From Janet Evanovich, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, best-selling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.
Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail - particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman...even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.
Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work...if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.
©2013 Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (P)2013 Random House Audio
I was one of the first Evanovich fans, and adored the self-depricating Stephanie Plum. As the novels were rolled out in a dizzying pace, they got more and more trite and cartoonish, until I felt like I was listening to a farce reminiscent of "The Simpsons".
So, I fully expected to dislike this book, as I had resolved never again to waste money on her books. Was I wrong! It must be the addition of Goldberg, not to mention Scott Brick's narration, that made this an entertaining heist romp from start to finish. No over-the-top cartoonish figures, and real action. Good move, Janet!
If you are expecting a Stephanie Plum type story. Don't waste your credit. I for one, really enjoyed this book. I have listened to many books by Janet but burned out on Janet's humor and had not purchased any of her books over the past several years. I bought this book with a healthy dose of hesitation but I'm glad I did. I also have listened to so many books narrated by Scott Brick & have been a tad burned out with his style as well. Well, much to my surprise, this story is well presented by Scott and the storyline entertaining.
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I had a great time listening to this book. I like Evanovich in moderate doses - and as this book was a totally new book without all the same characters, I really enjoyed it. I also have read or listened to all of Goldberg's Mr. Monk books, so I knew this book would be good,.
And it was really good. Oh - it won't win any literary prizes for sure; it was predictable, but it was a really frivolous, fun, adventurous and humorous listen!
If you like books by Jennifer Crusie - I highly recommend The Heist by Evanovich and Goldberg. The story line is a bit far-fetched, as are some of the things that happen, but it's a total work of fiction, meant to have a bit of fun.
So - sit back and just enjoy the heist!
Absolutely. I have been a fan of the plum series for years but have been pretty disappointed with the last few books. They had become same old, same old to me. I loved these new characters!!! They are fresh and funny.
I loved Kate's relationship with her dad. So funny.
Scott Brick did a great job. His performance as Kate was my favourite.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...will be released in 4 weeks. The title is The Pursuit. The Heist, Book 1, is extraordinary entertainment, as are all novels and novellas in the series. Scott Brick narrates brilliantly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I bought this book hoping for an enjoyable listening experience. The story is good, but the choice the narrator is horrible. I've enjoyed many books read by Brick, but this is not definitely one of them.
Scott Brick excels at narrating, but not in this case. Perhaps I am spoiled by Lorelei King's performance of Evanovich's books, but Brick falls short in bringing to life Kate's personality. Listening to him I only get angry, strained vibes. Kate is half of the book and Brick is not the best with female characters. I'd much rather read the print version and get to know the real chocolate-addicted Kate!
Think "Mission: Impossible" (the TV series) meets "Leverage" meets "The A-Team." The con and "The Heist" are on. Nick Fox is delicious. A charming con man with the brains and the charm to pull off any scheme. FBI Agent Kate O'Hare is smart, sexy, deadly. They are surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters: Willie, the sexy older woman who can drive any vehicle; Brad, a perfectionist actor who really gets into his roles; Tom, an average man who got swindled by the bank and enjoys a little payback; Chet, make up artist extraordinaire.
Once Kate finally catches Nick, he persuades the FBI to allow him to continue his cons on white collar crooks who the law can't seem to find or catch. With his band of merry men and women, he plots a con to catch up with Derrick Griffin, who stole $500 million and departed for parts unknown. The only one who knows his whereabouts is his lawyer. Thus begins the show.
I loved this book and have already bought "The Chase." Can't wait. It's rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, but this one did. I thought Dick Hill was the greatest reader ever, but Scott Brick sure is a close second. He is marvelous.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
I enjoyed this book but I missed those "laugh out load moments I always get with Evanovich's Stephanie Plumb books.
I also was not thrilled with the narration. I just am not as happy with Scot Brick as a reader the way so many people are. I think his readings all sound the same with a certain cadence and don't portray the personalities of the protagonists like Susan Erickson or Lorelei King and many other talented readers. I hope if this is a new series they get a different reader next time.
I definitely enjoyed the story and I liked the characters quite a bit. The humor was there, but subtle. I do recommend this entertaining book, but if you are looking for a Stephanie Plumb, you won't find her here.
I know this is a new series and, as such, will develop over time but I was disappointed on many levels. First of all, it was a hard listen. Scott Brick's delivery seemed flat. There wasn't much change between characters. More of a straight "read" than performance. If the story hadn't been interesting I would have given up. As for the story, because it was such a unique storyline, it kept my interest; however, put all thoughts of Stephanie Plumb and her antics out of your mind. There is no comparison. The out loud laughter factor that I always find with Stephanie is nonexistent and Nick is no Ranger!!!!
All of that said, the book is about cons and is written with creativity. I do give the ending two stars though. It was rushed and very flat. It would be a five star series with a couple of changes. A new narrator and better endings. The narrator should be one who can infuse the characters with personalities and identities. As for the endings? Continue to write with the same imagination and creativity that got us to that spot in the first place.
Sometimes I am just looking for something to keep me company that is more interesting than what I have to be doung at the moment. It can't be emotionally absorbing or too convoluted or I can't choose what I am paying attention to in any given moment. Janet and her characters don't take themselves too seriously, so neither do I. Perfect for the purpose!
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