Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town's criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them.
Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent's team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships.
Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. When details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two are forced to unite to stop a killer - and to confront their buried rage and grief before history repeats itself again.
Michael Koryta, long hailed as one of the best young thriller writers at work today, has written his greatest novel ever - an emotionally harrowing, unstoppably suspenseful novel that proves why Michael Connelly has named him "one of the best of the best".
©2012 Michael Koryta (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Audio books get me through my drive time, laundry time, grocery shopping, everything that would otherwise be a chore. I love audiobooks!
I normally love this author but this book was a disappointment. I am not crazy about football and at least one-third of this book went on and on about the details and nuances of football games and specific plays and terminology I did not understand. The author made more of an effort to explain the various types of guns to the novice reader who may not be a gun expert than he did in explaining all the football details which I didn't understand and couldn't care less about. however, I will continue to read this author's books because he very rarely disappoints me. If you are a fan of football, you will probably love this book.
The story itself was quite good. Have enjoyed the authors writing style. Robert Petkoff is an excellent narrator, and I recommend books that he's read. It was a worthwhile read. However, there was a morality and religion aspect that wasn't fully explored. The author clearly started out with intent to challenge the position of Faith, but did not follow up through the climax and resolution of the story. he touched on it, and then it just disappeared without explanation. Instead, more secular and pragmatic themes were explored, and they won out, although without examination.
I'm afraid I have throw my lot in with Melinda and Brad here among reviewers. Bought because I'm a big Petkoff fan...didn't finish it, unfortunately.
Even speaking as a fan of football (tho' professional), there was indeed way too much of it and not enough to keep the thing moving for me.
I may dig in and force my way through the rest at some point, but my queue is too backed up to not move along to something more compelling.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it -The Great Mutato
Koryta tells a mean story that captivates and brings you into the lives if the characters. His dialogue is believable and you can't wait to find out what happens next.
This is a well constructed plot-- very engaging.
Good display of the driving power of guilt.
Different voices for different characters-- consistent with their development.
There were times that was true.
NO! The first book I listened to by this author was Those Who Wish Me Dead and I LOVED IT, since then I have listened to The Ridge, So Cold the River and now The Prophet and although I love football, i just don't understand why it seems the author needs to kill the best characters in these stories....
I am about to give up on this author, I was so excited after Those Who Wish Me Dead,as that book made me laugh, angry, laugh and just love the book, but every book since that has been a total disappointment. since Koryta decides to kill the most important character. I had pre order Last Words but now I am hesitant.
I love his performance.
It made me mad that Adam dies.
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