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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792788109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792788102
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

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Praise for Andrew Gross: 'I think this book is fantastic - it has all the obvious virtues plus that elusive X-factor that really made me resent the times I had to put it down. It's Andrew Gross's best yet - including the titles he wrote with James Paterson - and therefore an automatic must read for lovers of fast, topical, can't-put-it-down thrillers, Lee Child 'Reckless is a sexy-as-hell thriller and Andrew Gross's best, James Patterson 'Real fear, real thrills, real suspense...real good' Lee Child 'A spine-chilling mystery with a thrilling twist' Cosmopolitan '[Gross] knows how to deliver a thrill' Daily Mail 'All the hallmarks of the master - quick-fire action, believable characters, and a none-too-taxing storyline. Perfect holiday fare' News of the World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

Stopped by a policeman for a minor traffic violation, Henry is pulled from his vehicle and handcuffed. When he is released, a blue sedan pulls up, shoots the officer, and then speeds away, leaving only one suspect—Henry. In that moment, his idyllic life becomes a free fall into hell as he becomes the target of a police manhunt, as well as being pursued by a cunning, unnamed perpetrator bent on some kind of vengeance.

With breakneck pacing and nonstop action, 15 Seconds shows what can happen when even the best life is turned upside down in an instant.

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More About the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times and international bestsellers The Blue Zone, Don't Look Twice, and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year award by the International Thriller Writers, Reckless, and most recently, Eyes Wide Open. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. You can follow Andrew Gross on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and at AndrewGross Books.com.

Customer Reviews

Very good, fast paced read.
sas
The plot has been well-described by others, but it just seemed far too implausible.
Craig
A book I read in in a day and a half!
Louise

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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By W. Easley VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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How can just "15 seconds" change a person's life? What begins as one of the best days of his life becomes a living nightmare for Dr. Henry Steadman when he's pulled over for a traffic violation. Handcuffed, questioned and thrown completely into a state of confusion, Henry insists on his defense. Just as he's released and returns to his car, he witnesses a murder of the policeman who had pulled him over. Thus begins 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross.

The page-turner suspense thriller continues to involve the reader from the onset and doesn't let up as Gross unveils twist after twist of a fascinating plot. Even though some of the events may seem contrived, they never let up as Steadman gets more deeply involved with the case that takes him from Jacksonville, Florida, to the Carolinas and Georgia to prove his innocence.

While he meets all sorts of dead ends and people who don't believe his story, he learns to improvise as he tries to track down the real perpetrator of the crime. In the process, his good friend loses his life, his daughter's life is endangered and Henry has several close calls with law enforcement officers seeking to capture him in a gigantic manhunt.

Will anyone believe he's the victim? Will anyone help him find the culprit who is framing him? Can Henry be resourceful enough to fend off police long enough to find the person behind all the disturbing and criminal acts? What has he done to warrant anyone's anger and vindictiveness? Can he trust anyone?

I highly recommend this well written mystery that just doesn't let up. One caution, you won't want to put the book down after the first page. Be prepared for a tale full of suspense, action and intrigue.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. on July 14, 2012
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When Andrew Gross writes for himself, and not James Patterson, I think he has done some stellar work. Don't Look Twice was a five star novel. So I am extremely disappointed that 15 Seconds looks more like a James Patterson novel, and by that I mean, a very light read with a rather silly premise. When you see multiple exclamation points, and then sentences in italics with exclamation points, you know that the author is trying to hype things up. 15 Seconds is such a ludicrous story, tugging at heart strings to make you think there is something there to care about. I can only hope that the author wakes up and gives his readers what they expect from him. Try harder next time, Andrew!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on June 7, 2012
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This book has a lot going for it: action, suspense, frenetic pacing, short chapters, etc...

That's not enough to carry this book through the overly simplistic writing that Andrew Gross uses in the narration. The main character is supposedly a highly educated plastic surgeon, but if you correlate the character's first person narration with his actual intelligence, it is not a match. Most people educated enough to be plastic surgeons don't speak in sentences that sound and look like they were written by 4th graders. I am a 4th grade teacher, and the writing in this book is worse than some of the writing I see in my classroom. There are very few complex sentences, and way too many sentences begin with 'And' or 'So.' The good news about this book is that it won't take you long to read. The bad news is that you'll feel like you just wasted your time. I am appalled that such a simplistic book was published without a single editor saying to the author, "Andrew, real physicians don't actually talk like elementary school kids."

Blech.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Scott E. High VINE VOICE on May 4, 2012
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Having just finished novels by George Pelecanos and Lincoln Child, I found Andrew Gross' latest effort somewhat uneven and contrived. I personally don't like a book with short and choppy chapters although many readers may appreciate the fast action that this style lends itself to. This novel deals with a timely topic, South Florida's pill mills and the collateral damage caused by them, but from the beginning I found the story uneven and one dimensional. It reminds me of a great recipe that someone added too many ingredients to, ruining the basic taste and making it something that it wasn't supposed to be.

Thrillers are typically written to hook you right out of the box and then move on into the story at a frenetic pace. A good author develops his/her characters deeply enough that the reader feels that he/she either knows them or can relate to them on some level. While Andrew Gross does this quite well, he fails to paint a vivid picture of the environment that the characters are operating in. There is not enough descriptive prose that allows the reader to visualize what the characters are seeing and dealing with, not enough detail to make you feel that you are embedded in the story.

"15 Seconds" seemed to take place in a grey environment. South Florida is well known for its brilliant sunshine, muggy heat, leafy palm trees, exotic automobiles, colorful people, beautiful beaches, traffic jams, etc. Yet none of this local color was used in the story. Similarly the depictions of Georgia and the Carolinas were given short shrift. When I read a book, I don't want to sit on the side of the road and watch the characters drive by me. I want to sit in the backseat with them, see their angst and watch their reactions. While this was a fast read and full of action, it left me feeling a little unfulfilled. You might want to read novels by James Lee Burke and Nelson DeMille for comparison.
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