Lifeguard

  • by James Patterson, Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by Billy Campbell
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The beach novel of 2005 is here: a sizzling summer thriller from the author of the #1 best seller The Beach House. The danger isn't in the water.
Working as a lifeguard at a Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets a woman he is wild about, the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way, except that she is used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he is used to burgers and flip-flops. She is a guest at the luxurious hotel, he lives above a garage.
So when Ned's cousin offers to cut him in on a rich deal he's been commissioned to execute, Ned can't turn him down. The plan is simple, just a fast break-and-enter. The risk is high, and the reward is even greater: $5 million. But on the night of the heist, something goes devastatingly wrong. Who will save the lifeguard?
Ned walks away from his job, his town, and the woman he's fallen in love with. Runs away, actually, knowing that only velocity and secrecy can save his life. But who is pursuing him? The FBI? Whoever sabotaged the heist? Or is it all somehow tied into his new love, and his oldest enemies?

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What the Critics Say

"Don't be fooled by the title of Patterson's latest thrilling yarn: the action goes far beyond the beach....Packing all the punches readers have come to expect from Patterson's books, this one delivers at every turn." (Booklist)
"It's a twisty story that will engage the interest of beach-goers everywhere." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A disappointment

While I usually enjoy James Patterson's work, this one was a huge disappointment. The story is trite, the writing is weak. I would have expected more. To say it's the "Beach Novel of the Year" is merely paid advertising and isn't proven in the listening at all. A disappointing yawn.
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- Sharon

good - not great

I was let down by this book. I would keep looking before committing to this one.
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- Christina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2005
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio