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The Patriots Club | [Christopher Reich]

The Patriots Club

Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets, his childhood a blur of fragmented memories. But now he's managed to put his past behind him, find the woman he wants to share his life with, and carve out a successful career on Wall Street. Until, in the blink of an eye, his world is turned upside down. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life, his face everywhere on the TV news, and a violent, shadowy organization is framing him for crimes he did not commit.
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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets, his childhood a blur of fragmented memories. But now he's managed to put his past behind him, find the woman he wants to share his life with, and carve out a successful career on Wall Street. Until, in the blink of an eye, his world is turned upside down. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life, his face everywhere on the TV news, and a violent, shadowy organization is framing him for crimes he did not commit.

Desperately trying to get back to where he was just a day before, Bolden must re-learn the survival skills of his hardscrabble boyhood. But as Bolden, with just $11 in his pocket and hunters all around him, survives one violent, harrowing hour after another, he makes a series of startling discoveries: about a mysterious woman wanted for murder; about an astounding secret rooted in history, among the country's Founding Fathers and families; about a conspiracy lurking in the darkest corners of corporate America...and a deadly plan that only he can stop. And in the process, maybe Bolden will also find out who he really is.

Furiously paced, filled with brilliantly drawn characters from politicians to patriots, from Wall Street players to battle-hardened cops, The Patriots Club is vintage Reich: brilliant, breathtaking, and impossible to put down until the final unforgettable page is turned.

©2005 Christopher Reich; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Action-packed." (Publishers Weekly)
"A first-rate, high-concept thriller that will leave readers breathless and cheering for Bolden to pull through." (Booklist)

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    Elizabeth Lafayette, IN, United States 02-15-10
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    "horrible narration"

    It was hard to follow this story with the horrible monotone of the narrator. I'll never listen to this narrator again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Winston-Salem, NC, United States 08-27-10
    Charles Winston-Salem, NC, United States 08-27-10
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    "Poor Writing with disconnected action"

    The author certainly has an interesting story line, but does such a poor job with the story that the reader is forced to make up events. At times the plot is connected and developed as when the author builds the main character. However the action sequences are rushed, inexplicable at points and wrapped up in such a simple fashion each time that they are simply not believable. The final 3 hours of the audiobook are painful and frustrating. Too bad, because the potential is there.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 09-10-09
    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 09-10-09

    Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!

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    "done before many times"

    the audible description is somewhat misleading premise is straight forward, evil secret group that runs the government targets the wrong guy and no one believes him, he's on his own fighting for his life, etc.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristjan TallinnEstonia 01-02-06
    Kristjan TallinnEstonia 01-02-06
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    "Leaves you indifferent"

    Listening to this story I had to wonder constanly how can all its grand schemes and extreme situations and melodrama driven to a limit leave me so untouched. Bad writing, what else...

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    Jess Larsen 12-07-07
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    "The Patriots Club (Unabridged)"

    If you like books like The Chairman form Stephen Frey you'll love this book. I love Bourne movies and movies like Spy Game, I used to be in investment banking and to me this book is a great mixture of all three.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Hurley Germantown, TN United States 02-06-11
    Ron Hurley Germantown, TN United States 02-06-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Sorry I used a credit"

    My first review of many audilbles that I have listened, Narrator was bad, story was childish, kept thinking it would turn into something but it never materialized. Just tried to get through it. Perturbed that I purchased it and wasted 14 hours listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen L 05-21-08
    Ellen L 05-21-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun read"

    I enjoyed this book. Fast paced and well written. The narrator did a good job.

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    K. Cullan Southern OR 08-12-05
    K. Cullan Southern OR 08-12-05 Member Since 2005
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    "The Club"

    although i found this book to be entertaining, as i do most books. however, i also found it to be overly predictable; which seems par for the course regarding most books written. all and all i would recommend it

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