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A simple mix-up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times best-selling author Joseph Finder's timely, electrifying new thriller.

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.

When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0 - and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it's too late.

When Will fails to gain Tanner's cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous "fixer" for help. In the meantime the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still - and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one.

©2017 Joseph Finder (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • Scott
  • San Tan Valley, AZ, United States
  • 06-28-17

Stupid, Frustrated, Disapointed

I have read most, if not all, of Joseph Finder's available Audible books. He was a great find a few years ago. I read many of his books in a row, one right after another. And enjoyed each. So I pre-ordered this one, expecting nothing less.

However, the characters in The Switch are SO annoying. They make stupid choices, that in today's technologically savvy world leave even the least computer literate person frustrated.

The narration is fine, and I like the writing style, so I tried to stay with the story, but each implausible character decision would lead you right out of the story, shaking your head, and screaming how could you be so stupid to do that… Like a horror movie, “don’t go into that dark cave alone…”.

Unbelievable characters like this lead me to stop listening to Lisa Scottline. If you like her books, then you will probably like this one. But now me.

I am disappointed with the author, not audible, so I will not return the book, and might try to pick it up again, in a moment of desperation for something new to read. And I might try another of his books. But for now I will ditch The Switch.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not the best Joseph Finder

What would have made The Switch better?

This story was not clever or suspenseful. This was a very basic story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Finder again?

I like Joseph Finder's Nick Heller Series. As long as those keep coming I will listen.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance by Steven Kearney is always top notch.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Switch?

I would do a total re-write. I am really struggling through the book. I keep feeling like I am waiting for someone in this book to do something. What? I am not sure.

Any additional comments?

I really like the author's Nick Heller series. This book does not compare. It seemed drawn out in parts for no reason. I guess this was just not my kind of book.

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  • Francine
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 06-16-17

Could be better

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I always look forward to Finder's books but this one has a lot of holes. Assumptions are made and events go unexplained. Some actions and characters are a little unbelievable (and a bit of a caricature). Could be a good story if it was more "padded". I'll give Finder some points for his After 911 description of our world - scary. The narrator performance was great, as always. Will keep on buying Finder's books but I expect a little more next time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Greenville, SC, USA
  • 06-21-17

Painful

Ouch! This one was painful to listen to. I kept listening, hoping for it to get better but it kept getting worse. Quite a disappointment. You'll be sorry.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love Finder, Did Not Love This Novel

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I have listened to all of Finder's novels and have loved them. Except this one. I hate to say bad things, but ... I rarely ever want to not finish a book I have started, but if I had any credits left I would have abandoned this one mid-stream and rode another donkey. Read the Moscow Club or Paranoia instead, or really read any other Finder novel, they are all good ... just not this one. Sorry!

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 06-22-17

A Tight And Intense Thriller

I think I write this on every review that I write about Joseph Finder, but every time I finish one of his books I think "why don't I read Finder more?" That happened again with this book.  It was such a well thought out and intense thriller that I kept staying up late to try and get a little further into the story.  The one night I had about 40 minutes left in the book and I had to go to sleep, but I fell asleep thinking about what was going to happen next.

The Switch is a book about a seemingly normal event -- your computer gets switched with someone else's nearly identical MacBook Air. They all look exactly the same, so it's definitely plausible.  But unfortunately, this MacBook belongs to a Senator who has done something on it that she shouldn't have.  What follows is an incredible story where every turn is unexpected.  I thought this book was going to end numerous times (a few of them would have been incredibly disappointing, but still could have been endings).

Finder knows how to write fiction and boy does he know how to write thrillers.  I want to say that this is his "darkest" story to date, but honestly, it reminds me a lot of the other stories he writes.  It has a lot of the stuff that I love about Finder's other novels with a few new twists and turns.

Add in the narration by Kearney and you've got a great book.  Kearney was able to give voices to some of the characters that really helped me get deep into this book. I love when I can do that and feel like I know a person that this happened to. Or feel like at times it's happening to me.

Overall, The Switch is a must read for Thriller lovers.  And if you like Finder's other books, you will not be disappointed by this at all.

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TOO WORDY & STUPID!

I used to be a fan of Joseph Finder. I loved Paranoia & several other of his books and I really looked forward to The Switch. It's just plain lousy. There is so much unnecessary, silly observances / thoughts from the characters. It's like Finder wrote the book, decided there needed to be an extra 100 pages or so, and went through adding garbage. I'm sorry too.... I just don't like this narrator. He somehow makes people sound juvenile and dumb. I had to quit after a couple of hours - just couldn't take any more.

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  • Denys
  • Cary, NC, USA
  • 06-21-17

Meh!

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I was very disappointed in the story. In fact, it doesn't even read like one on Finder's novels. The behavior of the main characters is unbelievable. The federal agents are totally incompetent. The story was simply implausible, i.e. not a good read!

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  • Robert
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
  • 06-21-17

No group of people can be this stupid

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First, let me say i've read or listened to all of Joseph Finder's previous books and liked them very much, I got this the first day it came out.The protagonist, who owns a coffee company, doesn't follow up on a sales call that will keep him from going bankrupt. The Senator's chief of staff, instead of doing something easy to solve a problem, does something really stupid and complicated and by the way, makes little sense.There is no one really likable, and while the premise is very good, I simply can't stomach the idiocy that is taking place to find out how things turn out.I get it that characters have to have flaws or there is no story, but these actors are simply not believable in the roles they occupy.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 07-17-17

Brrr... Political Horror Adventure? Yep!

Imagine Arthur Koestler's "Darkness At Noon" written as a sort of reverse spy novel. Um, no... not exactly a reverse spy. Well then imagine Ludlum writing about Bourne in this story... but here Bourne's not a spy, not even a pro. Okay, imagine Ludlum and Koestler collaborate with Aldous Huxley consulting... you know as a sort of prequel to Brave New World? But then... then make the whole thing totally commercial with chases, escapes, chutes, and gun smoke. As if Robert Chricton did the editing and a final re-write.

Or... or... just imagine that Joseph Finder is that good at thinking up what-if ideas then pumping them full with chase and hide. Well okay, there are some plot leaps that make Super Mario seem klutzy. But hey, this is entertainment, and really interesting political conjecture exactly where Washington meets Edward Snowdon meets dark nets and an even darker NSA.

'The Switch' is filled up with scary intrigue and Steven Kearney keeps it all going at a pace faster than a micro wave zaps coffee. You know, I could imagine Hitcthcock movie-making this book into a tingling, scary, "Man Who Knew Too Much" blockbuster. In fact... I willl imagine that as I go off to find another Joseph Finder book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful