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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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    Debra 11-26-12
    Debra 11-26-12

    Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.

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    "Did not disappoint!"

    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!

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    Brian St George, KS, USA 11-24-12
    Brian St George, KS, USA 11-24-12 Member Since 2007

    Owner of a cabinet company and heating and air company. Love miniature animals. I have a baby pot bellied pig, four pigmy goats, many types of quail & pheasants, ducks & guineas. I love to work and so I listen to books constantly. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is my all time favorite book.

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    "He Didn't - I Did"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Westmount, QC, Canada 11-05-12
    Marie Westmount, QC, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Very, very good!"
    Where does The Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-19-12
    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-19-12

    Book-crazy. Romance novels, military suspense and thrillers are my favorite genres to read. Reviewing books soothes me.

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    "Another Hit For Gregg Hurwitz"
    Where does The Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    The Survivor, Never underestimate a man with something to live for.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    MamaDee 10-18-12
    MamaDee 10-18-12
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    "Scott Brick...UGH!!"

    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    elaine South Bend, IN, United States 10-11-12
    elaine South Bend, IN, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a Fairy Tale"
    Where does The Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Funny, sad, depressing, poignant, heart- attacker good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate had so many sides to his personality, that you were never sure what he was about to do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle at the end was quickly over, but you waited for it throughout the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. Just when you were almost too moved, something funny would usually happen.


    Any additional comments?

    I first thought that it was going to be a depressing, preachy story. Then it takes off and never stops--never.

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    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 10-03-12
    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 10-03-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I'd give it 6 STARS if I could"

    Since I heard Gregg Hurwitz first novel, I've been hooked and I've listened to all of them. When I saw Survivor had been released, I bought it immediately. This is the best ever. I couldn't put it down, which is to say I listened straight through with only a few hours of sleep in the middle. It's an original, not like anything else I've read. Hurwitz combines elements I would never have believed could be in the same novel and does it brilliantly. I want so much to write about some of the things I felt as I listened and how many times I changed my mind about the ending but I don't want to give even a minute of this away. You deserve to take this adventure on your own. I recommend it without reservation. Yes there are some blood and guts, so if that bothers you and you can't force yourself to fast forward through those when they occur, then I guess it's not for you, but there's so very much more to it than that. I hope Hurwitz is well into his next book. I'm already in line to buy it.

    But I can't end this without mentioning Scott Brick. I listen to 3-4 books every week and he is one of my absolute favorites. I think he is the perfect match for this book and give him 6 stars as well.

    Enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn LEMONT, IL, United States 09-24-12
    Shawn LEMONT, IL, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "GOOD LISTEN -"
    What did you like best about The Survivor? What did you like least?

    Interesting story line, good pace, I'm a fan of narrator, Brick always a great preformance. I thought the ending was a little predictable but well worth the listen.


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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.


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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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