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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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    Malle Don Mills, ON, Canada 07-19-07
    Malle Don Mills, ON, Canada 07-19-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Great audiobook!"

    This is a fast-paced not predictable thriller from a new author and read by a really good voice. If you like thrillers from Patterson, Stuart Woods or Jonathan Kellerman you'll like this. I'm looking forward to the next book.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    James Tyngsboro, MA, United States 07-03-08
    James Tyngsboro, MA, United States 07-03-08 Member Since 2004

    Father-husband-technologist and bibliophile, I get through about 3 books per week. I love a good suspenseful thriller and really enjoy widening my mental horizons.

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    "My first Pinter book and I'm hooked!"

    Non-stop action with great characters. I'm a fan of the thriller genre (Ludlum, King, Patterson), and I'm very excited to have found another favorite author! A newbie reporter wrongly accused of being a cop-killer and then chased across the country with a pretty girl... it sounds (almost) cliche, but it feels new and wonderfully done!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 08-16-08
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 08-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "More like "The Miss""

    Sorry, but I found this book to be ridiculous. Our hero, an innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time, sets about to clear his own name. (Sound familiar yet?) On the way, he meets and falls for a beautiful law student, dodges criminals, and fights for truth and justice. Add in some really bad dialog ("I could tell from the look in his eyes he had killed before") and you have pretty much wasted one of your credits. The narration, all in a monotone, only adds to the misery.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Surf City Swami Southern California 08-24-08
    Surf City Swami Southern California 08-24-08 Member Since 2008

    Dude!

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    "Classic Noir in the Hitchcockian Model"

    Jason Pinter's debut novel, The Mark is an excellent example of the common man embroiled in decidedly uncommon circumstances. Here, as with the best of the subgenre, and in the model of Hitchcock, Henry Parker's personal ambition is the character flaw that lands him in the middle of murder, corruption, romance, and, not coincidentally, the biggest story of his life--if he can only live long enough to write it.

    Pinter deftly winds the tension tighter and tighter until it seems that Henry, if not the reader, too, will break from it. Ultimately, that same driving ambition which put Henry's life at risk may be the only thing that will allow him to survive.

    Noah Plener's gravely diction adds a dark, yet youthful voice to Pinter's prose. This book proves Pinter is a worthy modern addition to the crime noir pantheon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Nashville, TN, USA 04-10-08
    Elaine Nashville, TN, USA 04-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fast moving"

    I took a chance on this and was pleasantly surprised. It took a bit to take off but when it did - hang on to your seat! Good listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amor Canton, CT, USA 08-06-07
    Amor Canton, CT, USA 08-06-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Outstanding!"

    Very fertile imagination of the author. What an adrenaline-driven adventure of this novice journalist, Mr. Parker who was unceremoniously in a wrong place at the wrong time. With a meagre money to spare, strong guts and great leg muscles, he was able to elude the NYPD cops and FBI and get out of NYC... and then come back? You thought this guy is nuts!. But with a well hatched plan, Amanda on his side (a courageous cold contact whom he shared a ride all the way to Chicago), there can be no better way to spend your life if you elect to die sooner or later. Mr Pinter painted a pint of humor in this book so as not to render your heart in a sustained tachycardia.

    Kudos to Mr. Jason Pinter. You have a bright future ahead of you so keep on writing. It wont be surprising if your books land on top of the bestseller's club.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Susan L. Rubendall Rockford, IL USA 10-23-08
    Susan L. Rubendall Rockford, IL USA 10-23-08 Member Since 2001
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    "It's a rare book that I can't finish."

    I read and listen to a lot of books, and it's rare that I don't finish a book, but I gave up on The Mark halfway through. I could tolerate the implausible basic plot but not the completely unbelievable twists and turns and the painfully awkward dialogue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 05-05-08
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 05-05-08 Member Since 2006

    Born to read

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    "Good fast story"

    I enjoyed this one, the first hour was background and then bam, off went it.

    it was fast and thilling through out, the story line was a little unreal, we hope!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Overland PArk, KS, USA 10-06-08
    Randall Overland PArk, KS, USA 10-06-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    I had high hopes for this book because it seemed to be getting such good reviews. But this story is too far-fetched and too predictable. The author took easy solutions for problems the characters got into or just ignored obvious solutions in a weak attempt to create a plot.

    The high point is the reader of this audiobook did a great job. Hopefully he has done other books with more interesting stories since I would like to hear him again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Js Banks Mountain View, California 06-08-09
    Js Banks Mountain View, California 06-08-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Maybe he gets better"

    Jason Pinter has written a whole series now. Obviously he has his fans. Please check other reviews. My alarm bell went off at the first cliche, and the sirens started at the first trite adjective. It was constant clamor after that. Unbelievable plot, unpleasant protagonist, poor grammar. Oh, and the narrator needed better direction. He emphasized the wrong words in a sentence when he used any emphasis at all. For the most part, his interpretation was deadly flat and felt rushed. I am far more enthusiastic in warning you away from this work than I was in deleting it from my library. A waste of credits. I hope Mr. Pinter gets better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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