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Jack Cooper is an unhappy man - mind, body, and spirit. In the blink of an eye, he has lost his longstanding job to the economy, his mother to illness, and his wife to her secret lover.

Beaten, broken, and crippled by tragedy, he withdraws into total isolation, narrowing his life down to the simplest of routines in order to block out the pain. His day begins with a strenuous workout at the Bethesda Health Club, his personal oasis where his mind and body can be free, and ends in his tiny apartment, where he escapes from reality with his books until he can lose himself in sleep.

Nothing more, nothing less. That is, until he meets the enigmatic Mike Parrish. Stolen from the hospital as a newborn and passed around from household to household, Parrish has no official identification. To the government and the world at large, he does not exist. He is an anonymous drifter, but also the first person who breaks through Cooper's emotional confinement. Cooper finds solace in his friendship with Parrish, a man who understands his plight and is sympathetic to his pain.

But then Parrish suddenly disappears, leaving Cooper to search for a virtually invisible man. As he looks for clues as intangible as ghosts, and chases leads as fleeting as shadows, his search leads him back to the one place he called his refuge: the Bethesda Health Club. How much can be taken from a man before he has nothing to lose?

©2018 Warren Adler (P)2018 Warren Adler

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Life is filled with mystery.

Would you listen to Treadmill again? Why?

No not for awhile but it is a good read and worth the time to devote to this story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me interested ............. it is a unusual story with a unique group of characters.

What about Eric Bryan Moore’s performance did you like?

He brought out the nuance in the various characters.

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

No but I did enjoy the story........... it was a good mystery.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Gripping!

This dark mystery kept going with so many unexpected twists. I thought the performance by Eric Bryan Moore was stellar. He has such an amazing voice for so many characters and it lends itself to the suspense. I love it when a book twists so that I do not see the ending coming. Kudos to Warren Adler for that. This is definitely an adult book and intended for mature audience with language and situations. Overall I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a standalone listen.

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Treadmill

A crime mystery that all started in a gym and a treadmill. A very complicated mystery but was solved in the end. The narrator was perfect for this mystery thriller book.

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Gripping mystery

My first Warren Adler book, and he had me stumped the whole time I was listening! Jack Cooper goes to the gym everyday. He is a quiet man, keeps to himself, but befriends a fellow gym goer, Mike Parrish. Mike is another who is rather quiet, but the two have a camaraderie . When Mike stops showing up, Jack can't help himself but try to find out what happened to him. Did he move? Did he find another gym? Did he just stop coming, or maybe he's sick? What Jack uncovers is a scandal of huge magnitude. This mystery is smartly written with so many twists and turns, it's hard to decide who the bad guys were going to be. A whodunnit with a surprise ending that makes the story worth the listen!

Eric Bryan Moore narrates this story with a cast of characters from the quiet to the evil. His variety of voices is vast, and his talents bring this story to life. A dark mystery, the most evil of characters will send shivers down your spine with Moore's sinister voice and in the next scene bring the romance and passion of Sue with Mike in the most erotic of voices. His performances always promise pure entertainment.

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Excellent Narration, Gripping Tale!

The way this book turned out took me totally by surprise. While it starts out a little slow, it makes up for it in how it finishes. By mid-book, I was on the edge of my proverbial seat. The tension and angst build and build, and characters and events take turns that are completely unexpected. I've read and listened to several of Warren Adler's books; this one has moved to the top of my list. This is a dark book, make no mistake, but pays off at the end.

The narration proved exactly right for this book. The slightly gravely voice suited the main character, and the other voices were perfect for each character, man or woman. I grew to care about these people, wanted to know why what was happening was happening, and why to them.

I listened to the Audible audio book version, which I received as a gift from the author, and thought it excellently written and performed. If I could have, I would have listened to it all in one sitting, but real life, sadly, didn't allow that. Opinions expressed in this review were not influenced by the author's generosity.

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Treadmill

From the first chapter of this book, you really have no idea where it's going to end up. I had a completely different idea regarding what this book was about. This is my second Warren Adler book, and it was very different than the first.

The narration on this was exceptional. I have listened to Eric Bryan Moore many times and am a fan. He never disappoints.

