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Publisher's Summary

After Will Harper, a bomb-squad officer for the NYPD, is injured in the field, he retires early. But when his former partner is blown up, along with a paranoid best-selling author and his Florida estate, Harper's idle days are over. Suddenly Harper is tracking a serial killer who is as expert in explosives as any terrorist, and not too shy about selecting targets at the center of the celebrity spotlight. With a former partner and a resurrected dead case file, Harper seeks out help from the FBI, but not from their most inside agents. He chooses an African-American woman, whose gender and race put her on the outside of the political career track, but whose savvy and creative thinking make her the perfect ally to bring in the Celebrity Bomber. This is a fast-paced, gritty suspense novel guaranteed to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
©1998 John Lutz and David August; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Lutz always delivers the goods, and this is no exception." (Booklist)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Terry on 10-09-09

What a Shame

The authors do a fantastic job, writing a spellbinding, riveting book about bomb diffusion; tick tick goes the second hand on the clock; thump thump goes my my heart, expecting boom, maybe not. Something was bothering me about the listen, though, but I couldn't figure out what it was. Then, I pulled into my garage, shut off the engine, and continued to listen in the dark. There it was! A television, playing a sports program in the narrator's background; continuous, nonstop hollering - coming from another room! How on earth did that get by editing? Since I knew what caused the aggravation, I figured I just wouldn't listen in quiet surroundings. So, I'm driving to work this morning, and got back into it. The narrator totally changed the recording tone in mid sentence! Is there no end to his nonsense? I'll continue to listen, of course, because I've paid money for the thing, and the story line really is good. We shall see.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Pavel on 01-30-09

Excellent narration, thrilling story, but ...

4 stars for the narrator and thrilling insight into bombing business. The most believable character was the negative one, also Harper & his job is nicely pictured. It's more difficult to believe that FBI officer can be so stupid to repeat the same mistake again and again, but the weakest point is the studied psychologist, who can read the mind of unknown bomber, but can't make a case and find arguments when talking to FBI agent.
Anyway, still excellent thriller, I was looking forward to drive to the office and back home, just to enjoy the listening in the car.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maureen on 03-12-14

nail bitting

What did you like most about Final Seconds?

The story was more important than the "heros" From the very beginning the bombs were the story. The fact that the authorities did not accept the possibility there was a link to the bombings and two middle aged men were the ones who had to solve the problem was fun.

Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to one of Mr Whitenenr's narrations, He was excellent, I particularly liked his portrayal of the disgraced FBI profiler, his excitement his insistence that everything must be dropped and his theories attended to now, comes across vefry well. I could visualise him almost jumping up and down in his excitement

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Alas yes, it was really hard to switch off and go to sleep. Indeed I would discourage anyone from listening this in bed, the temptation to" listen just 5 minutes more" is fatal.!

Any additional comments?

This is a really good book, fast paced, with just the right amount of intrigue to keep the listener on edge. I really enjoyed it. This was my introduction the these authors, I look forward to listening to more of their work

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1 out of 5 stars
By x on 03-06-14

not good

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Audio so bad gave up after 25 mins

Would you ever listen to anything by John Lutz and David August again?

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How did the narrator detract from the book?

Audio so bad gave up after 25 mins

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Final Seconds?

Audio so bad gave up after 25 mins

Any additional comments?

Audio so bad gave up after 25 mins

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