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.
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.
The ending, because I didn't have to listen to Scott Brick anymore.
Find someone who understands the genre and have them narrate the book. Leave Mr. Brick to the Romance novels.
I'd watch it on cable.
No thoughts on that.
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..
Entertaining and enjoyable
The end !
Scott Brick changes his tones, shows excitement and keeps me on the edge of my seat.
If you could deciede when you die...
yes, it was a new and interesting story iine
The moment when he finds himself inside a dangerous situation which he can help people get out of.
I liked the emphasis on how important his family was and that he could repair the relationships which were broken.
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.
His reunion with his wife and daughter
His battle at the end with ALS
Love Scott Brick. He really makes the story come alive.
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!
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.
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