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Ex-DEA agent Jesse Warden has seen enough of the inside of a solitary confinement cell to last him a lifetime. Or two lifetimes, which is the sentence he's serving after being convicted of a crime he was planning to commit but never did. So when an old buddy shows up with a deal that could spring him from his hell behind bars, he's ready to listen.

To gain his freedom, Jesse must infiltrate a dangerous and reclusive religious cult that has been stockpiling weapons and eliminating those sent to investigate. From the moment he arrives in the Idaho mountain town where the cult is centered, Jesse finds every aspect of life dictated by the group's eerie, imposing leader. Pitted against not only the cult but the feds who sent him, Jesse feels control of his own life slipping away and must make a final, desperate attempt to regain it - or die trying.

©1994 Stuart Woods (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Outstanding story

I have read most of Stuart Woods's books and this one I couldn't stop listening too! Tony Roberts Did a great job narrating this book as always.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I normally like Stuart Woods

What would have made Heat better?

This book was just too unbelievable. Moved to slow...

What was most disappointing about Stuart Woods’s story?

Not believable

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tony Roberts?

Don't know

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

You'll thank me if you don't read this book.

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HEAT

This i.s the most remarkable book I have read in a very long time.It is very lengthy. This is a good thing,time is needed for such a thought provoking READ!

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Loved it!

Great story line, and narration. It was twisty. I liked that Jesse was humble and believable. Not rich and entitled.

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  • Maryann
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 01-30-18

Good dime store novel

A fun improbable book. The narrator was fine with narrative, but his characters were not. Particularly the protagonist was down right awful. He sounds like a 12 year old which detracts from the listen. I found myself cringing when our hero speaks. The antagonists voices were good. So proceed at you own discretion. On the positive side the story was so much fun I continued to listen. You can read full descriptions from other reviewer's so I can only share my opinion. And you know what they say about opinions. So why you say or my stars conflicting well I guess I just enjoy a good trashy novel now and again and this was certainly enjoyable.

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1st half mystery, 2nd half thriller. Slow narrator

I enjoyed this audiobook on balance, although the plot was beyond belief at times. The publisher's summary gives an outline of the story. Roughly speaking, the first half is of the book is more or less a mystery; the second is more like a thriller. Stuart Woods is a good writer, with vivid characters and descriptions. The plot however is a bit over the top, with an ordinary, self-educated man (Jesse) transformed into a kind of superhero by the end.

This version is narrated by Tony Roberts, who does a good job but reads much too slowly for my taste. I listened to most of the book at twice regular speed but which sounded almost normal, whereas I usually cannot even understand a a reader at that rate. This is 11 hrs, 19 min long, which may be compared with an older edition, narrated by Richard Ferrone, that lasts only 10hrs, 15 min, more than an hour shorter, and Ferrone is not a particularly fast speaker. Other readers who are satisfied with thrilling adventures for their own sake understandably gave this book a higher rating.

The leader of a religious cult, Jack Gene Coldwater, is a kind of fanatic fostering a following in a small, remote town in Idaho by both personal charisma and ruthless power. Although he does get off on exercising power and authority, he does not seem to take great pleasure in it. It is just a means to a narcisstic but obscure end.

Another issue with the plot was this: Jesse's wife had died, although they had a daugher on whom he doted. When he went to jail, presumably for life, his daughter was not put into foster care but put up for adoption without his consent. (This is in the early 1990's.) Perhaps a reader more knowledgeable than I can tell me whether that is even legally possible.

This review, together with spoilers, may also be found on Goodreads.

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  • Kevin
  • Tulare, CA
  • 01-06-18

Another great story from Stuart Woods

I really enjoyed this story. I liked the the main character Jesse and found Jack Gene to be interesting I guess it is a requirement in cult leaders. I will recommend the story to friends.

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Woods & Roberts are the best!

I’m catching up on the earlier books. This one is circa 1994. Sooooo goood...I actually gasped at a couple of revolutions.
Tony Roberts is one of the best male voice actors!! There was one point that “Stone” was heard! It was very noticeable, if you’re a huge fan! This book is way before we got Stone books. 😊

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Jessie

Omg I wasn't ready when Jessie got caught by cold water. I was like Noooooooo he came so far to get caught up like that. Great book, one of my favorites

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