Vanished : Nick Heller

  • by Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • Series: Nick Heller
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed.Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night. After being attacked in Georgetown, his mother lies in a coma, and his step-dad, Roger, Nick's brother, has vanished without a trace. Nick and Roger have been on the outs since the arrest, trial, and conviction of their father, the notorious "fugitive financier" Victor Heller. Where Nick strayed from the path, Roger followed their father's footsteps into the corporate world. Now, as Nick searches for his brother, he's on a collision course with one of the most powerful corporations in the world - and they will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

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Great business/espionage thriller

I love Joseph Finder's books. "Vanished" is a very good one, in my opinion it is better than the previous one "Power Play", but not as good as "Paranoia". The main character Nick Heller has been very well developed. Nick has a clear opinion about things, has humour, and is generally a likeable guy. Nick scored some bonus points with me for listening to Johnny Cash' version of "Hurt" in the car during a drive. Joseph Finder is in tune with today's business environment, and blends in some nice anecdotes in "Vanished": a conspiracy theory on Enron, the impact of the new President in the USA, a cleverly disguised story around a scandal that in real life involved a key official of the Formula One association. The reason I did not award a 5/5, but only a 4/5, is in the lack of credibility in the business rationale/structuring of the corporate scam that is uncovered, as well as the unrealistic "superpowers" that Nick has in some of the scenes. Other than that, a very enjoyable book that I liked listening to.
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- Philip

FUGAWDZAKE... STOP IT!

OK... Holter Graham, the actor who read 'Vanished', apparently really thought out his interpretation of this novel's characters. Maybe if he thought a lot less he might not have found these, perhaps accurate, teenage voices? There's a reason people don't like to listen to whiny snowflakes in the real world. And a larger reason they don't want to hear them in escape-fiction. Worse, the extreme interpretation seeped into other characters.

Maybe Joeseph Finder's a terrific author... this was my first exposure to the guy. Maybe... But I've been to plays where the stage lighting was so determinedly distracting that... Well there's an adage, "When a critic starts reviewing the scenery, the play's in trouble." Ditto the interpretive voice of an Audible Book reader.

I'd like to go deeper than that. Can't. Don't waste your credit on the put-offing cerebral and equally annoying dramatics of Holter Graham - unless or until... Audible hires a director to tell this perhaps gifted guy...

"Hey, you know what you're doing with that voice? Well... FUGAWDZAKE... STOP IT!"
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- Ted

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2009
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio