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Publisher's Summary

The Taut, Unflinching New Thriller from Adam Sternbergh, Author of the Critically-Acclaimed Shovel Ready

New York is toxic - decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven - if you're rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man - box-cutter at the ready.

His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people's fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.

The warning sends Spademan down a dark path full of unsavory characters and startling revelations. A shadowy political fixer tells him of a long-running power struggle that goes all the way to City Hall. A brilliant Egyptian radical brings Spademan to the mysterious far-reaches of the limn. And a beautiful nurse holds the secret to what, and who, is behind these attacks - and she seems to want to help Spademan stop them. But he works best alone. Or so he thinks.

Spademan has always had his share of enemies, but now they're coming at him from all sides and it's impossible to know whom to trust. To stay sharp, his only option might be the one thing he swore he'd never do again.

©2015 Adam Sternbergh (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Compelling... Intellectually beguiling... The fight scenes in Near Enemy blend the operatic elegance of Bruce Lee in flight with comic-book-inspired mayhem... Popular fiction that engages one's heart, mind, and adrenaline the way the Spademan novels do is something to be savored." (Booklist)
"[A] solid sequel. . . . Sternbergh laces his second cyberpunk voyage with dark humor and eccentric characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sternbergh’s spare characterizations and vivid descriptions of a great city fallen on hard times will strike a chord with fans of classic noir as well as readers who like dystopian sf or thrillers with a cyberpunk flavor." (Library Journal)

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Too many plot holes but the performance was great! Not sure I'll read the next installment based on this experience.

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  • Verona, NJ, United States
  • 01-27-15

Stop Reading Reviews and Start Listening!

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

Awesome book all around

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

Which scene was your favorite?

Alsmost All of Them

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of laughter...as well as fist pumping.

Any additional comments?

Listen to Shovel Ready first, then listen to this immediately.