Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything.
Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will’s car, and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.
Suddenly these ordinary men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out just what else they’re capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fate - freedom and prison, innocence and guilt - and life and death.
©2012 Michael Kardos. Recorded by arrangement with Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2012 HighBridge Company
"Michael Kardos's soulful stories take place in that hard-luck corner of New Jersey where rock and roll dreams crash into blue-collar reality." (Tom Perrotta)
I highly recommend this book. I found it after reading an interview with the author and simultaneously feeling my go-to categories exhausted. This is a crime story, but a crime unfolding in unpredictable ways. I am partial to stories about people I can identify with, who find themselves in awful situations, and I could feel that sense of regret the characters felt for making the wrong decisions. No tortured serial murderers or brilliant puzzle players, thank god, but a compelling story that unfolds over a long weekend when old friends get together.
The only negative is that it is shorter than what I normally look for, but it was perfectly paced and the characters well developed. I may go listen to it again....
I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.
The right ending might could have brought it up to a 3 or 4, but the story kept repeating itself.
Each character voice was unique and I was able to tell who was speaking from his performance.
The story line grabbed my attention, and the detail in the characters backgrounds was good.
I drive a truck, and a good book can make a long drive seem short, however with this book I found myself turning it off and on, I had books that I was sad having reached my destination too soon, this was not one of them.
Although the plot is improbable, this book moves fast and is a good distraction if you are housecleaning or raking leaves. The development of Will, as a character, is deftly done, and the plot twists keep coming.
A high speed train of a story, with sharp turns at the end.. Very satisfying. I always enjoy this author.
I would listen to the book again
It certainly did. You never knew exactly what was going to happen next. Lots of twists and turns.
He actually made you feel like one of the characters
Great book. I would definitely recommend it and have to my friends.
A guy's weekend for old college buddies takes a bizarre turn when Jeffery robs the Milk and Bread convenience store and decides to kidnap the teenage clerk for good measure. He tosses her in the car with all his buddies and shouts 'DRIVE!'
The rest of the story is a reasonable scenario as Jeffery's buddies figure out how in hell they can get out of this mess without legal ramifications.
There are a couple of late surprises at the end of the book but it left me with a 'meh?' feeling. I give this story 3 stars as it was just moderately interesting.
The story was quasi-creative but the quality of the writing is very middle of the road. This is not Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Cormac McCarthy, etc. quality stuff.
Right up at the top.
As I listened to the narrator begin the last chapter, my jaw literally dropped. I won't elaborate for fear of spoiling it for others, but suffice it to say, I never saw it coming.
Through his narration, Mr. Chase conveyed the emotions of the characters in such a way, that you could not help but ride along the tumultuous journey with this group of friends. He gave voice to the individual characters in a distinct and believable manner and the pace of his narration was consistent and appropriate to the story. The characters came alive through his interpretation - just one of the advantages of listening to a book, rather than reading it.
How well do you really know your friends?
I started listening to audio books for the first time several months ago and I am totally hooked! I cannot imagine going back to "reading" again. I'll be looking out for other books by Mr. Kardos, on audio.
This is one of my favorite books that I have read in recent years. I am personally a fan of John Sanford's "The Prey" Series and James Patterson "Women's Murder Club" Series and this ranks with all of those!
I like Will because he is sweet, caring and a bit surprising.
No but I like the tone of his voice and narration.
Yes, when the men realize their lives have changed forever in a single moment. It makes you think about your own life and the decisions you make.
I can't wait to read more from Michael Kardos!
For all the rave reviews, this book was poorly plotted and averagely written. The ending was so dull and flat it's beyond belief.
Chase does his best with the poor material, but his voice characterizations are irritating to the ear. There are also a lot of annoying, repeated mispronunciations.
All three of them. And they'd be easy to cut, because their were all cardboard cutout cliche characters anyway.
Ignore the positive reviews. This is really a bad short book. You are guaranteed to be irritated that you spent 7.5 hours getting to the so-called "end" of this fiasco. Stay away.
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