Sam doesn't have a business card. Nothing that says Samuel W. Callahan, Political Tracker, Esq. Instead, he gets paid to hide in crowds, following candidates on the campaign trail to record their every misstep, public and private. It's something Sam's oddly good at since he grew up on the streets. And it's not like he has anyone waiting for him at home. After a life spent in and out of foster care, Sam isn't very good at getting close to people, or letting people get close to him. He just needs enough money to finish up at Georgetown Law and find a decent job so he can finally stop running.
But when Sam witnesses something that could destroy a rising political star, he has no choice but to run. In the line of fire, Sam must outrun the memories of his past if he wants to have any hope of outrunning an assassin's bullets.
©2015 Chad Zunker (P)2016 Chad Zunker
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Shelley is one of the Audible listeners I follow. Just after midnight today I received an email from Audible with Shelley's review of The Tracker by Chad Zunker. I have learned that when Shelley writes a 5 star review, I need to buy the novel because her taste in novels s similar to mine. On the Audible Listener page her reviews usually are listed in the first spot under the "More Mysteries & Thrillers Reviewers".
The Tracker is the recently released first novel by Chad Zunker. It is also the first novel in what will be the Sam Callahan series. It is a wonderful story that likely best fits in the espionage genre although there is no international intrigue. It is a great mystery/thriller with near constant suspense.
It will be fascinating to see where this series goes. It has great potential as espionage as well as legal thrillers.
New author Chad Zunker impresses me with his first novel as few authors have. I could cite Michael Koryta or Lee Child, but The Tracker is better in my opinion than the first published effort of either.
The combination of a wonderful novel and superb narration make The Tracker a must read mystery/thriller.
Finally, the least expensive way to buy this audiobook is using Whispersync for Voice at Amazon.com. When one buys the Kindle version for $5.99 the Audible version costs only $1.99 for total cost $7.98. The Audible member price of the book is $13.96 and each Audible credit costs $9.56 to $14.95 depending on the plan.
Never listened to JustinTorres before but thought he did a great job. Will certainly look for more with him narrating.
I listened to it in one day.
Very very good book. Nonstop suspense from the first paragraph. Sam Callahan has been shuffled around his whole life, given up at birth, lived on the streets and spent time in juvenile detention for car theft at 16 y/o. Taken in by a minster he had previously helped out, who saw potential in him. Sam completed his GED and went on to college with a goal of becoming a street lawyer. To earn $ he becomes a "tracker". Basically he gets hired to watch politicians for indiscretions their opponents can use against them.
Within minutes of the beginning of the book and only days before the presidential election Sam records a video on his phone of the presidential front runner kill a woman in a hotel room. Sam is spotted and the race is on. Multiple agencies are involved, some want to help him, some want to kill him and Sam has no idea which is which. Meanwhile everyone of his friends that he talks to is murdered. He's afraid for his girlfriend and his mother's lives.
The fast pace of the story is believable. No super human tricks but instead street smarts and intelligence.
No spoilers but this book has a completely unexpected yet so satisfying ending.
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I have read some other reviews some good and some not so good, I tend to come down midway and say this is an okay book. Most likely it deals with a subject I have little concern about in my reading choices.
It's about the corruption in everyday political life, catching up with CERTAIN "wrong Doers"
And making them pay through extortion or some other expedient means.
The hour and min. Countdown that continued throughout the book got old quick, infact it was extremely distracting
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, a net's a collection of holes tied together with string. And yet it works to catch a lot of big, experienced fish. "The Tracker's" like that. The plot's got more holes than a Florida Presidential ballot - but the book netted my attention. I liked it. Chad Zunker must be a really competent writer... he suspended my disbelief. It was like we were in a conspiracy to enjoy this story together. Sam Callahan's one of those super hero characters who've improbably collected every tool to battle an army of Special Forces trained killers.
And yet... it was fun the way he did it. Justin Torres kept everyone apart like a good ref between middle weights. I don't know if I'll buy another book by Zunker. But this one? Hey, I got my money's worth.
There's a story in there somewhere, but it needs a heavy dose of Elmore Leonard writing. His view was that a book should not contain "the parts you skip." Every chapter, every paragraph should move the story forward. The characters here are just okay. The dialogue is just okay. The plot is just okay. No memorable similes or metaphors. There's no humor. There's no philosophical musing where a reader might gain insight into life or politics. It's all Wonder Bread literature.
Very very likable characters. Fast paced. Enough detail yet doesn't get bogged down (could use a bit more actually). Surprise twists. I like the way we learn about Sam's life, what made him who is is while the current story line keeps advancing. The narrator does a good job. Suggest that whomever produced the audiobook work on putting the chapters together more smoothly - sometimes the transition from one chapter to the next was a bit abrupt or quick forcing me a few times to catch up with the story. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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