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.
This is a great listen, however, it has, in my opinion, a few flaws.
The story is one you won't want to stop listening to, (the "sitting in the car a few extra minutes to find out what happens" kind of story). However, the interplay between Nate and his wife and daughter is beyond tedious and maudlin. Fortunately, you can skip ahead.
(And when did it become SOP by narrators to adopt the "whisper" method of reading???).
Overall, a good listen you shouldn't miss.
Very much so! I enjoyed the program and story from start to finish. It had very real characters that I sympathized with. The story line was believable and it was very easy to put yourself into his perspective.
The appearance of his long dead buddy talking to him throughout the book.
He gave the right amount of emotion to the entire program.
When he left his fathers house for the final confrontation. It was tender and touching and it was easy to get emotional guessing the end of the book.
A very very good listen. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys audiobooks.
Some of the characters were not likeable. The main character Nate has a daughter who is a spoiled brat that is disrespectful to her parents and did some really stupid things. Her idiot boyfriend was annoyng. I could tell they were in the book to do some things that were too stupid for the parents to do, so the author used the kids. The daughter, who claims she is adult and needs to be included in decisions, tells her boyfriend what her dad is involved in, then when the father finally recovers the important document he's set out to find, she opens it and then burns it! Really? And the parents do nothing and aren't mad. She is so cavalier about the situation that when the bad guys break in and go after her, I am hoping they are successful just to teach her a lesson and bring her to reality! Then when they are trying to escape, the boyfriend shows up, and he and the daugher insist he is going with them - and the parents let him in the car!
At one point Nate is with the FBI agent who wants to go pick up the family and take them to safety. Nate shouts that if the FBI do that they will be seen and put a target on his daughters head (there's already one there!), but Nate thinks he can go home, sneak through the back yard, load his family into their own vehicle, and escape? Why can he do that better than the FBI? It was just too annoying and not credible.
Nate works for the police as a death notifier. I don't know if they really have such a position but I doubt that they would give him access to all the investigation information let alone the corpse, autopsy, and evidence. The author had to come up with a way to give Nate this information and chose this mechanism which was just more than I could believe.
The appearances of the dead soldier friend was not effective for me. There are other authors who use this effectively, but here it seemed like a borrowed gimmick.
There was no real explanation of why Nate and his wife split up or why his daughter was so resentful. Nate spent a lot of time thinking about the past in ways that didn't help me understand the present day situation.
The main "bad guy" Pavlov, was a bit extreme and more than obsessed with his daugher. Killing all the witnesses to his daughter's auto accident? Not believable even for a bad guy. Then after she is dead he is in her room cutting up her clothing and underwear. It didn't add to the story.
Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Louise Penny, John Sanford, Jo Nesbo, etc.
Scott Brick is great all the way around!
No way. Besides the main character is dead.
I thought I'd like Gregg Hurwitz, but I won't listen to any more of his books. There was too much that didn't make sense (not sensible or believable), and I got tired of all the reminiscing and philosophizing about life. Nate was too sappy about his daughter when she was growing up in light of how unlikeable she was as a teenager.
I fast forwarded through a lot of it, just trying to find out what happened and come to the end.
Is there any authors out there that can create a smart group of characters? The description of this book made it sound a whole lot more interesting that it was. I was so truned off by the stupidity of the daughter and mother that I was starting to hope they did get killed. Would it be such a bad thing to write about a group that didn't lie to each other, hide information from each other and basically get themselves in situations because they are just plain stupid?
The description should have read: Brave man goes to war suffers horrible loss and returns home a shell of the man he once was. Unable to cope with his PTSD he leaves wife and daughter thinking he is giving them the life they want. Just when he thought he had reached rock bottom, he is diagnosed with ALS. Unable to cope with his life and disease, he tries to kill himself only to have the tides turn resulting in him becoming a hero with a target on his back. When crime boss of bank robbery gang tracks him down he must go against his code of honor to protect the family he left behind and who now harbors such resentment toward him that they put themselves in danger by working against him.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
No, but only because I already know what happens. It wasn't a "listen to it again" type of book, but that doesn't mean it was not still very good.
Has to be the opening bank scene.
Scott Brick R-O-C-K-S. This performance was great.
So, who is the survivor- the protagonist or the antagonist? Both?
Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.
Scott Brick always does a superb job of narration - you truly forget that you are listening to a narrator and not to individual voices. Gregg Hurwitz always provides a phenomenal story with twists & turns that are believeable and scary at the same time. Read more/listen to more Hurwitz - you will not be disappointed!
Great premise but the eminent death of the main character just hangs over the who story. There is no hope of reprieve. This alone made it difficult to enjoy the book fully. Nice set up and delivery and overall a decent listen. I imagine the author wanted to instill the hopelessness of having Lou Gehrig's disease. A bit of a bummer.
I know a book is goos when I don't want to stop my walk so I can keep listening. This book did the trick.
Crazy about books. Romance and military suspense junkie. Reviewing books is just plain old fun.
Absolutely! Wow. What a journey! I literally just finished this story and I my heart is still pounding. This story is a thrill-ride that goes from 0 to 60 in just a matter of minutes. It is deeply emotional and action-packed.
It begins with Nate Overbay's reluctant yet heroic reaction to a deadly bank heist, and quickly escalates into a harrowing fight to save his and his daughters life. He's trying to do this while having to both confront his own mortality AND sort through some very personal demons. Trust me, Nate's got alot on his plate. There are a few moments of respite, but it never truly stops.
Scott Brick just has a great voice and he really knows how to draw out the emotion of a story. I always feel like I'm right there in the book when he's narrating.
The Survivor, Never underestimate a man with something to live for.
This book was a necessary reminder of how much we take for granted everyday. Little things, like not living in a constant state of fear every time you leave your home. It really made me more grateful to the men and women on the front lines in the US Armed Forces who fight, quite literally, for our freedoms everyday. These men and women sacrifice more than I could ever understand or know. If any veterans read my review, it seems quite inadequate to say, but thank you.
Good story, not great but good. Got painfully thru 3/4 of it and just simply had to stop. Not because of the story but Scott Brick's narration. EVRYTHING is sooooo dramatic with that mans voice! It just ruins great books and I dont understand why he narrates so many. He can make something as simple as the dog in this story licking his paw sound like the end is near! If YOU like him, then get the book because the storyline and plot are worth a credit.
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