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The Mark | [Jason Pinter]

The Mark

"I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am, Henry Parker, 24 years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger-pull from ending my life."
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Publisher's Summary

"Right as I'm about to die, I realize all the myths are fake. There's no white light at the end of a tunnel. My life isn't flashing before my eyes. All I can think about is how much I want to live.

"I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am, Henry Parker, 24 years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger-pull from ending my life. I can't run. Running is all Amanda and I have done for the past 72 hours. And I'm tired. Tired of knowing the truth and not being able to tell it.

"Five minutes ago I thought I had the story all figured out. I knew that both of these men - one an FBI agent, the other an assassin - wanted me dead, but for very different reasons. If I die tonight, more people will die tomorrow."

©2007 Jason Pinter; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"A gripping page-turner you won't be able to stop reading." (James Patterson)
"An excellent debut." (Lee Child)
"From the opening sentence to the exhilarating conclusion, Pinter's debut thriller gets the reader's heart racing." (Library Journal)

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    tlnpdx United States 04-20-09
    tlnpdx United States 04-20-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Stilted beginning"

    Not a 'great' story. The first hour had me thinking, 'Puhleese!' and get off the cliches. The main character doesn't do things that one might think obvious, but you find out later that it was written this way to make the story go the way of the writers objective. I gave it one more hour and it got better.
    I was very disappointed in the narrator. He can apparently do only two voices; American and Hispanic. All Americans sound the same (male or female) and all Hispanics sound the same (male or female), so it is difficult to follow conversations between characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia newark, NJ, United States 12-04-08
    Sylvia newark, NJ, United States 12-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Narrator"

    I loved the plot and storyline. Anything that could go wrong did for Henry Parker and you gotta feel for the guy. He seems to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time, making the wrong decision! Some of the situations were a little far-fetched for me, but, its part of the ride that you must enjoy. This the first time that I listened to this narrator (Noah) and I thought he was great! He had a little trouble with various characters but I thought he was great with the main character. He definitely brought the character to life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra junction city, KS, USA 09-07-08
    Alexandra junction city, KS, USA 09-07-08
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    "Great Book"

    I was looking for crime novel, something interesting
    and found this book. The Summary sounded good enough, a bit on the vague side. A book that could go either way. But the book was not boring. Yes , it had some cliche lines and some "duh" moments but it was quite interesting and the narrator gave the book the edge it needed to be a good listen. I will be on the look out for more books from the author and the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael TAMPA, FL, USA 08-17-08
    Michael TAMPA, FL, USA 08-17-08
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    "Enjoy the ride."

    I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the writer's style. Some of the protagonist's escape techniques were original and plausible. I enjoyed the partnership between the protagonist and the unwitting accomplice, who had her own "baggage" and was well developed. The climax was a little on the Hollywood side, but keep in mind it is a work of fiction. Being over 50, I had no trouble identifying with the young college graduate. I enjoyed the ride and believe I found a fresh new voice in the mystery/thriller genre. The narrator's voice was reminiscent of the old private eye movie narrations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cook 11-04-07
    Brian Cook 11-04-07 Member Since 2005
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    "little drawn out"

    It is a little far fetched. I kinda grew to like the characters. If you stick with it
    I think you will be glad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 09-06-07
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 09-06-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Struggled with the rave reviews"

    Overall, I liked this audiobook, but I cannot for the life of me figure out all the rave reviews.

    If you can get past the major characters being complete and total morons, and subsequently making the stupidest human decisions possible just to make a story, you'll like it.

    Pinter is a good writer, and shows signs of brilliance, but there should have been more motive behind the idiotic decisions each of the characters make.

    The reader is average at best, too often sounding like a B-rate bad actor. I liked his voice, so I hope he improves.

    Once you get past the hokey foundation for the story, the book is fun and holds attention. It also concludes quite well.

    I struggle to give it a 4-star rating, but will round up in this case.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Clark, NJ, United States 10-07-08
    Greg Clark, NJ, United States 10-07-08
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    "Mark this one a "no-no""

    Bad plot, cliched conversations, totally unbelievable. Even some basic facts are wrong!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 10-09-12
    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 10-09-12
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    "Fast-Paced Thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mark to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version, but thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good character development; fast paced thriller;


    Have you listened to any of Noah Plener’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to other Noah Plener's performances, but will look for other books that he narrates


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

    Yes


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    jaspurp Homosassa, Florida, United States 06-04-11
    jaspurp Homosassa, Florida, United States 06-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Thrilling"

    I picked this book based on "author's choice" - an Audible page that featured new books recommended by well-known authors. The Mark lived up to the recommendation. I was on the edge to my seat through the whole read. I awoke at 5:30 today - a Saturday - to finish it. Jason Pinter has crafted an exciting thriller and Noah Plener reads it with a raspy urgency.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rob 09-09-09
    rob 09-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good first book"

    This book was ok for a first novel. The main character was a little weak but interesting enough. It shows potential for better things to come. Give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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