Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone.
Now Sam is a target. Set up to take the fall and pursued by both assassins and the FBI, he is forced to go on the run. Using the street skills forged during his troubled youth - as well as his heightened mental abilities - Sam goes underground until he can uncover who is behind the conspiracy and how far up it goes. A taut thriller with an unforgettable young hero, The Tracker is a heart-stopping debut from an exciting new voice.
Revised edition: This edition of The Tracker includes editorial revisions.
I didn't have a lot of expectations from this book when I downloaded if. I just needed something to fill the time until one out my favorite authors was available. I found myself immediately engaged. The author did a great job of combining the past life of the main character with the present. I find many authors do a terrible job of transitioning to the past to provide essential background information. Not here; I enjoyed the back story as much as the main plot line. Looking forward to this author's next book.
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
The story starts out very interesting, with suspense and an exciting premise. Immediately the adventure starts but the flaws are too many to overcome. Sam is being chased relentlessly by assassin's because he witnesses a murder in the course of his job following political canidates. I am drawn into the story, and really enjoy how he uses his former life in foster care and having lived on the streets his whole life to stay alive by using all the many ingenious things he learned in that horrible situation. To me this story goes down hill after a great beginning because the author seems bound to throw in a little romance that throws the whole rhythm off. It then becomes " The Hardy boy meets Nancy Drew. I was really disappointed. Also, everyone around him ends up dead, but there seems to be no sadness or remorse of this fact. Odd. Because I liked the character Sam I had to keep staying with it until close to the end and by then i just gave up. Anticlimactic ending to a possible great beginning. Sorry to say this, and others may not agree, but because of these flaws i just couldn't stick it out. it's still a book I recommend because the character Sam is really an interesting guy. For the price, a nice diversion.
78 of 82 people found this review helpful
Ridiculous story line leading to an utterly unbelievable denouement. It is like something a high school English student might write. The narrator is ok. I have to give him credit for being able to get through the story without dissolving into laughter.
96 of 105 people found this review helpful
The plot was unrealistic and immature. The narration had no life. I just could not connect to the story.
44 of 48 people found this review helpful
Totally unbelievable but entertaining none the less. I would listen to another Sam Callahan story or something like it.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
Story jumped around so much, it was hard to keep up with which story was going on.
Made no sense most of the time. Even the ending was strange.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
An introduction to Sam, we learn his whole story from the beginning and intertwined is his race to find the truth and save his life. I liked it, great introduction to the characters I am sure we will see in future stories, interesting plot involving the probable crookedness of politics and it's coverups and what lengths one will go to obtain the ultimate goal and finally a really good narration.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Loved the book and waiting for the next. Appreciated there was none of the foul language that many authors feel are required for a good book.
21 of 24 people found this review helpful
I listened to the first release of audio version of The Tracker and I posted a 5 star review on April 9, 2016 soon after it was released. In reading about the book recently on the author's page, I learned it was to be re-released on February 14, 2017 with some changes and another narrator. Since Audible no longer carries the original release which is in my Audible library, I decided to purchase the new release. (With my Kindle unlimited account the price is $2.99.) So now I have 2 audio copies and I do not plan to return either.
I listened to over 400 Audible books in 2016 and The Tracker easily ranks in the best one percent. It is simply an extraordinary suspense thriller. The protagonist Sam Callahan is a law student working on a congressional campaign in Texas tracking the opposition candidate when bad things start to happen. Author Chad Zunker is a great writing talent and story teller with this being his first released novel. The narrator of the first audio version was Justin D Torres who did a stellar job. Noah Berman does equally well narrating this re-release.
The differences in the first and second releases are not substantial, but they are sufficient to make it marginally better. The Tracker is a novel that I can VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND without reservation to listeners regardless of their preferred genres.
48 of 57 people found this review helpful
I just didn't find this story captivating at all. it was rather predictable and also unbelievable.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful