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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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    Albert Manchester, NH, United States 04-27-13
    Albert Manchester, NH, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Scott Brick Train Wreck"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a good story but the narration was typical Brick melodrama. He makes every character sound like he or she suffers from a very deep depression. Really, it's my fault. I completely missed the fact that he was the narrator. If I had seen that, I would not have bought the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

    The ending, because I didn't have to listen to Scott Brick anymore.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find someone who understands the genre and have them narrate the book. Leave Mr. Brick to the Romance novels.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd watch it on cable.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Slidell, LA, United States 11-20-12
    Kim Slidell, LA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful"

    This book was very disappointing. I listen to audible books all of the time and this was one of the worst!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Pacific Palisades, CA, USA 05-02-13
    Larry Pacific Palisades, CA, USA 05-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Hurwitz under performs with this book..."
    Has The Survivor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    David Collacci


    What character would you cut from The Survivor?

    No thoughts on that.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several of Gregg Hurwitz's books. This is the first one I have not liked.
    I found it depressing from start to finish..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Cary, NC, United States 02-27-13
    Warren Cary, NC, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story line and Scott Brick is awsome"
    If you could sum up The Survivor in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining and enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

    The end !


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick changes his tones, shows excitement and keeps me on the edge of my seat.


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

    If you could deciede when you die...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Shelby, NC, United States 01-09-13
    Janet Shelby, NC, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "interesting"
    Would you listen to The Survivor again? Why?

    yes, it was a new and interesting story iine


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

    The moment when he finds himself inside a dangerous situation which he can help people get out of.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the emphasis on how important his family was and that he could repair the relationships which were broken.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 12-05-12
    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An okay read"

    The premise was interesting and it kept me listening but not on the edge of my seat. There are 100+ books I'd recommend before this one.

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    Linda Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, United States 10-08-12
    Linda Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A thriller to the end"
    If you could sum up The Survivor in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic audiobook


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

    His reunion with his wife and daughter


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Nate


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

    His battle at the end with ALS


    Any additional comments?

    Love Scott Brick. He really makes the story come alive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresia southeast TX, United States 06-17-13
    Teresia southeast TX, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Man and his best friend....SURVIVE"

    I was really surprised at how great this book was. The way the story is told from both the man's AND the dog's viewpoints was simply great. Family members are Marines--I didn't know they had dogs to help in the Middle East. And, I had no idea that dogs could suffer from PTSD!

    This book make me cry and laugh and smile. It was a mystery but to me the best parts were the man and the dog and how they came to know, support, trust, and love each other.

    If you love mysteries you will like this!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 09-24-12
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 09-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This is torture"

    Not since Job has the deck been stacked so heavily against the main character. Unlike Job, the tale of this survivor's travails is dreary, not counting the gripping beginning. Dreary and horrible.

    The book is stuck between several hard places. If the writing were masterpiece level, I could put up with the drag of the story, but the writing isn't. It's serviceable pulp crime writing, not distracting in its badness but not notable. That means the horrors of the plot hang there, unsupported by art.

    Not only does the character get sucked into the Iraq War to barely survive it and fail to survive it mentally, he contracts a fatal disease. Then he has bottom-feeder criminals chasing him. AND, his teenage daughter, whose life he is trying to save, hates him. Anything else? I'm surprised there was no toothache or foot rot.

    I gave it two stars and probably should have given it three, because it succeeds in bringing the cruel hoax of the war home. It reminds me that Bush and Cheney and their ilk are war criminals. In a just world, they would be in jail. Couldn't go for three, because I hated it. I occasionally read bleak fiction, but I don't want it pouring into my ear.

    5 of 20 people found this review helpful
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