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Publisher's Summary

Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life by taking the chief-of-police job in a sleepy, affluent bedroom community far from the chaos and crime of Los Angeles.

But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change when three young men, fleeing the robbery of a mini-mart, invade a tightly secured home and take the family hostage.

Plunged back into the high-pressure world that he has desperately been trying to put behind him, Talley finds his nightmare has barely begun, because this isn't just any house. It belongs to a brilliant white-collar criminal who launders money for L.A.'s renegade franchise of La Cosa Nostra. And the accountant's records of the incriminating money trail that lie within will put L.A.'s most lethal and volatile crime lord, Sonny Benza, behind bars.

As Talley desperately tries to save the innocents inside, the full weight of Benza's wrath descends on him, putting Talley and his own family at risk. Soon, all involved are held hostage by the exigencies of fate and the only one capable of diffusing the crisis is the least stable of them all.

©2004 Robert Crais; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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one of the best of Crais!

my only regret is that this book didn't last longer. James Daniels is one of the best narrators I've encountered!

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  • Nyoka
  • Brownstown, MI, United States
  • 10-10-14

Well worth the credit

This book kept my interest all the way thru, I was really into it so much that I finished it in one day..it kept me in suspense till the end, I would recommend you get it..

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  • Rajesh
  • Ahmedabad Gujarat India
  • 10-09-14

More than the conventional Hostage thriller

This book is fast paced, a bit faster than you will expect. There is no dull moment and never does the author linger into describing the mountains. It is a thriller to the core. It is not a conventional hostage drama, the twist and turns surprise and keep you gripped. Any lover of thrillers will thoroughly enjoy it. It will not be really worth describing the character and plot in the review. The character building is also as fast as the rest of the book. But the book is not about the character, it is how the characters behave in crises. Speed and Thrills. Worth the credit!

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 10-04-14

Good suspense!

This book was well worth the time and credit. I got it because I enjoyed a later book by this author. Plus James Daniels is a favorite narrator. All in all a good book.

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fast paced - exciting - what a ride!

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

I LOVED this audiobook. The plot gets more and more complicated as more players enter in to the situation but it's easy to follow what's going on and nothing gets lost in the shuffle. I couldn't put this book down.

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Not one of his best

I like this author's Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books and loved Suspect but I couldn't really get into this one. If it had been maybe a little shorter I would have enjoyed it more. It seemed to drag in places and I would get tired of listening. Three young men hold up a convenience store and accidentally kill the proprietor so they go on the run. They hole up in a house which happens to be the home of the accountant who launders money for the mob and has discriminating evidence in his possession that affects two sets of mobsters.

There was good character development with lots of twists and turns and some surprises but I found my mind wandering often and didn't care enough to rewind to see what I had missed.

The narrator did a great job.

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Kept me interested

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

I would. From the beginning, it kept me interested.

What did you like best about this story?

When I stopped listening, i found myself anxious to get back to the book.

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

The change in vocal inflection, made the characters more familiar.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The suspense never ends.

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  • Joe
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • 07-10-14

Doesn't work.

The first half of this book was good. I think I would rate it 4 stars. But it completely lost me when it took a turn for the unreal. I am sorry, but the whole first half of the book is based on common sense and sound logic. Then all of the sudden we are supposed to accept the character would do something completely the opposite? Sorry, I could not finish it.

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  • Ron
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 07-10-14

Solid Thriller with Some Interesting Plot Twists

Would you consider the audio edition of Hostage to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed a number of characters - the brothers and the main character weer all interesting.

What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

Good narrator. Would definitely purchase audiobooks that he narrates.

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

No - too long.<br/><br/>But this was hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

Fun book. Felt like two stories distilled into one.

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Pretty good read for an accidental purchase!

Would you listen to Hostage again? Why?

The plot moves along quickly with lots of surprises. Some of them you kind of see coming but there are plot twists that will take the reader by complete surprise.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I didn't want to quit listening....I kept telling myself, just one more chapter!

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

He is an excellent narrator. His voices are particularly telling, i.e the Mars character....it is creepy just hearing that voice.

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

Yes....Mars.

Any additional comments?

I think a clear picture of despicable characters can be painted without all the profanity, particularly GD.