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The Survivor | [Gregg Hurwitz]

The Survivor

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.
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Publisher's Summary

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

He is kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Ukrainian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Now blocked from getting into the bank vault to retrieve the critical item inside, Pavlo gives Nate a horrifying ultimatum: Either break in and acquire the item or watch Pavlo slowly kill the people Nate loves most - his estranged wife, Janie, and his teenaged daughter, Cielle. Nate lost them both when he came back from Iraq broken and confused. Now he’s got one chance to protect the people he loves, even if it’s the last thing he is able to do.

©2012 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Eileen United States 09-24-12
    Eileen United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Action Packed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Survivor to be better than the print version?

    Scott Brick's narration intensifies the action in this novel.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This novel is so action packed that you barely have time to catch your breath before the next intense scene unfolds.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love, love love Scott Brick as a narrator. He brings incredible energy and intensity to this story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survivor's Revenge


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    penny kay 09-17-12
    penny kay 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book by one of the best mystery writers!"

    My husband (who only reads nonfiction) and I are currently listening to The Survivor. We take trips in our car, and dream up places to go, just to listen to this book. It's outstanding!!

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-04-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-04-15 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "PTSD and Depression Makes A Hero"

    I enjoyed this thriller/mystery about an ex-soldier suffering the after effects of a tour of duty in Iraq. He is suffering PTSD, depression and carrying an ALS death sentence. His military training kicks in when he faces a crises even though he is in middle of his own depressing episode. He becomes the town's hero but his real trouble has just begun. This is a real cliff hanger/thriller. I couldn't stop reading. I was holding my breath that this Good Samaritan will overcome the complications in his life and receive a redeeming medical diagnosis. I didn't see the ending coming until the very last minute. The entire drama had some comedic relief but not much. It was intense from beginning to the very end.

    I am a Lee Child's Reacher fan and love narrator Scott Brick....Brick performed this novel so well that I did not think of Reacher once! and that's saying something... Recommend.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Steve North Potomac, MD, United States 10-14-14
    Steve North Potomac, MD, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made The Survivor better?

    Scott Brick tries to do a good job with this book but the story and hero are so contrived that it became hard to listen all the way to the end. About the only thing the hero didn't have as an obstacle was having a wooden leg. The book had some redeeming qualities but it was hard to accept the disjointed and irrational behavior of the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY, United States 09-14-14
    Dubi New York, NY, United States 09-14-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Paging Liam Neeson!"

    Eight hours into The Survivor, I found myself firmly at three and half stars (which is not a ratings option, unfortunately), wondering whether Gregg Hurwitz's action thriller would rise to four or sink to three. I was still open to moving up to four stars despite being disappointed by a number of plot and character points that have clearly been overused over the years:

    The hero with PTSD who doubts his courage despite an impressive CV of brave deeds; the ruthless Ukrainian gangsters who let them themselves be talked out of some of their evil intentions by our hero; the dead friend who appears out of survivor guilt (as in Rescue Me); obituaries as metaphor (as in Carl Hiaasen's Basket Case or any of the four recent books titled The Obituary Writer); the daughter's snarky teenage boyfriend who turns out to be a decent guy (as in The Descendants). Oh, I could go on, but I'll stop.

    Yet the writing had me hooked despite all that, the plot unfolding in a layered series of twists and reveals that was appealing, and the primary theme of what fathers will do to protect their daughters of great interest to me as a father of two daughters, with that aspect of the story one order of magnitude more complex than some of the other predictable, hackneyed elements.

    Unfortunately, the final five hours sent my overall experience down a half-star rather than up. During that overlong period of time, the plot complexities disappear in a wave of action scenes that make this book an obvious choice for Liam Neeson's next movie. Actually, Liam Neeson will probably turn this role down, because he has already played it out several times. The writing and pace of those last five hours are on par with the rest of the book, which is a good thing, but the plotting and characterization all but ceased to move forward.

    A disappointment for me, having greatly enjoyed my first Hurwitz title, Tell No Lies, and seeing huge potential in this book's opening hook -- a man about to commit suicide being drawn off the ledge to stop a deadly bank heist. I'm sure I will give Hurwitz another chance because his writing, in this genre, is very good. But as others have said, I would love to take a break from Scott Brick (I'll give him credit for only requiring 1.25x speed this time instead of the usual 1.5x, but his overly dramatic readings are wearing me out).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mama Bethany Washington State 09-05-14
    Mama Bethany Washington State 09-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Mama Bethany

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    "A good read, but..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, I don't know. It was entertaining, but there are still some problems with the story that bother me days later....things that didn't make sense or fit together or weren't explained properly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it ....I did expect him to make the decision he did make, so it wasn't a surprise, but satisfying.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Just a great voice to narrate a man's experience


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the story, but I don't think I'd recommend it to a friend. There were too many problems with the story, not mention it was gruesome at times. It might be nice as a free story, but not worth paying money for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MB CORDOVA, TN, United States 03-06-14
    MB CORDOVA, TN, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Too Grisly for Me"
    Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Scott Brick?

    I read/listened to "The Program" by Mr. Hurwitz, but Mr. Brick's cadence as he is reading is annoying.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

    Not if Scott Brick is the narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    His reading style and cadence is not for me. The up and then down of every paragraph is too one-dimensional and doesn't indicate more subtle meaning like irony or dark humor.


    What character would you cut from The Survivor?

    I kept getting all the Russian names confused and ultimately didn't really care about any of the characters except maybe the dog. :-)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrash 11-17-13
    Andrash 11-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing"
    What disappointed you about The Survivor?

    the story is unrealistic the characters are not believable, the whole approach of the story is based on creating a negative feeling from a depressed and suicidal person with a personality that is hardly realistic. The mobsters are science fiction characters planted in a country and environment that we can not recognize. The whole environment from the security officer in the bank and absent police force leaves a void in the scenario. The reactions of the teenage daughter, the wife or the wives boy friend, are just not believable, maybe the author has never had a wife or children? The cast, therefore the story, does not hold together.


    Has The Survivor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, there is no difficulty differentiating the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    Scot Bricks, has exaggerated the depressive character of the person by using a naration tone of a person who has abandoned all values and is in deep depressed shock, a lost and limp soul who does not have the energy to put the next foot forward once out of bed in the morning! this exacerbates the non believable aspect of the character whose actions are more that of a person with a strong and dinamic personality. This renders the main character week and despicable. Not the kind of character that you want to read about!

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 11-02-13
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unrelentlessly grim with a ridiculous plot"

    This is one of the very few books I stopped listening to. There is no one in the book to like and the plot is absurd! The main character's situation just kept getting worse and more horrific. There are no redeeming features in the first 2 hours of listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. A. Katz 01-02-13
    J. A. Katz 01-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Too predictable. Suspend your disbelief a LOT!"

    I have listened to a lot of Gregg Hurwitz's books. I totally adored Crime Writer when I heard it. As the years have passed and Scott Brick has been chosen over and over as narrator, I am getting warn out. The plot is relatively predictable - kind of a Hurwitz formula. The drama.in.every.sentence.....added by Brick. is exhausting to listen to. There is no climax because every third sentence IS a climax.
    I had to suspend my disbelief more than I do with other writers such as Connelly, Laura Lippman, Jeffrey Deaver and David Rosenfelt. That got old too. I think I would skip the next Hurwitz book, especially if Brick narrates that one.
    This book is not impossible to listen to, just not as good as others or older Hurwitz books.

    19 of 28 people found this review helpful

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