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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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Intense !

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

I would absolutely recommend this, I was on pens and needles. I couldn't focus on my day to day.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hostage?

There were several moments, one in particular was the negotiation over the zip disks.

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

Suspense

Any additional comments?

Excellent listen. My attention definitely captivated with the narrator's voice. Excellent way to spend my credit :)

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Kept me up into the night

What did you love best about Hostage?

Very suspenseful,

What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

Excellent voicing of characters, never overdone but still rich.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved Suspect, and that was enough to make me want to try this author again. This is an older work, not as memorable or compelling as Suspect, but still a great ride for suspense lovers. This is not terribly original territory, but Crais is an expert storyteller that knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. I'm ready for more from this author, that was fun!

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 08-26-13

Good listen lightweight ending.

What did you love best about Hostage?

I thought the story was interesting and suspenceful, the narrator did a good job as well.

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

Yes, but I was a liitle disappointed in the ending. There was a lot of story and a little ending.

Which character – as performed by James Daniels – was your favorite?

The cop, smart, intense and loved his family.

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

The final reunion.

Any additional comments?

Good listen. I enjoyed it, different storyline.

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Great Listen, Action & Narrator

Would you listen to Hostage again? Why?

Yes, because there is so much going on, I probably missed something :)

What did you like best about this story?

The multiple viewpoints

What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

He was great, you knew which character you were listening to

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

The family interactions

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Very enjoyable

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

The narration was crisp and the story crisper...a really enjoyable listen. The mars characters was perfectly creepy.

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  • Donald
  • Discovery Bay, CA, United States
  • 03-07-12

very good book a little long but worth it

If you could sum up Hostage in three words, what would they be?

a great listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

this is a new character to Robert Crais but a good one

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

The books are always better than the movies

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 07-11-14

Good, but the Ending is Without Suspense or Climax

I liked this book until the ending. . . then it was so anti climactic there was hardly a need to finish listening to the last 45 minutes. Too bad, because it had great potential and good narration. The story built and built and then just collapsed on itself with predictable events that made for an oh so happy ending. Too, too bad. Three stars at best.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Something against God?

What disappointed you about Hostage?

Mr. Crais must surely be bitter about God. Otherwise, why would he have his characters take His name in vane so many times and in so many ways? I will pray for him. Could not continue listening beyond the first pages.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Didn't care enough to finish it!

What did you like best about Hostage? What did you like least?

Spent hours trying to like this book but then I just turned it off. Not interested enough in the outcome to finish it. Don't waste your money.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • SMaxey
  • Thousand Oaks, CA, US
  • 11-27-09

Fly guts?

When I got to the part where the bad guy kills a fly with his hand and then proceeds to lick his fingers, I decided I didn't need to read (hear) another chapter. Geez!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful