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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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    Amazon Customer 10-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A thrilling, edge-of-your seat cliffhanger"

    This is one of the most enjoyable thrillers I've listened to in the past couple of years. A PTSD veteran with his life in shambles redeems himself to his family and the best friend he failed, all while defending himself against one of the most vicious mobsters you'll ever encounter in a novel. Even with the dire, often depressing plot, Hurwitz manages to inject some humor (a bacon-eating vegetarian) and a poignant scene in a hospital ward, where severely sick children are trick-or-treating the other inpatients on Halloween. Scott Brick, who rightfully labels himself a "performer" rather than a "reader," is at the top of his game.

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 09-09-14
    Jan 09-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Intense violence, action packed..."

    Way too violent for my tastes, but plot had me tightly held before it hit, and I did finish it late into the night. I quite enjoyed the story, although it was improbable and I consciously had to accept the over the top premise and... Language is clean, no sexual messiness, writing skills decent. Nice family guy with PTSD versus the Russian mafia to protect his family. Scott Brick always does a great job on narration. My husband would love this... me... way too many images I really hope I will forget.

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan 08-26-12
    Suzan 08-26-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic, Loved this book!!!"
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    I really loved this book, Scott Brick is the best Narrator, he can bring a story to life however no matter how gifted he is in his narration he cannot make a bad story good, in this case he didn't have to attempt it, excellent story, excellent narrator, perfect marraige of both! Worth a credit and then some!

    40 of 47 people found this review helpful
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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.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 08-17-16
    Pamela J United States 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Write the BEST bad guys"

    I think I've concluded that Gregg Hurwitz's secret to success is not in writing great stories or great heroes, it's in writing truly fully fleshed out and sinister bad guys! The one in Survivor is perfect! Terrifying and human at the same time - - such a unique character. This book was pretty good at not being formulaic in all of its aspects - - not an easy accomplishment with thrillers. But, I've listed to three of the author's story in a row and I'm hooked. Excellent standalone titles that really keep you engaged and guessing. Just well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 11-01-14 Member Since 2016
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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.

    52 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-18-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG Horrifying, Realistic, Thriller!"

    Loved this one beginning to end . . . as a mom with two sons who have deployed to the "sand box", I'm very familiar with PTSD and what it does to a person . . . the skeletons that soldiers bring home with them, the guilt that survivors feel long after they are safe on American soil . . . I've heard first hand the stories, from my own young sons, of carrying wounded, dying boys to the waiting helicopters only to have them die in their arms . . . of cleaning up body parts from vehicles, only to send the vehicles out the next day to have another friend blown up . . . This is only PART of this audio book . . . but a big part . . . because war turns out to be not just a handicap that Nate Overbay struggles with, but also a hidden strength. You will grow to love the young Nate, whose mother dies when he is only a boy, the Nate that saves a beautiful young woman's life at the beach . . . and the not-so-perfect, wounded soul Nate . . . The horrors he saw in Afghanistan will prove to be only a prelude to what he faces in LA . . . Evil lurks where you least expect it . . . Don't miss this one . . .

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Portland, OR 10-31-12
    Paul Portland, OR 10-31-12 Member Since 2017
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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.

    9 of 11 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
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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.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-06-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-06-16 Member Since 2017
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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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