied.
The foreshadowing that Matthew used to be dropped in the woods by his father and forced to find his way home. It made me feel like the main character was born, raised, and trained to be Jason Bourne or John Wick. I don't know exactly but I just expected ACTION and I got it.
Listening to this book feels more like watching a movie. The narration in your head is not compatible to the execution of this audible delivery.
James Patterson's audible books deserve the Oscars for narrations. His books are acted out not read. This accomplished author pulls no shortcuts with his audible delivery and they play out like a movie in your head.
Kept me guessing
If you like the Mark Greaney "Grey Man" series you would like this.
Don't want to give away any surprises.
The story is a lot of fun. I really can't believe the reviewers that were "offended" by this story. Lot's of great twists and turns that made this a great roller coaster ride. I typically listen to pass the time during my commute each day. A few days I found myself sitting in the driveway listening to find out what happens next. What else can anyone ask for from an action / suspense novel?
Patterson does again, great character and story line, i love all his books. Young former marine and his quest to rescue his girlfriend, make great reading
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