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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Hogan Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781442316829
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Neal Maven returns to Boston from his tour in Iraq only to discover that the country he vowed to protect has little use for him now. The men and women who remained Stateside are years ahead of him both personally and professionally, which embitters him and pushes him toward his breaking point.And then he meets Brad Royce. Royce is everything Maven wants to be: a fellow vet, charismatic and confident, principled, wealthy, and with a beautiful woman on his arm. Not just any beautiful woman, but Danielle Vetti—the most stunning girl from Maven’s high school. Literally, the girl of his dreams. Royce offers Maven a much-needed job, and Maven soon finds himself a part of Royce’s team of “sugar bandits,” a group of fellow veterans who use their military skills to intercept major drug deals, taking the dirty money while destroying the product—a get-rich scheme with a clear moral imperative. Though exceedingly dangerous and certainly illegal, the efforts of these modern-day Robin Hoods provide Maven with the adrenaline charge he’s craved since his decommission. Besides, Maven can’t resist the chance to be in Danielle’s orbit once again. Suddenly, Maven’s life is better than he ever thought possible: a soldier in a civilian’s world, he is once again able to do something he excels at and rediscovers the camaraderie he’s sorely lacked since his return. He can get into any club, eat at any restaurant, be with any woman he wants—except, of course, his dream girl. It’s almost too good to be true. In fact, it is too good to be true when Maven learns that nothing is as it seems, but he’s in too deep and can see no way out. . . .  Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Immensely satisfying for the action-minded.” 

    Stephen King

  • “This is a compelling portrait of a good man who makes bad choices and in the end must battle his way out of a destructive and deadly life.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Grounded in a complex, nuanced portrait of Maven and a heartbreaking combination of grit and pathos.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cwelshhans | 2/17/2014

    " This one isn't nearly as good as Prince of Thieves (which is pretty much perfect), but I do really like Hogan's style and will definitely be reading more of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 2/14/2014

    " Great read. I'm really digging on Hogan and his stories about real people doing things for real reasons, like money. I don't agree with the choices that the characters make, but I can see where, in our society today, people will go to almost any lengths to ensure they get what they want. Me? I'm happy right where I am, but I love to read about someone who thinks differently than me. All hail Hogan! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 2/14/2014

    " Waaay to heavy on the bad guy jargon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/5/2014

    " Hogan has created an illegal Camel Club with this group of vets taking down the drug trade in and around Boston...like Baldacci, a great story-teller with enough twists to keep the pages turning!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernie Charbonneau | 2/3/2014

    " I reserved this novel at the local library after having gone to see the movie "The Town" which was based on a previous novel by Mr. Hogan called "Prince of Thieves". I found the film quite entertaining so I decided to give Devils in Exile a try. The book was a quick and easy read, only 312 pages, but with some very interesting characters that keep you turning the page to see what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Hasser | 1/29/2014

    " This was one of the best books i have read in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/28/2014

    " Kept my interest--almost too much stuff for a book this size. But it had a lot of action scenes, twists, and in the end you are hopeing the main character wins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/14/2014

    " Not as good as 'Prince of Thieves' (aka "The Town"), kept me interested but not fully invested in the characters as much as I would've liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Woelf Dietrich | 1/12/2014

    " Hogan is simply brilliant. I loved the story and although not the greatest I've read, Hogan's technical ability made this a memorable read for me. He's use of imagery was superb. This was my first Hogan book and it won't be my last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 1/6/2014

    " Liked the book a lot, as I do all Chuck Hogans books. The style of writing he has just makes the stories, even the outrages one, completely believable and compelling. Can never put any of his novels down. Waiting for the next one, Chuck?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/3/2014

    " Lots of action, never a dull moment. I liked the way it ended, a sequel must be on the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Jensen | 12/31/2013

    " Solid action througout. Left room at the end for a sequel or a series, which I would be completely open to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dillon | 12/22/2013

    " Good book, Great quick and fun read with an unexpected ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 12/18/2013

