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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Scott Brick has become one of my favorite narrators. He is always engaging in the way he presents the material. I think he did a very good job with foreign accents. Well done.
The story was very interesting. We went back and picked up some history and the flow was good bringing us back to the present.
In amongst the mystery, suspense and action we had scattered touching family stuff. I am an old softy, a father, grandfather and great grandfather to girls. And these stories touched me deeply.
Hit all the buttons; action, mystery, engaging characters and well paced with great narration. Worth the credit!
I stopped listening to this book about three times, not able to take any more of the main character's whining, self-pity, maudlin, poor me I'm dying voice. The premise of his terminal disease only made all his internal (and infernal) overdone ruminations worse.
Now I'll tell you what I really think....
My response to this character was fifty percent the writing and fifty-one percent Scott Brick's breathy, sappy, droning until I wanted to yell, move along, move along, nothing to see here.
What did I actually like about this book, you might ask, seeing as I gave it three stars? I liked the different take on the villain, who actually has a past and a reason for his being so villainous and creepy. For the most part, the writing was good except when Nate would carry on endless thoughts about his ex-wife and daughter until my teeth ached.
So the only reason I continued listening until the end was to find out what happened, so I guess that's one star in its favor.
This book gets rolling right out of the gate, and it hooked me immediately.
The main character seems to always behind the eight ball, even before he runs afoul of the Ukrainian mob. The story is wonderfully paced, deftly alternating between action and suspense.
Scott Brick is an exemplary narrator, as always.
I am SO glad I took a chance on this book!
This was my second Hurwitz book, my first was Orphan X, which I absolutely loved. I like the variety in Hurwitz's books; one book is about an assassin, another about the Ukrainian mob. Many other authors I've read are one-trick ponies; they write only about spies or assassins or conspiracies, etc. Really looking forward to the next "surprise" subject from Hurwitz.
One note however...whoever said this book had clean language clearly got this book mixed up with another one they read. Language in The Survivor was anything but clean...had more than its share of s- and f-bombs. I know it's not a big deal for many, but I wanted to set the record straight for those who would be concerned about language.
what a story!! absolutely wonderfully well written and narrated. draws you in and wraps up "perfectly". the trials that nate goes through are heart breaking but it's amazing to see his transformation.
Off to a great start the book stalls into a downward spiral of every depressing buzzword of the 21st century. Who ever said I want a main character with PTSD ALS divorced and suicidal. Characters are stereotypes approaching caricatures. booooo
edge,of your seat suspense
too many to choose just one
Scott Brick is by far the best on any audio book
This was so good, I listened to it twice but Hurwitz keeps you on the edge of your seat constantly
This book did not disappoint and Scott Brick enhances the enjoyment.
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