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.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
Although I really like Gregg Hurwitz and his books are always turbo charged, there are times when his exchanges between the main characters get maudlin and overextended. This is not helped by Scott Brick's feeble attempts at voicing the sensitivity being expressed. (listening to two Scott Brick books in a row is like nails on a chalkboard) Although character development is not at the top of the list in books like this, Gregg Hurwitz has done a better job than most in this genre. However, the characters in this book often become cardboard when they have sudden behavioral changes that help the protagonist out. For example, his estranged father suddenly decides to help Nate after a fifteen year absence. Nate himself suddenly becomes dedicated to his daughter after ignoring her for five years. All this is explained away by his decision to not commit suicide but I didn't buy it. The extended love scenes between Nate and his wife became so annoying that I had to turn the book off or else be drowned in butterscotch. Also, the entire storyline of the book, that Nate had to obtain the contents of the bank security box was absurd. The villain could have easily gone into the bank several weeks later with a new crew and retrieved the contents himself. One of the best parts of the book was the manner in which Hurwitz nailed the personality of a 15 year old girl in LA. She was so totally obnoxious, so totally self-absorbed and so totally out of control that how Nate could even stand to be around her was a fantasy in itself. Why he would sacrifice his life for her was beyond me. I also thought the way that PTDS soldiers were treated was a disgrace. Dumping these poor guys because they are psychologically damaged is like divorcing the guy because he has no legs. Yeah, he's scaring the daughter. So what! That's the sacrifice we all make for those who put themselves in harms way. I also thought that the ability of the Ukranians to track every step of Nate's was somewhat contrived. It reminded me of the movie, "Enemy of the State". I could see it if the tracking agency was Governmental but a small group of foreign thugs? Nah! After reviewing this comment, I'm not sure it deserves the four stars I gave it but, on the whole, if one's cynicism is suspended, its a good hurricane read.
Scott Brick's narration intensifies the action in this novel.
This novel is so action packed that you barely have time to catch your breath before the next intense scene unfolds.
Love, love love Scott Brick as a narrator. He brings incredible energy and intensity to this story.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
I liked it ....I did expect him to make the decision he did make, so it wasn't a surprise, but satisfying.
Just a great voice to narrate a man's experience
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.
I read/listened to "The Program" by Mr. Hurwitz, but Mr. Brick's cadence as he is reading is annoying.
Not if Scott Brick is the narrator.
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.
I kept getting all the Russian names confused and ultimately didn't really care about any of the characters except maybe the dog. :-)
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.
Yes, there is no difficulty differentiating the characters.
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!
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.
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.
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