    " Action packed novel ready for a movie screen near you. Hogan has a natural flow to his writing which keeps the story on a breakneck pace. This would be a perfect fit for a modern day Argosy magazine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buddy | 12/16/2013

    " This was actually a great book. Yes, the language was not the best but it really kept me on my toes. I think that a lot of people who have an interest in military books would find this a refreshing new read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 10/23/2013

    " Liked reading this book - fast paced and exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carine | 8/7/2013

    " More like 3.5 stars. An interesting idea involving US Army veterans in Boston. I had not seen the culminating point coming and when it did, it was a bit of a let down. But a good book nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 5/17/2013

    " Would have been four stars if not for the "and everything works out for the hero" ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/27/2013

    " About half way through I was still not convinced but it ended great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimnden | 3/31/2013

    " Excellent-Hogan writes great thrillers , movies ready scripts-as long as hollywood dosn't screw em up . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dottie | 1/19/2013

    " I am not liking Chuck Hogan. I thought I would enjoy his books, but they are not my style. His writing is so "gangsta", that it is hard to follow at times. I have one more book of his on hold at the library, I might give him one more shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/8/2012

    " Good crime thriller though the ending crusade seemed rushed. the first parts of the book setting up everything was well done and interesting. the boston setting is detailed...maybe too much for someone not familiar with the area. overall i continue to enjoy chuck hogan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Abay-abay | 5/30/2012

    " Good crime thriller. Somewhat predictable but there were some pretty good twists in the end. Makes you wonder if there will be a sequel or a series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/14/2011

    " Chuck Hogan brings us displaced, underappreciated Iraq war vets taking on the Boston drug scene. Fast paced with great twists - I hope it is turned into a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 5/27/2011

    " Action packed novel ready for a movie screen near you. Hogan has a natural flow to his writing which keeps the story on a breakneck pace. This would be a perfect fit for a modern day Argosy magazine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/19/2011

    " Good crime thriller though the ending crusade seemed rushed. the first parts of the book setting up everything was well done and interesting. the boston setting is detailed...maybe too much for someone not familiar with the area. overall i continue to enjoy chuck hogan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 5/10/2011

    " Started off as a good and different read and then about halfway through started sounding like a lot of other novels. The ending was somewhat expected... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/8/2011

    " Liked the book a lot, as I do all Chuck Hogans books. The style of writing he has just makes the stories, even the outrages one, completely believable and compelling. Can never put any of his novels down. Waiting for the next one, Chuck?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 10/26/2010

    " Okay story, liked the characters but it was still just ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dottie | 10/5/2010

    " I am not liking Chuck Hogan. I thought I would enjoy his books, but they are not my style. His writing is so "gangsta", that it is hard to follow at times. I have one more book of his on hold at the library, I might give him one more shot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Boston | 9/27/2010

    " Overall, Devils in Exile is a gritty little ride around Boston, with some very unsavory bad guys in the driver’s seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/4/2010

    " Contemporary pulp! Nicely done! I did notice one small plot hole ("back to the beach house") that bugged me, but it was not nearly enough to ruin my enjoyment at seeing an old genre come back to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 5/16/2010

    " Really I would give it more like 3 and 1/2 stars. The ending was a little bit twisty and a lotta good. I think Joelle oversold it a little and I usually trust her implicitly so I was just expecting more. "

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About the Author
Author Chuck Hogan

Chuck Hogan was a video store clerk in Boston when his first thriller, The Standoff, was published to critical acclaim and went on to become a national bestseller translated into fourteen international editions. He subsequently wrote three additional suspense novels, The Blood Artists, The Killing Moon, and the acclaimed Prince of Thieves. The Blood Artist and The Killing Moon each blended thrills with chills, while Prince of Thieves won the Hammett award for excellence in crime writing and was proclaimed by Steven King to be one of the best novels of the year. In 2010 Prince of Thieves was adapted into a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won six Earphones Awards and in 2009 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.