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The Never Game

Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
Series: A Colter Shaw Novel, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (413 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw.

"You have been abandoned."

A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley, and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now, he makes a living as a "reward seeker", traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry. 

"Escape if you can."

When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past - The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is a madman bringing the game to life?

"Or die with dignity."

Shaw finds himself caught in a cat and mouse game, risking his own life to save the victims even as he pursues the kidnapper across both Silicon Valley and the dark net. Encountering eccentric game designers, trigger-happy gamers, and ruthless tech titans, he soon learns he isn't the only one on the hunt: Someone is on his trail and closing fast.

The Never Game proves once more why "Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception" (Associated Press).

©2019 Jeffery Deaver (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"As always Deaver gets you in his stealthy grip on page one, and then takes you on a wild and inventive ride...this time with new star character Colter Shaw. No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver." (Lee Child)

“With a twisty plot, riveting characters, and relentless suspense, The Never Game fires on every single cylinder. Readers will delight in this compelling new character from one of the finest suspense writers in the field. I always look forward to the new Deaver, but this one tops them all.” (Karin Slaughter)

“Lightning-fast and loaded with twists, The Never Game is a thrill a minute from one of the best. Don’t miss it.” (Harlan Coben)

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Excellent New Series...

The publisher's summary calls Jeffrey Deaver a "genius when it comes to manipulation and deception". They've got my vote! This new series proves that Deaver still has it.
I would suggest listening to the short story CAPTIVATED prior to listening to this book. It's basically an introduction to Colter Shaw and gives a preview into this new character but it's not a necessity.
Coulter is a man who grew up with his two siblings, raised by his mother and survivalist father on a secluded compound. He received an excellent home schooled education from his mother and his father trained his children even better on how to survive with little or nothing. How to build a lean-to that would protect from a blizzard or what roots and berries are edible and which are poisonous.
What do you do with this kind of training in civilization ? You become a tracker of people. Not in the mountains but on the concrete jungle.
And so this story begins when a young woman is kidnapped. The person who took her is a video gamer bringing a treacherous game to life.
Kaleo Griffith does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Laxmax

Hard story to follow. A long listen and had to rewind a few times to remember the story line.

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Bummer

Only Jeffery Deaver book I've ever disliked. I had a hard time taking the main character seriously and the narrator's voice grated on my nerves, especially when he was voicing the female parts. Very disappointed.

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great character

fantastic book. Shaw is a fascinating character. interesting story and as usual Deaver is a masterful writer

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good to meet Colter Shaw

Colter Shaw's background growing up on the family compound has given him unique skills and values, all handy for his pursuit of rewards.
the story is credible and interesting.
a good listen.
very well narrated.

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Another Grezt Thriller

Another great thriller that kept me guessing from beginning to end. Love Jeffrey Deaver and all the clever twists and turns.

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Excellent Thrill-ride to Stop A Killer

Deaver again writes a thrilling story! The serie's protagonist Colter Shaw is a uniquely qualified character whose childhood upbringing and life experiences have prepared him for his personalized profession as a pseudo bounty-hunter/detective.

Shaw uses these skills deftly to catch a killer in the first half of the Never Game.

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didnt want it to end

I thought this was a very enjoyable listen and wanted it to keep going when it ended. I would get another by this author

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Far from his best

Expected better from Deaver. Thought it would never end. To many %’s and meaningless details.

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Enjoyable and Unique

I really enjoyed the character of Coulter Shaw. His profession was unique to me, and there's still much mystery surrounding him. This book caught my interest right away, and kept it all the way through. I look forward to seeing more of Coulter Shaw.