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Publisher's Summary

Take a character as multi-dimensional as Tony Soprano. Pair him with a mother and daughter in peril and on the run. Add a clinical psychologist tasked with helping them negotiate their new lives - a program with an agenda all its own - and the result is a book that Stephen White's peers are already calling "one of the best thrillers you will ever read" and "an exciting ride through a dark region of law enforcement".

When New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord and her nine-year-old daughter are imperiled by a chillingly believable death threat, Lord has no other choice but to accept the Witness Protection Program's offer to hide them in Boulder, Colorado. There, they meet program veteran Carl Luppo, a solitary mob hit man who is tormented by his former life and has nothing but time for regret.

Sensing that Lord and her daughter's safety has been compromised, Luppo takes on the role of sentinel, fully realizing this might be his last shot at redemption. While Lord suspects that Luppo's warnings about the program's dark side are for her own protection and that she should believe the former assassin's instincts, the only person she can really trust is nine years old.

©2002 Stephen White (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What listeners say about The Program

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Not up to usual, which wasn't the best to begin w/

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A less hysterical primary character and a better reader

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen White again?

Probably

How did the narrator detract from the book?

To be fair, I did not get far enough into the book to determine if the narrator was as objectionable as the story. Dick Hill narrated the first books and was fine, but Sandra Burr did not improve the story.

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

Did not get far enough into the book.

Any additional comments?

I usually do significant research to find a good book, but I would like to find a series where I could just enjoy everything by that author and save some time, like James Lee Burke, Patrick O'Brian or Rex Stout. Stephen White seemed to be such a guy. The first 5-6 books in the Alan Gregory series are nothing to rave about. I rate 3-4 stars and think Dick Hill makes them better. They have good plots and interesting settings and characters. But the dialog is not natural; there are usually a few gratuitous gory parts and a wild improbable culmination. Right away The Program was not usual - The opening scenes are fairly improbable followed by a hysterical performance by the main character, a lady district attorney. This was not helped by the narrator, Sandra Burr. I've quit books before but never as early as The Program. Currently I've found W. E. B. Griffin and will continue with him until he comes a cropper.

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Wonderful!

This novel and the reading were outstanding! Exciting and anticipatory happenings abounded within the narrative.

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less repetition of story

What could Stephen White have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less repetition. The novel repeats the back story over and over. I remember what happened in the beginning. I don't need to hear it over and over. Same quote by criminal repeated ad nauseam.

Any additional comments?

The worst Stephen White that I have listened to.

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Not part of the Gregory series mislabled!!!!!

Would you try another book from Stephen White and/or Sandra Burr?

Not what I expected

Has The Program turned you off from other books in this genre?

not what I expected

What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

not what I expected

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

not what I expected

Any additional comments?

Might be a good book, but I have been listening to the series and this was not part of the series!!!!!!!!