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The Survivor

1 rating: 5.0
by Gregg Hurwitz

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Author: Gregg Hurowitz
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date Published: 08-21-2012
ISBN: 9780312625511
1 review about The Survivor

"A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own." Thomas Mann

  • Jul 11, 2012
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+5
Not an author to shy away from difficult subjects, Gregg Hurwitz's latest thriller has heroism and suicide colliding in a revenge filled novel centered on the love of two men, for their families.

Nate Overby is afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease. He's been told that he has about six months of good health before his body begins breaking down. Despondent, he goes to a downtown L,A. building to commit suicide.

He sees a robbery taking place and sees the robbers begin shooting bank employees who aren't fast enough to obey their commands. Nate is the type of person who likes to help others. He sees a gun on the floor and sneaks into the bank, picks up the gun and begins shooting the robbers. Not caring if he's shot or not, he kills five of them before the sixth survivor runs from the bank. That man tells Nate "He will make you pay in ways you cannot imagine."

Nate becomes an overnight hero. He has one wound and after he's treated and released from the hospital, he comes home to find the survivor and three other men in his apartment. The leader of the group is a man named Pavlo. They are Ukrainians and tell him that unless he retrieves information from a bank safe deposit box, they will harm his daughter in ways he doesn't want to think of.

Nate wouldn't care if they hurt him but can't stand the fact that his daughter would pay for what he did. He's got to think of a way to get into the safe deposit, find what's in the box, and stop the Ukrainians and do it in a manner that will still save his daughter from harm.

The author brings out Nate's plight with such clarity that it's as if we're part of the action. How can Nate do this when he only has a short time to live and his body is already starting to fail him in the early stages of ALS?

Yes, the story is a thriller, but it also conveys strong messages to the reader, told by well described and memorable characters.

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