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Publisher's Summary

The series that started it all!

In this powerful follow-up to his action-packed thriller The Kill Clause, Gregg Hurwitz, the new maestro of pulse-pounding suspense, ratchets up the excitement with another sensational pause resister featuring Tim Rackley, a driven lawman motivated by honor, morality, and a deep sense of justice.

Called back into the fold of the US Marshals Service, Tim is tasked with retrieving Leah Henning, the daughter of a powerful Hollywood producer, from a mind-control cult. As Tim wends his way deep undercover into an insidious operation called The Program, he confronts a brand of mind-warping manipulation beyond his worst expectations.

Tim becomes enmeshed with a diverse band of characters - from the charismatic, messianic leader T. D. Betters to a cult reject burnout to the intelligent yet highly vulnerable Leah herself - and finds himself caught in a shadowy landscape of lies, manipulation, and terror. At stake: innocent minds - maybe even his own.

©2004 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating...intriguing....Filled with well-drawn characters, meticulous research and pulse-pounding action...easily one of the best thrillers of the year." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Grounded in character and believable detail, Hurwitz's thriller engages on every level." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping read from start to finish." (Booklist)

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I couldn't get into this one.

I disliked the reader. his voice annoyed me. I love the orphan series with Scott brick.

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Abridged

The storyline is very good but the abridgment leaves something to be desired. Much is lost in the translation. It was confusing-especially between the last two chapters.

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Save your credits and skip The Program

Gregg Hurwitz is one of my most favorite authors...but even he is capable of a lemon every now and then, and this is his lemon. I'm so grateful that my love affair with him started with They're Watching and not with The Program because I'd never have given any of his other books a shot. That would have been tragic, which is also an apt word to describe The Program. Halfway through it, I finally put an end to my suffering and moved on to something else. Sorry, Gregg, but this book isn't worthy of you.

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Not the best Gregg Hurwitz

I am a big Gregg Hurwitz fan, but this book was very lame. The story never really developed, it was very superficial, not the usual in the mind of the baddy. I was SO disappointed when Scott Brick was not narrating it, that I didn't enjoy it at all.

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Not one of his finest

I’m a huge Hurwitz fan but this story doesn’t have the level of detail and intrigue as his other books. The narrator was terrible and a poor choice for a thriller. He definitely should stay with wildlife documentaries.

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Did not like the story or the narrator

I just did not like the story and found the narrator boring. My mind wondered quite a bit during the story because of the narrator.

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Too dumb for words

Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Dylan Baker?

Thankfully I read the Orphan before this trite mess. Skip this book and go straight to his latest, The Orphan.

What could Gregg Hurwitz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not publish it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dylan Baker?

Sure.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointing.

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Had to be the weakest minded special forces trained individual on the planet. The reaction to the cult's indoctrination was excruciatingly bad and unbelievable. The inability to get a warrant was also a farce.

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Happy to Have Tried Hurwitz's Books

I read this one, then devoured all of the rest. Great stuff. Strong recommendation to those who like the genre.

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Great story but poor narrative

Wasn't crazy about the narrative voice at all. Did not sell me on the characters.

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Big Hurwitz fan, but not a fan of this book.

I read every Hurwitz book written except for the last one in this series. This is hands-down, the worst Hurwitz book out there. I really enjoy most of his work. Some books have been kind of mediocre, but most are really good. This one was just bad. Dylan Baker is a great actor, but I don't care for his narration. And his characterization of the main character was way off the mark. This was written a long time ago so I'll chalk it up to being early in Hurwitz's writing career. His later books are much better. In fact, the more recent they are the better they are. This one was just weak.

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A frightening story.....

....to learn how vulnerable, how very susceptible we are when we're unhappy. Unhappy, because we haven't yet figured out who we are and what we can do.

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