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Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program-and even they can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey mob. Now he's got to do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time...and beat the reaper.
Beat the Reaper is not just the only work that will be compared to Quentin Tarantino's films, Grey's Anatomy, and Chuck Palahniuk - it's also the most original and entertaining debut thriller you'll listen to this year.
©2009 Josh Bazell (P)2009 Josh Bazell
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-07-16

2009, What Happened?

When this came out in 2009, it was hot. A look at when the glowing reviews came out, show that most of the Bazell lovers listened in 2009 or 2010. Since than the overall rating has dropped to 3.9. Makes you wonder what happened.

From the beginning I felt this was a pretty cool story. It involved the mob, the holocaust, and doctors. After a couple of hours the mystery of who killed the main character's parents is solved and now the story is plotless. As a documentary it would be pretty cool. A documentary with attitude. I bought it though thinking it was a suspense novel. Josh could not make up his mind if he wanted his documentary to be about the mob, Jews or medicine, so he threw a bunch of stats and descriptions at us peppered with the F bomb constantly. I prefer, to read Puzo, when getting my mafia fix, or Elie Wiesel to learn about the holocaust and if you catch me reading Gray's Anatomy take my temperature.

Narrator is excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12


This was recommended to me by a fellow editor, and I’m thankful that it was. Bazell’s writing is reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk, and Petkoff’s pacing and tone match perfectly. The narrator is also pretty skilled at accents. Our protagonist, Peter, introduces himself as a doctor in a Manhattan hospital, but we quickly learn about his past as a mob hitman, and how those two worlds collide. It was a great car listen, and a promising start from a new author.

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