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 passed this one up a few times while looking through audiobooks. The story seemed a bit "meh" from the description. After listening i can tell you that's not the case. The story moves quick and keeps you interested, the book starts with action and keeps a steady pace all the way through I've already recommended it to friends. If you're on the fence, do yourself a favor and give it a listen.
The narrator was good but the voices he uses for some of the women are a bit odd and breathy. Otherwise, well done.
Literally unbelievable actions
The suspense never relaxed. The protagonist was never in control--ever!
In spite of the overly dramatic somewhat hushed tone of the reading, it seemed to work with the characters and the story.
Not much laughter. Some surprise at the "over the top" situations.
This would have been a much more believable story if not for certain way "over the top" scenes such as the public strip-tease narration of the tattoos. Totally unbelievable! Also, there were certain devices used by the daughter--such as "I never get a say..." that would have been very believable if not for the life and death threat levels. Really!!!? A teen age girl gets to run the show at critical moments??? Just stupid. This would be a parody of a horror movie because of that alone. All of the other coincidences and lucky escapes are easier to accept.
It didn't! It was sappy and predictable. The narrator was over dramatic. I found myself predicting the next lines of the narrative. It read like a B Movie
I'm a 54 year old mail carrier. I listen to books around 6 hours a day. Listening to just about any fiction genre. Just starting to review.
I didn't read it in print
The first scene and the rooftop.
One of the best books I have listened to in years. I don't write many reviews I had to write something about this book.
I liked the story line a lot. It might be better as a written story.
As an audible it was too long making the story seem too far fetched. However, the narrator kept you listening till the end.
I would recommend this book.
It was a great story that didn't follow the routine story line and Scott Brick as always, is a great narrator.
Will be looking for additional books by this author.
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