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.
Yes, I am listening to another now.
I was totally into the story until heading forward the end. It became tedious and predictable. One too many characters died and I'm not referring to deaths at the very end as that's when we get into predictable. I'm referring to the whole portion that took place in the barn. It's a book that should have ended much sooner.
Yes, I have and loved all his narrations.
Yes, yell out Please Just End this Darn Book!
I thought I would give fiction another chance. Unfortunately the story drags a bit and is somewhat contrived. Not a bad way to waste six or eight hours if you have it to waste
I had a hard time turning this one off.
I wanted to listen straight through.
Scott Brick is a perfect reader for this book, and the story was non stop. No slow points!
My first read of this author and will not be my last. So many books contain bits and pieces of other stories we all have read before but Hurwitz really made many of these characters very interesting. The only complaint I had was the daughter of our hero. Did some very stupid preditable things and her emotion state was not a consistent. Found myself saying No way....she didnt do that or say that....
One of the most depressing books I have ever read. If you're thinking you are going to cheer on a hero that comes out of nowhere to save the day (aka "Die Hard") forget it. Nate is just a perpetual victim who can never seem to get it done. He is a victim of his family (who hates him), of his disease (which has come to define him), the bad guys (who want to kill him) and the police (who want to arrest him). But unlike, say, Bruce Willis in "Red" who always manages to find a way to overcome those difficulties, Nate always seems to find a way to fail. Just when you think, ok, finally he is going to be a hero again something manages to cause him to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Even his final victory is almost as much defeat as it is victory.
Scott Brick is the perfect narrator for this story. His accents are spot on and Brick has a way of being able to make anything sound depressing. I would have given him 5 stars for performance except he did too good a job at depressing me.
In short, if you are a fan of the genre where every possible thing that can go wrong does go wrong and absolutely no-one is ever happy (kind of like a daytime soap opera) you might actually love this story. If you are looking for good old action packed escapism, forget it!
I should of known that a book that begins with a suicide attempt would be depressing. It was. I was looking for an action/adventure thriller. What I got was a lingering tale of depressing people in depressing circumstances. Did I mention that this book is depressing?
Liked the main character Nate, and his wife. Daughter portrayed as quite unpleasant though her parents thought her special....
Author chose wrong disease for Nate:
ALS is very debilitating though Nate able to pull off amazing stunts while allegedly at death's door! Mostly one horrible torture story followed by unreal escape.
This is a wonderful book! On top of the great story, pacing and writing there is something here that has been missing from novels for a long time now--A good guy! The anti-hero thing is getting really old. The malaise, depression, and unending self introspection will be gone from my library for a while. That is if Mr. Hurwitz stays true to this form and of course
Scott Brick reads it
This was one of the most suspenseful books I've listened to yet, from start to finish. Of course Scott Brick does the usual outstanding performance.
I hope I can return this book. I didn't like it for a few chapters, but thought it might improve. The only word I can use to describe the point where I turned it off for good is DISGUSTING. I can't believe Scott Brick would associate himself with such gore and gruesome garbage.
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