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The Second Life of Nick Mason Audiobook

The Second Life of Nick Mason

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling, two-time Edgar Award-winning author Steve Hamilton comes an unforgettable new hero - a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free.

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price.

Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It's the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal mastermind serving a double life term who runs an empire from his prison cell.

Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything - his family, his sanity, and even his life - to finally break free.

©2016 Steve Hamilton (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Steve Hamilton amazes me. Every time I think he's going to zig he zags." (Michael Connelly)

"A gamechanger. Nick Mason is one of the best main characters I've read in years." (Harlan Coben)

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    Mark E. White Atlanta, GA USA 05-20-16
    Mark E. White Atlanta, GA USA 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb Chicago Noir"

    The plot is superb. Surprising twists, nothing is ever easy, nothing goes as expected. Characters are well-drawn tough guys.

    The reader is terrific. Sounds like John Belushi in Ghostbusters.

    Negatives: cars were too much to believe. I can't believe the author saved the final wrenching twist. Take that back. The ending is pre shadowed and organic. Great ending. Great book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tiernl00 05-19-16
    Tiernl00 05-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Second Life of Nick Mason the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the pace of the book, and it din't skip around as much as the Lock Artist which was nice.


    What other book might you compare The Second Life of Nick Mason to and why?

    The Second Life of Nick Mason reminds me of The Lock Artist another Steve Hamilton book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book, but the use of the F word was a little overused. But overall was a good book to listen to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lesia Winona, MS, United States 06-01-16
    Lesia Winona, MS, United States 06-01-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Rock and hard place plot"

    This is like no mystery I've ever read and I can't see how Hamilton will write another in this series as good as this book. This is a complex plot, this life of Nick Mason's. He gets up, goes to work, deals with management and his co-workers, then he gets off work and deals with family, friends, and foes. Though this sounds simple, Mason's life is different. I'll leave it at that. It is a suspenseful thriller that had me rewinding to be sure I understood what happened.

    Porter did a very good job with two exceptions. The women "sounded" the same. Several of the more menacing statements began to sound the same by different men. The plot is third-person, but I adored hearing Porter's omniscient narration.

    This. Book. Is. Good.

    Really, really good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. K. WALCHAK Summit, NJ 05-22-16
    M. K. WALCHAK Summit, NJ 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great- different than the McKnight Books"

    Set in Urban Chicago and not the desolate Michigan U.P. like most of his other books.
    Many are probably not familiar with Steve Hamilton, since in the past he was considered to be a "Michigan" writer (according to the NYTiimes), Steve writes fast paced action books. Is this book the main character makes a bargain with an evil character, who can get him released from jail, but in return he has to do whatever he request for the next twenty years.
    Great narration, good character development. You can tell this is being developed to be another series like McKnight. In the McKnight series the main character was a reluctant private detective, in this series the main character is a reluctant hit man.
    Hopefully Hamilton will continue to write McKnight books and I look forward to seeing how this Nick Mason character deals with his situation in the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lady New York 07-09-16
    Book Lady New York 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Writer's Writer Tries for the Series Gold Ring"
    What would have made The Second Life of Nick Mason better?

    Hamilton is a critically acclaimed author and mystery series award winner. He even has an Edgar. He apparently doesn't have sales volume. So he created Nick Mason, an anti-hero--a small time Chicago thug imprisoned for 20 and strikes a deal with a devil to sell his soul for a lifetime of crime in order to get out. So he ends up in this fantasy townhouse with lots of muscle cars, an untouchable beautiful woman as a roommate, a pet store manager as his girlfriend, a happily married ex-wife and a 10 year old daughter whom he watches from afar as she plays soccer and a string of violent murders that he commits with the help of his master's on site handler, probably the most interesting character in the story, a Latin gang-banger, Quitaro. Nick of course has a heart of gold--he's molded on Jack Reacher and Hamilton puts him in the same comic book impossible and implausible situations so he can hero his way out. But Reacher does it with brains and brawn. Mason basically shoots to kill, and then does the self-reflective guilt--did I really do that--but to remain somewhat moral, he only shoots really bad guys and really dirty cops. The clichés fly by in this story. Even the characters are sterotyped. The Jarvais cop, the imprisoned master, the hapless and cowardly friend who at least can shot straight. And its derivative. When he's not channeling Lee Childs, he copies Preston and Child and their penchant for underground caves and labryniths. The best scene in the book is a shoot out in a water tunnel in a stone quarry in Chicago. And of course it ends with a cliff hanger as our anti-hero leaves his warm bed and girlfriend to go off, who knows where--Others can wait for volume 2. I won't. Only Ray Porter's narration kept me involved to the end. He has just the right tone of menace and dread.


    Any additional comments?

    Hamilton is respected by writers like Stephen King that I respect and why I listened to this book. What a disappointment. I know he changed publishers. Did he also try to change his style? This reads like a old fashioned dime novel. I didn't know they wrote those anymore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RSM Valley View, TX USA 07-01-16
    RSM Valley View, TX USA 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "don't waste your money"
    What disappointed you about The Second Life of Nick Mason?

    if you want to read a mediocre book about a scumbags life with no decent ending this is the book for you


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 05-30-16
    Jerry 05-30-16

    Love that Pup!

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    "Just shoot...."

    Me now if this does not move to a series. Between the ending and the myriad of potential story lines.
    One of the best thrillers I have read good narration is only s plus.
    First time for this author but I am already looking for my next read from Steve Hamilton; Thanks Steve!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond College Station, TX, USA 09-11-16
    Raymond College Station, TX, USA 09-11-16 Member Since 2004
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    "The worst Steve Hamilton book ever"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book, not so glum


    Has The Second Life of Nick Mason turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I will never read a Steve Hamilton book again, unless it is an Alex MacNight upper books


    What didn’t you like about Ray Porter’s performance?

    He was great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a uniformly glum book about a uniformly unlikable character. It is one of the worst books I have ever downloaded, and certainly the worst by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marty reinhardt Kingston, washington USA 09-03-16
    marty reinhardt Kingston, washington USA 09-03-16 Member Since 2008
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    "New character from Steve Hamilton"
    Where does The Second Life of Nick Mason rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks in the market today


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Mason is the new stand up guy you will cheer for. The cast of characters is stunning.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Nick Mason will enthrall you with his grit and guts and tender heart.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The meeting of Nick Mason with his daughter moved me to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    How could Steve Hamilton create this full blown new character while continuing to write his ongoing series? He is a remarkable talent that gets better and better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Solomon 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I Great Twist On An Unusual Hero"

    I really enjoyed this book and the terrific performance. It's not your typical Steve Hamilton, which I hope is good for him. it was certainly good for me. Don't want to give too much away, but the story involves a Faustian deal with the devil of a crime boss. Once you sign up, he's got you--body and soul--as the hero, Nick Mason, soon discovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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