The Switch

  • by Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by Steven Kearney
  • 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A simple mix-up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times best-selling author Joseph Finder's timely, electrifying new thriller.
Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.
When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0 - and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it's too late.
When Will fails to gain Tanner's cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous "fixer" for help. In the meantime the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still - and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one.

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Customer Reviews

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Not the best Joseph Finder

What would have made The Switch better?

This story was not clever or suspenseful. This was a very basic story.


Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Finder again?

I like Joseph Finder's Nick Heller Series. As long as those keep coming I will listen.


How could the performance have been better?

Performance by Steven Kearney is always top notch.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Switch?

I would do a total re-write. I am really struggling through the book. I keep feeling like I am waiting for someone in this book to do something. What? I am not sure.


Any additional comments?

I really like the author's Nick Heller series. This book does not compare. It seemed drawn out in parts for no reason. I guess this was just not my kind of book.

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- Shucks Jones

Could be better

Any additional comments?

I always look forward to Finder's books but this one has a lot of holes. Assumptions are made and events go unexplained. Some actions and characters are a little unbelievable (and a bit of a caricature). Could be a good story if it was more "padded". I'll give Finder some points for his After 911 description of our world - scary. The narrator performance was great, as always. Will keep on buying Finder's books but I expect a little more next time.

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- Francine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio