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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Sakey Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781423367017
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Alex is failing as a father. Ian keeps dangerous secrets. Jenn is pining for adventure; Mitch is pining for Jenn. Four friends just scraping by, finding comfort in each other and the hope that things will get better. But as their twenties fade in the rearview mirror, none of them are turning out to be who—or where—they hoped. In a time when CEOs steal millions while their employees watch savings dwindle, these four are tired of the honest approach. They’ve decided to stop waiting and start taking. But a supposedly victimless crime has become a bloody nightmare. People have been killed. Ruthless men pursue them. Tensions they thought were long-extinguished are flaring. As their world unravels, each will have to choose between their life and the lives of others. And for four people pushed to the ragged edge, the only thing more dangerous than the men chasing them might be their best friends. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 2/6/2014

    " Unpredictable crime fiction by a Chicago author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 2/4/2014

    " A really great book. Reviewed for Armchair Interviews. Will be published in August, 2009 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 2/3/2014

    " A lot of the books on my list are always out when I go to the library, so I picked this one up. It was okay. I almost shut it for good twice while reading it, but I persevered, and I give it a "Meh." The plot was not great, and it was easy to call the outcome before getting too far in. This was the first time I've read a thriller book where I've thought that I know more than the characters do about their situation. Easy read, served its purpose but not satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Modisettwilson | 1/28/2014

    " Love this author! Another example of folks making bad choices -- and bad things happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suevw | 1/17/2014

    " OK so I DID NOT read all this one - there are just too many better books out there - got to about half way and decided this one could fall off my radar screen - no depth of meaning or character development or learning about something new - you get the drift. If I SHOULD have stuck with it someone let me know otherwise it gets a pass from me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Burton | 1/6/2014

    " Can't wait to read more by this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 1/6/2014

    " Wow. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat! Sad ending, but realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/31/2013

    " Full-tilt pacing that runs recklessly towards the conclusion, and Sakey gets full points for not flinching from what is probably the only way his story could end. Which, of course, means that any future film version will be sure to be irredeemably lame due to rewrites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 12/28/2013

    " Well-written. Intense take on how game theory plays out among friends and growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/21/2013

    " Chicago setting. Great suspense. Characters you care about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 11/22/2013

    " This was the first time I had read a crime novel in a long time. Now I remember why I don't read them often. It was alright, but I really didn't care about the characters by the end. Only one experience growth. As for the others, I wanted to tell them, "you made your bed, now sleep in it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huluriasquias | 11/21/2013

    " Sakey keeps writing extraordinary books. The story itself is not among my favorite situations but is handled masterfully by MS. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/25/2013

    " Marcus does it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/4/2012

    " I thought it was pretty good, definitely a page turner, but way more violent than I was expecting. The ending was also a little unsettling and not quite enough of a resolution for me - it almost felt like he was setting up a sequel, because you don't know what happens to one of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 5/2/2012

    " My first time reading this author. I was really impressed and intend to read more of his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mainrun | 4/24/2012

    " Up to the very end I had hoped the main characters would die a horrible death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe O'c | 3/21/2012

    " Outstanding; Four friends bored with their current jobs and lives, decide to pull off a heist, with no clue of the ramifications they put in motion by their actions as their simple plan quickly comes apart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 1/5/2012

    " Sakey just keeps getting better! Four friends (the amateurs of the title) decide to rob a suspected drug dealer. The robbery spirals out of control with unexpected results! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiann Bailey | 6/19/2011

    " Sakey has created a fascinating study of trust and integrity in this story of four friends who yearn for more. You know what's coming, you know these trains are going to crash, and you can't stop reading. And at the (satisfying) end, you can cheer that the friends came through despite the cost. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wende Green Frost | 4/12/2011

    " I wanted to like this, but in the end the characters were more stereotypical than fully fleshed plus it was condescending toward working class folks, implying their life had no meaning. It was alright but I can't rave. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danon | 3/21/2011

    " Thank God I'm finished with this book. Actually dreaded picking it up to read but was determined to finish it. Midway through the book, I didn't care who lived or died--just wanted it to be over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/11/2011

    " I thought it was pretty good, definitely a page turner, but way more violent than I was expecting. The ending was also a little unsettling and not quite enough of a resolution for me - it almost felt like he was setting up a sequel, because you don't know what happens to one of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 3/7/2011

    " Easy read and I loved the Chicago connections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 2/6/2011

    " Well-written. Intense take on how game theory plays out among friends and growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/24/2011

    " Unpredictable crime fiction by a Chicago author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/9/2009

    " Marcus does it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veralene | 10/22/2009

    " Rather chilling adventure of a group of life-watchers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 10/15/2009

    " wow what a great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen | 10/4/2009

    " Sakey just keeps getting better! Four friends (the amateurs of the title) decide to rob a suspected drug dealer. The robbery spirals out of control with unexpected results! "

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About the Author
Author Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey’s thrillers have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, named New York Times’ Editor’s Picks, and selected among Esquire’s Top Five Books of the Year. Marcus was also the host of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on the Travel Channel, for which he was routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs. Prior to writing, he worked as a landscaper, a theatrical carpenter, a 3-D animator, a woefully unprepared movie reviewer, a tutor, and a graphic designer who couldn’t draw. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.