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Publisher's Summary

This tie-in novel to Fox's groundbreaking TV show 24 answers the question of what happened to CTU agent Jack Bauer after the thrilling final moments of the last season. The time is 5:00 PM. One hour ago, federal agent Jack Bauer was declared a fugitive. If he wants to survive, he must get out of the country, and he doesn’t have much time. With his former colleagues in the Counter Terrorist Unit now dead, under arrest, or shut down, Jack has no resources to call upon, no back-up, and nowhere to go - only his determination can drive him on. One thing remains clear to him: the promise he made to his daughter Kim. Jack vows that he will see Kim one last time to tell her he loves her - before he drops off the radar forever. Meanwhile, a hastily-assembled FBI task force set out to track down and capture Jack, even as a covert operations unit of Russia’s SVR set out to do the same - only the remit of the Russians is to kill on sight. As the clock runs down, Jack must face old friends and past enemies in a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the hunters, leaving them with a grim warning - Stay out of my way, and I’ll be gone within 24 hours. You’ll never see me again. Come after me - and you’ll regret it.

©2014 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 08-20-18

Action A Plenty

This was a great filler to help with the absence of Jack Bauer. It definitely felt like a 24 book, though the danger was more centralized to Jack instead of the global scale 24 fans are used to seeing. I did like how it took over right after the events of Season 8 and pulled in some characters from the show. Reading about some of 24's favorite characters made me reminisce and brought on that same nostalgic feeling I get when reading the 24 novels. It actually made me want to re-watch Season 8 to remember more clearly how it ended. In this book, Jack is on his way to saying goodbye to Kim and he has both the FBI and the Russians searching for him. He calls up and old friend to help him out and the action doesn't seem to cease. You definitely can feel the angst Bauer is feeling, and it definitely picks up flawlessly where Season 8 ended. The progression of the story definitely seems logical, and fits with the rest of the story-line. I am not sure I would have liked it as much if I had not been familiar enough with the characters beforehand, however. I feel that it would have been too confusing if that were the case. However, since I am familiar, it really was an enjoyable read, and definitely gets me interested in reading more in the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Jack is not to be messed with!

Would you consider the audio edition of 24: Deadline to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print, but the audio version was worth the listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Is this really a question? Jack 'freaking' Bauer. Why? Let me think, Jack Bauer doing what he does best, out thinking, and hurting people in innovative ways. He is the ultimate survivalist and this story showcases that.

What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought life to the characters and accents where needed. His voice seemed a little odd to me at first, but it quickly grew on me and matched perfect with the book sequences.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When I figured out who the assassin was. I had been missing her as of late. I was then in one glorious sentence, reunited with her. Also, when Jack's partner got the bad deal of the stick. I don't want to give too much away, but I didn't see that coming. I felt your pain Jack.

Any additional comments?

If you love 24. Get this audio book. I am not sure why other listeners didn't care for it, but I write action novels and read them, so I'd like to think I know what's good and what's not. This was a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jack Bauer for President.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed but still love Jack

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I kept getting lost as the story line seems to jump. Also, feel a stronger male voice should read the audit book.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Swallow? Why or why not?

Yes, anything about Jack Bauer I would give more than one, two or more chances

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Confusing

Was 24: Deadline worth the listening time?

Not really, but would do it again

Any additional comments?

I hope the next audio book about 24 will be more deliberate in the story line and will be read by a stronger male voice.

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Great Parallel to the 24 Series

I was so pleased to have found this book. As a huge fan of the "24" series, it was so easy to visualize the characters as I listened to the story. The writing and the narration is great. My only suggestion to the narrator is that he could have used a lowered pitched voice when reciting Jack's lines to match that deep, velvet-like voice of Kiefer Sutherland. My one suggestion to the author is to please write more audio books on the "24" series. I'd buy every one of them!

This book was an excellent listen and kept me engaged from beginning to end, twice now!

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Good book

It was a very good book with Jack Bauer. If you like 24 you will love this book!!!

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Very Satisfied

At first I wasn't sure the pacing would match the show, but one third of the way in I was hooked. Jack Bauer is one of my favorite heroes and enjoyed this continuation of his tormented hero's journey

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  • DK
  • 10-12-17

I'm a Little Late to the Party–Jack Bauer *swoon*


💥 I met Jack Bauer through binge-watching the series on Amazon. I was so excited to see 2 audiobooks available on Audible. However, neither of them started at the beginning. I did enjoy 24: Deadline, though. It is very good, well written and deserves 5 stars.

I absolutely loved Fred Berman's performance. It is also deserving of 5 stars.

Action packed, full of energy and worthy of overall 5 stars.

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Great addition to the 24 series.

Would you consider the audio edition of 24: Deadline to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

Typical Jack Buer... nuff said.

Which scene was your favorite?

All actions scenes were done in 24 fashion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Great book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rick
  • Hixson, TN, United States
  • 08-08-14

Not a worthy prequel to Live Another Day

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No - the story was more applicable to a late teenager / early twenties reader looking for a time waster novel. This title is nowhere near the work produced by - for example - 24 Screenwriter Vince Flynn, nor does it come close to any of the other major series in this genre. I am a die hard 24 fan, and am sad to say I am disappointed.

Has 24: Deadline turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - this title is simply lacking.

Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. I thought his vocal performance was quite good, though I must say his voice never grew on me. If you like his voice, you will find a good vocal performance here.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, too predictable, not worthy of the title 24.

Any additional comments?

I had very high hopes that this novel would be a knock out, but unfortunately was disappointed. The story seemed to be a 'bolt on' in order to waste time while the 'ultimate goal' of Jack could be accomplished. Sorry for being vague, but I don't wish to spoil the plot for those willing to give it a shot.

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  • Chris
  • 12-11-14

No Let-up in the ride

If you could sum up 24: Deadline in three words, what would they be?

Fast Paced excitement

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Bauer. He has his target and goes for it, and he cares about what he is doing - he is human

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are so many which show different aspects of this complex character to pick out just one.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Action All The Way.

Any additional comments?

The book picks up where the eighth TV series ended and answers many of the questions not answered. I wish I had been able to listen to it all in one go. I will definitely listen to it again. Bring us more of these stories - please

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  • Paul
  • 10-09-14

Love 24 then get this..

Would you listen to 24: Deadline again? Why?

Maybe in the distant future, it's not much fun when you know whats going to happen.

What did you like best about this story?

Jacks Back and kicks more ass than the entire US marines.

What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Fred delivers Jack and leaves his enemies kicking and screaming

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If only I had that kind of time.