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Health Club Mystery

Jack Cooper has a streak of bad luck and in the space of a month loses his mother to illness, his wife to a secret lover, and his job to the economy, all of which happened without warning or intuition. Withdrawing from the world and immersing himself into exercise and training at a Bethesda health club, he focuses on no one and nothing but his own body and mind, speaking to no one for months. He continues his training at his oasis, the health club, side by side alternating equipment with another man, neither acknowledging the other for months, until finally they begin speaking briefly in the sauna each at the end of their sessions. Jack learns that Mike Parrish has an incredible story, stolen from the hospital as a newborn, he has no past and no official identification with the government, he does not exist, drifting from job to job as a writer, he focuses on himself as well. But then one day Mike disappears, and Jack loses his focus on himself and gets caught up in a search for the non-existent Mike with another health club regular who is convinced that Mike's disappearance is a cover up and part of a huge conspiracy. Strange things start happening, he is followed, his apartment is broken into, and the search for Mike begins to get dangerous, leading back to the club, and other members of the club disappear as well. And Jack begins to fall in love with Mike's neighbor, something he swore would never happen again. The book too a little long to develop the story line, but once it developed it was great. Perhaps the ending was a little drawn out. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Dark mystery

Jack Cooper has more bad luck than one person should have. Follow his dark tale.

Eric Bryan Moore, narrator, knows his characters well.

Strong language.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Dee
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  • 04-23-18

Hated the main character

Do you know how hard it is to yell at an audiobook? It's 'pert near' impossible. And yet, with earbuds in, that's what I did. Copper, the main character, was an idiot.

We spend quite a bit of time inside Cooper's head so every time he fails to connect the dots, it's excruciating. Cooper does get there in the end, bless his heart.

The book title is specific to an actual treadmill but is also allegorical considering all the running around Cooper did without getting anywhere.

I liked the narrator. His delivery was concise and delivered with conviction. I really wished I liked the main character more.

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Hard-boiled detective and political thriller combo

In Treadmill, author Warren Adler has combined the hard-boiled detective style with political-thriller tropes. The protagonist Jack Cooper lives a normal, if withdrawn, life until he meets an intriguing man at the gym - someone perhaps more withdrawn and alone than Cooper. When his new acquaintance disappears, Cooper's search begins.

The narration of the book really highlights the hard-boiled detective style. It's direct and very masculine, which works well with the narrative. Overall, the plot is a bit light. The characters are never really fleshed out much. But Jack Cooper is really just a shell when we meet him in the story. In fact, many of the other characters are flat; they just don't lead full lives. I suspect that the author was trying to create a mystery built around an "every man" kinda guy. But the deflated characters were a bit of a turn-off for me personally. I want to feel a connection with my protagonists, and these characters don't really seem to want to connect with anyone.

The narration suits the style and the plot twists are entertaining. It's an interesting combination of styles and tropes. So, if you like a light detective/political thriller, you may want to give yourself time on the Treadmill...

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-11-18

No body, no evidence. No evidence, no case.

Life played a cruel trick on Cooper. Within the same month, he lost his mother, his job and his wife told him she was leaving for someone else and did so the next day - taking his trust and his libido with her! An only child, he was not afraid to be alone; in fact, he welcomed it after the unexpected betrayal and he abandoned friends for a solitary apartment and his small library of books. He no longer read the papers or felt part of an ongoing world: he wanted to live entirely in the immediate, unaffected by the changing world around him, he lived frugally on unemployment benefit and joined a cheap gym to concentrate simply on himself.

Then, after six months of working out in the gym alongside another man whose routine there mirrored his own, he and Parish started to talk to each other, tentatively at first, but Parish's story was strangely fascinating.
So begins a new phase in Cooper's life which was to be bizarre, exhilarating, frustrating and terrifying.

Mr.Adler, the author, is still probably best known for his comedy, Wars of the Roses, which was made into a blockbuster film, but he writes in many different genres and this one, though having comedic touches, is far more a mystery thriller but with the main protagonist's psychological contortions foremost. The author is a master wordsmith and character builder and both are clearly evident in this book. Starting slowly, setting the scene for both Cooper and the man ,Parish, the reader is sucked into the strange happenings surrounding the people at the gym.

The narrator was good, with just the right sounding voice for Cooper, the main protagonist. Eric Bryan Moor read with clarity, good cadence and intonation and his voicings of the other character was distinct. A good low key performance as befitted the text.

I have read, and mostly, very much enjoyed numerous of Mr.Adler's books so when I was offered a complimentary copy of Treadmill, with no conditions applied, I accepted with alacrity despite knowing nothing about it other than the title. And I am so glad that I did. It was refreshingly unusual and just a little scary. But above all, it was a rattling good read. Recommended.

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