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The Survivor Audiobook

The Survivor

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Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

He is kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Ukrainian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Now blocked from getting into the bank vault to retrieve the critical item inside, Pavlo gives Nate a horrifying ultimatum: Either break in and acquire the item or watch Pavlo slowly kill the people Nate loves most - his estranged wife, Janie, and his teenaged daughter, Cielle. Nate lost them both when he came back from Iraq broken and confused. Now he’s got one chance to protect the people he loves, even if it’s the last thing he is able to do.

©2012 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    clifford United States 08-10-16
    clifford United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Painfully bad plot"

    Its hard to gauge how Hurwitz. Did this guy actually think this plot made sense?

    First of all... this story starts out with a former military man 'Nate', on a ledge about to commit suicide. Behind him in a bank on the 9th floor, a bank robbery commences. Nate decides not to kill himself and instead manages to take out 5 of the 6 robbers. The 6th is a wraith and escapes. Now I could buy this setup. But then Hurwitz gets going.
    The robbery was all about getting something out of a box in the bank vault. A Russian gangster decides to make Nate rob the bank to get that box. The Russian gangster focuses 100% on Nate and Nates family. For some reason a holy war comes down on Nate. Why? Not totally sure.

    I don't want to give away things that come to light far into the story. So I wont. But I could think of much easier ways of getting what was in the bank in the first place. Especially with the resources the gangster has at his disposal. Why the bank robbery? Why care about Nate? Everything in this story hinges on this.

    The cops are clueless. The Russian mob is a parody of evil. The plot is horrible. Only thing going for the Survivor is Hurwitz's surprisingly decent writing style. His prose flows. Sort of like James Patterson or Grisham.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Portland, OR 10-31-12
    Paul Portland, OR 10-31-12 Member Since 2017

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "Non stop action"

    Although I really like Gregg Hurwitz and his books are always turbo charged, there are times when his exchanges between the main characters get maudlin and overextended. This is not helped by Scott Brick's feeble attempts at voicing the sensitivity being expressed. (listening to two Scott Brick books in a row is like nails on a chalkboard) Although character development is not at the top of the list in books like this, Gregg Hurwitz has done a better job than most in this genre. However, the characters in this book often become cardboard when they have sudden behavioral changes that help the protagonist out. For example, his estranged father suddenly decides to help Nate after a fifteen year absence. Nate himself suddenly becomes dedicated to his daughter after ignoring her for five years. All this is explained away by his decision to not commit suicide but I didn't buy it. The extended love scenes between Nate and his wife became so annoying that I had to turn the book off or else be drowned in butterscotch. Also, the entire storyline of the book, that Nate had to obtain the contents of the bank security box was absurd. The villain could have easily gone into the bank several weeks later with a new crew and retrieved the contents himself. One of the best parts of the book was the manner in which Hurwitz nailed the personality of a 15 year old girl in LA. She was so totally obnoxious, so totally self-absorbed and so totally out of control that how Nate could even stand to be around her was a fantasy in itself. Why he would sacrifice his life for her was beyond me. I also thought the way that PTDS soldiers were treated was a disgrace. Dumping these poor guys because they are psychologically damaged is like divorcing the guy because he has no legs. Yeah, he's scaring the daughter. So what! That's the sacrifice we all make for those who put themselves in harms way. I also thought that the ability of the Ukranians to track every step of Nate's was somewhat contrived. It reminded me of the movie, "Enemy of the State". I could see it if the tracking agency was Governmental but a small group of foreign thugs? Nah! After reviewing this comment, I'm not sure it deserves the four stars I gave it but, on the whole, if one's cynicism is suspended, its a good hurricane read.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-06-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-06-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Constant action and suspense!"

    Nate Overbay has problems including PTSD from time in combat, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) which is terminal, and a broken marriage. He is about to kill himself by jumping from the 11th floor of a bank building when bank robbers enter the bank and start shooting. He climbs back in the window and successfully defeats the bank robbers. His reward? He's kidnapped and the lives of his ex-wife and daughter threatened if he does not go back and rob the bank of the item the original bank robbers intended. Scott Brick narrates this excellent novel.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-14-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Liked This A Lot"

    Okay, a tad manipulative and emotive, but whoa! what a fast paced and different listen. I don't want to reveal anything so I'm not going to touch the plot. The title is hint enough. I have not liked Scott Brick in other places and times… This time, I get his fan appeal. Gosh he's atop this read. He was virtually invisible and his characters instead played around my imagination with power.

