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.
I have never read the print version.
Yes somewhat, trying to figure out how the villain always found the hero.
When the two protagonists were on the roof with the good guy keeping the bad guy from falling to his death, it was kind of poetic justice.
Some of the parts of the book were too predictable.
The Narrator was very talented, pulling you into the story with his ability to change tone, infliction and accent.
The way it is written, you really feel for the characters
Too hard to pick one. Scott did an incredible job
Yers, I did, but I couldn't because I had to leave work!
Scott Brick can make any book exciting - I search for books he narrates.
beginning in the bank
Great book to listen to.
Executed well enough, with decently memorable characters. Fits of heavy-handedness and outlandishness detract, but mostly it just didn't leave much of an impression.
I totally enjoyed the survivor. Non stop suspense. And the narrator was excellent. Often I thought there was more than one reader. I love this book and all the chapters came to life each day. I couldn't wait to get in car to listen.
I started with this author with "You're Next" so thought I would try another. Really enjoyed Scott Brick's narration and do again in this book. Am liking both this author and narrator!
First of all Gregg Hurwitz has an incredible sense of imagery. You can absolutely see the story as it's being read. Scott Brick is a consummate narrator. He captures the story eloquently. I could not put it down. His characters are vivid, the story is movie material and should be adapted for one. This is a MUST READ. Don't miss this. I'm ready for another Gregg Hurwitz novel.
I hated to stop listening to this book and I couldn't wait to begin again. This story has "it all!" Unexpected plots twists, great family interactions, realistic emotions, and lots of action. I have already recommended it to several other people.
I enjoyed this book but couldnt get away from the feeling of a looming predictable conclusion. That said, it is well read and worth a listen if you have a spare credit.
This is the first book by this author that I have listened to or read. Loved the story and as usual, Scott Brick does a wonderful reading! Will be looking for other works by this author.
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