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15 Seconds: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Gross
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“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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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


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

Product Details

  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006212837X
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070XAU7S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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52 of 59 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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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 4Wimpy
Surprised. At first I though it was shallow. The more I read, the more I enjoyed it.
Published 15 days ago by W. Hobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Intriguing story, developing along two avenues to converge into a thrilling quickly escalating ending. The irony of both good and bad being driven by the love of a child.
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting !!!!
Fast moving mystery with lots of twists and turns. Excellent. !!!! Makes you feel as if your travelling right along with the main character.
Published 1 month ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Very suspenseful!
I love Andrew Gross' books and this one is no exception. It was hard to put this one down. Full of suspense and keeps you wondering who the villain is!
Published 1 month ago by Jane Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Non stop reading
This is a real page turner, could not put it down! Heart pounding & intense. I Highly recommend to anyone looking for a fast paced read.
Published 2 months ago by D. Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Gross is excellent
Andrew Gross is an excellent Author. I am currently reading Don't Look Twice. He has a way of introducing characters and then weaving them all into a story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Rumsey
5.0 out of 5 stars I found my new best author
Had not read Andrew Gross before but immediately got hooked on this fast paced, complex mystery. Great characters and a really different plot that makes this a page turner. Read more
Published 2 months ago by silver eagle
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I read a lot of murder mysteries and this rated right up there with the best. Will be reading more by this author.
Published 2 months ago by Kerrie Duschen
5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable book.
This was an excellent book. the story line was good. It was fast paced and held my interest throughout. A great read!
Published 2 months ago by Cleanwater
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 Seconds
Well written fast moving drama with excitement , suspense, fear and the chilling reality of being wrongfully accused of crime
Published 3 months ago by MWB
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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

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