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Crais is a craftsman. He melds two parallel plots involving a variety of sharply drawn characters and twines them around a very cleanly conceived and delivered framework based on what seems at first to be a familiar hostage standoff. Along the way we learn a good deal about hostage negotiation techniques, but all the elements are integrated in a way which drives the tension and suspense nonstop to the end. I admire the clarity and detail this author brings to his situations and to the action. His descriptions seem effortless but provide the reader with an excellent sense of being there.
There is not a lot of depth or ambiguity in this work, but it functions extremely well as a straight ahead suspense thriller. In addition James Daniels provides a fine, no nonsense rendering of the story and keeps us oriented during the frequent shifts of character and viewpoint.
Listeners who are looking for Crais' Elvis Cole character should be advised that this book is not a part of that series.
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When I started listening I was a little skeptical and thought I knew what the book would be about. Much to my delight, the author added more dimension than I expected and by the time I hit the second half of the book I was fully addicted. I will definitely look for other offerings by this author.
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