The Survivor

The Survivor

Book - 2012
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The #1 international bestselling author of You're Next, unleashes his most accomplished, compelling thriller yet


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 to viciously shoot 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.

Nate soon learns what that message meant. He is kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Russian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Unable to break back into the bank to get the critical item inside, Pavlo gives Nate an ultimatum--break in and get what he needs or watch Pavlo slowly kill the one thing Nate loves most--his ex-wife Janie and his teenaged daughter Cielle--both lost when he came back from Iraq broken and confused. Now he's got one last chance to protect the people he loves, evenif it's the last thing he is able to do.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312625511
0312625510
Characteristics: 374 p.

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gloryb
Aug 03, 2017

The beginning chapter hooked me. One deed leads to another which leads to another so the plot keeps moving until it comes full circle - for me later than sooner. The author could have ended this story several times before he actually did, but some might like this drawn out wait for the end due to the action that ensues. The author makes the most of his main character on the run and then when the time is right after many false starts, the violence starts. Motives of characters are carefully worked out. Teenage characters are cardboard cut outs. Their teenage chit chat got annoying and too many mentions of "dudes" for my liking. Skipped the pages where the characters get affectionate and where ordinary family life is assumed around the dinner table with the family dog in the background. In a way the reader knows the final outcome.

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StarGladiator
Oct 05, 2016

Kind of a depressing read overall - - a cross between a comic and a soap opera, I guess?

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kmre_37
May 22, 2016

I rated this book as average but the ending was disappointing!

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rahmmie
May 16, 2014

It's not a bad book at all, but I feel like once you've read a couple of books by Hurwitz, you've read them all.

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dontbugmeimreading
Jun 29, 2013

I really liked this one. It grabbed me right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

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Eil_1
Jan 10, 2013

As with all of Hurwitz's books, this was a non-stop action-filled read. The reviews are 100% on!

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Ronb
Dec 09, 2012

Great thriller story.

VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"Traumatised Army veteran Nate Overbay has had better days, but isn't anticipating any more - dying from Lou Gehrig's disease, he's decided to accelerate the process by jumping from the 11th floor of an office building. But the sound of gunshots brings him back inside, where he foils a bank robbery and becomes a reluctant hero. Unfortunately, he also becomes the target of the Ukrainian mobster behind the robbery, who uses Nate's daughter to force him into completing the heist he interrupted. A new novel from author Gregg Hurwitz is usually cause for celebration, and this one's no different. Fast-paced and full of action, and with a unique hero to boot, The Survivor "succeeds on every level" (Kirkus Reviews)." Next Reads Thrillers and Suspense October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=556062

VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"Traumatised Army veteran Nate Overbay has had better days, but isn't anticipating any more - dying from Lou Gehrig's disease, he's decided to accelerate the process by jumping from the 11th floor of an office building. But the sound of gunshots brings him back inside, where he foils a bank robbery and becomes a reluctant hero. Unfortunately, he also becomes the target of the Ukrainian mobster behind the robbery, who uses Nate's daughter to force him into completing the heist he interrupted. A new novel from author Gregg Hurwitz is usually cause for celebration, and this one's no different. Fast-paced and full of action, and with a unique hero to boot, The Survivor "succeeds on every level" (Kirkus Reviews)." Next Reads Thrillers and Suspense October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=556062

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