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Vanished | [Joseph Finder]

Vanished

Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.
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Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed.

Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night. After being attacked in Georgetown, his mother lies in a coma, and his step-dad, Roger, Nick's brother, has vanished without a trace. Nick and Roger have been on the outs since the arrest, trial, and conviction of their father, the notorious "fugitive financier" Victor Heller. Where Nick strayed from the path, Roger followed their father's footsteps into the corporate world. Now, as Nick searches for his brother, he's on a collision course with one of the most powerful corporations in the world - and they will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

©2009 Joseph Finder; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    C. Glupker Michigan 08-25-09
    C. Glupker Michigan 08-25-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Story Line"

    The narrator isn't so bad until he does the teenage boy. That nasal thing is annoying. Otherwise it's a great story, although it does take a few stretches of the imagination, but that's what fiction is all about. I would recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dharma1088 08-24-09
    dharma1088 08-24-09 Member Since 2007
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    "booooooorrring"

    what a disappointment! I loved Finder's earlier books but this was mostly filler. It would have made a mediocre short story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georgie Girl southfield, MI, USA 08-23-09
    Georgie Girl southfield, MI, USA 08-23-09
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    "Thoroughly Entertaining!"

    Joseph Finder is a master of his craft...and suspense is definitely his craft. The narrator, Holter Graham, is superb. I've listened to him in other works. He has an awesome voice for this style of writing. The characters came alive..and, well, went through a lot of changes throughout the story. The reader and the novelist=Great Listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JerryL 08-23-09
    JerryL 08-23-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Corny, weak story a waste of time!"

    Terrible story and narration.

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    Aidan Gilbert, AZ, USA 08-30-09
    Aidan Gilbert, AZ, USA 08-30-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Poor to say the least..."

    I just got done listening to the masterful and superbly narrated Rain Gods by James Lee Burke and I know that is a very hard act to follow but this really was awful. The writing and the annoying narrator.

    I was actually a fan of Finder and thought that his earlier books were pretty good. They were both witty and interesting. I feel as though the target audience is in the 10 year old range for this latest book. I also feel that he got a little Grisham "Street Lawyer" esq. in using the medium to vent, in this case about the horrors of tortue, extraordinary rendition and Haliburton and all the rest of it. I'm listening to a novel not CNN or NYT. Also was extremely tired of the incessant name dropping of current gadgets. Do I really need to know that the little wimp had white headphones on from his iPod and on and on and on...

    I wouldn't waste your time or credits on this.

    Sorry Mr. Finder - go back to writing about business from the inside/first person and leave the special forces tough guy stuff to the others. There is only one Mitch Rap and this guy was a wimp.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 05-31-12
    Kitty Reno, NV 05-31-12 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Narrators are so important..."

    I have 971 titles in my library and have finished all but one book. I quit the book because of the narrator. This may be the second time that I do not finish a book and it is because of the narrator. I find myself wandering and having to go back and pick up the story again. His voice isn't actually that bad, the problem arrises when he tries to be the sister in law or the teenage son. He becomes nasal and whining. I will continue to listen to this and hope that I can remember the story line by the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steffen berlinGermany 10-05-09
    Steffen berlinGermany 10-05-09
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    "Great plot-shame about narrator"

    Finder rarely disappoints.
    The plot is crisp, takes unexpected turns, keeps your attention.
    however, only 4 stars, as the narrator had the (unfortunately) annoying urge/idea that women and teenagers need to have needling, whiny voices, which made set my teeth on edge.
    Amazingly enough, there is even a bonus interview with the narrator and author, where the narrator goes into great detail why he chose those voices: sorry, no matter what you thought, it's not working!!!
    if you can clench your teeth and get through those parts, buy the audio, if not: buy the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Vanished"

    I really enjoyed this book. You sure will not be bored. Order it!!

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    Marian Columbia, MO, United States 08-30-09
    Marian Columbia, MO, United States 08-30-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Fast paced, thoroughly enjoyable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, despite what others have said, thought the narrator was superb. I haven't particularly enjoyed Joseph Finder's last couple of novels, which were only so-so. However, Vanished represents a return to the action-packed, rough and tumble novel that I like so much from Finder, novels like Paranoia! Great book... I can't wait for the next Nick Heller novel.

    My only complaint is that at the end of the book, we are told that there is a PDF containing Gabe's graphic novel on the CD. But there appears to be no way to obtain this PDF with the Audible version, much to my disappointment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-06-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Really well done mystery."

    I was engaged all the way. But the audiobook narrator was annoying.

    I loved the way Nick and the reader learn things and clues along the way. No tell-all at the end. There were many interesting things, like the way Nick repeatedly set off window alarms to get in a building. I liked what he did with a FedEx envelope. I liked what he did to a key card. I liked how Nick learned something about Roger by what the father accidentally said.

    Someone compared Nick Heller to Jack Reacher (by author Lee Child). He was similar in that he took-on three guys at once and beat them in hand-to-hand combat. The Reacher books have more fighting scenes than this book. This book had Nick fighting about twice. That’s not a complaint, just a comparison. Finder might be a little better with plotting.

    I “require” happy endings. And the ending was good for me.

    The Nick chapters were 1st person, and then many chapters were 3rd person which was well done. I don’t like 1st person, but if you have to do it, this is the way to go.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Holter Graham.
    I was annoyed with the narrator using weird voices for Gabe and Lauren (the stepson and wife of the missing guy Roger). He sounded the opposite of constipated. He sounded like he had to go to the bathroom but was holding it in and holding his breath. It was really off-putting. Other characters also had the “holding the breath” feel.

    In an interview the narrator said he wanted Gabe to have a voice that cracked like many 15-year-old boys. The idea is ok, but the voice ended up being more weird than authentic. Also Graham’s voice for Nick sounded like a college kid instead of an adult ex-military guy.

    However Graham did have a good general narration style.

    Genre: mystery suspense.

    OTHER BOOKS:
    This is book 1 in the Nick Heller series. They do not need to be read in order, but I’d recommend it. Book 2 is “Buried Secrets.”

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