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Downfall

By: Jeff Abbott
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
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Publisher's Summary

She is a good mother. She will do what she must to ensure that her daughter Diana has a perfect life, just as perfect as the one they've led for the past seven years. No matter who has to die.  

The simplest beginnings can unravel a life. For Sam Capra, it is the moment a beautiful young woman walks into his San Francisco bar.  

Sam doesn't want trouble. An ex-CIA agent, his only desire now is to build a quiet, peaceful home for himself and his infant son. But Diana Keene is no ordinary customer. She's pursued by two gunmen, and when she finds Sam, she whispers an urgent, desperate plea: "Help me." And without any warning, Sam is thrust into a fight for his life. For Diana is being hunted by a deadly network - a shadowy alliance of select, influential men and women who use their connections, their authority, and their wealth to bend the world to their will. Now, this network aims its relentless fury against the man interfering with their plans to seize a new level of power: Sam Capra.  

Threatened on all sides, Sam has only one hope to survive the network's all-consuming attack and return to his life with his son....he must destroy the man who owns the people who run the world. 

©2013 Jeff Abbott (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Abbott is one of the best thriller writers in the business, and he delivers action and complex characters in an explosive cocktail. The next Capra novel cannot come fast enough." (Associated Press on The Last Minute)

"[An] edgy, seat-of-your-pants spy caper." (Entertainment Weekly on Adrenaline

"Like Adrenaline, this is a fast-paced thriller with a likable, morally conflicted hero. Sam is in a difficult situation, seemingly forced to commit murder to find his son, and - this is a testament to Abbott's skills as a storyteller--we really don't know whether he will follow through. The book ends on an upbeat note, giving Sam a certain amount of closure. Still, let's hope Abbott isn't through with Sam. He's a very well drawn character, and it would be nice to see him again." (Booklist on The Last Minute

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Entertaining Dan Capra thriller

Author Jeff Abbott certainly keeps the action going. I'm not huge fan of this author or this series, but Downfall is a worthwhile listen.

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Not My Combination...

I'm afraid I only made it 30 minutes into this one...

I've always thought a good reader could save a mediocre book and a mediocre reader could sink a good book. Unfortunately I'm not sure what happened here...

The readers' corny, overheated tone starts from a position of mild hysteria and goes from there. This soap opera-ish approach get ahead of the listener's involvement in the story...drama before you have a chance to get involved.

I'm not familiar with the writer's other work, the melodrama of the writing is not aided by this tone.

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Mission Impossible, Bourne Identity, Taken, all rolled into one

Characters embroiled in layer upon layer of deception. Exciting and entertaining in parts but by and large so far fetched that it loses its grip on credibility.

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Sort of romance novels for guys

I listened to three Capras in a row and my takeaway is twofold; stronger editing would shorten the books by a third, and they read like romance novels for guys. Breathy “my son, my son!” lamentations, women who are never quite what they seem, and the battle between good guy and hero. Just put Fabio on the cover and it’s Harlequin for the fellas.

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Disappointed

Very disappointed with this audio book. First two books were very good and I enjoyed them

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Very entertaining

If you like Sam Capra, you won't be disappointed. Story occasionally dragged out but they were multiple very enjoyable twists.

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adrenaline rush

What made the experience of listening to Downfall the most enjoyable?

it was one twist after another while keeping the twists believable, blending them together in a seamless manner.

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Great Installment in the Sam Capra Series

Fast paced and lots of action. Left with a bit of cliff hanger. I can't wait for the next one to come out. If you liked the previous books, you will probably like this one.