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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (495 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregg Hurwitz Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One morning in Los Angeles, Nate Overbay—a divorced former solider suffering from PTSD and slowly dying from ALS—goes to an eleventh-floor bank, climbs out of the bathroom window onto the ledge, and gets ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself, a crew of robbers bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate confronts the robbers, taking them out one-by-one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.”

Nate soon learns what the message means. He is kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Ukrainian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Now blocked from getting into the bank vault to retrieve the critical item inside, Pavlo gives Nate a horrifying ultimatum: Either break in and acquire the item or watch Pavlo slowly kill the people Nate loves most—his estranged wife, Janie, and his teenaged daughter, Cielle. Nate lost them both when he came back from Iraq broken and confused. Now he’s got one chance to protect the people he loves, even if it’s the last thing he is able to do.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hurwitz can take a high-concept thriller and deliver the extras needed to elevate it further…[With] The Survivor, he outdoes himself.

    Washington Post

  • “In between tight, compelling action scenes, Hurwitz sensitively depicts Nate’s struggles…Thriller fans won’t let this one gather any dust on the nightstand.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hurwitz demonstrates his mastery of the thriller genre…The book opens as dramatically as a reader could hope for and doesn’t relent…[It] succeeds on every level.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Surely Hurwitz can’t keep this up forever. Lately, each new book he publishes is his best so far, and this one’s no exception…It’s hard to imagine that he can top this one, but, based on past performance, don’t bet against it.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Nominated for the 2013 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Greg | 2/16/2014

    " A really well-written story. Good plot and pace. The story grabs you from page 1, and I love the descriptions the author creates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chelyse | 2/8/2014

    " I often check the last pages of a book ahead of time, just to make sure the character I have come to love survives. Also, that peek slows me down enough to enjoy the story with more attention to the skill of the author as he/she unfolds it. This book, however, already set me up for the loss of the main guy, and an appealing person he was. His death was already ordained, if not by himself, by his disease. And yet, it could not have been a more compelling story, impossible to put down, and an ending that was totally satisfying and surprising even knowing the fate of the hero. He was a heartwarming, very human hero too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/31/2014

    " Terrific book. Suspenseful. Gaps in credibility are made up by crisp great writing. Poignant. A story of pain and redemption. Evil antagonists. Comedy relief creatively played. Even a Rhodesia Ridgeback as an unlikely hero. For this genre, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Malina | 1/27/2014

    " Grabs you from the start I could not put this one down. "

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