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15 Seconds [Paperback]

Andrew Gross
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Book Description

July 10, 2012

“A total white knuckle, stay-up-all-night thrill ride. Enjoyed the heck out of it!”
—Harlan Coben

“A top-notch thriller writer.”
—Chicago Sun Times

“A master of no-nonsense, good, old-fashioned suspense.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

A writer “in the company of Child and Coben” (Connecticut Post), New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is the acclaimed author of The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, and other exceptional suspense thrillers. Now, with 15 Seconds, he delivers an electrifying, lightning-paced story of a desperate man on the run, trying to save his family from the faceless enemy that’s determined to destroy them all. A gripping tale of a life turned upside-down in 15 Seconds, Gross’s stunner is a must for fans of James Patterson, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner, Nelson DeMille, Tess Gerritsen, or anyone who likes action and suspense done to perfection.

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Editorial Reviews


“A total white knuckle, stay-up-all-night thrill ride. Enjoyed the heck out of it!” (Harlan Coben)

“Gripping...coming up on the rails behind Harlan Coben and Lee Child.... Very diverting.” (Evening Standard (UK))

“An intensive manhunt....Thrillingly realistic with a surprising resolution. (Publishers Weekly)

From the Back Cover

15 seconds can tear your life apart . . .

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 the police for a minor traffic violation, the situation escalates and he is pulled from his vehicle, handcuffed and told he is under arrest. Several other police cars arrive and the questioning turns scary, but just as Henry is released and about to move on, a blue sedan pulls up and the officer is suddenly killed. As the car speeds away, there is only one suspect left behind–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.

When Henry turns to a close friend for help, and he, too, ends up dead, Henry realizes he's being elaborately framed. But in a chilling twist, the stakes grow even darker, and he is unable to go to the police to clear his name, without bringing on dire and deadly consequences.

With breakneck pacing and nonstop action, 15 Seconds shows what can happen when even the best life is turned upside down in an instant. It is also the story of an innocent man, framed for murder, who has to save the person he loves the most, all while being drawn closer and closer to an inevitable face-to-face standoff with a man determined to destroy his life.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; First Edition edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006165597X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061655975
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Impact 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous July 14, 2012
By Ken C.
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
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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."

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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Boob Dude 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
My husband read this book first. He couldn't put it down so I put it on my Kindle and started it right away. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Karen L. Twichell
2.0 out of 5 stars Did he write it in 15 seconds?
Usually like Andrew Gross in a light beach read way. This one didn't quite do it for me - plot very transparent I could see how it would play out very early, no real twists. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nauticow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such an engrossing book. Could not put it down
Published 7 days ago by BARRY TEMME
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read
Entertaining. Probably my favorite book by Andrew Gross. A page turner that kept me guessing. A couple aspects seemed forced, which prevented a five star rating.
Published 9 days ago by Jason R. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars quick read
I enjoyed the book and didn't want it to end. Looking forward to more books by Andrew Gross. Hope you enjoy.
Published 10 days ago by Jeanne B. EArle
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and plot turns
this novel kept my interest piqued. perhaps not a total page Turner but definitely exciting enough to keep me guessing and interested. Read more
Published 22 days ago by A. Bryant
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too predictable and the characters lacked dimensions.
Published 24 days ago by Teresa Petrocco
5.0 out of 5 stars and it was just as good as the first
My second Andrew Gross book, and it was just as good as the first. I had trouble stopping and was up early to finish it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Norm Beavers
4.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Gross' 15 Seconds
I've been a fan of Andrew Gross' novels since the days he was writing with James Patterson. Although the start of this book was a bit less mature than others of his, he soon... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read!
This was the perfect vacation read: fast, endless page turner and very exciting! Andrew Gross's writing is very descriptive and keeps you engrossed from page one to the end! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trang Chuong
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