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 was my first Hurwitz book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Great drama with a few edge of your seat moments.
As a father of three, this book did make me feel grateful all of my kids are boys. The protagonist's teenage daughter was a massive pain in the ass and there were (many) moments in this book I caught myself hoping the Ukrainians would catch her.
Joking. Kind of.
The first few chapters were engrossing. Then it became not thrilling ridiculous, but just plain stupid ridiculous. When the daughter started to play more into the story by being the idiot, and consoled by her parents that her stupidity didn't cost them all their lives, I had to stop listening. Why are the Ukrainians taking unnecessary risks to threaten the family and bring attention to themselves? It doesn't make sense. It takes you out of any belief about the characters and storyline, and makes you lose interest. Or it definitely did for me!
A thrilling ride from page one and as always Scott Brick's narration is the best in the business. I could not put this down until I finished it.
Is the story so lame it is bad, or so bad it is lame? That is the only question. After suffering through 50 chapters of outlandish storyline and characters, I simply turned it to the end to report this. Cause of death: Stupid book.
A book that is all but impossible to put down. Just when one thinks it must end a very plausible new event occurs and once more has the reader on pins and needles wondering how Nate will overcome this new development, or if he will.
I did not like this book and I could only barely get through it. The author droned on and on repeating the same descriptions or the same circumstances over and over and over. There was action at the beginning and again at the end sandwiching some of the most boring dialogue ever. The narrator was pretty good and kept my attention just enough to get through the book. After all, he could only read what was written. Plot twists were at an all time low....
I am not a huge Gregg Hurwitz fan and bought this book when it was on sale fully expecting to return it based upon a few of his other books I read. Shockingly, this book was really good and one I would recommend. It kept me engaged and wondering what would happen next. Wasn't horribly predictable and not totally unrealistic. If you are easily offended by profane language then be warned; there are several "F" bombs. Not a ton, but more than enough, and sadly most completely unneeded. If you can get past that then the book is quite good.
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