    Yep, this is a taut thriller with twists that frequently made me mutter, "Oh!". I'm off to find another Gregg Hurwitz and I've referred it to two friends already, only hours after it ended audibly, but I'm sure these characters won't stop careening around my mind for a while.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-01-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "I will listen to no STUPID book"

    EVEN THE RUSSIANS ARE AFRAID OF THE UKRAINIANS!!!!
    Do not be fooled by the sample. The sample is part of chapter one. Chapter one thru four are great and then... I loved the first four chapters and thought I was in for a great book, especially after reading Your Next. Then the book goes unbelievable stupid. I am capable of suspending belief in a couple of events, but when it happens over and over, it just gets too stupid. Let's start with the bad guy. We get a background on him and he sounds like one real tough dude. You even admire the guy for his toughness and ability to survive the life he lead. Then this, shoot first, ask questions later type of guy starts to get pushed around by a loser, simply because he has a terminal illness and does not fear death. I guess the Ukrainians have not heard of torture, even though they have pictures. There is one scene where the Bad Ukrainian wants to prove how bad he is, so he disrobes in the middle of a restaurant and shows our hero all of his tattoos. He explains the meaning of most of the tattoos. He even drops his pants. Am sorry, but I got lots of friends who have tattoos and some of them are soft overweight marshmallows who would not hurt a fly. There are several more examples where the tougher then Russians, mafia character acts like a cute kitten. If your going to build up a bad guy, keep him in character and dazzle me with his toughness.

    One of the more improbable things is how everything just goes right for our main character. He sneaks into a crime scene after the police have given it a going over and just happens to come upon what he needs. He manages to go into a bank and steal out of a deposit box, with security standing over his shoulder. He is questioned by the police and never gives anything away, etc...

    The teenage daughter goes above and beyond stupid. I know teenagers don't make the best choices in life, but this one makes so many, that are life threating to her and her family, it stretches belief too far. The parents continue to let her do these things, cause she insists that she needs to be in on the decision making process. Yet, she makes decisions that could cost the whole family their lives on several occasions, without or against her parents warnings.

    I am one of Scott Bricks biggest critics, but I believe he did well in this and it is not his fault the story is so unbelievable.

    I need to change my slogan to, I will listen to no BORING book and no STUPID book.

    29 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    penny kay 09-17-12
    penny kay 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The best book by one of the best mystery writers!"

    My husband (who only reads nonfiction) and I are currently listening to The Survivor. We take trips in our car, and dream up places to go, just to listen to this book. It's outstanding!!

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    mommermom 02-25-17
    mommermom 02-25-17
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    "I am addicted to this author and narrator"

    I have really been enjoying the combination of Gregg Hurwitz and Scott Brick as narrator. While a bit far-fetched I have to say that these books have me coming back for more. Great storyline that holds you to the edge of your seat till the very end. Highly recommend for lovers of mystery and suspense. If you're willing to just go for it you will not be disappointed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Hoffmann 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I binged listened to this one."

    I love Scott Brick. His voice is so soothing. This story is so gripping ans suspenseful and I loved the juxtaposition of the two opposites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dwight 08-18-16
    Dwight 08-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What can be achieved when threat of family overcomes disability."

    Suspenseful, kept interested, felt part of the story, could feel his pain and love for his family. Felt the freedom he had when it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-11-16
    John S MA 01-11-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Excellent Narration and Not Your Typical Ending"

    This is a very good listen with an unusual twist. The hero is going to die in the end and you know that from almost the first page. Forced into an act of heroism as he is contemplating his suicide, Nate Overbay is your typical ex marine who knows how to use a gun, but is reluctant to do so. Since he knows he is dying there is not much that can really scare him, and he actually prefers a sudden end over a long painful death from illness. When the bad guys threaten him, he could care less, and it is only when they threaten his family that he becomes violent. If you like Jack Reacher books, you will probably like this. As usual Scott Brick does a great job at narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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