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Publisher's Summary

In the stunning follow-up to the New York Times best-seller The Second Life of Nick Mason, the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life as he races to complete a daring and dangerous new mission.

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss, Darius Cole, behind bars for life, and kill them.

But first he has to find them - they're ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified "deep black" locations by a battalion of heavily armed US marshals charged with protecting them - and the clock is ticking. Cole is appealing his conviction, and these witnesses are either his ticket to freedom or the final nail in his coffin. If they testify, Darius Cole will never step foot in the outside world again. If they are killed, he will walk out a free man.

As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason's next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself.

In an action-packed journey that leads from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.

©2017 Steve Hamilton (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Too much is too much....

I loved the first book of the Nick Mason series , although i found it a bit stretched in terms of credibility. The sequel is seriously disappointing. It is hurried, cliched, with barely sketched characters, a laughably high body count and zero credibility..

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great listen that stretches credulity

The first Nick Mason book was a blast, a wonderful premise, powerful, action-packed story, well-written and well-narrated. What a bold departure from Hamilton's first series character.
But I did wonder how you could push this great idea past one book and keep the reader/listener buying in to the premise and maintaining our connection to the main character. Right from the outset of the first book, Nick is teetering on the edge of an impossible dilemma. We root for him to succeed and break out of the bind he is in. I enjoyed Exit Strategy, it kept me riveted even while the odds mounted. But with each plot twist and bigger obstacle thrown in his path, it grew harder to suspend my disbelief. On one hand, it is the way, as in too many action stories and films, the protagonist bounces back from vicious beatings, shootings and explosions to continue vanquishing foes like an immortal ninja. On the other, it is how the web of evil stretches further and farther from the 'simple' drug gang mastermind to something more pervasive and more mysterious. And harder to buy. The thought rose that Hamilton, a good writer, was taking the 'easy' way out by turning to the fantastic instead of more subtle, artful plot developments. I still like the series and will surely listen to book three - I hope Quintero returns simply so I can enjoy Ray Porter voicing his character - but the fresh edge is gone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I blame myself

After listening to the first book in the series, I thought I was done with Nick Mason. At least I know I am now - for sure

It's not just the level of absurd scenarios that this guy gets placed into. It's also the non-explanation of how he gets away with it.

I guess this is a world without DNA evidence as he leaves his blood everywhere. Or the fact that his fingerprints are probably on everything he leaves at the scene. Not to mention that there must be no video cameras where he goes to record his face while he's breaking into high security places..

He's also got to be the dumbest guy to not figure out what's going to happen if he does one thing or another without there being consequences. As stupid as I am for deciding to give this series one more shot.

Only Rat Porter kept me listening through this train wreck of a book..

Stupid is as stupid does. It is - So I does

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Only Ray Porter saved this book

Not a very good book, but Ray's narrative saved it from being returned. Our hero seems to be with one person in a location, then without warning is with someone else in another location. I thought I had fallen asleep several times, which I did, only to rewind and still was lost. Parts of this book were enjoyable but I would never listen twice.

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ready for the next one

I really enjoyed both the first and second book. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the series. the narrator Ray Porter is one of my favorites.

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Bad guys win

If you like unbelievable scenarios and blood and guts, this is for you. The bad guys win and not much to like. The narration was very good but even as the author tries to make you root for this Mason character, you know it is not going to end well. And it doesn't. Probably the last Nick Mason book for me.

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Wow

So where’s the next one!! Absolutely gripping. Can’t believe there isn’t a follow up!! What happened to Nick?!

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When can I get the next one?!

Loved it. I really, really hope there will be another. The only thing I felt I didn't get from this installment was the list of rules Nick lives by. In book one, his rules are clearly defined and support some of the strongest and most compelling aspects of Nick's character. Those rules also served the plot well. Otherwise, this was as compelling a modern noir story you could hope for, and it was awesome!

Porter is as capable a narrator as I've ever encountered. He does the finest accents and everything about his delivery is velvety smooth. The audiobook was so good, I cruised through this in about 24 hours.

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Well done

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really like Ray Porter as a narrator. This was a fun book all around. Hope the Nick Mason series stays alive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main Character.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Nick Mason

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Great story

I could hardly put this,book down. the plot was different and the characters likeable. very enjoyable