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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Petrie, Nick Petrie Narrator: Stephen Mendel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Peter Ash Series Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780698409552
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The first explosive thriller featuring Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren’t easily left behind...

“Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie’s Peter Ash is the real deal.”—Lee Child

Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his “white static,” the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars.

But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man’s widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for: the largest, ugliest, meanest dog he’s ever encountered...and a Samsonite suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives.

As Ash begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined...and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he’d left for good. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Just about the perfect thriller…well-crafted and gripping.”

    John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A tangled tale of intrigue, action, and adventure with a battle-scarred hero…Crisp writing makes this a terrific story.”

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The pace is like a sniper round, extraordinarily fast and precisely calibrated. The prose is fluid, original, and frequently brilliant, the story heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time.”

    David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A gripping, beautifully written novel.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Exceptional…[The] lean prose, gritty descriptions, and raw psychological depth give the novel a feel that reminded me of early Dennis Lehane.”

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • “Gritty and engaging…Edge-of-your-seat action keeps the plot racing to a stunning conclusion..A captivating thriller.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “A powerful, empathetic, and entertaining tale about the plight many combat veterans face when they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Top-notch storytelling.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[An] intimate story of personal discovery as well as an obsessive page-turner of a book.”


  • A 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • An Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • An RT Book Reviews Award Nominee for Best Thriller, 2016
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About the Author

Nicholas Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the Seattle Review, a national literary journal.

About the Narrator

Stephen Mendel was educated in Montreal, Canada, graduated from Bishop’s University with a BA in drama, and immediately began working in theater. Film and TV roles soon followed. He moved to Los Angeles, where he had roles in the CBS TV series Night Heat. He subsequently went on to guest star on numerous television shows and appear in many feature films. A master of accents and dialects, he narrates audiobooks and performs voice work in animation, narration, video games, and radio and television commercials.